DONG Energy has exercised an option for a second Service Operation Vessel (SOV) at Østensjø Rederi, which once built will transfer turbine technicians to the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One wind farm.
The 81-metre long vessel will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018. She is a sister vessel to the SOV ordered by DONG Energy in October last year for the Race Bank wind farm.
The DP2 SOV has 60 single cabins which can accommodate up to 40 wind turbine technicians in addition to a marine crew of 20. The vessel will also have a motion compensated gangway system with an adjustable pedestal.
Special areas and functions of the vessel are made in accordance with the charterer`s requirements. The vessel is expected to be equipped with a helideck.
The SOVs are designed by Rolls Royce in cooperation with Østensjø Rederi. Astilleros Gondan in Spain will again be the builder of the vessel.
“The new award is a further recognition of Østensjø efforts to expand our business into the renewable energy sector, following the strategy to diversify our operations. We are therefore very pleased that DONG Energy again has awarded us an exciting and important opportunity,” said Kenneth Walland, CEO of Østensjø Rederi AS.
Hornsea Project One is expected to be fully commissioned and in operation by 2020, and will be the world’s first offshore wind farm to exceed 1GW in capacity. The wind farm project development is located 120 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast and covers approximately 407 square kilometers.