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DEME’s Orion completes Moray West monopile installation

4C Offshore | Mark Casey
By: Mark Casey 15/04/2024 DEME Group

Belgian offshore construction company DEME, using its vessel Orion, has completed the installation of monopiles at the Moray West offshore wind farm site in Scotland.  

DEME’s flagship Orion completed monopile installation works on Ocean Winds’ Moray West offshore wind farm project in Scotland. Despite harsh winter conditions, DEME swiftly installed 29 monopiles in approximately two months.

A key industry milestone has been delivered by DEME installing the first complete foundations for near 15 MW turbines.  

Orion transported the 29 monopiles, which weigh up to 2000 tonnes each, from the port of Invergordon and installed them in full DP mode, without the use of anchors. DEME’s jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’ is performing the transition piece installation which is expected to be finalised in the coming months.

Ocean Winds Project Director Pete Geddes said: “I am absolutely delighted with DEME Offshore’s performance whilst working on the Moray West project. They have executed the monopile installation campaign efficiently, professionally, and safely.”

Lucien Romagnoli, Business Unit Director UK, Ireland & Belgium at DEME Offshore, added: “I am proud of our fantastic team and Orion's impressive capabilities. With the deployment of the new installation technology, we were able to complete this part of the DEME scope smoothly and efficiently.”

Meanwhile Orion has started its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States, heading to its next project in Virginia.

Jan Klaassen, Business Unit Director Americas at DEME Offshore, adds: “The Orion is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Norfolk, Virginia in late April where she will prepare for the installation of 176 foundations on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project for our client Dominion Energy.”

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