Fluor, working for project owners Airtricity and npower renewables, will install 140 turbines at the site, 25 kilometres off the East coast of England in the outer Thames Estuary.
The Leviathan vessel was formally accepted by Fluor Ltd today in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. It will now sail to Harwich International Port in Essex where the jack-up will prepare for hook-up and commissioning of an in-field substation. Thereafter it will proceed with turbine installation work in the North Sea.
The 7,000 tonne vessel, is designed specifically for the harsh North Sea environment, and has a crew of 30 predominantly British engineers. Its sister ship, the Kraken is currently in the middle of a five-month project in Canada’s equally inhospitable east coast waters, providing maintenance work at the Thebaud platform located off Sable Island.
Blair Ainslie, managing director of Seajacks UK, said: “We are pleased to have delivered Leviathan safely and on schedule, and look forward to playing our part in the construction of this landmark renewable energy project. The Greater Gabbard development will demonstrate both the scale and engineering ingenuity required to make offshore wind an integral part of the future energy mix.”