MPI Adventure completes turbine installation works on Sandbank three months ahead of schedule


25/01/2017

We are pleased to announce that our wind turbine installation vessel MPI Adventure has installed 72 SWT-4.0-130 offshore wind turbines on the Sandbank offshore wind farm. The work was completed three months ahead of schedule, with MPI Adventure erecting six of these complete offshore wind turbines per cycle.

After initially assisting with commissioning of the offshore substation, MPI Adventure installed the very first turbine on 28 July 2016. Less than six months later, the final turbine was installed on 21 January 2017. This impressive installation rate can be largely attributed to the vessel’s excellent performance, backed up by the efficient project management and engineering services offered by MPI throughout the contract duration.

MPI was also responsible for the design, engineering and manufacturing of the sea fastenings used during transportation and installation of all Siemens turbines on the Sandbank offshore wind farm.

Vattenfall, the majority owner and developer of the wind farm, has complimented MPI on all the company’s efforts and contribution to achieving such a fantastic turbine installation rate.

MPI Managing Director, Peter Robinson, commented, “This project was delivered with an unprecedented level of cooperation between developer, turbine supplier and turbine installation vessel owners. Both the onshore and offshore teams involved in this sound working relationship can walk away very proud of their efforts.”

The Sandbank offshore wind farm is located approximately 90km west of the island of Sylt in the German Bight. When fully commissioned later this year, the wind farm will be able to generate green electricity for more than 400,000 households.

MPI Adventure is a state-of-the-art offshore installation vessel. Designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components such as foundations, wind turbines, met masts and transformer stations, she is one of the world’s most proven installation vessels in terms of jacking speed, deck space, lifting capacity, accommodation facilities and positioning capabilities (DP2).

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MPI Adventure at work in the Sandbank offshore wind farm

Note to editors:

MPI Offshore, based in Stokesley (UK) and Breda (the Netherlands), has been pioneering the offshore wind-turbine-installation business since 2003, when the first dedicated wind-turbine-installation vessel, MPI Resolution, was delivered. During the past 12 years MPI has been involved in numerous windfarm construction projects in nearly all countries around the North and Baltic Seas.

MPI operates four dedicated wind-turbine-installation vessels, as well as a fleet of 14 workboats. In addition, MPI provides a range of engineering, consulting, manpower and equipment rental services. For more information on MPI and its wide-ranging capabilities please visit www.mpi-offshore.com.

MPI is a subsidiary of Vroon Group, a Dutch-based, diversified ship-owning group with an extensive North Sea offshore fleet, including offshore-support vessels, emergency response and rescue vessels, safety-standby vessels, subsea-support vessels and platform-supply vessels. For more information please visit www.vroon.nl.

For additional information on this release, contact:

Name: Peter Robinson
Title: Managing Director
T: +44 (0)1642 742 200
E: peter.robinson@uk.mpi-offshore.com
W: http://www.mpi-offshore.com/

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