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EU and China firms sign USD 155m deal to construct turbine installation vessel

Jack-up vessel will be specifically designed to install offshore wind turbines

The vessel will be specifically designed to install offshore wind turbines
The vessel will be specifically designed to install offshore wind turbines

EU and China marine firms are working together to build a turbine installation vessel to develop wind projects in Northern Europe. Denmark wind installation firm A2SEA has joined up with China ship developer COSCO Shipyard Group to construct a vessel to deploy offshore turbines.

A2SEA, which is part owned by DONG Energy and Siemens Wind Power, has signed a USD 155m contract with COSCO Shipyard Group for the construction of the jack-up vessel. The vessel is being specially designed to install and develop offshore wind farms.

The new vessel, which is expected to be delivered in 2014, will be designed as a jack-up vessel optimised to operate at water depths of up to 45m. DONG Energy said it “will be well-fitted for the installation of upcoming offshore wind projects in the Northern European offshore market.”

Developments in installation vessels to deploy wind energy turbines will be a focus in the agenda for BigSwitch Offshore Wind. The international event, which Renewable Energy Technology (RET) is sponsoring, is taking place in Glasgow on 27th and 28th June. It aims to advance technological developments across global offshore wind by encouraging the European renewable energy industry to work with key delegations from the world’s biggest emerging markets, including China and India, as well as the US.

For more information on the event, please email RET Editor Heath Reidy at heath.reidy@bric.com.