Construction of 54 of the 108 monopile foundations for the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm have now been completed, according to project developers Dong Energy and Scottish Power Renewables.
Two vessels have been used in tandem for the foundation installation process and the developers have said that this approach will be key to bringing the 389MW wind farm on stream in 2014.
“Having two vessels working together offshore is not only more efficient, and should ensure we get the job done on time, but using two vessels in tandem also saves money helping to bring down costs,” said Dong Energy programme director Henrik Scheinemann.
Offshore work is being carried out by two advanced installation vessels - Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca and the Sea Installer, which are owned by A2SEA. Working in tandem, the vessels will continue to install the foundations until later this summer, at which point Sea Installer will start on installing the first of the 108 Siemens 3.6MW wind turbine generators, while Pacific Orca will continue with foundation installation which is expected to be completed the end of 2013.