Jan De Nul Group considerably invests in its offshore wind activities
13 July 2018 – Jan De Nul Group and Vroon Group signed agreements to transfer part of the offshore business of MPI to Jan De Nul Group. Jan De Nul Group herewith invests considerable resources in the offshore wind industry to offer the market a reliable solution for pioneering projects. The transfer includes ownership of the offshore jack-up crane vessel MPI Discovery together with its crew, as well as a number of MPI’s employees.
“Jan De Nul Group executed several offshore wind farm projects across Europe. To further support our expansion in Europe but also worldwide, we continue investing in our offshore wind resources. The MPI Discovery will considerably strengthen our position on the market,” says Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group.
Specifications of the MPI Discovery
The jack-up vessel MPI Discovery was built in 2011 and was specifically designed to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines and foundations. Key features on the MPI Discovery include a 1,000-tonnes main crane, plus a 50-tonnes auxiliary crane, a maximum operating depth of 40 metres, a deadweight of 6,000 tonnes, and accommodation for 112 persons. The vessel is 140 metres long and is equipped with six legs to lift itself above the sea level for stable working without the impact of waves.
Offshore wind experience of Jan De Nul Group
The company recently announced the award of the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium which is to be kicked off in June 2019. And earlier this year, Jan De Nul Group entered as the first European company the Asian offshore wind farm market, signing contracts for two major offshore wind farm projects in Taiwan: the Formosa 1 Phase 2 OWF project for Formosa Wind Power Co. and the Changhua OWF project commissioned by Taiwan Power Company. As such, Jan De Nul Group is a pioneer in exporting the wind farm expertise from the Low Countries outside Europe.
Vroon’s activities in the wind offshore-support sector operate under the MPI banner. MPI is active in the offshore wind-turbine-installation and -maintenance markets with a range of vessels, equipment and service offerings.
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 13 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. In addition, MPI provides a range of engineering, consulting, manpower and equipment rental services.
About Jan De Nul Group
Innovation, expertise and sustainability. This is the strength of Jan De Nul Group. Thanks to the passion and commitment of its employees and the hypermodern fleet, the Group is market leader in dredging and maritime works, as well as in specialised services for the offshore market of oil, gas and renewable energy. The Group is also a leading company in civil engineering and environmental activities.
The professional and innovative solutions are trusted across the industry. Whether it concerns the design and construction of locks, the design and installation of wind farms at sea or the redevelopment of polluted industrial sites, together with its clients Jan De Nul Group contributes to further economic development in a responsible way.