November 28 (Renewables Now) - Norway-based Offshore Heavy Transport AS (OHT) said Thursday it had been selected as the preferred supplier for the foundation installation at two of the three 1.2-GW projects that will form the Dogger Bank offshore wind power complex in the North Sea.
The projects are being developed by a 50/50 joint venture between UK utility SSE plc (LON:SSE) and Norway’s Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR). SSE Renewables will build the three wind farms about 130 km off the Yorkshire coast in the UK.
As part of the contract, OHT will use its new vessel Alfa Lift, built specifically for the offshore wind market, to transport and install the monopile foundations and transition pieces for the Creyke Beck A and B wind farms.
OHT's new vessel, whose market debut will be in 2021, will be the biggest and most efficient custom-built offshore wind foundation installation vessel in the world, the company said. It has a capacity to carry a total payload of up to 51,250 tonnes.
OHT is expected to carry out the transportation and installation works between 2022 and 2024. The project developers plan to have the first plant generating power in 2023.