Drydocks to build world's largest wind power platform
Drydocks World – Dubai, begun construction of DolWin beta, the world’s largest Wind Power HVDC Offshore Platform for Aibel AS, a service company that works within the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.
A steel cutting ceremony was organised to mark the occasion where HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony.
DolWin beta will be built for a large wind farm cluster in the German sector of the North Sea. It will receive alternating current from wind farms, and convert it into direct current before sending it onshore via subsea cables. The dimension of the platform is 100.1m by 74.1 m. It will be 83m tall with accommodation and outfits and will weigh 20,000 metric tonnes.
The platform will be able to generate 900 MW power and can receive electricity from three wind farms, i.e. a total of 240 turbines. This offshore wind connection will avoid more than three million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year by replacing fossil-fuel based generation.
“This is one of the several pioneering projects that we have initiated especially to support the Wind Energy sector. We have aligned our business focus with industry developments and have been successful in gaining a foothold within the renewable energy field, which will remain one of the areas of our prime focus in the years to come,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.
“We are delighted to be working with industry majors such as Aibel, ABB and TenneT, which helps us focus our capabilities on next generation technology and infrastructure. I am also extremely grateful to HH Sheikh Ahmed for endorsing the project and encouraging the initiative.”
The EPC subcontract between Aibel AS and Drydocks World was signed on January 12, 2012. The platform will be ready for sailaway from Dubai Drydocks at the end of 2013, and will, after assembly and testing inshore be towed out to the DolWin field from Aibel’s yard at Haugesund, Norway.