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E.ON has kicked off the offshore construction phase on the 385MW Arkona offshore wind project with the installation of the first of the 60 monopile foundations in the German Baltic Sea.
HR Wallingford has completed a ten week project with Oxford University’s Department of Engineering and Science and E.ON as part of the research aiming to minimise the effects of scour on wind turbine foundations.
On Tuesday, 7 November, the 60th and final monopile built for the Arkona offshore wind farm was lowered into water at the port basin of EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH prior to being towed to the installation site some 35 kilometres northeast of the Rügen Island in the German Baltic Sea.
GeoSea’s heavy-lift jack-up Innovation installed the 49th and final monopile on Vattenfall’s Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in the Danish North Sea just after the New Year.
The first six monopiles EEW SPC produced for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm were loaded onboard SAL Heavy Lift’s crane vessel Svenja in the Rostock port and will now be on their way to Able Seaton Port in the UK, where they will be stored until the installation starts.
The Netherlands-based Temporary Works Design (TWD) has introduced a Hammock monopile seafastening that is said to accommodate foundations with a diameter of up to 11 metres without any changes to the support structure.