The Block Island Times

Deepwater selects vessel to install wind turbines

Signs contract with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier
By Stephanie Turaj | Feb 26, 2014

Deepwater Wind has selected a Norwegian company called Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to supply the ship that will install Deepwater’s proposed Block Island wind farm.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, which owns two vessels specialized for installing offshore wind turbines, will provide its vessel Bold Tern to Deepwater. Deepwater Wind has proposed a five-turbine offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

Bryan Wilson, Deepwater’s Block Island wind farm project manager, explained the installation process. The turbines, which will be stored in North Kingstown, will be taken to the installation site by a barge. The Bold Tern then will pick up the turbine pieces with a large crane and assemble them in the water. The Bold Tern is what is referred to as a “jack-up vessel,” which means it has the ability to raise its hull above the water’s surface.

“We are very pleased to add Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to our world-class team for the Block Island Wind Farm,” said Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski in a press release. “The Bold Tern is a class-leading vessel for offshore installation and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier brings deep experience in offshore construction and high standards of excellence to the work they do.”

According to Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s website, “Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was established in the beginning of 2008 to meet the increasing demand for offshore wind turbine installation vessels and related marine service vessels. The Company focuses on providing clients with efficient and cost effective transport, installation and service solutions.”

Deepwater signed a contract with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier a week after it announced the selection of a French company, Alstom, to supply the wind turbines. Alstom will construct five 6-megawatt (MW) “Haliade 150” offshore turbines for the project.

According to a press release, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has previously installed Alstom’s Haliade 150 turbine in Belgium.

“We are truly delighted to be installing this significant project which is driving forward the offshore wind industry in the United States,” said Ketil Arvesen of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in a press release. “We have already established a very good relationship with the people in the project team at Deepwater Wind, and we will once again be working with Alstom to install their impressive 6-MW turbine.”

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