Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the transport and installation of wind turbines on the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm off Suffolk, UK.
Specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern will mobilise in early September from the Port of Esbjerg, heading to site with a full deck of SWT 6.0-154 turbines before heading to the Port of Hull to continue operations.
The vessel will be joining the 56-turbine project to ensure timely completion and will be on contract for at least 30 days with options, the company said.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier agreed the contract and carried out mobilisation within 6-8 weeks after initial contact. Time and cost for mobilisation have been significantly reduced by reengineering the existing grillage from the Veja Mate installation project, which was completed in the German EEZ earlier this summer, according to the company.
”This is a perfect demonstration of industry pulling together to advance a positive outcome for a project located on a site which is known to have some challenging characteristics. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is looking forward to bringing our experience and capabilities to the project, working with the local supply chain in the East of England” said Martin Degen, Commercial Manger, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.
Swire Blue Ocean’s wind turbine installation vessel Pacific Orca installed the first turbine at the site mid-May.
Development and construction of the GBP 1.5 billion Galloper offshore wind farm is led by innogy SE on behalf of the project partners, UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), Siemens Financial Services and Macquarie Capital.