A2SEA has signed a contract with Chinese company, COSCO Shipyard Group Co.,
Ltd., for the construction of a new vessel specially designed for the purpose
of installation of offshore wind turbines. The contract has a value of USD 139
million (approx. DKK 820 million).
A2SEA is a market leader within installation services for the construction of
offshore wind farms.
The new vessel is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2012 and have
the name SEA INSTALLER. It will be a jack-up vessel optimized to operate at
water depths of up to 45 meters and it will therefore be well-fitted for the
installation of upcoming offshore wind projects in the UK as well as in other
offshore wind markets.
"An increasing number of offshore wind projects in the near future will lead to
even higher demands for installation vessels than already seen today. With a
new state of the art vessel, A2SEA will be able to meet our customers' future
demands and hold on to our position as the leading supplier of installation
services," says Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO at A2SEA.
Bringing down the installation time is an important factor in the ongoing work
of industrializing the process to bring down the cost of constructing offshore
wind farms. It has therefore been important to design SEA INSTALLER to be able
to carry eight to ten wind turbines at a time which is significantly more than
the capacity of the vessels which are currently available in the market.
A2SEA is currently owned by DONG Energy. On June 29th 2010 it was announced
that Siemens will become a shareholder in A2SEA through subscription of new
shares. Closing of this agreement is expected in Q4 2010.
The information provided in this announcement will not change DONG Energy's
previous financial guidance for the financial year 2010 or the expected
For additional information, please contact:
+45 9955 2023
Morten Hultberg Buchgreitz
+45 9955 9750
Facts about SEA INSTALLER:
• Length: 132 metres
• Breadth: 39 metres
• Draft: 5.8 metres
• Speed: 12 knots
• Crane capacity: 900 tons
• Loading area: 3200 sqm.
• Loading capacity: 5000 tons
• Able to jack-up at water depths of up to 45 metres
• Capable of carrying eight to ten offshore wind turbines (Towers, nacelles and
• Able to carry up 60 people (crew and installation personnel)
A2SEA is the market leader within installation and service work for offshore
wind farms. Since its foundation in 2000, A2SEA has installed more than 60% of
the world's offshore wind power turbines. A2SEA is currently working with the
installation of offshore wind turbines on the projects Greater Gabbard and
Rødsand 2. The company is headquartered in Fredericia. It currently has more
than 200 employees. www.a2sea.com