WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH (WIKING) is to provide helicopter support
for the East
offshore wind farm off the east coast of the UK. Operations are to be conducted
from Beccles, UK and will support the transfer of technicians and supplies
at the site.
offshore wind farm is currently under construction, and is anticipated
to be fully commissioned in 2020. Currently several of the turbines are
now producing electricity that is being fed into the National Grid. When
complete the project will have a 714 MW capacity, featuring 102 Siemens
Each 7MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbine consists of three, 75-metre fibre
glass blades, a 90 metre-high tower and a nacelle. The project exported
first power last month and exported power to an onshore substation at Burstall,
near Bramford in Suffolk. When completed, it is expected to meet the energy
demands of 600,000 British households annually.
WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH will deploy an Airbus H145 class helicopter,
the latest member of its 4-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft. The H145 can
carry up to eight passengers with two pilots. It has a rotor of 11 meters
and measures over 13 meters in length. The model has a fast cruise speed
of 265 km/h and a maximum range of 651 km.
With the delivery of its fourth H145, WIKING now operates a fleet of four
H145s used to support offshore wind farms across Europe. It operates out
of Wilhelmshaven (DE), Emden (DE), Wick (UK) and soon from, Eemshaven (NL)
and Den Helder (NL).
The use of helicopters in the offshore wind industry is on the rise. Projects
are being developed further from shore, which increase the travel time
for vessels and see conditions at the site reduce working time and accessibility
to the site. Helicopters are being deployed as a fast-response solution
transferring both technicians and equipment.
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