The Okean shipyard (Nikolayev) and Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Denmark), one of the world's largest manufacturers of wind turbines, have undertaken a joint pilot project involving transshipment and assembly of components for wind generators at the shipyard’s facilities. The press service of the shipyard announced this in a statement.
As part of implementation of this project, components for seven sets of wind turbines with the installed capacity of 3 MW per unit have been unloaded and assembled at the shipyard. They will subsequently be installed at one of the wind farms in the southern region of Ukraine.
All the sets were assembled successfully and on time. The assembled wind-turbine components were certified by the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and approved to receive the "green" tariff.
In implementation of the relevant contract, Vestas provided the technology for assembling the nacelles of the wind turbines to the Okean shipyard. “Based on the outcome of an expert assessment by representatives of the Danish company, the level and conditions of production at Okean were considered suitable for further cooperation and, in particular, establishment of a full cycle for production of individual components of wind turbine systems, including towers for wind turbines,” the shipyard’s Vice President Yevhen Muzykus is quoted as saying the statement.
The shipment of the assembled wind turbine components to the customer’s construction site in Ukraine is continuing in December 2013.
Founded in 1951, the Okean shipyard specializes in building and repairing container ships, tankers, tugs, and barges with up to 350,000 displacement tons. The shipyard is located on the left bank of River Bug in the southern part of Nikolayev, with open access to the Black Sea. The shipyard has built more than 400 vessels with a total of more than 4 million deadweight tons. In addition to the project with Vestas, the shipyard is currently performing repair work on Europe's largest river floating crane Zakharii and port operations.
Founded in 1898, Vestas began mass production of wind turbines in 1980. It is the world's oldest manufacturer of wind turbines. It operates in 66 countries.