March 23, 2010
Keppel Verolme to build wind farm platform
Keppel O&M's Netherlands unit, Keppel Verolme BV, and consortium partner AREVA Energietechnik GmbH have won a EUR 62 million contract from Wetfeet Offshore Windenergy GmbH to build a Mobile Offshore Application Barge (MOAB) for a new offshore wind farm in the German North Sea EEZ.
The self-erecting floating platform will be deployed at the Global Tech I Wind Farm that is being built and operated by Wetfeet Offshore. It will host the transformers and high voltage switchgears to collect and convert electricity generated by the wind turbines for delivery to Germany’s national power grid. It will also be equipped with critical control systems to serve as a backup power supply for the wind farm in case of emergencies.The MOAB will provide permanent accommodations for up to 32 wind farm operating personnel.
The Global Tech I wind farm will be located about 110 km northwest of Cuxhaven and will have 80 5 MW class wind turbines. When fully operational in 2013, it will be capable of generating some 1.4 billion kWh of electrical energy annually. It is expected to help cut some 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
The MOAB is targeted for completion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Keppel Verolme will carry out the detailed engineering and construction work on the new platform which has been designed by Overdick GmbH KG, Hamburg.
AREVA is designing, fabricating and installing the transformers and other high voltage equipment.