SeaRoc charters MPI Adventure to install Narec's anemometry hubProjects and Operations // September 4, 2012
International marine engineering company SeaRoc has confirmed that it will charter MPI Adventure to install Narec's offshore anemometry hub (NOAH) in October 2012.
SeaRoc's Operations Director Toby Mead confirmed the charter party had been signed, and said: "MPI Adventure is a state of the art vessel coming into this project off the back of a very successful installation campaign at London Array; we consequently feel the NOAH installation is in very safe hands."
SeaRoc was recently awarded the contract to complete the mast installation, 3 nautical miles off the coast of Blyth, consisting of a 635 tonne tripod foundation, 100 tonne platform and 25 tonne meteorological mast; on completion it will provide site wind speed measurements alongside the already installed ZephIR 300 wind lidar, supplied by sister company Zephir Ltd.
The platform will collect the necessary environmental data to inform the development, construction and operation of the proposed Blyth offshore wind demonstration site and will be equipped with a variety of monitoring sensors.
Strategic Investment Funding of £18.5 million was awarded to the Narec project by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in February 2010. An additional £4.35 million was awarded to the project in March 2010 from One North East's Single Programme Fund, to bring the total available funding to £22.85 million.
The project is managed by Turner & Townsend as part of Narec's overall programme portfolio, providing turnkey project management and full design services through the entire project lifecycle.
MPI Adventure is a dedicated vessel to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations; delivered in March 2011 she is the second of MPI's three jack up vessels, her predeccessor being the 2003 built MPI Resolution, the world's first bespoke turbine installation vessel.