KenzFigee wins crane order for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm offshore platform

Dutch lifting and handling solutions provider KenzFigee signed a contract with Iv-Offshore & Energy to deliver an electric hydraulic Ram Luffing offshore crane. The crane will be installed on the HVDC offshore converter platform for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, to be sited on Dogger Bank in the UK section of the North Sea.

The heavy duty 3,000 type Ram Luffing crane is especially suited for harsh North Sea offshore operations. The design is compact and robust. Coupled with a limited number of moving parts, it is an ideal low maintenance offshore crane.

The crane is equipped with a 40-metre long box boom which enables personnel handling and supply boat lifts of up to Hs-5m, according EN13852-1, and platform lifts with safe working loads from 19 to 25 tonnes.

Due for shipment in Q1 2022

The Ram Luffing crane will be built, assembled and tested at KenzFigee‘s facility in Zaandam, the Netherlands. In the first quarter of 2022, it will be shipped to Batam, Indonesia where Sembcorp Marine will install it on the HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) offshore converter platform being fabricated for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm. Iv-Offshore & Energy was awarded the contract with Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard Pte Ltd to provide multi-disciplinary detailed engineering and design for the Sofia offshore converter station.

Sofia Offshore Wind Farm

The 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm is owned by RWE. The energy company has selected Siemens Gamesa to provide 100 of its SG 14-222 DD 14 MW wind turbines. It is the first wind farm to feature these turbines. Together they will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 1.2 million UK homes. It will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world when completed. Located 195 km off the North East coastline of the United Kingdom, it will also be one of the furthest from shore. Offshore installation is expected to begin in 2023, with final project completion expected in the fourth quarter of 2026.

“We are proud to be able to contribute to safe and efficient operations on one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK sector”, says Robert de Rijcke, Chief Commercial Officer of KenzFigee. “It’s a pleasure to be working again with Iv-Offshore & Energy on this great project. This new contract award by Iv-Offshore & Energy reflects the mutual trust and confidence between both companies, and validates the reliability of our products, particularly the Ram Luffing crane as a proven design with an installed base of over 100 cranes worldwide.” Source: KenzFigee

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