Swedish floating wind pioneer SeaTwirl has inked a deal with Norwegian yards group Westcon that puts the start-up’s innovative vertical axis design on course for deployment next year in the North Sea.

The letter of intent with Westcon, a mainstay of the regional marine and offshore oil & gas supply chain, is seen as an “important step” for commercialisation of the S2x concept, which is set to be undergo sea-trials as a 1MW prototype off the oil city of Stavanger on Norway’s west coast.