Renewables anchoring partnership

The development of SME’s range of anchoring solutions is a result of its extensive R&D programme The development of SME’s range of anchoring solutions is a result of its extensive R&D programme

Green Marine and Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) have joined forces to provide clients with a range of proven anchoring and mooring solutions.

The UK partnership will provide solutions for energetic marine environments suitable for a range of applications including offshore floating wind, aquaculture, wave and tidal energy.

Green Marine's experience in successfully operating subsea drilling rigs offshore, installing and maintaining mooring and anchoring systems combined with SME's unrivalled experience developing and testing anchor solutions and remotely operated installation equipment provides a one stop shop for customers who need to securely anchor assets in challenging marine environments.

SME developed the world’s first Anchoring ROV, a remotely operated subsea anchor installation rig, back in 2013 and have since used it to install both screw and rock anchors in tidal energy and aquaculture projects in UK. The AROV has proven to be an easily transportable system, weighing less than 7.5t, that can be quickly mobilised whilst also being rugged enough to install anchors in harsh conditions such as EMEC’s Falls of Warness Tidal Energy site.

During the past 6 years SME has been developing, testing and deploying a range of innovative direct embedment anchoring products that are suitable for use in a range of conditions, including scoured rock, where the use of conventional anchors is challenging. SME has also enjoyed great success installing conventional anchor solutions in innovative ways in order to reduce installation costs.

The development of SME’s range of anchoring solutions is a result of its extensive R&D programme including the development of industry-leading geotechnical modelling tools in conjunction with world leading experts at the University of Dundee. This fundamental research has been backed up by laboratory scale anchor testing, component testing, and full-scale trial installations to stress both anchors and installation equipment to the limits to ensure customers can have full confidence in the end product. This robust scientific approach, coupled with years of practical experience, installing over one hundred anchors in test sites and the sea is unmatched in the marine industry.

“This is an important step in our business growth strategy allowing us to offer additional marine operation services to the sector", said Jason Schofield, MD Green Marine.

SME has also been awarded a £90,000 Scottish Enterprise Innovation grant, provided through European Structural and Investment Funds, to further develop its next generation of rock anchoring solutions.

By Jake Frith

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