Jan de Nul’s Voltaire installs first offshore wind turbine at Dogger Bank

Jan De Nul Group’s newest ultra-low emission jack-up installation vessel, Voltaire, recently installed its first offshore wind turbine at the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.

In a statement issued today (10 October), Jan de Nul said soon after installing the turbine – the first of 277 – it had produced power for the first time.

‘The installation of the first turbine at Dogger Bank A is an important moment for our workforce, our suppliers and of course our project partners on the path to first power which will be a landmark moment as we start to generate electricity for the first time,’ said Project Director for Dogger Bank, Olly Cass. ‘Dogger Bank is a major infrastructure project which is benefitting the economy as well as supporting the UK’s future energy security and making a major contribution to the UK’s ambitious Net Zero targets.’

Manager Jan De Nul Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group, Jan Van Impe, added: ‘Our Voltaire has proven that the scale and characteristics of the Dogger Bank offshore turbines offer the perfect challenge for this next generation state-of-the art jack-up installation vessel.

We are excited to have installed the very first offshore GE Haliade-X turbine on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in a sustainable and efficient way, and we are looking forward to continuing this mission with industry leaders SSE Renewables, Equinor and Vårgrønn to further construct the energy transition for the UK energy market.’

As previously reported, Voltaire, is the second and largest jack-up vessel in Jan De Nul’s fleet along with Les Alizés. The vessels are equipped with advanced dual exhaust filter systems, removing up to 99% of nanoparticles from emissions using a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and reducing the NOx emissions and other pollutants by means of a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) to levels in accordance with EU Stage V regulation.

Image: Jan de Nul

Rhys Berry