ACE Winches said it has mobilized and installed a winch package for use on the jacket installation and float-over of the DolWin Topside platform, one of the world’s largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platforms, generating enough power to provide approximately 1 million households with clean energy. Measuring 100m in length, 70m wide, standing 90m and weighing approximately 15000te, the platform is located in the German Bight of the North Sea.
ACE Winches supplied a winch solution which was used in conjunction with the jacket installation and float-over of the topside, the package included 6 x 120 metric ton WLL Hydraulic Drum Winch, 2 x 85 metric ton WLL Hydraulic Drum Winch, 4 x 30 metric ton WLL Hydraulic Drum Winch and ACE Running Line Monitors, 2 x ACE 14 metric ton WLL Hydraulic Drum Winch all of which was supported by Hydraulic Power Units. The specialized equipment, designed and manufactured by ACE Winches was mobilized and installed by a team of engineers and technicians at the start of May 2017, with an ACE operational team to oversee and operate the winch equipment.
ACE Winches CEO Alfie Cheyne said, “ACE Winches was delighted to secure a six-figure contract for the DolWin jacket installation and float-over, and having an opportunity to supply a complex winch solution for this large project. With over 25 years-experience designing and manufacturing specialized marine deck machinery, the company was able to supply the exact solution to the project.”
The specialized equipment was supplied directly from the company’s rental fleet, all of which is designed, engineered and manufactured at the company’s global headquarters in Scotland.