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The challenges are the ports and foundations – not a lack of vessels

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onsdag 20. april 2011


The order book at A2SEA

SEA WORKER will operate the next couple of years on the London Array project with installation of both foundations and turbines and SEA JACK will operate on the Ormonde project installing turbines.

A2SEA will start installation of foundations at the Anholt wind farm in May. The installation of turbines on the Sheringham Shoal is also scheduled for May.

By Tea Tramontana
Despite the persistent and general perception in the offshore wind industry, there is no longer a lack of capacity of offshore turbine installation vessels, says Kaj Lindvig, Chief Sales Officer at A2SEA, a first mover and now one of the most experienced companies in the installation of offshore wind turbines:

- There is capacity for the installation of up to 3-4 GW per year. It is sufficient to meet the demand, says Kaj Lindvig, who held the position of CEO at A2SEA from 2001 to 2008 when a split in management made him CSO. Thus, he has been part of A2SEA from the very beginning a decade ago. Kaj Lindvig points to other huge challenges facing the offshore turbine installation industry:

- The biggest challenges to our industry now are the lack of knowledge of the future design of the foundations along with the lack of ports where the quays are designed for the loading and unloading of foundations and turbines, he says and elaborates:

- We can only try to estimate the trends of the wind turbine industry and build our vessels for installation based on these estimates and our experience.

A2SEA is owned by DONG Energy and Siemens Wind Power, employs 260 staff and has a turnover of about €100 million.

Photo: DOTI GmbH

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