Danish operator prepares itself for the installation of next-generation wind turbines over the coming decade and beyond.
Offshore wind turbines continue to scale up, and this planned investment will keep SBO at the forefront of this fast-moving industry, the company said.
“I am proud to announce that our organization has put in the hard work to understand the challenges the industry faces, and is now equipped to deliver a solution which will prevent a supply chain bottleneck when new turbine models reach the market in the mid-2020s,” said Mikkel Gleerup, CEO of SBO.
As part of this development, SBO has already shortlisted several leading international shipyards for the order of a new Wind Farm Installation Vessel (WIV) with capacities unseen in the industry up to now.
According to the Danish company, the planning process began in April 2019, and Gleerup is confident that the company has designed a highly competitive asset, able to work on the most difficult sites, with the largest equipment in the industry.
The vessel design, created in partnership with GustoMSC, is a bespoke version of the NG-20000X-G design, with multiple customization’s by SBO.
Pacific Osprey and Pacific Orca UPGRADED Cranes
SBO’s engineers and project partners have developed a crane that is designed to provide an overturning moment of 100,000 t/m, while maintaining the vessels’ exceptional capacity to jack up on difficult sites and weather treacherous offshore conditions.
The main cranes are designed to provide up to 1600 tonnes of lifting capacity with a 155 m hook height above deck. These specifications are expected to meet the requirements for installation of all turbine models currently under development and allow for the continued growth of turbine components.
The installation of the new cranes on both assets are scheduled to commence in Q4 2023.
Just few month ago, Denmark based offshore wind farms services company ‘Swire Blue Ocean’ upgraded crane boom on its jack-up vessel ‘Pacific Osprey’.