Keppel Corporation Limited refers to its announcement dated 9 October, 2020 “Keppel secures contract value about USD 452 million within the offshore renewable power business”. Keppel Corporation introduced that the contract is for the engineering, procurement and building of a Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) by Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for a United States power firm, Dominion Energy Inc. (Dominion Energy is an American energy and power firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia). The securing of this contract is in keeping with Keppel Corporation’s Vision 2030, which incorporates in search of alternatives in offering renewable power options.
The vessel is being constructed by Keppel O&M’s shipyard within the U.S., Keppel AmFELS, and can be Jones Act compliant. Scheduled for supply in 2023, it is going to be out there for constitution rent to offshore wind builders, in assist of a number of U.S. wind initiatives. The vessel is predicted to be absolutely utilised on U.S. East Coast initiatives exceeding 5 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind building via to 2027.
Mr Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, mentioned, “We are happy to be chosen by Dominion Energy to construct the primary offshore wind turbine set up vessel within the U.S., which can be one of many largest vessels of its sort on the earth. It is a testomony to the capabilities of our shipyard in constructing all kinds of vessels for the Jones Act market. Keppel AmFELS is proud to be a pioneer in offering offshore wind infrastructure options within the U.S. with our associate Dominion Energy.
“With a powerful engineering, procurement, and building experience, we have now constructed a observe file of delivering initiatives on time and on finances. We are capable of harness Keppel O&M’s world community of yards, and expertise within the offshore renewables market to broaden our footprint and supply options within the clear power transition.”
The vessel’s hull can have a size of 472 toes, a width of 184 toes and a depth of 38 toes, making it one of many greatest offshore wind set up vessels on the earth. Its options embrace a essential crane with a increase size of 426 toes and an anticipated lifting capability of two,200 tonnes. The WTIV can have lodging for as much as 119 folks. The vessel is designed to deal with present turbine applied sciences in addition to subsequent technology turbine sizes of 12 megawatts or bigger and also will be able to the set up of foundations for generators and different heavy lifts.
Work on the vessel, which can be named Charybdis, has commenced with a keel laying ceremony – the place metal is laid to type the primary a part of the keel – held yesterday at Keppel AMFELS’ yard in Brownsville, Texas, marking the beginning of a significant building milestone.
According to a report1 by The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the US Department of Energy discovered the U.S. might develop a complete of 86 GW of offshore wind initiatives by 2050. Project builders count on 14 offshore wind initiatives totalling 9,112 MW to be operational by 2026. States are driving sturdy demand for offshore wind power and have established over 29,100 MW of offshore wind procurement targets as of September 2020.
(Source: Keppel O&M – Image: Keppel AmFELS shipyard within the port of Brownsville/VBR)
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