Jan De Nul Group has kicked off operations for the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 wind farms in Germany by transporting three monopile foundations onboard Wagenborg’s Barge 8.

Wagenborg Barge 8 transported monopiles

Image source: Jan De Nul

The monopiles left Steelwind’s yard in Nordenham, Germany, for the marshalling harbour in Eemshaven, the Netherlands, which is part of Groningen Seaports.

Jan De Nul’s scope includes the transport and installation (T&I) of 106 monopile foundations and one offshore substation foundation, including its associated topside.

The company’s heavy lift vessel Les Alizés, which departed the CMHI Haimen Shipyard in China in January this year, as HLPFI reported here, is expected to arrive on site this summer to install the first monopile foundation. According to Jan De Nul, this will be the vessel’s first operation.

With its onboard crane, Jan De Nul said the vessel would be able to load out, transport and install multiple components for heavier and larger foundations into deeper waters and on more challenging seabed conditions. The vessel will also be suitable for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas platforms, said the company.