Boskalis, NKT team wins €250m export cable contract for German wind farms
November 27, 2018 – A consortium, comprising Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) and NKT, has won a €250m contract from German transmission system operator 50Hertz for the installation of export cable for the Ostwind 2 offshore grid connection in the Baltic Sea.
This is the largest cable installation contract won by Boskalis so far.
Under the terms of the contract, the consortium will design and install approximately 270km of export cable that will connect the planned Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle offshore wind farms to the onshore substation in Lubmin, Germany.
Work on the project is expected to commence in 2019 and be completed in 2022.
While Boskalis will execute the contract, NKT will supply the high-voltage cable system for the project. The cable system to be delivered by NKT for Ostwind 2 comprises three lots constituting the entire project.
The export cable system will be manufactured in Karlskrona, Sweden, and in Cologne, Germany, with production commencing in 2020.
The wind farms will be located approximately 40km northeast of the German Island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea.
Boskalis will provide an integrated solution of in-house services, including supporting UXO survey, geotechnical and geophysical surveys (through subsidiary Gardline), seabed preparation works, pre-lay run, transport and installation of the 220kV export cables and seabed reinstatement.
Boskalis CEO Peter Berdowski said: “We are very proud to have been selected for this contract, the largest cable installation contract ever for Boskalis.
“The fact that we are able to combine our dredging services, recently acquired survey capabilities together with our cable installation competencies demonstrates Boskalis’ ability to offer a unique breadth of services.
“We look forward to further expanding this position for our clients as the leading subsea cable installation contractor.”
Boskalis will also deploy its in-house assets, including trailing suction hopper and backhoe dredgers, geophysical and geotechnical survey vessels, cable-laying vessels and a range of trenching tools.
NKT interim CEO Roland Andersen said: “I am excited that we book our largest ever AC high-voltage export cable order with the Ostwind 2 project.
“This award is a recognition from 50Hertz, our customer for years, of our technology and know-how of complex high-voltage offshore projects.”