Analysis: mapping 2022 offshore wind activity in Europe | Popgen Tech
PARIS – 2022 was a big year for Europe: 19 wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) worked on installation campaigns across European waters for a total of 2,840 days – 30% more than 2021.
Scotland saw the most installation activity (in vessel days), led by SSE Renewables’ Seagreen 1.
France was second (again), thanks to EDF’s Saint Nazaire, the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.
Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam was the main marshalling hub in the North Sea. It was used for Vattenfall’s entire Hollandse Kust Zuid campaign and also for the foundations of Dogger Bank A and Hollandse Kust Nord.
Yvan Gelbart of Spinergie said: “One of the most exciting moves of the year was the passage of Heerema’s Thialf semisub under the Storbaelt Bridge in Denmark. Thialf’s crane A-frame was specially modified to gain access to the Baltic Sea. It opened up an entirely new region for the contractor, unlocking turbine installation capabilities with its Rotor Nacelle Assembly method. The new installation process is currently being used at Parkwind’s Arcadis Ost 1, with promising results.”
In 2023, a change of scenery is expected for the vessels of the North Sea:
- US joins the club: DEME Group will send one of its WTIVs to the US for the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind 1—could it be the Orion?
- Let’s go mega: Jan De Nul Group’s Voltaire mega WTIV was recently delivered and will soon be heading to Europe to be deployed on Dogger Bank A.
- Homecoming: Several vessels are expected to return from Taiwan, which saw a lot of activity in 2022 from Eneti Inc., Boskalis, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Seaway7 and Heerema Marine Contractors.
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