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A2SEA invests in a new jack-up vessel

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A2SEA (owned 51% by DONG Energy and 49% by Siemens Wind Power) has signed a contract with Chinese company, COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd., for the construction of a new jack-up vessel specially designed for the purpose of installation of offshore wind turbines. The contract has a value of USD 155 million (approx. DKK 890 million).

In 2010 A2SEA also signed a contract for a new vessel, SEA INSTALLER, for offshore installation. The new agreement with COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd. is for a vessel identical to SEA INSTALLER, but extended by a longer crane able to lift up to 900 tonnes, which is 100 tonnes more than SEA INSTALLER. The new vessel will be able to meet the development in the off-shore wind industry with larger turbines engineered for offshore use.

The new vessel is expected to be delivered in 2014. It will be designed as a jack-up vessel optimised to operate at water depths of up to 45 meters, and it will therefore be well-fitted for the installation of upcoming offshore wind projects in the Northern European offshore market. The new jack-up vessel will, thus, be an important step towards the further industrialisation of the offshore wind industry to lower cost of energy.

“With the fast growing offshore market in the Northern Europe, we can already today see that the demand for vessels for installation will grow dramatically. With the new installation vessel, we are well prepared to meet that demand and strengthen our position as supplier of installation services,” says Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO, A2SEA.

“It is very important to us that we are able to meet the demand of tomorrow, when the offshore parks along with the size of the turbines are growing in size. With the new vessel we take a big step continuing to shorten the time of installation and thereby bringing down the cost of energy from offshore wind energy,” says Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO, A2SEA.

For additional information, please contact:

Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO, A2SEA

jfh@a2sea.dk, D: +45 76 204 700 M: +45 52 139 400

Facts about the new jack-up vessel:

  • Length: 132 metres
  • Breadth: 39 metres
  • Draft: 5.8 metres
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Crane capacity: 900 tonnes
  • Loading area: 3200 sqm.
  • Loading capacity: 5000 tonnes
  • Able to jack-up at water depths of up to 45 metres
  • Capable of carrying eight to ten offshore wind turbines (Towers, nacelles and blades)
  • Able to carry up 60 people (crew and installation personnel)

A2SEA:
A2SEA is the market leader within installation and service work for offshore wind farms. Since its foundation in 2000, A2SEA has installed more than 50% of the world’s offshore wind power turbines. A2SEA is currently working with the installation of offshore wind turbines and founda-tions on the projects Sheringham Shoal, Teesside and London Array. The company is headquar-tered in Fredericia. A2SEA currently has more than 300 employees.