Floating wind foundation specialist Ideol and Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, which specialises in supplying cables and ropes for offshore applications, have signed an agreement to develop a synthetic mooring solution to meet the needs of the fast-growing floating offshore wind market
The partners want to develop a new type of synthetic mooring system that is more cost-effective and more capable than conventional solutions derived from the offshore oil and gas industry.
The partners will draw on Ideol’s experience in floating wind foundations and Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group’s expertise in developing mooring products. They also plan to draw on the latter’s presence and production facilities in Scotland in light of the upcoming ScotWind leasing round and the potential for floating offshore windfarms off the Scottish coast.
Ideol chief executive Paul de la Guérivière said, “Mooring solutions and offshore installation have a significant impact on project capex and opex. It is imperative for Ideol to leverage its pioneering efforts with synthetic moorings and further reduce the levelised cost of energy of floating wind.”
Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group chief technology officer John Churchfield said, “Bridon-Bekaert has a long tradition of manufacturing synthetic and steel mooring lines for the offshore oil and gas industry.
“We realise that applying existing oil and gas cable technology leads to unnecessary high system costs. We are at a point where we can develop a custom rope concept specifically for the floating wind market.”