Dogger Bank Wind Farms Secure Voltaire – Heavy Lift News
24 Oct 2019

Dogger Bank Wind Farms Secure Voltaire

The world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank Wind Farms, is delighted to welcome Jan De Nul’s Voltaire to the project. The new offshore jack-up installation vessel, with a lifting capacity of over 3,000 tonnes and standing taller than the Eiffel tower, is the largest of its kind in the world. The Voltaire will transport and install the world’s largest offshore wind turbines, GE’s Haliade-X, at Dogger Bank, which sits 130km off the Yorkshire coast. When complete, Dogger Bank will generate enough energy to power over 4.5 million homes every year – around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs.

The announcement today marks the first contract placed for Voltaire, which will enter in to service in 2022. The vessel, named after the pioneering European Enlightenment philosopher, is fitted with a highly advanced exhaust filtering system by means of a Selective Catalytic Reduction system and a Diesel Particulate Filter, making it the very first seagoing installation vessel of its kind to be an Ultra-Low Emission vessel.

Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group: “We are delighted to be selected as the transport and installation contractor for the next generation of turbines at Dogger Bank. The size of this giant project coincides perfectly with the capacities of our jack-up vessel Voltaire. It underlines that we are entering in to a new phase of OWF construction. We are proud to be at the forefront of offshore wind construction at Dogger Bank.”

3,000t Huisman Crane. Courtesy of Huisman

Jan De Nul announced in April this year that the order to build a 3,000t lift Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel had been placed with COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in China, The vessel, Voltaire,  was set to be delivered in 2022.

Later that month they announced that Huisman had been chosen to design and build the crane.

The Voltaire will be equipped with the biggest leg encircling crane ever installed on a wind turbine installation vessel and together with its flyjib will have the highest lifting height in the world.

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Computer Generated Image of Voltaire. Courtesy of Jan De Nul

Source Jan De Nul and Huisman

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