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Lobby group launched to push for concrete gravity bases for UK offshore wind programme

The Concrete Centre has launched a working group to communicate the benefits of concrete gravity bases to enable the delivery of concrete solutions for the wind energy market.

Founder members of the group represent companies with capability in the design construction and installation of offshore gravity foundations together with organisations providing specialist elements of the supply chain in this market sector.

The group has been launched to stave off any threats of government wavering on its offshore wind commitments.

The Crown Estate’s Round 3 wind programme demands the construction of turbines in deep waters, making the process technically challenging.

The scale of the challenge will extend beyond existing technology and supply chain, with the need to develop innovative solutions with new suppliers. 

The Concrete Centre intends to make clear that concrete solutions are available to meet the project conditions, the engineering and performance challenges as well as offering design flexibility, certainty of programme and long-life.

“Our guidance and conferences in the wind energy market have been a great success over recent years, and I am delighted that this group will strengthen the relationships between the concrete sector, engineering community and renewable energy industries to provide foundation solutions for the next generation of wind turbines,” said Concrete Centre executive director Andrew Minson. “These solutions will play an important role in helping the UK meet its renewable energy and low carbon targets.”

The purpose of the group is to provide a focus for all those involved in the design, construction and delivery of concrete gravity base solutions. The group will also coordinate efforts to ensure the applicability and benefits of concrete gravity bases are better understood by all stakeholders whilst providing a network so that all those involved in the supply chain can access the expertise for gravity base solutions.

Potential members should contact the Concrete Centre for more information about the activities of the group. Email info@concretecentre.com

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