SeaTwirl Signs LOI for Manufacturing and Installation of S2x in Norway

The wind power company SeaTwirl has signed a letter of intent with Westcon Yards for the manufacture and installation of the 1 MW S2x on site in Norway. The agreement marks an important step forward in the S2x project.
SeaTwirl Signs LOI for Manufacturing and Installation of S2x in Norway
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Fabrication of the steel structures is planned at Westcon's shipyard in Florø and then transported to Dommersnes Industrial Area for complete assembly and testing. The complete turbine is then towed to Bokn where it will be installed.

Westcon will take full responsibility for both the fabrication and installation of the turbine and thus establish itself as a complete and long-term supplier for projects within floating offshore wind.

"The green shift is underway and we at Westcon have no intention of sitting and watching. On the contrary, we have ambitions to take part in, and contribute to, building up a new Norwegian industry. This agreement with SeaTwirl therefore marks an important step for Weston's future goals.

"We choose to keep production in Norway to show that we have faith in Norwegian industry and want to build a sustainable supply chain for this industry, comments Stian Røsdal, head of Westcon's department for green and sustainable technology.

"Over several decades, we have proven that we are able to deliver large and comprehensive projects on competitive terms, as well as that we have an organization that is both competent and experienced across our locations. This is an important, strategic milestone for Westcon and we look forward to working with Seatwirl to promote innovative solutions also in floating offshore wind," the company said in a press release.

Seatwirl represents an innovative wind turbine where the major advantage is a simple, robust and cost-effective design that also leads to lower service and maintenance costs compared to other traditional wind turbines.

"Securing partners with the ability to support us beyond the S2x project is important to realize our vision of becoming a leading supplier to large offshore wind farms. We look forward to working with Westcon Yards," says Peter Laurits, CEO of SeaTwirl.

Westcon Yards is an established player with decades long history in the marine and offshore industry. The company builds ships and performs repairs on ships and offshore structures at modern facilities at four different sites in Norway. Specifically, Westcon has experience from working on structures with similar thickness steel plates, girders, stiffeners, and complexity as the S2x turbine.

“This is an important step forward in the realization of S2x. We have worked closely with Westcon for a long time to arrange a contract where Westcon can take full responsibility all the way through the installation of S2x. We have great confidence in Westcon and feel that this cooperation will secure not only the production of S2x in 2023 but also strengthen SeaTwirl’s position for future larger turbines”, says Jonas Boström, CTO of SeaTwirl.

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