After a successful load-out on Saturday 5 August, the sail away of the substation topside for the Hollandse Kust (west Alpha) wind farm took place on Monday 4 September.
The topside of 47 m long, 35 m wide, 25 m high and over 3,600 tons, is heading for its final destination 50 kilometers off the coast of Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands.
First, the topside will sail to IJmuiden. As soon as weather conditions allow, the topside will continue its journey from IJmuiden towards the wind farm to be installed on the jacket which, since last year, has been firmly anchored to the seabed last year. Finally, the offshore teams will perform final welding work to attach the topside to the jacket.
After Hollandse Kust (noord), Hollandse Kust (west Alpha) is the second substation built by the EQUANS - Smulders combination for TenneT. Construction of the third substation, Hollandse Kust (west Beta) is in progress in Hoboken (topside) and Vlissingen (jacket).
The wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2026.