MacGregor wins breakthrough windfarm order

MacGregor will deliver a Pusnes substructure mooring connection system for the pilot project's five floating wind turbines MacGregor will deliver a Pusnes substructure mooring connection system for the pilot project's five floating wind turbines

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for substructure connection mooring systems for the world's first floating offshore windfarm at Statoil's Hywind pilot park in Scotland.

The firm will deliver a Pusnes substructure mooring connection system for the pilot project's five floating wind turbines. The ballast-stabilised turbine structures will each be equipped with a three-point mooring system employing site-specific anchors.

"This contract represents a step change for MacGregor in terms of entering a new industry sector," said Jan Martin Grindheim, director, sales and business development, MacGregor Offshore Mooring Systems.

"The project hinges on applying proven technology in new applications. MacGregor was chosen for the task because of its long history of designing and delivering very reliable mooring solutions for offshore floating production units for the harsh conditions in the North Sea."

Statoil's floating offshore windfarm will cover an area of about 4.2km² near Buchan Deep, approximately 25km off Peterhead in Aberdeenshire on Scotland's North Sea coast. The 6MW wind turbines will provide enough electricity for 20,000 UK homes.

The Hywind project is part of Statoil's activities in New Energy Solutions, the company's business area developing profitable renewable energy and low carbon solutions. It is designed to demonstrate cost-efficient solutions that will enable the commercial capture of wind energy in deep-water environments.

Statoil said that the technology to be used in the project has been tested for six years with excellent results in a demonstration project off the coast of Norway.

Delivery of the MacGregor equipment is planned from the second through the fourth quarter of 2016 and installation of the wind turbines is scheduled for 2017.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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