Project

  • Full life cycle demonstration project
  • Constructed & deployed 2011, decommissioned 2016
  • Three column floating foundation with the WTG mounted over one column
  • Floating technology provides access to +40m water depth sites
  • Four anchors and conventional chain mooring system
  • Deployed on the Aguçadoura wave test site, Portugal
  • WTG – Vestas, 2.0 MW, V80-2.0 MW
  • Installation contractor – Bourbon offshore
  • Decommissioned at Sines, Portugal
  • Project successfully ran for its planned 5 years producing over 17GWh of energy

Scope

  • Appointed by WindFloat to provide MWS and marine advice support on site
  • Assembly and installation reviews
  • Towage mooring and hook-up review
  • Participation in lessons learned study
  • Suitability Surveys : WindFloat, Towing tug and Anchor handler, support craft

Key Features

  • Fully assembled, WTG installed and commissioned in drydock and sheltered in the waters at Setubal
  • Towed 400 nautical miles to the project site
  • Statistically and dynamically stable
  • Quick disconnect O&M philosophy (for large corrective actions) installed but not tested
  • Demonstrated floating foundations are able to withstand harsh environmental conditions
  • Technology lessons and gains to be deployed at full scale on WindFloat Atlantic site, North Portugal

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