Damen Shipyards Working Full Steam on Aker Solutions’ HVDC Topsides
Damen Shipyards Group has announced that the company is currently working on delivering two High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) offshore transmission projects with the first one being 70 per cent completed at its Damen Shipyards Mangalia (DSMa) facility in Romania.
DSMa, the group’s largest facility, is equipped with a semi-automated panel line, modern blasting and painting cells, a 1,000-tonne gantry crane, and other equipment that makes it capable of handling very large structures.
The group is currently delivering two HVDC offshore transmission projects at DSMa, both of which are being constructed under contracts with Aker Solutions as the main EPCI contractor.
Work began last year and, with assembly and outfitting commenced, the first is planned for delivery in the first half of 2023, and the second will be delivered in the first quarter of 2024.
Once complete, the HVDC topsides will set sail for Aker Solutions’ yard in Stord, Norway, where the HVDC equipment will be installed and commissioned before they depart for their final destinations.
Damen is undertaking the structural fabrication, surface protection, and outfitting including insulation, lighting, ducting, local cabling, and more, as well as the fabrication of the transport grillages.
“Damen Shipyards Group is a key partner for us in offshore wind. Their facilities are well suited for fabricating these types of structures, and the company shares our passion for delivering large, complex projects safely and sustainably. We have built a very strong relationship with the company over the past years and consider Damen as an integral part in successfully delivering our HVDC portfolio”, said Arne Engevik, HVDC director at Aker Solutions.
According to Damen Shipyards Group, the company sees exciting opportunities in offshore wind, in particular the emerging floating wind sector, but also recognises the potential in other segments of the offshore energy sector and aquaculture.
Damen is now offering a complete construction service including delivery, working to clients’ designs, and providing fabrication engineering expertise.
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