Norwegian engineering and development agency Aibel’s yard in Thailand has accomplished the development of the Dogger Financial institution A wind farm substation topside, in what’s the first ever HVDC converter platform exported from Thailand.
Loaded on a BigLift heavy transportation vessel, the topside is now en path to Haugesund, Norway the place additional gear will likely be put in forward of the set up at its last offshore location at what would be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the Dogger Financial institution, offshore the UK.
In keeping with Aibel, the primary metal for the venture was minimize in August 2020 through the international pandemic, which had compelled your entire engineering group to earn a living from home.
“It additionally meant that the positioning group on the yard in Thailand was despatched again to Norway for 3 months and as much as 160 folks on web site have been quarantined on the identical time. On high of Covid-19 and the restrictions that adopted, the venture has been hit by delays as a result of blockade of the Suez Canal and delayed metal deliveries because of a ship breakdown within the Mediterranean. Not too long ago, the uncertainty brought on by the conflict in Ukraine has additionally created challenges,” Aibel mentioned.
“There was an incredible willingness from all events and a drive to realize issues, which implies that regardless of all of the challenges, we now have a module with a completion charge that exceeds earlier tasks in Thailand. Everybody ought to be pleased with this,” says Aibel’s venture director for Dogger Financial institution, Per Tore Larsen.
He mentioned:”The topside was weighed at 6780.5 tonnes towards a theoretical weight of 6779 tonnes. It’s an unbelievable end result and illustrates the nice and shut interplay between engineering and fabrication.
Whereas the earlier module constructed on the yard in Thailand, the MSF module of Johan Sverdrup P2, was the heaviest ever moved in Thailand, the Dogger Financial institution A topside is the most important, Aibel mentioned.
Aibel’s development supervisor in Thailand, Frode Johan Saltvedt mentioned:”Roughly talking, solely the key HVDC gear akin to the big transformers, valves and converter reactors stay to be put in in Haugesund.”
Work in Haugesund
The topside is predicted to reach on the yard in Haugesund within the latter half of June, the place it will likely be positioned on the upgraded rig quay. Right here, a number of giant lifting operations with huge and small floating cranes stay with a view to put in place transformers, slings and lifting gear – along with many lifts of Hitachi gear with the yard’s new tower crane.
The vast majority of Aibel’s work on the topside will likely be accomplished by mechanical completion in November. Commissioning work then stays till the anticipated sailaway in early spring 2023.