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Our challenge offshore

TenneT's offshore projects take place in a sensitive and therefore particularly protected environment. Therefore, TenneT has to meet strict requirements for work at sea, in the mud flats and on land. For example, when piles are driven into the seabed for the installation of the converter platforms, the animals must be protected from construction noise by adequate noise protection measures.  Close temporal construction windows also apply to protect the flora and fauna. In the Wadden Sea National Park, for example, birds may not be built during the breeding and resting periods. 

Working under difficult conditions

At the same time, the often difficult weather conditions at sea present TenneT with particularly great challenges. Wind, weather and waves make it difficult to work at sea. Cables, for example, can only be laid at a temperature of at least five degrees Celsius. Many work at sea can only be carried out up to a certain wave height, so that weather and waves have a great influence on the construction time.
Furthermore, old ammunition in the North Sea, which was dumped in the sea during and after the Second World War, can also cause problems. For this reason, TenneT is clearing these munitions along the cable route to ensure safe cable laying.
The working environment at sea carries numerous risks. That is why the topic of occupational safety is particularly important at TenneT, because emergency measures take a long time due to the distance to the coast. TenneT therefore regularly invests in safety trainings and courses so that employees at sea can do a good and safe job. 

  • Ammunition find

    It is estimated that around 1.3 million tonnes of old ammunition are lying on the seabed of the North and Baltic Seas.

  • Offshore Training

    Intensive training at sea and on land is standard practice at TenneT.

  • Helicopter

    As an alternative to shipping, helicopters are used at sea for cargo transport as well as passenger transport, among other things.

  • Diver

    Before the cable is laid, the seabed along the route is closely examined, which includes specially trained divers.

  • Helicopter Training

    Safety trainings, such as during hoist operations with the helicopter, is carried out on a regular basis.

  • Helicopter deck

    A helideck is now standard on TenneT's offshore platforms.

  • Material Recovered From Dumping Site

    The ordnance includes grenades, mines and ammunition as well as 170,000 tonnes of chemical warfare material.