Wind Energy – installation vessels
Cadeler has awarded Cosco Shipping the contract to build two new X-class wind turbine installation vessels.
The total order amounts to USD 651million.
The new vessels will, upon completion, e the largest in the industry. The first X-class vessel will be ready by Q3/2024 and has already been commissioned for its first project by Siemens Gamesa.
The second one will be delivered Q1/2025.
The new X-class vessels are designed to operate at some of the most difficult sites around the globe and with the most advanced equipment in the industry. Upon completion of the two new builds, Cadeler will have the largest fleet in the industry in terms of loading capacity and ability to transport,service and install the next generation offshore wind turbines.
The construction of both X-class vessels will start immediately at COSCO’s shipyard in Qidong. The construction process will take three years, but even before the keel has been laid, the first X-class vessel.
has already been contracted for one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world –the 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind power park in the North Sea, owned by RWE.
For this project Cadeler will assist Siemens Gamesa with the transport and installation of one hundred 14 MW wind turbines. The project will be located on Dogger Bank 195 km from the nearest point on the UK’s North East coast. The 14 MW turbines are expected be the largest wind turbines in the world at the time of installation. The wind turbines will be 252 meters tall, measured from sea level to the tip of rotor blade, and will have a rotor diameter of 222 meters.