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Floating wind turbine study to look at construction solutions

LDD and Keybvor Mor Lift (KML) have been appointed by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) to undertake a installation study for the project to develop, build and test a floating wind turbine.

The appoint ment by ETI follows on from selection of Glosten Associates as the lead contractor and Wave Hub, located 16km off the north Cornish coast, as the test site in March this year.

KML and LDD will carry out studies for anchoring and subsea installation works for the turbines for the project that could be operational in 2015 and remain under test for eight to 10 years.

Glosten will develop a PelaStar tension leg platform (TLP) prototype in partnership with Alstom, using its Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine for the project.

“We’ll be jointly carrying out a feasibility study into the anchoring and installation works, and KML will be providing the extensive marine operations experience (particularly in energetic sites), while LDD will be bringing to the table its large diameter drill design and build knowledge and offshore drilling experience,” said KML business and project development manager Nikki Meek.

“It’s fantastic that two Cornish companies are involved in this exciting project and especially as it is located in our local waters.”

The two companies have been appointed as part of a £4 million Front End Engineering Studycommissioned and funded by the ETI which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The ETI will then decide whether to invest up to £21M in the construction and deployment of the demonstrator project which would occupy one of Wave Hub’s four berths.

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