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Damen eyes floating wind sector

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 22/02/2023 Damen

Damen Shipyards Group (Damen) announced plans to enter the offshore construction market with eyes on the floating wind sector. It also noted its interest other segments of the offshore energy sector and aquaculture.

Damen is now offering construction services including delivery, working to clients’ designs and providing fabrication engineering support. Damen Shipyards Mangalia (DSMa), Romania, the group’s largest facility, will play a significant role in the company's new venture. According to Damen, the facility is capable of handling large structures, it is also equipped with a semi-automated panel line, blasting and painting cells, a 1,000 tonne gantry crane and other equipment.

The company is currently delivering two HVDC (High-Voltage Direct Current) offshore transmission projects at DSMa, both of which are being constructed under contracts with Aker Solutions as the main EPCI contractor. Work began last year and, with assembly and outfitting commenced, the first is due for delivery in the first half of 2023 and the second is estimated for delivery Q1 2024. Once complete, the HVDC topsides will set sail for Aker Solutions’ yard in Stord, Norway, where the HVDC equipment will be installed and commissioned before they depart for their final destinations.

Damen is undertaking the structural fabrication, surface protection, outfitting including insulation, lighting, ducting, local cabling and more, as well as the fabrication of the transport grillages.

Arne Engevik, HVDC director at Aker Solutions, said: “Damen Shipyards Group is a key partner for us in offshore wind. Their facilities are well suited for fabricating these types of structures, and the company shares our passion for delivering large, complex projects safely and sustainably. We have built a very strong relationship with the company over the past years and consider Damen as an integral part in successfully delivering our HVDC portfolio.”  

Wouter Henstra, Commercial Manager Damen Offshore Construction, added: “We are very pleased that Aker Solutions, a leading supplier of integrated solutions, products and services to the global energy industry, has chosen Damen Shipyards for these projects. We are confident that the HVDC topsides will fulfil their roles for many years to come and we are delighted to be expanding the contribution that we already make to the roll-out of much-needed offshore wind generation capacity.”  

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