Effective works Phase 2 - 3

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2011 : week 22

Fabrication and assemblage of the steel structures for the Jacket foundations are ongoing at different yards all over the world, (Belgium-Netherlands-United Kingdom-Poland-Germany-Spain-South Korea)

Seabed preparations by dredging at the locations of the foundations are complete for phase II of the project and are 70 % complete for phase III

The pile driving works started in area B of the windfarm on Wednesday 6th of April 2011. Steel piles of 40 to 50 m are driven into the seabed by a hammer installation mounted on the jack up platform Buzzard. These so called "pin-piles" are the anchors to seal the jacket foundations into the seabed.The length of the piles depends on the soil conditions.To assure the correct locations of the piles a template is lowered onto the seabed.

The pin-piles for the foundation of the offshore transformer station are already driven.

In area B 83 % of the pin-piles are driven.

The vessel POMPEI is mobilised for the dredging and the cleaning of the pin-piles. After these works pin-pile covers will be installed on the piles

The Trailer Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) ARTEVELDE is waiting on better weather to start the trench for the future 150kV export cable laying in the future widening of the shipping lane "Vaargeul 1"

The Heavy Lift Vessel RAMBIZ is now being prepared, together with 4 transport barges and towing tugs for the transport and the installation of the jacket foundations from Flushing towards the Thorntonbank. The installation works are planned, weather permitted to start in calenderweek 23. The first load out from the factory is on Tuesday 07/06/2011.

The 33 kV infield cables, making the future connection between the wind turbines, are in production in Karlskrona, Sweden.

The steelstructure of the Offshore Transformer Station is in erection in the workyard of HSM Schiedam, Netherlands.

Repower, the contractor for the wind turbines, started purchasing parts of the wind turbines:the towers by AMBAU-Cuxhaven Germany, the blades by LM Denmark, the generators by VEM Germany and the gearboxes by 2 constructors, WINERGY-Vörde Germany and HANSEN-Belgium.