Wind energy – newbuilding
NOV today announced the signing of a contract with COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry and Cadeler to supply two GustoMSC NG-20000X self-propelled wind turbine installation jack-up vessel designs.
This so-called Cadeler X-Class is designed with 5,600 m2 of deck space and a carrying capacity of more than 17,600 tons, the largest in the industry.
The new hybrid, DNV-certified, cyber-secure jack-up vessel is designed to transport and install seven complete 15 MW turbine sets or five sets of 20-plus MW turbines, a significant upgrade from prior designs.
This expanded carrying capacity will reduce the number of vessel trips required per development and accelerate installation speed, thereby improving project economics while reducing the total carbon footprint of the installation process.
In addition to the overall jack-up design, NOV will supply the jacking system that lifts the vessel and cargo above the waterline to safely install wind turbines. The jacking systems will incorporate NOV’s proprietary advanced regenerative power system technology that will provide fuel savings and emission reductions.
The first NG-20000X jack-up vessel is contracted for one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world—RWE’s 1.4 GW Sofia wind park – and is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2024.