DONG Energy has granted CWind a two-year extension to its existing three-year crew transfer vessel (CTV) contract at the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
CWind, the offshore power focused business of Global Marine Group (GMG), will provide vessels for operations & maintenance (O&M) to the 108-turbine West of Duddon Sands site, including a summer campaign to ensure the site remains operating at peak performance throughout the busier summer months.
“This extension to our contract with DONG Energy is a fantastic achievement that reflects the great service we consistently deliver to customers,” said Lee Andrews, Managing Director at CWind.
“Winning a contract from a paper-based submission, as we did three years ago, is one thing, but securing an extension demonstrates our actual on-site performance levels and customer satisfaction. We have delivered on service and exceeded expectations in many areas, and we are determined to do the same over the next two years, relying on our can-do attitude and resourceful approach.”
Three of the CWind’s 18-strong fleet of CTVs have been dedicated to the project, comprising a pair of 19-metre resin-infused multi-purpose catamarans (MPCs) and one small water-plane area twin hull (SWATH) vessel.
Steven Clarke, Head of West of Duddon Sands Operations, said: “The turbines at West of Duddon Sands, which produce enough clean electricity to power up to 340,000 homes each year, are maintained by hard-working technicians journeying out to sea each day. The crew vessels CWind have provided over the last three years have had a high utilisation factor and we very much look forward to continuing our work together.”
The West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm is located approximately 15km off Walney Island, Cumbria. Its 108 Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines have a combined capacity of 389MW.