The jack-up vessel, named VIDAR, has been developed for the construction and servicing of offshore wind farms and oil and gas plants at sea and is ideally suited to the task of performing safe and fast assembly of foundations and components for wind farms in the North Sea and the Baltic.
The vessel is equipped with a large deck surface, substantial cargo capacity and a powerful 1,200-ton crane. It will be able to install the latest-generation wind turbines of all dimensions at water depths of up to 50 metres.
HOCHTIEF chartered the vessel to a client even before construction was completed and its chief function in this respect will be blade installation at the Global Tech I wind farm in the North Sea which commenced in December. VIDAR joins its sister vessels, THOR and INNOVATION, at this site where the two ships are already engaged in the installation of foundations, towers and turbines. All three vessels were constructed at the Crist Shipyard in Poland.
“With VIDAR, HOCHTIEF makes an important contribution to the expansion of renewable energies” said Marcelino Fernández Verdes, CEO of HOCHTIEF. “The powerful vessel speeds up processes during construction of the offshore wind farms and thus reduces costs. With our investments, we have taken responsibility for the conversion of the energy sector and are looking optimistically into the future.”
HOCHTIEF is one of the biggest players in the offshore wind market having constructed Germany’s first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus. The company also played a significant part in the construction of Bard Offshore 1. Alongside the current Global Tech I project, the company is also engaged in the construction of EnBW Baltic 2 and is working with investment partners to develop six North Sea wind farms.
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