Hexicon, the Swedish floating wind company, and engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel have joined forces to deliver large-scale floating wind projects in the UK and elsewhere
The initial partnership between the companies will draw on Bechtel’s engineering, construction, and project financing expertise to develop the design and constructability of an offshore wind facility.
In addition to demonstrating a 35-40-MW floating wind project using Hexicon’s innovative, two-turbine floating platform, the team will also establish how the technology could be brought to market and explore the roles that local suppliers could play in construction, mooring and installation, as well as the long-term serving needs of floating offshore wind. The companies did not reveal when or where they plan to build the demonstrator.
Hexicon chief executive Marcus Thor said, “Our technology is one of a handful of solutions that can support deepwater offshore wind projects, which will massively increase the potential for offshore wind power generation.
“The UK has shown great initiative in this industry and we are delighted to have world-leading construction and engineering company Bechtel to help us deploy our innovative twin-turbine floating foundation in British waters. This will be good for the UK and beyond, as the world’s demand for clean energy solutions continues to grow exponentially.”
Bechtel business development manager George Whittaker said, “We are delighted to be supporting Hexicon to bring their important technology to the market.
“As a company that has a long history solving complex engineering problems – including in the offshore sector – we are confident that floating wind can be a real game-changer for the renewables market.”
Bechtel is already building renewable and low-carbon power projects for customers. The company built Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal energy facility, and is nearing completion of Keeyask, a new hydro-electric facility in Canada. The company was recently selected to support construction of the Black Rock windfarm in West Virginia, in the US.
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