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Arkona offshore wind farm switched on


Rotterdam, 16 April 2019 – Today, the Arkona offshore wind farm has been officially opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Arkona is an iconic project for future generations – built today!’ The opening ceremony was held in Sassnitz, Germany, on board of MPI Offshore’s offshore installation vessel MPI Resolution.

E.ON awarded Van Oord the contract for the transport and installation of the 60 monopiles and transition pieces in 2016. Heavy-lift installation vessel Svanen completed these works safely, on time and to the full satisfaction of the client in 2018.

The 385 megawatts wind farm is located in the Baltic Sea, about 35 kilometres north of Rügen Island, Germany. The offshore wind farm provides 400,000 homes with sustainable energy and displace approximately 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. This reduction fits to the goals set by the German government to reduce CO2 emissions in 2020 with 40% compared to 1990.

Van Oord acquires MPI Offshore


Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2 October 2018 – Van Oord completed the acquisition of MPI Offshore, a specialist offshore wind installation contractor, from Vroon Group. By acquiring MPI Offshore, Van Oord will further strengthen its global wind organisation and in particular its position in the UK wind market.
The acquisition includes the MPI Offshore organisation in Stokesley (United Kingdom), the vessels MPI Adventure and MPI Resolution, and associated crew.  A total of hundred people, both office staff and crew, will be joining the Van Oord UK organisation. Van Oord also acquired project contracts related to the vessels, i.e. offshore wind farms London Array, Prinses Amaliawindpark and Rampion.
The acquisition is fully in line with the company’s ambitions and investment programme for the coming years and it follows a number of strategic add-ons in recent years, which include the acquisition of Bilfinger’s offshore wind activities and Ballast Nedam offshore operations. Van Oord was assisted on this transaction by Kempen as its financial adviser.

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