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
"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.