DolWin Beta platform begins journey to North Sea

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The 924MW DolWin Beta platform has been moved from its dry dock in Dubai to the Persian Gulf before its transfer to the North Sea by Smit Lamnalco vessels.

Five tugs helped ship the platform 24 miles offshore
Five tugs helped ship the platform 24 miles offshore

Dong Energy's 330MW Gode Wind 1 and RWE's 332MW Innogy Nordsee 1 projects will be connected to the 15,000 tonne platform once it is installed in the North Sea.

The Dutch marine services provider used five escort tugs, with a combined bollard pull power of 450 tonnes, to help transport the platform 24 miles to the Mighty Servant 1 transport vessel.

The platform converts the alternating current produced by the offshore turbines into direct current for transfer to an onshore substation.

It was built by Dubai Dry Docks World for Norwegian service company Aibel and Swiss technology firm ABB.

Might Servant 1 is a 29,000 tonne semi-submersible transport vessel owned by transport firm Dockwise – a subsidiary of Boskalis.

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