Voltaire wind installation vessel arrives in the UK to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm
The Voltaire, a new offshore jack-up wind turbine installation vessel (JUV) built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industries for the world’s leading dredging company Jan De Nul Group of Belgium, has recently arrived in the UK port of Abercydon and is preparing for its first task, the construction of the Dogger Bank wind farm.
The vessel will be responsible for installing a total of 277 GE Haliade-X offshore wind turbines. It will set sail in early July to install the first turbines.
The 3.6GW Dogger Bank wind farm is being built off the east coast of England in three 1.2GW phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C. The Dogger Bank wind farm is being developed in a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and V?rgr?nn (20%).
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of Dogger Bank, which Equinor will operate upon completion and is expected to have a useful life of approximately 35 years. Once completed in 2026, it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Jan De Nul Offshore Renewable Energy Manager Jan Van Impe says: “Dogger Bank is exactly the type of project we had in mind when we decided to build the Voltaire vessel.” The Voltaire has a lifting capacity of 3,200 tonnes.