Floatel International wins first offshore wind contract

Floatel International has been awarded a contract for the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project, the first for the company in the offshore wind sector.

Under the contract, Floatel International will provide an accommodation vessel to support construction activities on Ørsted’s offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

The company said its vessel Floatel Triumph would be deployed for these operations.

A photo of the Floatel Triumph vessel
Floatel Triumph; Photo source: Floatel International

Floatel Triumph is a semi-submersible accommodation and construction support vessel (floatel), which can accommodate up to 500 people. The DP3 vessel is equipped with a telescopic gangway, a helideck, two deck cranes, a large lay-down area, as well as workshops and warehouses.

According to the Bermuda-headquartered company, the vessel was designed for operation in some of the harshest environmental conditions in the world.

At the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a site, construction is well underway, after Heerema Marine Contractors’ (HMC) vessel Aegir started installing jacket foundations at the beginning of this month.

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This year, the construction activities will include export and array cable laying, and installation of the offshore substations and foundations. Wind turbine installation is scheduled to start in 2022.

The project will comprise a total of 111 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines installed on jacket foundations in the Taiwan Strait, some 35 to 50 kilometres off the coast of Changhua County.