Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s has been contracted to install the last offshore wind turbines from insolvent German OEM Senvion.
The Norwegian company’s Global Wind Service unit will use its jack-up vessel Blue Tern to install the remaining 11 Senvion 6.2M152 machines on the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum 2 array in the German North Sea.
The last Senvion offshore machines had rolled out of production facilities in Bremerhaven, Germany, that were subsequently closed.
Senvion had filed for insolvency under self-administration in April 2019, and later managed to sell its European onshore service business and IP, as well as a blade plant in Portugal, to its larger rival Siemens Gamesa, but couldn’t find a buyer for most other parts of its business.
“We are looking forward to working with our new client and to get the chance to support the finalisation of the Trianel wind farm with our jack-up vessel Blue Tern,” said Kristina Pind Løvgren, Head of Nautical, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.
“Blue Tern is ideal for this project due to her capacity. Our related company, Global Wind Service, is already on the project and delivers technicians, QA and Site Management for the installation and mechanical completion of the turbines.”
The insolvency of Senvion and bad weather had delayed the installation of Trianel Borkum 2, which was planned to be completed by the end of 2019, its project company led by regional utility EWE said in December.
The Blue Tern is currently in the Dutch port of Eemshaven, waiting for better weather conditions to start its journey to the construction site 45 kilometres north of the island of Borkum.
Dutch contractor Jan de Nul had installed the first 21 Senvion turbines at Borkum 2.
Trianel, a network of German and Swiss utilities, owns 37.99% in the project, while regional utility EWE holds another 37.5%. A joint venture between EWE and the power utility of the city of Zurich owns another 24.51%.