DEME and COSCO Shipping are partnering to develop offshore wind energy in China, with DEME’s jack-up vessel Goliath now on its way to China for the first projects to be undertaken by the joint venture.
Goliath was loaded aboard COSCO’s semi-submersible heavy lift vessel Kang Sheng Kou in the port of Vlissingen. The heavy-lift vessel has set course for COSCO’s shipyard near Shanghai for some modifications before embarking on the installation of the first offshore wind projects off the eastern coast of China. DEME did not reveal which offshore wind project Goliath would work on first.
Alain Bernard, director and chief executive of DEME Group: “With our extensive know-how in developing, building and maintaining offshore windfarms, DEME can support COSCO Shipping’s ambition to become a significant player in this market segment.”
DEME and COSCO Shipping formally have established an office for the joint venture office in Guangzhou. In late 2016, the companies signed an umbrella agreement, under which they will work closely on the development of offshore wind energy in China.