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First foundation on way to Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm site

 

The first foundation for the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm is now at Great Yarmouth, having arrived from Vlissingen in the Netherlands on the weekend.

 

A canon and a stock anchor were found during the UXO survey

"Toisa Sonata" ready to leave Vlissingen with a monopile and transition piece - the first for Sheringham Shoal.

 

The first foundation for the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm is now at Great Yarmouth, having arrived from Vlissingen in the Netherlands on the weekend.

 

The foundation, as well as a bright yellow-painted transition piece, is being transported on the 87m “Toisa Sonata” and is scheduled for installation in the Greater Wash as soon as weather permits.

 

The foundation had traveled by barge from Belgium, where it was stored post-fabrication, to the storage and reloading quay in Vlissingen. When it leaves Great Yarmouth, it will be met at the wind farm site by MT Højgaard's installation vessel, “Svanen”, a purpose-made self powered heavy-duty floating crane.

 

The wind farm's foundations will arrive in a sequential order, and be installed in a pre-determined pattern, each one having been designed and fabricated specifically for its installation site. They are between 50 and 55 metres long, with a 4.2-5.2m diameter and weighing from 400 to 600 tonnes each.

 

The “Svanen” will drive the monopiles 32-36 metres into the seabed and mount the transition pieces on top, in preparation for the installation of the two substations and 88 wind turbines in 2011.

 

A second vessel, the 100m “Aura” will also be used to transport the foundations to the site, however it will transport two foundations and two transition pieces per trip. This vessel will arrive in the area as the “Toisa Sonata” returns to Vlissingen to collect another foundation.

 

Project Director Rune Rønvik said that this is the start of a nine-month process to install all 90 required foundations.

 

"Locals will start to notice a lot more activity offshore, and also in the operational base at Wells-next-the-Sea, as the installation progresses over the coming months," he added.

 

The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through the joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. Statoil is the operator for the project during the development phase. Scira will be the operator of the wind farm.

 

For more information: please contact Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm PR & Communications Manager, Sue Vincent on mobile: 07768508742 or email: info@scira.co.uk.

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