Offshore wind power refers to the construction of wind farms in bodies of water to generate electricity from wind. Better wind speeds are available offshore compared to on land, so offshore wind power’s contribution in terms of electricity supplied is higher, and NIMBY opposition to construction is usually much weaker.
Projections for 2020 calculate a wind farm capacity of 40 GW in European waters, which would provide 4% of the European Union’s demand of electricity.
The advantage is that the wind is much stronger off the coasts, and unlike wind over the continent, offshore breezes can be strong in the afternoon, matching the time when people are using the most electricity.
One of most challenging factor related to Offshore wind farms is transportation and installation which is being done with jack-up vessels, wind turbine installation vessels and crane barges. Main critical aspects are offshore environment, time performance and crane operations requested.
The turbine pieces which can weigh up to 400t. must be lifted and assembled at certain heights ranging from 70 to 100 meters in general, so Heavy Lifting Solutions are being required. Irizar Forge wants to be High reliable partner within this Industry by suggesting our Solutions in terms of Heavy Lifting including Offshore Hooks, Swivel Hooks, Sheaves, HookBlocks fully DNV, Lloyds, ABS certified.
Ref. Project: Hywind Scotland Pilot Park
Ref. Product: 2 X 200t ROV Hooks
Final Customer: Statoil
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Ref. Product: Nacelle Lifting Lugs
Final Customer: GE Renewable Energy
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Ref. Product: 2.000t Hooks
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American Bureau of Shipping: Certificate obtained in 2010. Certifies us to delve further into the American market.
American Petroleum Institut (in process)
Factory certification, earned in 2005, it qualifies us to enter into naval, marine and North Sea offshore markets (among others). One of Irizar Forge target markets.
Factory certificate obtained in 1999. Certifying us to enter into the marine and industrial markets of the Commonwealth.