Vattenfall has chosen the Port of Hvide Sande on the west coast of Denmark as the operations and maintenance hub for the Horns Rev 3 offshore windfarm in the North Sea
When the facility is established, crew transfer vessels will depart carrying technicians and equipment daily from Hvide Sande to the windfarm, which is approximately 25-40 km off the coast in the North Sea.
Vattenfall director of operations and maintenance Erik Hiensch said, “We expect to employ 25-30 full-time staff working out of Hvide Sande and establish a facility at the port. On top of this, Vattenfall and its partners will need local suppliers. We will be looking for a range of services.”
Operations and maintenance from Hvide Sande will begin when the warranty period with turbine supplier MHI Vestas comes to an in 2024. In the meantime, Vattenfall will assess exactly what kind of facilities will be needed at the port.
Horns Rev 3 is Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm and will boost electricity production from wind in the country by around 12%. It has 47 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind V164-8.3 MW turbines. First power was produced in late December 2018.
Vattenfall managing director Denmark and head of offshore wind Michael Simmelsgaard (shown here) said the deal with the port “is testimony to the local benefits of offshore wind and the engagement in the sector of the Port of Hvide Sande.”