A2SEA bags contract for work on Vattenfall's Ormonde project

A2SEA, owned by Danish utility Dong, has been awarded a contract for offshore work on Vattenfall’s 150-megawatt (MW) Ormonde project in the Irish Sea.

A2SEA will use its vessel, the Sea Jack, to transport 30 of REpower’s pre-assembled 5MW turbines from Belfast Harbour to Ormonde, set 10km off the coast of Cumbria.

The Sea Jack, one of two jack-up barges in A2SEA’s stable, already saw action at Vattenfall’s Thanet project in Kent.

The vessel is expected to be on site at Ormonde from March 2011.

David Hodkinson, head of development at Vattenfall’s UK wind division, calls the agreement with A2SEA “an important part of the supply chain’s jigsaw”.

A2SEA remains one of the few major vessel-owning firms dedicated exclusively to servicing the snowballing offshore wind sector.

In July 2009 A2SEA was acquired by Dong for DKr700m ($114.1m).

Since 2001 the firm has installed more than 300 foundations and 500 offshore turbines, performing work at more than 60% of the world’s operational offshore wind projects.

In addition to its two full jack-up vessels, A2SEA also has two leg-suspended vessels, the Sea Energy and Sea Power.

The firm is gunning to “industrialise the market” for erecting offshore wind farms, and is currently working at the London Array and Greater Gabbard projects.