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Havfram Wind to Install Turbines at Hornsea 3 Wind Farm

Mike Schuler
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March 22, 2023

Ørsted, a global leader in offshore wind, has selected Havfram Wind to install turbines for the massive Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm project in the North Sea off England.

The installation is set to begin in autumn 2026 using Havfram Wind’s state-of-the-art NG20000X design Jack-Up Wind Turbine Installation vessel (WTIV) equipped with a 3,250-ton crane.

Hornsea 3, a colossal project encompassing up to 231 offshore wind turbines, will be situated approximately 120 km off the Norfolk coast and 160 km off the Yorkshire coast. With a total capacity of 2,852 MW, the wind farm is expected to generate enough low-cost, clean, renewable electricity to power more than 3 million UK homes.

Patrick Harnett, Ørsted’s Vice President for Execution Programmes, expressed his excitement about the partnership with Havfram and emphasized the importance of strong, collaborative relationships in delivering a project of Hornsea 3’s size and scale. The collaboration will bring a cutting-edge newbuild vessel to the offshore wind market and further strengthen the working relationship between the two companies.

Havfram Wind’s involvement in the Hornsea project reflects the company’s growing position in the market. Even Larsen, CEO of Havfram Wind, highlighted Ørsted’s market leadership and commitment to achieving 30 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030.

“The different construction phases of the Hornsea offshore wind development zone all represent record-breaking wind projects. The contribution of Havfram Wind to one of these giant projects proves our growing position in the market and the trust given to us by Ørsted,” said Larsen.

Martin Degen, Commercial Director and Vice President of Havfram Wind, emphasized the significance of the Hornsea 3 project for the global offshore wind market.

“Hornsea 3 represents an important contribution to the rapidly growing renewable energy capacity in UK, the largest energy market in Europe. Becoming a main installation contractor for this project, is an important milestone for us as a company and of great importance for our growth,” said Degen.

Havfram Wind’s WTIV kicked off construction at CIMC-Raffles in China late last year. The vessel will be equipped with a 3,250-ton crane and hybrid battery propulsion, and will be capable of handling the world’s largest wind turbines (20+ megawatts) in waters up to 70 meters deep.

Havfram was reorganized in 2022 following a $250 million investment from Seabrook Capital, its majority shareholder, along with Canada’s PSP investment. Under the new structure, Havfram AS (formerly known as Ocean Installer AS) was split into Havfram Wind, which will focus entirely on the offshore wind sector, and Havfram Subsea, a subsea company.

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