January 2020 - The Danish energy company Ørsted, which has wind farms in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States and Taiwan, is due to start the construction of its first Dutch wind farm Borssele 1 & 2 offshore Walcheren in December 2019. The construction and maintenance work for this wind farm will be coordinated from Vlissingen.
Permanent maintenance base
Ørsted, the market leader in offshore wind, is building a permanent maintenance base for this work in the Buitenhaven harbour in Vlissingen. The office building is already operational but the construction of a quay with a length of 100 metres, as well as two floating jetties with berthing facilities for four vessels, is still in full swing.
A solid U-shape ramp has been installed near the quay with the jetties so that trucks with materials can be unloaded easily. It was produced by Las- en constructiebedrijf J. van Belzen from Vlissingen. The floor of the ramp consists of large Staco non-slip heavy-duty gratings RHADV 5-100/22x33.
Staco non-slip heavy-duty gratings
These Staco heavy-duty gratings include anti-slip serrated edges on both the load-bearing bars and the cross bars, and they are extremely suitable for extra heavy loads. In addition, these steel gratings are hot-dip galvanised by Rotocoat and so they have enduring protection from the elements.
Wind farm operational in 2020
When the Borssele 1 & 2 wind farm goes operational in November 2020, it will supply electricity to one million households each year. Vessels with maintenance engineers will leave the maintenance base every day to conduct maintenance work and, if necessary, make repairs on the 94 wind turbines to safeguard the continuity of electricity supplies. This work will provide jobs for 50 to 100 Ørsted employees for at least the next 25 years.