There is an offshore buzz in Eemshaven: two wind farms are currently being built simultaneously from this port. The construction of a new wind farm, Borkum Riffgrund II, has started recently, while the Merkur Offshore wind farm project has been ongoing for some time. Both wind farms are emerging in the German part of the North Sea. Together they consist of 122 wind turbines.
Wind farm Borkum Riffgrund II is located 38 kilometres off the German Wadden island of Borkum and is due to be operational in 2019. Jan De Nul transports and places the foundations from the Wagenborg terminal in Julianahaven. The Vestas turbines come from Esbjerg, from where they go directly to the wind farm under construction. For driving the foundation piles, the company uses a special offshore hammer from IHC IQIP, which has been carefully put together on the heavy loads quay in Beatrixhaven over the past few months. The wind farm consists of 56 MHI Vestas 8 MW wind turbines, installed on 36 monopile foundations and 20 jacket foundations. It is owned by the Danish firm Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy).
As was said above, Eemshaven is also the home port for the Merkur Offshore wind farm. Its construction is well under way. The logistics of the Merkur Offshore wind farm, which consists of 66 GE Renewable Energy Haliade wind turbines, are managed at Orange Blue Terminals, which is also in Julianahaven. This not only involves the foundations, but also the wind turbines themselves. This means Merkur Offshore is the first project that is organised entirely via Eemshaven!
Eemshaven breathes offshore wind
In addition to the large logistics projects, many small-scale offshore-related activities take place in Eemshaven. The construction of the second service building at the EMO site is making good progress, and the Bek & Verburg /DHSS combination is in the process of getting its premises at Beatrixhaven ready. The Wijnne Barends site has been reorganised since the expansion, so that it is now better equipped to focus on offshore wind and other projects. The completion of the heliport is another step closer, and Amasus is nearly ready with its preparations for serving the offshore market from its premises. Installation vessels also regularly call at Eemshaven for maintenance activities. The MPI Discovery and the MPI Enterprise were recently moored at the north quay in Wilhelminahaven for the exchange of spudcans. In short, the whole of Eemshaven breathes offshore wind.
MPI Discovery and MPI Enterprise exchanging spudcans at Wilhelminahaven north quay in Eemshaven