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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Swire Pacific Offshore takes delivery of world's largest Windfarm Installation Vessel
Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO), the parent company of Swire Blue Ocean A/S, took delivery on Friday 27th July of Pacific Orca, the world's largest windfarm installation vessel (WIV), from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The vessel will be deployed to provide service for the Danish utility company DONG Energy.
The vessel's particulars include a length of 161 metres, a breadth of 49 metres and a depth of 10.4 metres. She will be the world's largest structure for installing Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs), with a capacity to carry and install up to 12 units of a 3.6 MW design. Pacific Orca can install offshore wind foundations and WTGs in ocean depths of up to 60 metres, and her special design will enable the installation of the ultra-large WTGs of 10 MW or more that are currently being developed to meet the future needs of the industry.
By fixing her six jack-up legs to the seabed and lifting herself up to 17 metres above the surface of the ocean, Pacific Orca can conduct offshore windfarm installation in a manner least affected by wind and waves, and with maximum accuracy and promptness.
Swire Pacific Offshore's Managing Director, Neil Glenn, said: "The delivery of Pacific Orca is an important milestone for the industry. With more than 30 years of offshore experience and a strong commitment to safety, Swire comes to the market confident that they, through Copenhagen-based Swire Blue Ocean, will deliver the high quality product, performance and service levels that offshore wind customers are looking for."
The demand for offshore windfarm installation vessels similar to Pacific Orca is expected to increase in line with rapid growth of the marine wind power market, which industry experts predict will grow from 3.55 GW in 2012 to 239 GW in 2030, prompted by the global push for renewable energy generation. Swire Pacific Offshore has another windfarm installation vessel on order with Samsung Heavy Industries. The Pacific Osprey is scheduled for delivery at the end of this year and is planned to be deployed for the Dan Tysk project.
About Swire Blue Ocean
Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Swire Blue Ocean (SBO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore. The company supports the installation of offshore wind farms. The tag line "Difficult Jobs, Difficult Places, Safely" accurately reflects SBO's approach in the offshore wind industry. SBO's willingness to take on challenging work is never compromised by the company's over-riding principle of doing this work safely.
For more information please contact Swire Blue Ocean A/S in Denmark, tel +45 3246 3100 - attention Ms Rikke V. Stoltz, Business Development Manager & Director, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swireblueocean.com
Second Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S
Swire Blue Ocean's parent company, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd., is pleased to announce that it has executed its option with Samsung Heavy Industries (Samsung) in Korea to build a second Windfarm Installation Vessel. The new vessel, Pacific Osprey, will be the same specification as Pacific Orca, currently under construction at Samsung and delivering in 2012.
Pacific Osprey is scheduled to arrive in Europe in early 2013 and will be used for the installation of Wind Turbine Generators for DanTysk Offshore Wind in the German North Sea. Pacific Orca, which was originally contracted by the DanTysk project, will be committed to another European project. The re-allocation of Pacific Orca and Pacific Osprey between projects provides the parties with a better alignment between the delivery dates of the vessels and the commencement of their initial contracts.
The Swire Blue Ocean windfarm installation vessel design focuses on safety, efficiency and reliability and will provide customers with a significantly improved operating weather window. The advanced specification features a usable deck area in excess of 4,000m2, DP 2 station keeping, a 1200 MT crane, a total jackable weight of 8,400 MT and a transit speed of 13 knots. The vessel is well suited for the installation of both wind turbines and foundations.
"Exercising the option to build our second Windfarm Installation Vessel is an important milestone for the Company and underlines our commitment to the offshore wind industry” Lars Blicher, General Manager and Director of Swire Blue Ocean, commented. "The industry, quite rightly, has high expectations of the levels of safety, efficiency and operating performance required from vessel owners as its moves towards increasingly challenging projects. We are fully focused on ensuring these objectives are met.”
For further information please contact Swire Blue Ocean A/S in Denmark, tel +45 7026 3133 – attention Ms Rikke V. Stoltz, Business Development Manager & Director, email email@example.com or visit www.swireblueocean.com.