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Jumbo Offshore Completes Monopile Removal in Taiwan

Jumbo Offshore has successfully completed the removal of two monopiles at the Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) Yunlin in Taiwan. This challenging task was performed by the skilled crew aboard the DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel, Fairplayer, which journeyed all the way from Europe to assist in the operation.

The contract for this removal project was awarded by Yunneng Wind Power Co., Ltd. (YWPC) earlier this year. The project marked an expansion of Jumbo Offshore’s previous commitments, which initially involved the transportation and installation (T&I) of transition pieces. This additional scope included the complex removal of two monopiles that had suffered from a pile run during an earlier project phase.

To execute this intricate task, Jumbo Offshore employed underwater cutting techniques to segment the monopiles. These sections were then recovered, transported, and offloaded. The project’s comprehensive scope necessitated collaboration with reliable subcontractors. The Fairplayer was equipped with advanced tools, including an underwater abrasive cutting and lifting tool from Claxton Engineering Services, an ROV from IKM subsea, and survey equipment from Reach subsea. With these resources, the Fairplayer adeptly managed the removal of the monopiles, subsequently transporting the segmented pieces to a local Taiwanese port for offloading.

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Jumbo Offshore’s project management team and engineering construction crew were pivotal in ensuring the project’s success. Remarkably, the entire process, from signing the contract to completing the works, took just five months, including the transit time from Europe to Taiwan.

Milad Sheikhi, Head of Sales and Business Acquisition at Jumbo Offshore, highlighted the team’s dedication and flexibility throughout the project. He stated, “Our dedicated team worked solidly to support our client throughout the project and remained flexible. Achieving what you set out to accomplish successfully and on time is rewarding for the team. Delivering a safe and reliable service as promised is, and always will be our core commitment as a T&I contractor for the Installation and Decommissioning of future offshore wind projects.”

Jochem Tacx, Package Manager at YWPC, also praised the collaboration, noting, “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Jumbo Offshore on this project. The close interaction of the project teams facilitated an efficient execution, within tight schedule and budget constraints. The hands-on project management approach, combined with in-house technical expertise, resulted in a well-coordinated monopile removal campaign. We look forward to continuing the close collaboration with Jumbo Offshore until the other work scopes on the Yunlin OWF project are completed.”

The success of this project underscores Jumbo Offshore’s capability and commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable services in the offshore wind sector. Their expertise and collaborative approach with clients and subcontractors ensure that even the most challenging tasks are completed efficiently and safely, paving the way for future projects in the industry.

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