Chinese Jack-Up Installs Its First Turbine
Huadian Wenqiang, the Chinese self-elevating jack-up vessel, has installed its first turbine at an offshore wind project.
According to Hengtong Group, the vessel installed the turbine at the project site offshore Zhanjiang in the Guangdong Province on 9 April.
The company said the construction site is located in a typhoon-prone area with complex geological sea conditions, extreme working environment, limited construction surface and dense cross operation, which increase the construction difficulty.
As reported earlier, Huadian Wenqiang set sail towards Zhanjiang in mid-March to start working on the wind farm, which represents its first construction project.
In December 2017, Jiangsu Lande Offshore & Engineering ordered the jack-up from Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments. The vessel was delivered to the owner on 15 February.
The platform is described as ”non-autonomous but self-propelled”, and will be transported over long distances with the help of tugboats. It is equipped with a 600t round-pile full-slewing crane at the bow with a maximum lifting height of 110m.
The vessel can operate in waters depths of up to 40m, making it suitable for wind projects situated in coastal and shallow waters.