Aibel wind contract to shipyard in Dubai

Aibel has awarded Drydocks World a contract to build the structure of the wind platform Dolwin Beta. In December 2013 the platform will be towed from the shipyard in Dubai to Haugesund.

"This is our first wind platform and we have spent a lot of time finding the right subcontractor. Drydocks World is a well-reputed company. I'm sure they can deliver according to our strict quality, health, environmental protection and safety requirements," says President and CEO Jan Skogseth in Aibel AS.

The contract was signed in Dubai on 12 January.

Drydocks World-signering Dubai
President and CEO Jan Skogseth in Aibel AS and Chairman Khamis Juma Buamim of Drydocks World signed the contract in Dubai last week. (Photo: Steinar Lohne/Aibel)

Can handle the size

Dolwin Beta, previously called Dolwin 2, will be situated in a large wind farm area near Helgoland in the German sector of the North Sea. It will receive alternating current from wind farms and convert it to direct current that is sent onshore via subsea cables.

The platform concept has been developed in cooperation between Aibel and ABB. ABB has overall project responsibility and will supply conversion equipment and cables. Aibel is responsible for the platform design and construction.

"Dolwin Beta is a large platform, and Drydocks World's shipyard in Dubai is large enough to handle the size," says Skogseth. The platform is over 90 metres long and 70 metres wide.

Scheduled for completion in 2013

Prefabrication in Dubai will commence in July. At its peak, nearly 1,800 employees at the shipyard in Dubai will work on the platform.

Drydocks World will deliver the platform to Aibel in December 2013. In Haugesund, it will be outfitted with the conversion equipment before being towed to the Dolwin field in the summer of 2014.

Aibel is one of the largest oil service companies in Norway and is established within renewable energy. The company has 5,000 employees and operations in five countries, including two world-class fabrication yards. Aibel is an engineering company that plans, builds, upgrades and maintains platforms, vessels and production facilities in the oil and gas industry.

Published 2012-01-16, 11:10 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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