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DEME Secures Major Contracts for Offshore Grid Systems Installation in the Netherlands

DEME, a prominent name in maritime, breakbulk, project freight, cargo, and logistics, has recently clinched two significant contracts. The contracts, awarded by cable solutions provider Prysmian, entail engineering and installation works for the IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Nederwiek 1 offshore grid systems in the Netherlands. This marks a historic moment for DEME, as it represents the company’s first venture into Prysmian’s cutting-edge 525 kV HVDC cable technology, renowned for its enhanced transmission capacity.

These contracts underscore DEME’s holistic approach, which integrates various solutions covering cable installation, landfall and rock placement, dredging, and marine infrastructure works. The scope of work includes the engineering and installation of two 12-km long 525 kV HVDC cable systems within the lake “Veerse Meer” and 126 km of the same cable system offshore.

DEME will also undertake preparatory and ancillary tasks for the IJmuiden Ver Alpha project, encompassing route preparation, surveys, landfalls, rock placement, pre-sweeping, and rock placement works for Nederwiek 1. The project will utilize a diverse array of vessels from DEME’s fleet, including cable installation vessels, hopper dredgers, and a fallpipe vessel. Furthermore, beach works and cofferdam structures at the cable landing locations are part of the project scope.

Scheduled to commence in stages from 2025, these works are pivotal for the realization of the IJmuiden Ver Alpha and Nederwiek 1 offshore grid connection systems operated by TenneT. These systems will link two future offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea to Zeeland province in the southwestern Netherlands. The first connection is slated for operation in 2029, followed by the second in 2030.

Philip Scheers, Business Unit Director at DEME Offshore, expressed pride in collaborating with Prysmian on this groundbreaking project. Scheers emphasized the significance of this multidisciplinary endeavor, which underscores DEME’s proficiency in cable installation, dredging, rock placement, and marine infrastructure works. The project benefits from DEME’s modern and versatile fleet, comprising cable installation vessels, hopper dredgers, and fallpipe vessels, all operated by highly skilled and experienced crews. The entire team is eager to collaborate closely with Prysmian to ensure the project’s success.

The combined value of the two contracts exceeds 300 million euros, qualifying them as significant endeavors in the realm of offshore infrastructure development.

This substantial achievement reinforces DEME’s position as a key player in the maritime and offshore industry, showcasing its ability to undertake complex projects while delivering efficient and integrated solutions.

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