Offshore Project Progress - 13 July

EUROPE: Recent updates from projects in the North Sea, including Dong Energy's Race Bank, Veja Mate in Germany, and the 664MW Beatrice site in Scotland.

Bilfinger Mars Offshore will manufacture the transition pieces for Race Bank

Veja Mate

Cabling deal: JDR Cables has been contracted by Siem Offshore to supply inter-array cables, related accessories and termination and testing services to the Veja Mate project.

JDR will supply 97 kilometres of 33 kilovolt medium-voltage alternating-current cables to the 402MW project.

Veja Mate is planned for a site in the North Sea, 115 kilometres off the German coast. 6-Jul-15


Race Bank

Vessel charter: A2Sea's Sea Challenger vessel will be deployed at Dong Energy's Race Bank project, from early 2017.

The project's 91 Siemens 6MW turbines will be installed from the vessel, at the North Sea project site off east England. Race Bank should be fully commissioned in 2018. 7-Jul-15


Transition pieces: Dong has contracted Bilfinger Mars Offshore (BMO) to supply Race Bank's 91 transition pieces.

It is the first major contract win for BMO – a joint venture between Bilfinger Marine & Offshore Systems and the state-owned MARS Closed-End Investment Fund.

Production will begin in September 2015, at BMO's new plant in Szczecin, Poland.

The transition pieces will be loaded on to barges for transportation, or stored until required by Dong, with the first load out expected in June 2016.

The components will be installed at the Race Bank project site, in the North Sea. 8-Jul-15




Surveyor contract: APEM has been contracted by Beatrice's developers, to carry out detailed marine surveys at the site of the planned development and along the export cable route.

APEM will carry out field work, sample analysis and technical reporting.

The up to 664MW Beatrice is a joint venture between SSE, Repsol and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Construction would begin in 2016, subject to a positive final investment decision. It is planned for a site in the Moray Firth, 13.5 kilometres off the Caithness coast, north-east Scotland. 8-Jul-15



First foundation: Bilfinger has begun installing Sandbank's 72 monopile foundations at the North Sea project site 90 kilometres west of the Isle of Sylt.

The 288MW Sandbank project is a joint venture between Vattenfall (51%) and Stadtwerke München (49%). It is due for completion in 2017.

It will use 72 Siemens 4MW turbines. 8-Jul-15


Nordsee Ost

Substation maintenance: RWE Innogy has contracted Fabricom Offshore Services to maintain Nordsee Ost's substation for the next five years.

The contract covers inspection and structural and mechanical maintenance. The work will be carried out from RWE's O&M base on Helgoland, from August 2015.

Several weeks of maintenance work will be undertaken annually. The 295MW Nordsee Ost project lies in the North Sea, to the north of Helgoland, Germany. 9-Jul-15


From WPO Intelligence