The first monopile foundations have been scheduled for shipping from the Port of Esbjerg to the site of Vattenfall’s 406MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm on 9 October.
The monopiles will be loaded on GeoSea’s installation vessel Innovation and shipped to the site some 29 kilometres off the coast.
On the Horns Rev 3 site, the monopiles will be driven 25 to 39 metres into the seabed, according to the Port of Esbjerg.
While GeoSea is in charge of installing the 49 foundations, A2SEA – now a GeoSea subsidiary – will carry out the turbine installation works with its vessel Sea Installer, scheduled to start erecting the turbines in the summer of 2018.
The 49 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines, optimised at 8.3MW, will be loaded out of the port of Esbjerg.
Horns Rev 3 is an extension to Horns Rev 1 and 2 offshore wind farms also installed by A2SEA in 2002 and 2009, respectively.
Once commissioned in 2018, Horns Rev 3 will be the largest offshore wind farm in Danish waters.