Keppel FELS is on track to complete the construction of SEAFOX 5 at its shipyard in the second half of 2012. When delivered, the vessel will be used for installing offshore wind foundations in the 288 megawatt (MW) DanTysk windfarm, developed by energy company Vattenfall and Stadtwerke Muenchen, in the German sector of the North Sea.
The KFELS MPSEP, designed by Keppel's R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development, features an offshore pedestal crane with a 1,200-tonne lifting capacity, and a spacious deck in excess of 3,700 sq.m with a variable load of 7000 MT
A 75/25 joint venture (JV) company was formed between Keppel FELS and Seafox respectively, to build and own SEAFOX 5.
Mr. Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director of Keppel FELS, said, "This new charter contract is a significant milestone in establishing Keppel's footprint as a value-added solutions provider for the emerging offshore wind energy sector. I would like to thank our partner, Seafox, whose rich operating expertise was instrumental in the winning of our first charter in the North Sea.
"Our proprietary KFELS MPSEP vessel brings to bear Keppel's experience in designing, engineering and building rigs for harsh environments, and will offer important advantages over the existing fleet of installation vessels, in terms of safety, and operational and cost efficiency. We are pleased that Keppel and Seafox have won the confidence of leading offshore wind farm contractors such as ABJV DanTysk with this new generation vessel."
Keppel FELS' proprietary concept was chosen by the Seafox Group in July 2010 as the basis for a new-generation, wind turbine installation vessel. On completion, SEAFOX 5 will be managed and operated by Workfox BV, a member of the Seafox Group that operates multi-support service jackups in the southern North Sea,
Mr. Keesjan Cordia, Managing Director of Seafox Contractors BV, said, "Developers and operators of offshore wind farms place high emphasis on the reliability of delivery and operations. As such, the collective strengths and track records of the Seafox-Keppel alliance, augmented by an outstanding vessel concept, have launched us forward in sealing the charter contract with ABJV DanTysk.
"SEAFOX 5's ability to withstand harsh offshore environmental conditions all year round will be advantageous in this first charter where it is expected to work through winter in the North Sea. We look forward to meet ABJV DanTysk's expectations with the delivery of safe and uninterrupted operations as we fortify SEAFOX 5's track record."
"The SEAFOX 5 will prove to the industry that this vessel can be well utilized in both foundation and turbine installation works. We are more than pleased to get started on the DanTysk foundation works in cooperation with ABJV", Mr Cordia added.
In addition to being -suited for servicing offshore wind farms, SEAFOX 5 also meets all the stringent operating regulations of the offshore oil & gas industry and can support a wide range of related activities such as accommodation, well intervention, maintenance, construction and decommissioning.
April 18, 2011