East Anglia ONE gets air support

WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH (WIKING) is to provide helicopter support for the
East Anglia ONE 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.

East Anglia ONE 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 Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines.

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.

For more information on offshore wind farms and the use of helicopters in the industry,
click here. Alternatively, you can view projects across the globe using 4C Offshore's interactive map.

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