On January 21st 2014, Pacific Orca installed the first monopile on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 Wind Farm for DONG Energy.
The weather conditions were perfect considering the winter time a year and the installation went well and as expected.
This farm is located approx. 37 km from the north-west cost of Germany. Once constructed, it will have a capacity of up to 277MW and will be able to supply CO2-free power equivalent to nearly 285,000 German households´ annual power consumption.
Swire Blue Ocean successfully completes H7 decommissioning job
The H7 compressor installation in the German sector of the North sea has been removed as planned and without serious incidents.
This platform stood on Norpipe and came on line in 1977. Its compressors were used to maintain pressure in the pipeline, which carries gas from Norway's Ekofisk area to the Norsea Gas Terminal at Emden in Germany.
The compressors were shut down in 1999, but the installation remained operational until 2007. It was then disconnected from Norpipe and shut down, with all personnel removed.
Statoil has been responsible for the removal project on behalf of H7 operator Gassco, while AF Decom Offshore AS has served as the removal and disposal contractor.
Key sub-contractors are Swire Blue Ocean, which provided the jack-up vessels used for the removal, and Deep Ocean as the company responsible for the project's subsea operations.
Gassco project manager Alf Kristian Haugaland is satisfied with the way the work was done, and says that everyone involved is worthy of praise.
Swire Blue Ocean naming ceremony for Pacific Osprey at Fayard in Denmark
The fact that the Pacific Osprey anchored in Odense, I took the opportunity to invite my team to visit one of the biggest installation vessels in Denmark. Enjoy reading this travel report written by my Assistant, Elvira, and follow her on board the Pacific Osprey
Tuesday, April 2nd
At 8.20 in the morning my colleagues and I were sitting in the coach heading for Odense. Everybody was already excited to visit the Pacific Osprey, currently one of the biggest installation vessels which will be installing the turbines for our windfarm DanTysk in July, this year.
After four hours we reached the Fayard Shipyard with high expectation and in glorious sunshine. From the distance we could already see this impressive giant with its six long legs (105m high), anchored at the quay wall.
Compared to my height of 1,79m, I felt very small when I was standing in front of this technical masterpiece. Due to the fact that the vessel was jacked-up 1,5m above the water surface, the different ships propellers were seen clearly at the bow and stern.
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