Sep 20 (Renewables Now) - Denmark's Dong Energy A/S (CPH:DENERG) will use helicopters to transport workers and equipment during the construction and operational phases of its 1.2-GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK.
The offshore wind developer said today it has signed a contract with helicopter operator CHC Group for the supply of aviation services for the first phase of Hornsea Project One.
Hornsea Project One, which will become the biggest wind farm in the world, will be located 120 km (75 miles) off the coast of Yorkshire. "The great distance from shore means we have to do things differently for Hornsea Project One, we can no longer use crew transfer vessels to take people to and from the wind farm each day," explained Duncan Clark, senior programme director at Dong Energy.
The contract will see CHC and its sub-contractor Denmark's Uni-Fly A/S transfer people from shore to the wind farm and also use smaller helicopters to transfer workers and tools between the turbines and substations. The deal is for a period of six years, covering the construction phase, as well as the first five years of operations and maintenance (O&M) of the wind farm. Helicopters will start flying out of Humberside heliport from April 2018.
CHC, which provides services to the oil and gas industry, has its European head office based in Aberdeen.