Drydocks lift for Dolwin Beta

Dubai shipyard Drydocks World has hailed a landmark “heavy lift” in the construction of the Dolwin Beta offshore wind HVDC platform.

The shipyard said the 10,000-tonne topside of the first gravity base was lifted almost 53 metres from the dock bottom as part of the mating operation between the topsides and the substructure.

Drydocks World is building Dolwin Beta for Germany’s 900MW Dolwin 2 transmission cluster – billing the project as the largest offshore wind platform structure ever commissioned.

Drydocks World is constructing the platform for Norwegian energy services group Aibel.

Aibel is itself a supplier to ABB, the engineering group that in 2011 won a $1bn order from German transmission operator TenneT to design and install the Dolwin 2 link.