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DEME Offshore and Liftra ApS will collaborate to create a new offshore installation method for the next generation of offshore wind turbine generators. According to the company’s statement, the Liftra crane technology will be completely integrated on board DEME’s boats on an exclusive basis.
Liftra of Aalborg provides the design and engineering, which is based on its proprietary LT1500 Turbine Installation Crane technology and is integrated with DEME’s engineering, operations, and installation technologies.
The Offshore Turbine Installation Crane allows for the installation of larger and heavier turbines on existing vessels at a cheaper cost and with a smaller environmental footprint, and it is suited for both bottom-fixed and floating turbines.
Due to its flexibility, the system may be specifically incorporated for use on DEME’s floating offshore heavy-lift boats, such as the ‘Orion’ or ‘Green Jade,’ as well as its current jack-up vessels.
The partners will build and integrate the technology in phases, and the groundbreaking new system is projected to be operational in 2027, following an exhaustive testing campaign.
DEME is an offshore energy, environmental remediation, dredging, and maritime infrastructure firm. DEME also has concessions in the offshore wind, maritime infrastructure, green hydrogen, and mineral harvesting sectors. The firm has over 145 years of expertise and is a leader in innovation and new technology.