The second jacket for the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) wind farm has been installed in the North Sea.
Petrofac, who was awarded a $200m contract for the work in 2019 by operator TenneT, has released images of the Sleipnir crane vessel placing the 2,800-tonne foundation in place, 13 miles off the coast of The Netherlands.
A transformer will then be positioned on the jacket before connection of the HKZ offshore wind farm.
Each transformer will have generation capacity of 700 megawatts (MW), with the wind farm, totalling 140 turbines, expected to be fully operational in 2023.
Marco Kuijpers, TenneT’s director for Offshore Projects said: “The past year has been characterised by uncertainty and challenges due to the COVID pandemic.
“Not only for TenneT, but also for our contractors and suppliers. Nevertheless, together we succeeded in achieving this performance. We can be proud of that.”
This work follows installation of the first jacket in September last year after Petrofac was awarded the engineering procurement construction and installation contract two years ago.
The HKZ wind farm forms part of the Dutch government’s target of 3.5 gigawatt of wind energy production capacity offshore by 2023.
Sleipnir, operated by Heerea, carried out the jacket operations while running on LNG fuel, rather than marine gas, to reduce emissions.