UK-based wind energy services company Gaoh Offshore has signed a letter of intent covering the design development and construction of its multi-purpose wind farm development vessel, the Deepwater Installer.
The agreement was signed with STX Offshore & Shipbuilding at the end of 2010 and board approval was given last month.
Construction will take place in China, and Gaoh said work will focus on fulfilling the requirements of Round Three wind farm operators.
Gaoh said it will combine its expertise with STX and will focus on deeper water, further offshore projects.
The vessel is capable of operating in the central North Sea area on a year round basis and can handle up to 163.6MW turbines each trip.
Peter Hickson, CEO of Gaoh said the key to the vessel’s success will be the combined experience of STX and Gaoh shareholders.
‘This has allowed the integration of turbine installation experience with a number of innovative design concepts, which among other things eventually culminate in the ability to station keep and jack-up in higher sea states,’ he said.
Gaoh said the multi-functionality adds to the design’s flexibility and ability to deliver cost efficiencies.
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