The Netherlands’ OceanWind has won a long-term contract with E.ON for wind farm cable storage.
First cabling was recently offloaded at the contractor’s port side facility in Velsen Noord, north-west of Amsterdam.
The cables were transferred onto a 750-tonne RentOcean carousel at the yard, located behind the North Sea locks at Ijmuiden. Further deliveries of cabling are expected “during 2014”.
OceanWind says the deal “shows the demand of a cable storage hub, with direct access to the North Sea”.
E.ON is in the midst of developing the 219MW UK Humber Gateway wind farm and the 288MW Amrumbank project off Germany.
OceanWind is a joint venture between Norway’s Oceanteam Shipping and Dutch outfit WIND, with equipment supplied by Oceanteam-subsidiary RentOcean, and offloading and handling of the cables managed by WIND.