Starting in autumn 2008, the Sea Jack will be used be used during the main construction periods for the Thanet project to install the wind turbine foundations. It will then assist with the erection of the turbines in the summer and autumn of 2009.
‘This is another significant milestone for the Thanet project,’ said Mark Petterson, TOW project director. ‘A2SEA comes with a very strong track record in this sector and the Sea Jack is an ideal vessel for the requirements of the project’
Sea Jack was specifically built to service the growing offshore wind market. At over 90m long, 33m beam and with a powerful Manitowoc M1200 Ringer crane, the barge is designed for large-scale offshore wind projects such as Thanet.
Thanet received all of the consents required to construct and operate the scheme in December 2006, the first UK Round 2 project to achieve this milestone. It is expected to be the first Round 2 offshore wind farm to be built in the UK and is expected to commence power generation in 2009.
Kaj Lindvig, A2SEA CEO, said: ’This type of long term forward commitment from a developer is vital in allowing companies in the supply chain, such as A2SEA, to make strategic decisions about the future expansion of the business’.