Major windfarm contract

Mr Mats Vikholm, Head of Wind Farm Design, Vattenfall (left) and Mikkel Gleerup, CEO, SBO, (right) sign the contract on Pacific Osprey's bridge.
Mr Mats Vikholm, Head of Wind Farm Design, Vattenfall (left) and Mikkel Gleerup, CEO, SBO, (right) sign the contract on Pacific Osprey's bridge.
Swire Blue Ocean ("SBO") has signed a contract with Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, for the transportation and installation of turbines at the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm, off the coast of the Netherlands. It is expected that SBO will take approximately one year to complete the campaign, from loading the first turbine parts for transport, to installing the last turbine.

SBO's windfarm installation vessel, Pacific Osprey, will transport and install approximately 140 Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive offshore turbines – the newest and largest generation of wind turbines – which are expected to be rated with a capacity of up to 11 MW. By then, the vessel will be upgraded with a 1,200-ton crane with a boom 15 metres longer than the original, and a 4,300 square-metre deck area to meet the needs of transporting, lifting and installing turbines of this scale. Pacific Osprey is one of the few Windfarm Installation Vessels currently capable of installing the new generation of turbines and this contract demonstrates SBO's ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving offshore energy market.
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