Norwegian design and also building and construction company Aibel’s lawn in Thailand has actually finished the building and construction of the Dogger Bank A wind ranch substation topside, in what is the very first HVDC converter system exported from Thailand.
Loaded on a BigLift hefty transport vessel, the topside is currently en path to Haugesund, Norway where more tools will certainly be set up in advance of the installment at its last overseas place at what will certainly be the globe’s biggest overseas wind ranch, the Dogger Bank, offshore the UK.
According to Aibel, the initial steel for the task was reduced in August 2020 throughout the international pandemic, which had actually compelled the whole design group to function from residence.
“It also meant that the site team at the yard in Thailand was sent back to Norway for three months and up to 160 people on site have been quarantined at the same time. On top of Covid-19 and the restrictions that followed, the project has been hit by delays due to the blockade of the Suez Canal and delayed steel deliveries due to a ship breakdown in the Mediterranean. Recently, the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine has also created challenges,” Aibel claimed.
“There has been a tremendous willingness from all parties and a drive to achieve things, which means that despite all the challenges, we now have a module with a completion rate that exceeds previous projects in Thailand. Everyone should be proud of this,” claims Aibel’s task supervisor for Dogger Bank, Per Tore Larsen
He claimed: “The topside was weighed at 6780.5 tonnes against a theoretical weight of 6779 tonnes. It is an unbelievable result and illustrates the good and close interaction between engineering and fabrication.
While the previous module built at the yard in Thailand, the MSF module of Johan Sverdrup P2, was the heaviest ever moved in Thailand, the Dogger Bank A topside is the largest, Aibel said.
Aibel’s construction manager in Thailand, Frode Johan Saltvedt said:”Roughly talking, just the significant HVDC tools such as the huge transformers, shutoffs and also converter activators stay to be set up in Haugesund.”
Work in Haugesund
The topside is anticipated to reach the lawn in Haugesund in the last fifty percent of June, where it will certainly be put on the updated gear quay. Here, a number of huge training procedures with huge and also little drifting cranes stay in order to implemented transformers, slings and also raising tools– along with lots of lifts of Hitachi tools with the lawn’s brand-new tower crane.
The bulk of Aibel’s work with the topside will certainly be finished by mechanical conclusion inNovember Commissioning job after that stays up until the anticipated sailaway in very early springtime 2023.