Petrofac has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seawind Ocean Technology, an engineering and technology company that has developed what Petrofac describes as “a unique floating offshore wind system”.
Dutch company Seawind has developed proprietary two-blade floating wind turbines integrated into a unique concrete floating structure suitable for installation in all seas, including cyclonic regions and ultra-deep waters, Petrofac said.
Under the MoU, Petrofac will initially take over system design verification and subsequently position itself to provide project management/EPCm services as part of the first floating offshore wind demonstrator of 6.2 MW from Seawind, which is to be deployed in European waters by the first quarter of 2024.
“The recent announcement of ScotWind’s offshore wind lease signals a major commitment to delivering the UK’s Net Zero ambitions. More than half of the prizes went to floating wind projects, which we see as a major driver of our growth ambitions in the new energy sector,” John PearsonCOO of New Energy Services at Petrofac, said.
“We look forward to deploying over a decade of offshore wind expertise to support Seawind Ocean Technology and the growing floating wind industry.”
The two companies will work together to combine Seawind’s floating offshore wind expertise and Petrofac’s track record in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and power project delivery.
Under the terms of the agreement, they will collaborate in the delivery of the first concessions of floating offshore wind farms, initially in the Mediterranean Sea and subsequently in other European and global locations, as well as working on the electrification of other offshore energy assets.
“Today, we are delighted to announce our strategic collaboration with Petrofac which will strengthen our ability to execute on our promising initial projects,” Vincent DewulfCEO of Seawind Ocean Technology, said.
“Petrofac delivers to its customers through innovation and technology, with proven results. Seawind has developed a unique patented technology that deploys oscillating-hinged twin-blade wind turbine technology, which has many advantages for offshore applications. The assembly of the complete system is carried out in a port with land-based cranes, no installation vessel is needed for installation at sea.”
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