Stanislav Yudin wins work on Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarmNews // April 4, 2012
Gwynt y Môr Offshore Windfarm Limited has placed a major contract to begin the next stage of offshore construction off the North Wales coast.
In a multi-million deal with Seaway Heavy Lifting Limited of Cyprus, the heavy lift vessel Stanislav Yudin will operate in Liverpool Bay between April and December 2012, to install major components for the 160 turbine windfarm.
Stanislav Yudin, a heavy lift vessel with a lifting capacity of 2,500 tonnes and fully revolving crane, will install the jacket foundations and topsides for the two offshore substations along with 60 wind turbine foundations.
RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds said: “This is a major development in the construction of Gwynt y Môr, enabling the project to remain on schedule and begin delivering clean green energy to 400,000 homes in 2014, as planned.
“Investing in this installation vessel for Gwynt y Môr underlines our commitment to keeping the project on track with our agreed business plan, and to delivering one of the UK’s most important renewable energy schemes.
“Stanislav Yudin will install the first visible components of the windfarm. From mid-April there will be periods of intense offshore activity as the substations and foundations, the monopiles and transitions pieces, begin to appear more than 13km off the North Wales Coast.”
The agreement builds on an existing contract with Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) announced in February 2011, which sees Stanislav Yudin transporting and installing the offshore substation topsides, being built at Harland and Wolff in Belfast.
Stanislav Yudin will also now install 60 monopiles and transitions pieces, with an option of further foundations in the future.
The substation jackets, manufactured by BurntIsland Fabrication in Scotland, will be installed between April and June followed by the installation of the foundations from July onwards.