Transport and logistics agency DHSS has been selected by Van Oord to perform helicopter services during the construction phase of the 731.5 MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm, located some 22 km off the coast of the Province of Zeeland.
The wind farm is a project by the Blauwwind consortium, consisting of Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE (15%), Eneco (10%) and Van Oord (10%). In addition to being a partner, Van Oord is also the Balance of Plant contractor for the wind farm, responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the foundations and connecting cables.
Financial close for the project was reached in June 2018. In total, 77 V164 9.5 MW turbines by MHI Vestas will be installed. Van Oord is currently installing monopiles, using their installation vessel Aeolus. The first monopile was installed in October.
Helicopter flights, chartered from DHSS, will take off from Den Helder Airport, which is completely utilized as an A1 Offshore Energy heliport and approved by the consortium.
Wim Schouwenaar, CEO and founder of DHSS: “This call off helicopter contract for Van Oord at Borssele III & IV, shows that we are a trusted partner for a major client when it comes to air transfers for crew and cargo. With our expertise as Helicopter Service provider, together with knowledge and in-depth know how of Ships Agency services in the Offshore Energy business for a very long time, we fully understand our clients mandatory needs. With a strong dedicated team, we do our utmost to give our customers total piece in mind.“
DHSS is currently also working with Van Oord on another offshore wind project, the German Deutsch Bucht, where DHSS is the helicopter logistics provider.
Read an interview with Wim Schouwenaar in the latest edition of Wind Energy Magazine.