BOW Terminal secures contract for Noirmoutier Wind Farm

BOW Terminal has been awarded the contract to temporarily store 61 transition pieces (TPs) for the Noirmoutier Wind Farm. Smulders has partnered with BOW Terminal Vlissingen to serve the temporary storage yard for the Noirmoutier Offshore Wind Farm.

The Noirmoutier offshore wind farm is slated for commissioning in 2025. With a total capacity of 496MW, it aims to produce an average of 1,900GWh per year, enough to supply nearly 800,000 people with clean electricity. Strategically positioned off the coast of Vendée, the wind farm is located 11.6km the island of Yeu and 16.5km from Noirmoutier. It will be equipped with 61 Siemens Gamesa 8MW wind turbines.

The first transition TPs have already been unloaded at the terminal in Vlissingen on 19 February. Smulders manufactures the transition pieces in Hoboken, Belgium. Each transition piece is 29.5m tall, with a diameter of 6m, and a weight just over 360t. BOW Terminal is responsible for unloading the TPs, storing them, and transferring them alongside the UHL Force, which will transport the TPs to France. Additionally, BOW Terminal facilitates Smulders in preparing the TPs for transportation to France.

Jean Pierre van Lieshout, general manager of BOW Terminal, says, “Smulders' selection of BOW Terminal for the temporary storage and completion of transition pieces (TPs) before their shipment to the final customer in France underscores the strategic advantage of our terminal's location. This decision reaffirms our facility's pivotal role in supporting the development of offshore wind farms in the North Sea and further afield in the foreseeable future.”


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