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Smulders Completes Loadout of Hollandse Kust West Beta Offshore Substation Foundation

Smulders, in collaboration with Dutch company Sif, has successfully completed the loadout of the jacket foundation and pin piles for the Hollandse Kust West Beta offshore substation in the Netherlands. The piles, weighing a total of 900 tonnes and reaching up to 79 meters in length, were loaded out in Vlissingen on April 25. These piles will play a crucial role in anchoring the jacket to the seabed, ensuring the stability of the offshore substation.

This achievement represents a significant milestone for Smulders, marking the first large-scale project constructed at their yard in Vlissingen. The completion of the loadout demonstrates the company’s expertise and capabilities in delivering complex offshore infrastructure projects.

The Hollandse Kust West Beta offshore substation is the third and final project undertaken by Smulders and Equans for TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator. The collaboration between these companies has previously resulted in the successful delivery of the Hollandse Kust Noord and Hollandse Kust West Alpha platforms.

The construction of the substation topside is currently underway at the Equans yard in Hoboken, Belgium. The offshore installation of the jacket is scheduled for later this year, with the entire Hollandse Kust West Beta substation expected to be fully commissioned by the third quarter of 2025.

In addition to the offshore substation, TenneT has also awarded a contract for the Hollandse Kust West Beta export cable to a consortium comprising Boskalis and Orient Cable (NBO). This cable will connect the 700 MW offshore platform to TenneT’s onshore grid in the Netherlands, further enhancing the country’s renewable energy infrastructure.

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