Jan de Nul’s largest jack-up installation vessel, Voltaire, has arrived at the port of Able Seaton in the UK ahead of its role at Dogger Bank wind farm phases A, B and C.

Jack-up vessel Voltaire of Jan De Nul Group_

Voltaire was delivered at the end 2022 and has been prepared for her first assignment in the UK. In total, the vessel will install 277 wind turbines across the three wind farm sites. Voltaire will sail out in early July to install the first GE Haliade-X offshore wind turbine. 

The 3.6 GW Dogger Bank wind farm is being built off England’s eastern coast in three 1.2 GW phases. It is a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables (40 percent), Equinor (40 percent) and Vårgrønn (20 percent). SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction the project, and Equinor will operate the wind farm on completion for its expected operational life of around 35 years. Once completed in 2026, it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. 

Jan Van Impe, manager Jan De Nul Offshore Renewables, said: “Dogger Bank wind farm is exactly the type of project we had in mind when we took the decision to build our Voltaire. The scale and characteristics of the offshore Dogger Bank turbines offer the perfect challenge for this next generation state-of-the art jack-up installation vessel.”