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Awind AS scores Dogger Bank contract

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 03/06/2021 Awind AS

Awind AS has secured a charter contract with Dogger Bank Wind Farm for chartering the first of its“walk-to-work” Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV).

The contract will commence Q2 2023 and will support the commissioning of the 13 MW GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X turbines on the first two phases of the development,
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, until completion in 2025.

Awind (IWS Fleet) is a fully owned subsidiary of Integrated Wind Solutions headquartered in Oslo, Norway.The company has two newbuilds CSOVs under construction with delivery in 2023 from China Merchants Industry. In addition, Awind has secured option agreements for up to four additional vessels.

The vessels are equipped for zero-emission operations by battery biased plug-in hybrid solution and are prepared for continuous zero-emission operations. The vessels have 3D motion compensated crane, motion compensated gangway and can accommodate up to 120 persons whereof a large majority of single cabins, tailored for highly efficient and safe “walk-to-work” operations.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “Signing this contract with Awind for the “walk-to-work” vessel is another important milestone for the project. The vessel will play an important role in the safe commissioning of the turbines in the construction of the first two phases.”

Christopher A. Heidenreich, Managing Director of Awind (IWS Fleet) said: “We are extremely pleased that Dogger Bank Wind Farm has chosen Awind to support its turbine commissioning at the world’s largest offshore wind farm. This demonstrates the attractiveness of these highly capable “walk-to-work” vessels, which will be equipped to handle a variety of tasks required to support offshore wind farms during the installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance phase”.

The Dogger Bank wind farms are located more than 130 km from the Yorkshire coast. The project partners reached financial close on the first two phases,
Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, at the beginning of December. Further to Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, the project companies are also developing the Dogger Bank C project for which it is expected that a financial decision will come in late 2021. Due to its size and scale, the overall wind farm is being built in three consecutive 1.2 GW phases. The projects will be capable of powering up to 4.5 UK million homes each year when complete in 2026. Each project is expected to generate around 6 TWh of electricity annually.

Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B are being built in joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor. SSE Renewables is leading on the construction and delivery of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will operate Dogger Bank Wind Farm on completion for its lifetime of up to 35 years.

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