Offshore windfarm

SHL To Continue Work on Offshore Wind Farms off North Wales

Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) has won a new contract with Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited to begin the second half of foundation installation off the North Wales coast.

SHL’s crane vessel Stanislav Yudin will go to Liverpool Bay in May this year to install the last eighty of the 160 monopile foundations and 32 transition pieces. The first eighty locations were completed with monopiles in December 2012 using the same vessel.

Alongside RWE Vessel

RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds, said: 'The Stanislav Yudin is returning to Gwynt y Môr following a very successful campaign last year. It will be working alongside RWE’s own vessel, Friedrich Ernestine, which has been operating throughout the winter carrying out drilling operations then grouting and installing transition pieces.'

Gwynt y Môr

At 576MW, Gwynt y Môr is one of the largest offshore wind farms currently in construction in Europe. It is a shared investment between partners RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München GmbH and Siemens. Once fully operational, energy generation from Gwynt y Môr is expected to be equivalent to the average annual needs of around 400,000 homes.

Foundation construction is taking place from Gwynt y Môr’s Base Harbour Port Facility in Birkenhead where the components have been arriving since last year from the manufacturer EEW/Bladt in Germany. The monopiles and transition pieces will be taken out to the offshore construction field by barge ready for installation by the Stanislav Yudin.

For more information please visit Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm's website.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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