Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine has won a contract to build a next-generation wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) based on its unique design for a mystery client, with which it collaborated on the design.

The contractor on Wednesday said the WTIV feeder solution brings breakthrough design to the offshore wind market and will be able to handle the next generation of turbines.

Wholly-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters will build a WTIV capable of operating at a high level of efficiency and to handle the next generation of wind turbines which are scaled up in size with longer, lighter rotor blades, taller towers, more reliable drivetrains, performance optimising control systems and multi-megawatt power generation.

The WTIV project, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2025, follows two years’ intensive collaboration with the client during which the Singapore contractor provided design development and verification work.

“We are grateful for the confidence our customer has placed [in us]… to bring this breakthrough WTIV design to the offshore wind market,” Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters senior vice president Wong Teck Cheong said.

The company noted that since 2015 it has proactively diversified into cleaner, greener and renewable energy solutions leveraging on its experience in the design and construction of offshore structures, platforms and specialised vessels.

“This is another monumental step for the offshore wind industry. Sembcorp Marine is pleased to support the world’s energy transition with its innovative products and to collaborate with its customers to contribute to a more sustainable and greener future,” Sembcorp Marine chief executive Wong Weng Sun added.