The DemoSATH project will use a 2-MW turbine in a full scale prototype that will be deployed offshore Bilbao (Source: Saitec Offshore Technologies)

Maersk awarded contract for Spanish floating wind installation

Maersk Supply Service (MSS) has won a contract from Spain’s Saitec Offshore Technologies to install the mooring system for the full-scale prototype DemoSATH project, off the northern coast of Spain near Bilbao. The MSS team is preparing to install the mooring system during the upcoming second quarter.

SATH technology, which stands for Swinging Around Twin Hull, is similar to that used for FPSOs so that, in this case, a concrete platform can rotate freely around a single point like a weathervane. Operational benefits include lower environmental forces and therefore cost, and optimising the angle of the turbine for maximum wind effect. The system allows easy connection so that the platform can be disconnected for maintenance ashore.

The DemoSATH project, which is partly funded by RWE Renewables, the world’s second largest offshore wind developer hedadquartered in Germany, will deploy a 2-MW turbine. It will be the first floating unit to be connected to the Spanish grid.

MSS’ head of Integrated Solutions, Oliver Trouvé, commented: “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.”

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