06 Jun 2018

Pacific Orca completes installation on the EOWDC

On the 27th of May, Pacific Orca reaffirmed its position as a leading jack-up vessel in the offshore wind market with the successful completion of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), a project off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland which holds the record for the world’s most powerful wind turbines.

Project details

The EOWDC is owned by Vattenfall and under development by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Ltd. The original project plans called for 11 V164-8.4 MW turbines, but two of the turbines were later enhanced with additional internal power modes, increasing their output to 8.8 MW. Pacific Orca’s installation on site began with one of the V164-8.8 MW turbines which now stands as the world’s most powerful installed turbine. The massive turbines on the Aberdeen project have a blade tip height of 191 metres when measured from sea level, just three metres shy of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, and the 164-metre rotors have a diameter larger than that of the London Eye.

The 300-million-pound project is slated to come online with a total capacity of 93.2 MW. Once fully operational, the EOWDC is expected to produce 312 GWh of electricity annually which is enough to cover 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic demand and should reduce CO2 emissions by 134,128 tonnes annually, the equivalent of removing 736,817 cars from UK roads. Additionally, the project is unique in the European offshore market for its implementation of suction bucket foundations and use of high capacity 66kV power cables. Boskalis won the balance of the plant contract in 2016 and was the client for which Swire Blue Ocean worked. Boskalis was also tasked with the installation of the eleven 1,800-tonne suction bucket jackets.

Challenges overcome

The installation on site provided the Pacific Orca with some of the most challenging conditions she has ever faced. The EOWDC is located in average water depths by offshore wind industry standards, but the seabed on site was extremely complex with leg penetrations of 20+ metres, an all-time record high for Swire Blue Ocean.  

After much hard work by the Swire Blue Ocean, Boskalis, MHI-Vestas, and Vattenfall teams, the installation process was completed on time, and 11 turbines now stand ready to provide the people of Aberdeen with clean and renewable energy for decades to come.



Picture above: The Pacific Orca on site at the EOWDC with installation of all major components of the first V164-8.8 MW turbine completed. Source: TVP Film and Multimedia Ltd.


News Overview

Pacific Osprey and Pacific Orca received their best eCMID inspection results since construction  20 Apr 2020
New workshop installed on Pacific Orca to facilitate onboard maintenance of nacelles  04 Mar 2020
WindEurope Offshore 2019 is over, see you soon!  16 Dec 2019
Meet us at WindEurope Offshore 2019  18 Nov 2019
SBO exhibits at Offshore Energy 2019 in Amsterdam  30 Oct 2019
SBO participates in the Danish Royal visit to France  28 Oct 2019
SBO Area Manager in Taiwan, Matt Bowden, speaks at the 7th Asia Offshore Wind Day.  24 Oct 2019
Pacific Orca passes by Copenhagen on her way to Wikinger Offshore Windfarm  24 Sep 2019
Let’s stay safe together  28 Aug 2019
SBO has started maintenance and service following recent agreement with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy  22 Jul 2019
SBO strengthens business presence in Taiwan with the appointment of new Area Manager, Matt Bowden  30 Apr 2019
Pacific Osprey chartered by GeoSea NV for transport of OTM  27 Mar 2019
SBO installing deepest fixed turbine  25 Feb 2019
Swire Blue Ocean employee killed in Great Belt train accident  11 Jan 2019
Halfway on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm  21 Dec 2018
A milestone reached on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm  31 Oct 2018
Exhibiting at the Offshore Energy exhibition, Amsterdam  17 Oct 2018
Beatrice project kicked off to a successful start  03 Jul 2018
Pacific Orca completes installation on the EOWDC  06 Jun 2018
New headquarters  15 Feb 2018
SBO moves to new and bigger facilities  30 Oct 2017
Gemini Offshore Wind Park Completion  01 Sep 2016
Swire Blue Ocean A/S signs contract with Siemens for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project  02 Jun 2016
Congrats to Bilfinger with completing Sandbank foundation installation  12 Feb 2016
Milestone reached on Gemini. Congrats to Van Oord  31 Aug 2015
UK Rampion Offshore Wind Farm – we are proud to have been chosen for foundation installation  01 Jun 2015
Decommissioning now also of the Gas Booster Platform B11  23 Feb 2015
New key contract signed with Bilfinger for the Sandbank project  29 Sep 2014
New key contract signed with EPCI contractor Van Oord  19 Sep 2014
Pacific Osprey setting efficiency records with WTG installation on the DanTysk wind farm  30 Aug 2014
Pacific Orca safely completes foundation installation on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm  29 Jul 2014
First complete WTG installed on DanTysk  10 Apr 2014
BR1 Foundation Installation  27 Jan 2014
Swire Blue Ocean successfully completes H7 decommissioning job  22 Aug 2013
Swire Blue Ocean naming ceremony for Pacific Osprey at Fayard in Denmark  02 Apr 2013
Swire Pacific Offshore takes delivery of world's largest Windfarm Installation Vessel  30 Jul 2012
Second Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S  09 Mar 2011
Swire Pacific Offshore acquires Blue Ocean Ships A/S  09 Feb 2011
Swire Blue Ocean is awarded a contract for turbine installation on the DanTysk project  17 Feb 2011
First Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S  10 Aug 2010


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