Giant wind farm modules set sail

Tugs haul the barge loaded with the Heerema modules from the Hartlepool docks to sea where a large sea-going tug took over the tow
Tugs haul the barge loaded with the Heerema modules from the Hartlepool docks to sea where a large sea-going tug took over the tow
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A PROSPEROUS Hartlepool fabrication yard has waved off two massive modules – and immediately set its sights on another huge job.

Thanks to a packed order book, every one of the 360-strong team at Heerema Hartlepool will stay in work despite the departure of the huge platforms which were built for an offshore wind farm.

The two substation modules were pictured in Hartlepool Bay yesterday where they were being handed over to tugs in readiness for their journey to the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm which will eventually provide enough energy to power 220,000 British homes.

Heerema’s skilled team spent more than a year building the platform topsides for the planned new wind farm off the North Norfolk coastline which is expected to be online later this year.

And even though the two modules have been completed, there’s enough work at Heerema to keep the yard going strong, said a spokesman.

He added: “We are running a team of about 350 to 360 workers and that is okay. The sheds are full and there is work still to come in.

“We are tagging along with the same workforce and there are no redundancies.”

Heerema is now working on a platform for Centrica’s gas terminal which will exploit gas reservoirs in the Southern North Sea, as well as an 1,100 tonnes Ensign platform which consists of a topsides of 600 tonnes and a 500 tonnes jacket.

They are expected to be ready for installation in June.

On top of that, said the spokesman, another project was also due by the middle of the year.

He added: “The market place is buoyant and we are in the process of looking for more work. We are hopeful that we can secure something else.”

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