Statoil starts Hywind current work

Statoil has begun profiling the offshore currents at the development site of first floating wind power array demonstrator, Buchan Deep, now cleared to be built in deep waters off the north-east coast of Scotland.

Australian contractor Metocean Services International (MSI) has moored a current measurement device 25km off the coast of Peterhead for the pilot, which will consist of a quintet of 6MW second-generation spar-based machines daisy-chained together in water depths of 107 metres.

“Although current profile measurements are relatively straightforward in this water depth, the challenge on this project was to design a system to enable recovery of the anchor weights, this in order to comply with environmental legislation,” states MSI’s Stefan Stimson.

The next-generation Hywind 2, a cylindrical concept ballasted with water and gravel to balance in depths of more than 200m secured by Log in to read complete article.

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