Seajacks Leviathan set to work on world's largest offshore windfarm developmentProjects and Operations // October 26, 2009
Seajacks International Ltd, the UK jack-up liftboat operator, has delivered the self-propelled jack-up Seajacks Leviathan vessel to Fluor on time and on budget. This marks the start of Seajacks' charter at Greater Gabbard, the world's largest offshore wind energy development.
"We are pleased to have delivered Leviathan safely and on schedule, and look forward to playing our part in the construction of this landmark renewable energy project," said managing director of Seajacks UK, Blair Ainslie.
Seajacks' vessel was formally accepted by Fluor at Vlissingen, The Netherlands. It will now sail to Essex where the jack-up will prepare for hook- up and commissioning of in-field sub-station. Thereafter it will proceed with turbine installation work in the North Sea. The vessel will work 25km off the east coast of England on the Greater Gabbard wind project, which will be the world's largest offshore wind farm upon completion in 2011.
"The Greater Gabbard development will demonstrate both the scale and engineering ingenuity required to make offshore wind an integral part of the future energy mix, Ainslie said. "Seajacks Leviathan is designed specifically for the harsh North Sea environment. Its sister ship, Kraken, is currently in the final stage of a five- month project in Canada's equally inhospitable east coast waters, providing maintenance work at the Thebaud platform located off Sable Island."