Shoal Wind Farm Posts Workers on a Ferry

 

The world needs more energy, and in future ever more of its energy supply will need to be obtained from renewable resources such as hydropower, waves and wind. With around 40% of the EU’s entire wind resources available in British waters, it makes sense to harness the wind. The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 17 and 23 kilometres off the coast of North Norfolk in the UK, is now under construction. When compete it will comprise 88 wind turbines and generate around 1.1TWh of green energy per annum. This is enough clean energy to power almost 220,000 British homes. Compared to fossil fuels that is a reduction of around 500,000 tonnes of CO² emissions every year. The wind farm will be fully-operational by mid 2012.

Installing offshore wind turbines is difficult logistically. One of the issues involves housing the workers on a 137 ferry room ferry throughout 2 week on and off rotations. A former cruise ferry, the Regina Baltica, has now been repurposed to serve as a floating hotel for wind farm construction workers. Keeping the workers close at hand makes it possible to work in smaller windows of favorable weather, and reduces the amount of travel and transportation needed for them. It also reduces the stress on local towns which may not have the capacity to support 100+ workers at a time. The ship’s includes as a coffee shop, restaurant, swimming pool, conference and meeting rooms, lounge areas and a sun deck.” The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is off the east coast of England north of Norfolk.

via Scira