Texas firm gets permit for offshore wind platform test

The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit to Offshore Wind Power Systems of Texas to install and test a mobile jack-up platform designed to support a minimum 5MW turbine off Corpus Christi in the Gulf of Mexico, Recharge has learned.

The company will install its Titan 200 model platform in the fall of 2012 at a depth of about 45 metres in state-owned waters. The company is talking with several manufacturers for supply of one or more turbines for the test programme.

Offshore Wind Power Systems is now completing the final engineering certification process through the American Bureau of Shipping and other related third-party organisations. ABS is responsible for certifying 95% of jack-up platforms in operation worldwide.

Plans call for one year of load and environmental testing of the platform, and Log in to read complete article.

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