A&P Group’s Tyne yard has secured a maintenance and repair contract for MPI Offshore’s wind turbine installation vessel MPI Adventure, docked at A&P Group’s Hebburn yard last week ahead of a two-week programme of works.
The 20,000-tonne vessel has recently been contracted to support the commissioning works on offshore substation at the Sandbank offshore wind farm in Germany, where it will also install 72 Siemens 4MW turbines, starting this summer.
MPI Adventure will now undergo specialist repair before it returns to service.
Works will include inspection and repair of three Azimuth thrusters and three Tunnel thrusters, installation of new log and echo sound transducers, a new main SW isolation valve and the fabrication and fitting of internal access ladders and platforms to allow fuel oil tanks to be viewed.
Ash Sinha, Group Business Development Director at A&P Group, said: “The UK’s offshore renewable energy sector is world-leading and A&P Group has the facilities and skilled workforce to really capitalise on that. Our work on this vessel gives us the perfect opportunity to establish A&P Group as a key player in the offshore renewables industry.
“The MPI Adventure’s arrival made for quite a spectacle as it came up the Tyne and it’s now towering over the yard. It’s certainly one of the most high profile and imposing vessels we’ve ever had here. The focus now is on ensuring we complete the work on time and to budget.”