27 Sep '13, 11am

Safety First for Offshore Wind Installation

Safety First for Offshore Wind Installation

Forewind , a consortium composed of RWE, SSE, Statoil and Statkraft, installed the second of Dogger Bank's two meteorological (“met”) masts last weekend using what it called a “human-free” technique to place the steel tower atop the suction bucket foundation. The mast, named Dogger Bank Met Mast West, will provide wind, wave and other weather information as well as marine traffic data, Forewind said. The mast is located approximately 150 km off the UK coast. Installed by EPC contractor Fred. Olsen Renewables using its 132-metre jack-up vessel Brave Tern , the operation was completed smoothly without accident or injury, the company said. After installing the foundation, which is the first of its type to be used in UK waters, the next step in the installation process was maneuvering the met mast’s 93-metre, 44-tonne galvanised steel lattice tower into place atop the foundati...

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