Keppel FELS has announced Tuesday that its new multi-purpose self-elevating platform (MPSEP), SEAFOX 5, has secured its first job in offshore wind market in a contract with joint-venture Aarsleff Bilfinger Berger (ABJV) Dan Tysk. The SEAFOX 5, owned and managed with the Seafox Group, will be deployed for foundation works at DanTysk in the German Sector of the North Sea, starting 2012.
Keppel FELS is on track to complete the construction of SEAFOX 5 in the second half of 2012. When delivered, the vessel will be used for installing offshore wind foundations in the 288 megawatt (MW) DanTysk windfarm, developed by Europe’s leading energy company Vattenfall and Stadtwerke MÃ¼nchen, in the German sector of the North Sea.
The vessel, designed by Keppel’s R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development, features an offshore pedestal crane with a 1,200-tonne lifting capacity, and a spacious deck in excess of 3700m2 with a variable load of 7000 MT.
“The SEAFOX 5 will prove to the industry that this vessel can be well utilized in both foundation and turbine installation works. We are more than pleased to get started on the DanTysk foundation works in cooperation with ABJV” said Mr Keesjan Cordia, Managing Director of Seafox Contractors BV.
In addition, to being well-suited for servicing offshore wind farms, SEAFOX 5 also meets all the stringent operating regulations of the offshore oil & gas industry and can support a wide range of related activities such as accommodation, well intervention, maintenance, construction and decommissioning.