Offshore Wind Finance Blows into Oil and Gas

The years-old trend that has seen offshore suppliers vie for work in wind by leveraging their offshore oil and gas credentials and development finance is being countered these days by wind players in search of oil and gas jobs, judging by some recent fleet owner moves.

Dutch offshore fleet owner, Jan De Nul, was busy last week promoting its new-order, non-jack-up, heavy-lift crane vessel, Les Alizés, a mighty ship ostensibly aimed specifically at wind park builds but open to oil and gas work — including in remote areas. The offshore construction vessel is “specifically designed for loading, transporting, lifting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations”, but its 5,000-ton crane; 61,000 t deck-load limit and 9,300 square meters of deck space make it well-suited for oil and gas work in frontier areas.

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