Blue Water Shipping and A2SEA have completed the loading, transportation and installation of three transformer units at the 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in the Danish part of the North Sea.
Blue Water loaded the three transformer units onto A2SEA’s installation vessel, Sea Installer, in the Port of Esbjerg last week. The units had been shipped to Esbjerg by Blue Water, and stored at the port during assembly.
“Before we commenced the operation, we went through the safety procedures. We always do that to ensure a smooth and safe operation. Each of the units weighed 185 tons so we used the vessels own crane to lift the heavy elements. After a few hours of work, the ship set its course to Horns Rev,” said Mikkel Puggaard, Project Manager for Blue Water.
Prior to the start of the project, Sea Installer underwent upgrades at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, including the the extension of the main crane boom. The upgrades will help the vessel with the installation of MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines at Horns Rev 3, scheduled to start in 2018.
Developed by Vattenfall, Horns Rev 3 will be the largest offshore wind farm in Danish waters once commissioned in 2018.
Energinet.dk is the developer and owner of the infrastructure which will transport the energy generated by Horns Rev 3 to the Danish grid.