In the Netherlands, marine contractor Van Oord received the assignment (EPCI-contract) to build a 100 m high mast in the North Sea, 75 km from the coast in the ´IJmuiden´ offshore wind region. The mast will be built on a monopile foundation of 65 m at a location where the sea is 26 m deep. It is the first time in Europe that a meteorological mast is being erected so far from the coast.
With the meteorological masts RWE wants to measure maritime meteorological influences in order to facilitate the design of safe and cost-efficient foundations for wind turbines in the future. The results of the investigation into wind speeds, currents and wave action will also be used in the FLOW consortium (Far and Large Offshore Wind) research and development programme in which Van Oord participates.
Arno Moret has assisted RWE Innogy GmbH with the preparation of and negotiations on the EPCI-contract with Van Oord. For future masts in Germany and Great Britain, RWE received assistance from CMS Hasche Sigle (Holger Kraft, Niklas Ganssauge) and CMS Cameron McKenna (Munir Hassan).