Jumbo wins largest single contract in 50-year history
Jumbo has won a large Taiwanese offshore wind project which includes the transportation and installation of wind turbine structures at the Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm. “This is a proud moment for Jumbo. The Yunlin project is the largest single contract we have been awarded in our 50-year history.” says managing director Michael Kahn.
The contract was awarded earlier this year by Yunneng Windpower, a Taiwanese subsidiary of Bremen-based offshore wind farm developer and operator WPD.
Jumbo’s scope of work comprises the transportation of 40 monopiles and 120 monopile sections from Germany to Taiwan and 40 transition pieces from the Netherlands to Taiwan, as well as the installation of 80 transition pieces including grouting.
This contract is particularly special because it allows the Dutch shipping company to combine the strengths of both its Shipping and Offshore divisions, says Kahn. “Our specialised teams, together with our partners, will provide a unique integrated Transport & Installation solution – from quayside to seabed,” he says.
According to Jumbo, the 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind project is “the first large multi-megawatt offshore wind project in Taiwan.” It will be developed 8 kilometres off the Taiwanese west coast and will consist of 80 Siemens Gamesa turbines of 8MW each.
Jumbo has already started its preparation and planning works and the first transportation is scheduled to set sail in the fourth quarter of this year. The installation works are planned to commence in mid-2020.
The heavy-lift shipping company, which has one of the most specialized fleets in the multipurpose shipping industry, will use their K-class and J-class vessels as well as other third-party heavy-lift vessels and deck carriers for shipping the monopiles, sections and transition pieces. The installation of the transition pieces will be carried out by the J-class vessels, which are equipped with DP2 navigation systems.