The Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Site has sailed some rough waters but now appears to be back on course with smooth sailing ahead. SeaRoc, who was recently awarded a contract for the project, has announced it will charter MPI Adventure to aid in the installation of Narec’s Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH). MPI Adventure is a dedicated vessel to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations. Construction is scheduled to take begin this October.
“MPI Adventure is a state of the art vessel coming into this project off the back of a very successful installation campaign at London Array. We consequently feel the NOAH installation is in very safe hands,” said SeaRoc Operations Director Toby Mead.
NOAH will be constructed three nautical miles off the coast of Blyth and consist of a 635t tripod foundation, 100t platform and 25t meteorological mast. Once complete, NOAH will provide site wind speed measurements along side SeaRoc sister company Zephir Ltd’s already installed ZephIR 300 wind lidar. It will also provide needed data for the team constructing and operating the offshore wind energy farm.
“We very much look forward to working with SeaRoc on this challenging project which utilises Adventure to her full potential. She is one of very few vessels on the market capable of installing the 635t tripod in the water depths concerned and will as such be a great asset to the project,” added MPI Offshore Project Manager David Robinson.