Baltic Sea

Van Oord installs Baltic Eagle foundations and inter-array cables


So far, the heavy lift ship Svanen has installed more than 700 foundations and the vast majority of monopiles in the Baltic Sea across Europe.

(Courtesy Van Oord)

Offshore employees

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Iberdrola has placed an order with Van Oord for the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm off Germany.

Van Oord will transport and install the foundations and ensure the delivery, transportation and installation of inter-array cables.

The company plans to use its 8,000-ton heavy lift ship Svanen to install the 50 foundations and the cable laying ship Nexus and Dig-It trencher for laying the inter-array cables. The company said it will customize the Dig-It to allow the trencher to handle the difficult soft soil conditions in the Baltic Sea.

Offshore work is scheduled to begin in 2023.

The 476 MW offshore wind farm Baltic Eagle is located 30 km northeast of the island of Rügen and should be fully operational by the end of 2024. It should supply 475,000 households with electricity and save around 1 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Baltic Eagle will be Iberdrola’s second largest offshore wind farm in Germany. The 350 MW Wikinger offshore wind farm went into operation at the end of 2017. The company’s Baltic Hub in the German Baltic Sea is expected to deliver 826 MW by the end of 2024. The company plans to increase its installed capacity in Germany to more than 1.1 GW. to be increased by the end of 2026.