Dan Tysk platform nears float

The first standalone accommodation platform for a wind farm off Germany will soon be ready for float-out from the Nobiskrug shipyard in Kiel.

A five-deck design laid out to house 50 operations personnel at Vattenfall’s 288MW Dan Tysk development, the 2,500-tonne platform will sit on 40-metre-high Nordseewerkem-built jacket at the project site, located in 21–31 metres of water in the North Sea.

"Our idea of housing service teams in a separate accommodation platform directly on offshore wind farms is a first in Germany,” says Gunnar Groebler, head of the Europe/UK Renewable Energy division at Vattenfall.

“This accommodation platform saves the service and maintenance team from having to travel to the wind farm every day. In this way, we can carry out any pending work very efficiently."

The platform is due to be transported out for installation offshore later this year.

Dan Tysk, being developed by Vattenfall with German contractor Stadtwerke München, is made up of 80 machines. Foundations are in, awaiting installation of the turbines, set to kick off at the end of March. Commissioning of the wind farm is planned for the autumn.