Safety

Blauwwind is responsible for the design, construction and operation of the Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm. We are committed to guaranteeing high health and safety standards for all employees while complying with environmental protection criteria.

"Completing this project safely is paramount. Blauwwind will comply with all applicable standards and procedures. But to fully optimise health and safety, to really make it work, we need all parties involved to build and promote a combined safety culture.

'No harm on our wind farm' is our project motto, which was decided on by the project team. It's something we strongly believe in and strive to achieve every day."

Roeland Borsboom, Blauwwind project director

Goal Zero
Blauwwind considers health, safety and environmental protection as crucial business activities and the consortium is therefore committed to Goal Zero.

This means:

  • No harm to people
  • No harm to the environment
  • No permit non-compliances

Code of conduct
Blauwwind has a code of conduct to help achieve these objectives, which applies to all contractors who work on the project. The code ensures extra attention is paid to safety, making it an important aspect of everyday work.

Personal safety videos
One of Blauwwind’s safety initiatives involves sharing personal messages from the team to highlight individual perspectives, stories and experiences related to safety. You can watch the video below to gain insight.

Unexploded ordnances
After World War II, unexploded ordnances (UXOs) were left in the North Sea. Work on the project could only commence after these had been removed from the area.

FaunaGuard
Van Oord’s FaunaGuard is used to proactively repel marine life during construction. The FaunaGuard, an innovative device that uses specific underwater acoustics, temporarily deters marine life from entering an area to minimise the impact of construction activities. The Royal Netherlands Navy also uses this device when removing UXOs.

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Noise Mitigation System
To reduce underwater noise during installation, Van Oord’s offshore vessel Aeolus is equipped with the AdBm Noise Mitigation System (NMS). The NMS is deployed like a set of venetian blinds around the monopile when the structure is being lowered towards the seabed. The system reduces specific frequencies by using specialised acoustic resonators. Read more about the NMS

Environmental protection
Blauwwind recognises the importance of the North Sea and is committed to protecting and supporting the marine environment. We are participating in a pilot to place flat oysters on some of the monopiles of the wind turbines. Blauwwind is open to exploring other initiatives through discussions with stakeholders.

Partners Group

Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm with EUR 73 billion (USD 83 billion) in investment programmes under management in private equity, private real estate, private infrastructure and private debt. The firm manages a broad range of customised portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, and has offices around the world. The firm employs over 1,200 people and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: PGHN) with a majority ownership by its partners and employees.

Shell

Royal Dutch Shell is an integrated energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. Shell has major ambitions to grow its renewable power business: it already produces and markets electricity from its existing renewable assets and is developing new wind and solar projects around the globe. Shell first entered the wind business in 2001. Today, its installed wind capacity is 508 MW: five onshore wind farms in the USA (400 MW) and the offshore wind farm Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands (108 MW) for which Shell has 100% of the offtake.

Eneco

Eneco is a company with international operations in the area of sustainable energy and innovation. Together with its customers, partners and employees, Eneco is working to realise its mission: sustainable energy for all. It invests in wind farms, biomass power plants, heating and solar parks to increase the supply of renewable energy. Furthermore, Eneco develops innovative products and services that allow its clients to take control of how they generate, store, use or share energy.

DGE

Diamond Generating Europe (DGE), a 100% subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, is a dynamic, forward-thinking company with ambitious plans for growth in the power generation and power downstream sectors. DGE operates a tailored portfolio of renewable, energy-efficient assets in Europe and the Middle East and is developing projects in Africa. Its mission is to produce, supply and deliver efficient, flexible and affordable energy to customers across these regions.

Van Oord

Van Oord is a Dutch family-owned company with 150 years’ experience as an international marine contractor. The company focuses on dredging, oil and gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Headquartered in Rotterdam, Van Oord employs almost 5,000 staff, who worked on 190 projects in 46 countries during 2018. Its fleet consists of more than 100 vessels. Characterised by marine ingenuity, Van Oord uses innovative solutions that are both smart and sustainable and strives to help make the world a better place for future generations. In 2018, the company celebrated its 150th anniversary and was granted the title ‘Royal’.