First turbine on Burbo Bank Extension installed

Monday, 12 September, 2016 - 11:00

The first turbine on DONG Energy’s offshore wind farm Burbo Bank Extension has been installed. It was also the first installation ever of the new 8 MW turbine produced by MHI Vestas, the V164-8.0 MW.

The first out of the 32 turbines of Burbo Bank Extension was installed safely on 8 September 2016 by the A2SEA crew on board of the vessel Sea Installer. For the next months, the vessel will install the turbines being shipped from Belfast. Sea Installer is able to carry four of the 8 MW turbines, which have a rotor diameter of 164 m and a height of 195 m, at a time.

”We were all very excited about the installation of the first turbine. This is the first time ever MHI Vestas’ 8 MW turbine has been installed offshore. We used their new patented lifting tool and our newly extended boom. Our experienced crew did a great job in both handling the new equipment and the new components. Furthermore, the teamwork between A2SEA and MHI Vestas went very smoothly and effectively. Now, we look forward to installing the remaining 31 turbines,” says Jan Riisgaard, Master on board Sea Installer.

The wind farm Burbo Bank Extension is owned by DONG Energy. It has a total capacity of 258 MW and is situated in the Irish Sea, approximately 7 km from the British coastline. The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2017 and will provide green energy for more than 230,000 homes in the UK.

The 80 m long blades for the turbines will be the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind farm. The blades have been designed, tested, and manufactured on the Isle of Wight and assembled at the pre-assembly facility of MHI Vestas in Belfast.

A2SEA recently completed installing turbines on Gode Wind 2+1. Upcoming projects include turbine installation on Burbo Bank Extension, Dudgeon OWF, Race Bank OWF, Arkona OWF, Hornsea Project One and Horns Rev 3. The company is headquartered in Fredericia with subsidiaries in Germany and the UK and has currently more than 260 employees dedicated to the offshore wind industry.

Tanja Peschel /  A2SEA

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