Vattenfall Chooses Horns Rev 3 O&M Base

Vattenfall has selected the Port of Hvide Sande as the operations and maintenance hub for the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in Denmark.

Located on the Danish west coast, the port will be used as a base for O&M of the project’s 49 MHI Vestas V164-8.3MW turbines.

Once Vattenfall establishes a facility at the port, service vessels will depart with technicians and equipment to the Horns Rev 3 wind farm located some 25-40km off the coast.

The O&M from the port will begin when the warranty period ends with MHI Vestas in 2024. Until then, studies will be conducted on what exact facilities will be needed at the port.

“We expect to employ 25-30 full-time staff working out of Hvide Sande and establish a Vattenfall facility at the port. On top of this, we and our partners will need local suppliers,” said Vattenfall’s Director of O&M Offshore, Erik Hiensch.

“We will be looking for a range of services from engineering support of our equipment and vessels to cleaning and building maintenance.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern installed the last turbine at Horns Rev 3 at the beginning of this year, shortly after the 406.7MW offshore wind farm delivered first power.

Once fully commissioned in 2020, Horns Rev 3 will become the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark.

Photo: Vattenfall