Hornsea Two monopile installation to get underway in October

Offshore work for what will become the world's largest offshore windfarm is set to ramp up in the coming weeks.

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Monopile work is due to commence 89 km off England’s Yorkshire coast in October 2020, initially using DEME’s offshore installation vessel Innovation.

In addition to the work carried out by Innovation, Pacific Orca will also begin work next year to support construction. In total, 165 monopiles and transition pieces will be installed in preparation for the site’s 8.4 MW turbines.

Ørsted Hornsea Two programme director Patrick Harnett said, “Even during these challenging times, we are still able to take these important next steps towards the construction of this game-changing windfarm.” A total of 30 transition pieces are being manufactured at EEW OSB’s factory in Teesside, with the first load out having recently been completed.

Denmark-based Bladt is supplying the additional 135 components. Originally, the monopiles and transition pieces were due to be installed by DEME’s new DP3 offshore installation vessel Orion.

The vessel is unable to undertake the contract following an incident earlier this year during testing of the newbuild’s crane.