Two-bladed floating offshore wind system attracts Japanese majors
Seawind Ocean Technology, the developer of two-blade floating wind systems, has established collaboration with JGC Japan Corporation (JGC) and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
After agreeing key terms of the relationship in a recently signed memorandum of understanding, the companies intend to enter into a definitive joint development agreement later this year.
CEO of Seawind, Vincent Dewulfmentioned: “Seawind is delighted to partner with JGC and MOL, each a world-class company renowned for their respective leadership in the energy and maritime sectors. We strongly believe that this collaboration will be a mutually beneficial way to move the work forward. difficult part of the energy transition in Asia and around the world, knowing that offshore wind power will play a key role.
Seawind has developed exclusive two-blade floating wind turbines integrated into a unique floating concrete structure suitable for installation in all seas, including cyclonic regions and ultra-deep waters.
The partners’ first collective priority will be the completion of design and supply chain arrangements for the launch of the soon to be disclosed 6MW Seawind demonstrator project in Europe, Dutch company Seawind said.
In addition, the companies have agreed to start exploring the subsequent launch of a Seawind 12 MW demonstrator project.
“This collaboration with Seawind and JGC is part of MOL’s journey to help develop low-carbon and decarbonization projects through the concentrated strengths of MOL Group. Our strong partnership and Seawind’s unique and innovative approach will lead to the success of the 6 MW demonstrator project in Europe, and our ensuing collaboration in Asia,” Managing Director of the Wind Projects Unit of the MOL, Masayuki Sugiyamamentioned.
JGC Japan Corporation is a group company of JGC Holding Corporation, a global engineering company headquartered in Yokohama. JGC Japan Corporation is a member of Floating Offshore in Japan
“JGC is particularly impressed with how Seawind technology reduces fatigue and simplifies wind turbine design, significantly reducing capital and operating expenses. Additionally, the Seawind turbine is an integrated system, enabling optimization of the design between the turbine and the foundation. This is an innovative approach for the development of offshore floating wind energy”, Associate Managing Director of JGC, Yoichi Katsuokamentioned.
Earlier this year, Seawind signed a memorandum of understanding with Petrofac. As part of the MoU, Petrofac will initially take over the design verification of the system and subsequently position itself to provide project management/EPCm services in relation to the Seawind 6MW demonstrator, which is to be deployed in European waters by the first quarter of 2024.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the delivery of the first concessions of floating offshore wind power plants, initially in the Mediterranean Sea, then in other European and global locations, as well as the electrification of other assets. offshore energy.
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