Turbine installation completed at Burbo Bank Extension

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 12:30
 A2SEA’s Sea Installer and crew including DONG Energy and MHI Vestas installed the last 8 MW turbine on Burbo Bank Extension. (Photo: A2SEA)
A2SEA’s Sea Installer and crew including DONG Energy and MHI Vestas installed the last 8 MW turbine on Burbo Bank Extension. (Photo: A2SEA)

In December 2016, A2SEA’s Sea Installer completed the installation of 32 MHI Vestas 8 MW turbines at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension in the Irish Sea.

Burbo Bank Extension is owned by DONG Energy (50 %) and its partners PKA (25 %) and KIRKBI A/S (25 %).The wind farm has a total capacity of 258 MW and is situated 7 km off the coast of Liverpool Bay. Burbo Bank Extension is expected to be fully commissioned in Q1 2017 and will provide green energy for well over 230,000 homes in the UK.

Claus Bøjle Møller, Project Director at DONG Energy, said: “We are delighted at the completion of this major milestone in the project. It follows on from first power generation in November. This is the first time the 8 MW turbines have been installed offshore, so it is an exciting time for the entire industry.”

COO of MHI Vestas, Flemming Ougaard, acknowledged the importance of the first complete installation of a project: “The installation of the first V164-8.0 MW offshore project, represents a major milestone in the history of MHI Vestas, as well as our business partners ... Now our focus turns to the commissioning of the turbines and bringing them into full operation, prior to handing the project over to DONG Energy.”

“The installation of the 32 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines has progressed seamlessly. Again, A2SEA is first mover, this time by handling the currently largest offshore wind turbine in the market. The installation was completed safely, and in accordance with the installation plan thanks to the well planned and professional co-operation with our partners on the project, MHI Vestas and DONG Energy,” commented Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO at A2SEA.

Sea Installers’s next project is turbine installation on the 580 MW Race Bank in the UK for DONG Energy. Installation is planned to start in Early May 2017.

Silke Funke / A2SEA

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