DEME Offshore Installation Vessel Completes Scotland Foundation Project


DEME’s flagship “Orion” vessel has completed monopile installation works on Ocean Winds’ 882 MW Moray West offshore wind farm project in Scotland, installing 29 monopiles in approximately two months. 

Orion transported the monopiles weighing up to 2000 tons each, from the port of Invergordon and installed them in full DP mode. The company’s motion compensated pile gripper, in combination with its 5,000-ton crane and vessel ballasting techniques, enabled operations. The company says dedicated novel tools were deployed such as a Quad Vibro Hammer and pioneering bolting equipment for M90 bolts. The company’s DP2 jack-up vessel, Apollo, is installing the project transition pieces.

“I am proud of our fantastic team and Orion’s impressive capabilities,” says DEME’s Lucien Romagnoli. “With the deployment of the new installation technology, we were able to complete this part of the DEME scope smoothly and efficiently. It truly demonstrates Orion’s efficiency, particularly its double-stage motion-compensated gripper. We are eager to continue the momentum with ‘Apollo’ and seamlessly complete the transition piece installation, delivering another project to the full satisfaction of our client.”

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