Winstaller Alliance completes DemoSATH floating offshore wind turbine installation

World Oil Staff August 18, 2023

(WO) – The Windstaller Alliance has successfully completed the installation of the DemoSATH floating offshore wind turbine project offshore Spain. All three alliance partners – Aker Solutions, DeepOcean and Solstad Offshore – were involved.

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Photo credit: Saitec Offshore

The SATH concept is a concrete twin-hull barge structure that supports a 2MW turbine. The design has a single point of mooring, which means it aligns itself to the current and wave direction. Saitec Offshore has developed the SATH concept. The global energy companies RWE Offshore Wind and Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) are Saitec Offshore’s partners for the project.

Following final assembly in Bilbao, Spain, the floating wind turbine was towed two miles offshore to the BiMEP test site in 85 metres water depth, where it was safely and successfully installed.

The Windstaller Alliance managed tow, hook-up and dynamic cable installation of the floating wind turbine.

Windstaller Alliance utilized the competence of all its three alliance partners for the project. Aker Solutions provided engineering and project management support, while the cable installation was performed utilizing competence and resources from DeepOcean. The main installation vessel, Solstad Offshore’s Normand Sapphire, was mobilized from Norway, equipped with cable installation spread in addition to its regular towing, anchor handling and ROV capabilities.

The complete work scope, covering pre-survey, tow, mooring connection, and cable installation and connection, was successfully executed by Windstaller Alliance in less than 14 days. The mooring system was already installed at the test site, in preparation for the hook-up.

“The methodology utilized for the project is definitely transferable to other floating offshore wind projects worldwide,” says Guro H. Løken, managing director of the Windstaller Alliance.

The three alliance partners have been involved with approximately 70% of floating wind projects in Europe. Aker Solutions has manufactured the concrete hulls for the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm offshore Norway, while Solstad Offshore has been involved with installation of the Hywind Tampen, the Hywind Scotland offshore wind farm, Hywind Demo, Floatgen and the TetraSpar floating wind turbine pilot near Karmøy, West Norway. DeepOcean has installed the export cable to the WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm offshore Portugal.

“We established the Windstaller Alliance to cut the amount of unnecessary supplier interfaces and thereby reducing technical and commercial project risk for offshore wind projects. We believe we have demonstrated the benefits of such a complete and cost-efficient service offering to Saitec Offshore for the DemoSATH project,” adds Guro H. Løken.

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