Apr 21, 2023 | offshore marine news

CIMC Raffles and Norway’s Havfram have confirmed and signed a second EPC shipbuilding Contract for a Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV), to be used for transportation and installation services in European wind farms.

The shipyard says that this project places CIMC Raffles among the major offshore wind equipment suppliers, promoting its ‘Green Industry Partners (GIP)’ action helping reach the Carbon Neutrality target.

This project is to the NG20000X design by GustoMSC of the Netherlands, with the related basic design is jointly completed by GustoMSC and CIMC Raffles. This new design is capable of installing offshore wind turbines with a rotor diameter of more than 300m, as well as XXL monopiles weighing up to 3,000t at water depths of up to 70m. The vessel capacity has been optimised for high variable deck load and the extreme lift heights expected over the next decade, while incorporating the latest battery hybrid drive train technology designed to reduce carbon emissions per MW installed by over 70% compared to previous vessel models.

Even Larsen, CEO Havfram Wind, said: “We are very happy to continue working with CIMC Raffles. The decision to order a second NG20000X Jack-Up vessel with CIMC Raffles is based on the good established cooperation with the shipyard and several commitments with major offshore wind developers. As previously announced, we have signed a contract with Ørsted to install wind turbines at their Hornsea 3 project, starting in autumn of 2026. Vattenfall has appointed us as preferred supplier for their Norfolk Projects, starting in the spring of 2027. Last week, we signed a preferred supplier agreement with RWE for turbine installation support for their Nordseecluster project, commencing in the summer of 2026.”

Jonathan Wang Jianzhong, CEO and President, CIMC Raffles Group, said: “We are quite pleased to firm up this important agreement and the second vessel with Havfram and proud to be the joint force for the development of Havfram offshore wind business. As a global major Offshore equipment EPC contractor, throughout our capability, proven and reliable offshore experience as well as ONE-team work, we’re confident we will meet Havfram and their clients’ high-end demand of offshore wind T&I equipment and facilitate Havfram’s market position with committing to deliver expected high standard project. In addition I believe the team-up cooperation will definitely contribute to the offshore wind industry and aid the global energy transition for boosting a more sustainable and greener world.”

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