Drydocks World Dubai to build offshore wind power platform

Drydocks World has entered into a contract with Aibel, a Norwegian provider of services to the energy industry, that will see the Dubai shipyard build a Wind Power Offshore Platform to receive power generated from offshore wind farms. The project will be implemented at the Dubai shipyard.

"Drydocks World has progressively enhanced its capability to implement sophisticated high end projects involving tremendous skill and expertise," said Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World. "We are proud to work on the ground-breaking project for a leading service provider like Aibel. Our contribution to the wind farming and offshore industry is widely acknowledged and this project will serve to further enhance our reputation."

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The platform named DolWin beta will be built for the large DolWin offshore wind farm cluster near Dollart, in the German sector of the North Sea. Drydocks World will carry out the building of  the platform structure for  Aibel, who is a supplier to ABB. ABB has been contracted by the German transmission grid operator TenneT to deliver a turnkey solution for the power transmission link, connecting the offshore wind farms to the German mainland grid, including the offshore platform, the offshore and onshore converter stations and the land and sea cable systems.

The length of the platform is 92.3 m and breadth is 72.8 m. The fabrication of GBS (Gravity Base Structure) Platform will start in July 2012 and it is expected to be delivered in December 2013. The shipyard will carry outfabrication of steel and piping, electrical cables and implement surface protection coating. The accommodations structure for 16 people will be to NORSOK standards and will be fabricated and installed along with the heli-deck.

"Aibel is pleased to award the GBS  platform structure fabrication contract to DDW," said Jan Skogseth, Aibel CEO. "DDW has been selected after international competition and with recognition of DDW's safety record. The platform will be transported to Aibel's yard in Haugesund Norway for outfitting. In the summer of 2014, Aibel will tow the platform from Haugesund to the offshore site in the North Sea and install the platform on the sea bottom.

"We look forward to a good co-operation with DDW and an on time delivery to a satisfactory quality for our end clients."

January 13, 2011