The topside will be constructed using the Scaldis heavy-lift vessel Gulliver.

The offshore substation for the 219MW offshore wind farm Northwester 2 off the coast of Belgium in the North Sea is about to be installed.

The topside, provided by Bladt with Semco delivering electrical components, is being installed using Scaldis’ heavy-lift vessel Gulliver.

Construction works on the project’s export cable, delivered by Nexans, will kick off later this week or early next week.

Installation works at the infield cables, provided by General Cable subsidy NSW, will commence after that. Engineering, procurement and construction services provider Jan de Nul will use its cable laying vessel Isaac Newton for the works.

At least eight monopiles and transition pieces have been constructed at the offshore site located 48 kilometres off the coast.

The substructures are being transported aboard Jan de Nul’s Vol au Vent from the port of Ostend.

A total of 23 V164-9.5MW turbines will be installed from this October to January next year.

The offshore wind farm is being developed by Parkwind and Sumitomo and set to be up and running by the first quarter of 2020.

Waters at the site are up to 40 metres deep.