Awind, a subsidiary of Integrated Wind Solutions, has ordered equipment packages for two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) from MacGregor, part of Cargotec.
MacGregor will deliver two equipment packages each consisting of a 3D motion compensated electrical gangway system, Colibri crane, and a remote control station located on the vessel bridge.
The two vessels, scheduled for delivery in 2023, will be built by China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) in Nantong. They will be prepared for continuous zero-emission operations and operate as mother vessels for wind turbine technicians as they perform safe and efficient work on the offshore turbines.
In addition, Awind has secured an option with CMHI shipyard for up to four additional vessels.
In June, Awind secured a charter contract with Dogger Bank Wind Farm for the first of its two walk-to-work CSOVs.
This contract will commence in the second quarter of 2023. The vessel will be used during the commissioning of the 13 MW GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X turbines on the first two phases of the development, Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, until completion in 2025.
MacGregor equipment has also been ordered for the Edda Wind vessels, one of which has also been chartered for Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.
The 3.6 GW wind farm is being built in three equal phases of 1.2 GW each, located on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea, over 130 kilometres off the coast of the UK.
When complete in 2026, the offshore wind farm will be able to produce enough electricity to power around five per cent of the UK’s electricity demand.