Keppel to Build Wind Turbine Installation Vessel in US
Keppel Corporation Limited refers to its announcement dated 9 October, 2020 “Keppel secures contract worth about SGD 600 million in the offshore
Keppel Corporation Limited refers to its announcement dated 9 October, 2020 “Keppel secures contract worth about SGD 600 million in the offshore renewable energy industry”. Keppel Corporation is pleased to further announce that the contract is for the engineering, procurement and construction of a Wind Turbine Installation Vessel by Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for a United States energy company, Dominion Energy Inc. The securing of this contract is in line with Keppel Corporation’s Vision 2030, which includes seeking opportunities in providing renewable energy solutions.
The vessel is being built by Keppel O&M’s shipyard in the US, Keppel AmFELS, and will be Jones Act compliant. Scheduled for delivery in 2023, it will be available for charter hire to offshore wind developers, in support of several US wind projects. The vessel is expected to be fully utilised on US East Coast projects exceeding 5 gigawatts of US offshore wind construction through to 2027.
The vessel’s hull will have a length of 472 feet, a width of 184 feet and a depth of 38 feet, making it one of the biggest offshore wind installation vessels in the world. Its features include a main crane with a boom length of 426 feet and an expected lifting capacity of 2,200 tonnes. The WTIV will have accommodations for up to 119 people. The vessel is designed to handle current turbine technologies as well as next generation turbine sizes of 12 megawatts or larger and will also be capable of the installation of foundations for turbines and other heavy lifts.
Work on the vessel, which will be named Charybdis, has commenced with a keel laying ceremony, where steel is laid to form the first part of the keel, held yesterday at Keppel AMFELS’ yard in Brownsville, Texas, marking the start of a major construction milestone.