ZWIJNDRECHT, Belgium – DEME’s jackup vessel Innovation is expected to start monopile installation at Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea in October.
Located 89 km (55 mi) off the Yorkshire coast, 165 monopiles and transition pieces will be installed at what is claimed will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Thirty transition pieces are being manufactured at EEW OSB’s factory in Teesside. The first load out was recently completed, according to DEME. Bladt is supplying the additional 135 components.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is supplying 165 8.4-MW turbines. With a height from sea level to blade tip of 204 m (669 ft), the turbines will also feature 82-m (269-ft) long blades, which are currently being fabricated in Hull, UK.
Swire Blue Ocean’s jackup installation vessel Pacific Orca is also expected to begin works on location next year, DEME said.
The 1.4-GW Hornsea Two wind farm is expected to be completed in 2022.