Seajacks Scylla to install monopiles at Veja Mate

Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 10:15
Seajacks Scylla is currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industry’s Geoje Yard. (Photo: Seajacks)
Seajacks Scylla is currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industry’s Geoje Yard. (Photo: Seajacks)

Seajacks has been awarded the foundation installation contract for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm. The vessel Seajacks Scylla, currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industry’s Geoje Yard, will be installing 67 XL monopiles.

Offshore WindForce, a joint venture between Boskalis and Volker Stevin International, has awarded Seajacks UK Limited the contract to provide the Seajacks Scylla, for the transport and installation of 67 monopiles at the consented Veja Mate 400 MW wind farm. The Seajacks Scylla will be delivered to the client in March 2016 and the first load out of monopiles at the base port of Eemshaven in the Netherlands is expected at the start of April 2016. While working on the project, the Scylla will transport and install monopiles which are 85 m in length and exceed 1,300 t in weight.

Veja Mate offshore wind farm will be built some 95 km north west of the island of Borkum in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and will be connected via the existing BorWin 2 grid connection. Full commercial operation is slated for the end of 2017.

Seajacks Scylla is currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industry’s Geoje Yard. It will commence sea trials in September, with final delivery in October 2015. The vessel will then be transported by a heavy lift transport vessel to North West Europe. “We feel fully justified in our decision to build this pioneering vessel at this time, and the selection of a very high quality shipyard in Samsung Heavy Industries. Veja Mate is far offshore and in deep water, the project requires a large installation jack-up that can ensure safe and efficient transport and installation of XL monopiles. This is exactly the kind of project we envisaged for Scylla when in the design phase, so it is pleasing that we secure this project only a few weeks after her planned delivery to Europe,” says Sebastian Brooke, Commercial Director for Seajacks UK.

Upon delivery from Samsung Heavy Industries, Seajacks Scylla will be the world’s largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel. Sailing at speeds of 12 knots or over, Scylla will be outfitted with 105 m long legs that have the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65 m. Scylla will be equipped with a Huisman 1,500 t leg-encircling crane, incorporate useable deck space in excess of 5,000 m2, and have over 8,000 t of available variable load.

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