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    Smit completes lift for world's largest windfarm

    Projects and Operations // July 5, 2002
    Smit's Asian Hercules II has completed the installation of a 1,000 tonnes transformer substation module for the world's largest offshore windfarm, known as Horns Rev, in Denmark. The lift was performed on behalf of HBG Steel Structures of the Netherlands, the substation's fabricator.

    The Horns Rev windfarm is located some 20km off the west coast of Blåvands Huk, in the Danish sector of the North Sea. It consists of 80 turbines, which supply Denmark's national grid. The 160MW capacity windfarm, owned by Elsam of Denmark, is expected to produce 600 million kWh of electricity per year when it commences operation in November.

    The sheerlegs loaded the windfarm's substation at the Port of Esbjerg. The module, measuring 30m x 20m x 15m, sits 14m above sea level on three pre-installed piles, measuring 1.6m, 2.0m and 2.6m in diameter, driven 39m into the seabed. Asian Hercules IIcompleted the load out, transportation and installation operation within one and a half days in late April.

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