The Danish manufacturer Vestas has signed a deal to provide wind turbines for a 257MW offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea.
The company said it will use a new floating installation method for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind project that will not require the typical jack-up vessel and could potentially be a gamechanger for the industry.
In collaboration with the green energy company Parkwind and the vessel operator Heerema Marine Contractors, a dual crane vessel will be used.
The new method, which enables dynamic lifting and installation of all turbine components, is designed to prevent challenges with the seabed by avoiding contact with it.
It can also make the installation faster.
Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, said: “The floating installation method we are utilising will potentially be a gamechanger for installing projects in deeper waters, saving time and further reducing the cost of offshore wind.
“Projects like Arcadis Ost 1 will continue to deliver on Germany’s offshore wind ambitions, to reach 20GW of installed wind by 2030”.