During site investigation works at the future Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm a large amount of explosives was found. In total there were 850 suspect objects. Seven of those turned out to be explosives according Ørsted, the developer of the wind farm. The planned explosions will be carried out by the Royal Dutch Navy.
Graham Moates, site investigation project manager at Ørsted explains in a video that the wind farm site is located on a flight path between the European continent and the United Kingdom. During World War II, many bombs were dropped on this route, hence the large amount of suspect objects. The site investigation and clearance activities will be completed sometime mid October. After that, the seabed will be ready for construction activities. Foundation installation activities are planned to start in December.
Borssele 1 & 2
Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm will be located approximately 23 km off the coast from Westkapelle.In total, 94 Siemens 8 MW turbines will rise here. The generated electricity will be transported via the Borssele Alpha offshore transformation station to the onshore station at Borssele. The wind farm is planned to be operational by end of 2020 or in 2021 at the latest.