MV Lone gets busy in the German North Sea
Work on Ørsted’s offshore wind farms, Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 is in full swing and Jumbo-SAL-Alliance is part of the equation. The alliance has been contracted by Jan De Nul to carry out secondary steel installation, assigning MV Lone for the job.
In mid-July 2023, the alliance completed the vessel mobilization for MV Lone, kicking off the execution phase. In Emden MV Lone was equipped with her Fly-Jib, additional living quarters, and client-provided project equipment. It is worth mentioning that a new tugger arm arrangement was installed at crane two, improving offshore operations significantly.
Furthermore, Lone then embarked on a journey to Italy to collect further project equipment on behalf of Jan De Nul. Afterwards, the vessel sailed to Eemshaven for her first lout-out of secondary steel components required for installation at the two wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,166 MW.
MV Lone at Godewind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3
Two new wind farms in Germany, powered by 11-MW Siemens Gamesa turbines, are set to provide clean energy to approximately 1.2 million households annually. Borkum Riffgrund 3 will join Ørsted’s offshore wind farms Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2, while Gode Wind 3 will be located close to Ørsted’s Gode Wind 1 and 2. The wind farms are expected to become operational by 2024 and 2025.
“We anticipate that these projects will positively impact the environment and neighbouring communities,”, says Morten Hinrichs, Head of Project Management at SAL Heavy Lift. “We are highly optimistic that these initiatives will create a positive impact on the lives of the local people and enhance the ecological balance in the region.”
The offshore installation vessel Les Alizés has already begun installing the 107 monopile foundations, including one for the Offshore Substation (OSS). MV Lone’s scope comprises installing boat landings, platforms, and corrosion protection systems on the foundations. The execution phase began on 6 August, during which Lone and the project team will maintain excellent service for the client.
“We are proud to be part of this project in the renewable energy industry, striving to develop sustainable energy further and provide more households with access to green electricity,” states Hinrichs.