The project team is now being assembled to prepare for the imminent offshore installation in Q2 2022.
“This is a significant contract for Maersk Supply Service, as floating wind is a cornerstone of our green strategy and transition to offshore renewables. We are pleased to be able to provide our expertise for this project and look forward to delivering a safe and efficient installation for our client,” says Olivier Trouvé, Head of Integrated Solutions at Maersk Supply Service.
Maersk Supply Service is contracted by Saitec Offshore Technologies, the Spanish engineering company behind the development of SATH Technology. This is based on a concrete platform concept with a plug-and-play Single Point Mooring, the same technology used for FPSOs. This anchoring system allows an easy connection so the platform can be disconnected and taken ashore for O&M. The platform can rotate freely around this single point like a weathervane, reducing the environmental forces on the platform and, as a consequence, the cost of the mooring. It also helps the yaw control of the turbine to orientate the rotor plane against the wind.
The DemoSATH project will use a 2MW turbine in a full scale prototype that will be deployed offshore Bilbao and will be the first floating turbine connected to the Spanish grid. This project is part-financed by the German energy company RWE Renewables, the world’s second largest offshore windpower company.
“We are proud to play a role in supporting the development of the floating wind industry and look forward to strengthening on our relationship with Saitec,” says Yvan Leyni, Director for Floating Wind at Maersk Supply Service.
Maersk Supply Service offers custom-built solutions for foundations and substructures of floating wind farms, including fabrication methodology, site selection for assembly and turbine installation, and the offshore installation . Since 2016, their transformative strategy has combined their in-house project management and technical expertise with the the flexibility of owning their own fleet, building on their 50-year legacy in towing and mooring to actively support the transition of the offshore energy sector.