DEME offshore and Havfram sign MoU to provide offshore wind farm construction services
DEME Offshore, the Belgian offshore marine engineering company, and Havfram, the Norwegian international offshore wind and subsea contractor, have both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in offering construction services to the offshore wind farm industry in Norway. The first cooperation project will be the Sørlige Nordsjø II project.
The development of offshore wind projects has gained significant momentum in Norway, due in part to the fact that the government expressed its ambition to develop this nordic country as an offshore wind nation. Specifically, they aim to operate at 30 GW by 2040. Also, electrification of existing oil & gas production assets will be an important step in the energy transition, which in turn will further boost demand for offshore wind in the next ten years.
Jeff Van Hout, Business Unit Manager DEME Offshore, comments: “In Havfram we have found a competent Norwegian partner who shares the same solution-driven mindset in the world of offshore contracting. We are therefore very pleased and excited to join forces with Havfram and are convinced that our complementary expertise will bring added value to the upcoming Norwegian offshore wind market. For the Sørlige Nordsjø II project, which is to be installed in relatively deep water depths of more than 60 m, we believe it will be important to involve an experienced contractor early in the development process to select the best foundation concept for example. With our vast experience in monopile, pre-piled jackets and suction pile technology we look forward to engaging with developers and seeing how we can best bring our innovative solutions and add value to their project.”
Even Larsen, Director of Havfram, says: “With DEME Offshore Havfram has teamed up with a trustworthy, experienced and highly successful offshore wind foundation contractor to provide a one-stop-shop solution to the clients in Norway. Paired with Havfram’s WTG installation expertise, we are offering a sound and reliable partnership for developers for Sørlige Nordsjø and future offshore wind developments. Havfram, with its Norwegian heritage and the ambition to lead the energy transition from O&G to renewables, is ideally placed to play a vital role in these developments over the coming decades.”
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