A2Sea installs turbine 1,000

Danish offshore contractor A2Sea has installed its 1,000th turbine, at the Gwynt y Môr wind farm in the Irish Sea.

The installation of the Siemens 3.6MW turbine, carried out by the Sea Jack jack-up barge, is one of 160 machines being put in at the 576MW project, being developed by RWE Innogy off the coast of North Wales.

A2Sea chief executive Jens Frederik Hansen said: “From the very first turbine with Sea Energy in June 2002 at Horns Rev I, many things have happened in the industry," naming purpose-built vessels, deeper waters and bigger components as examples.

A2Sea is currently also installing foundations and turbines at West of Duddon Sands with the Sea Installer. Early next year, its newbuild Sea Challenger will join the company’s fleet for its maiden assignment at Dong’s Westermost Rough wind farm off England.

“It took us 12 years to install the first 1,000,” Hansen said. “I would think it would take only five [years] for the next 1,000.”