Vidar loads up for Global Tech I

Vidar, Hochtief Solutions' recently launched crane vessel, began its operational life today by picking up its first load of Areva rotor stars destined for Germany's Global Tech I offshore wind project.

Pre-assembly of the 60-metre blades and nacelles into the three-blade rotor star, each weighing more than 100 tonnes, was done at JadeWeserPort, in Wilhelmshaven.

Vidar, which was launched last month after its construction in Poland, is now awaiting the next weather window that will allow it to transport the rotors to the 400MW Global Tech I, some 170km from Wilhelmshaven.

Turbine installation is already in full swing at Global Tech I thanks to Brave Tern and Thor, the latter of which is also owned by Hochtief Solutions.

Global Tech I, owned by Stadtwerke München, HSE and Axpo Holding and Esportes, is expected to be fully operational by next summer.

Construction at the project, which will employ 80 of Areva's 5MW M5000-135 turbines, commenced in August 2012.