Strainstall has been awarded a contract to provide mooring monitoring for the floating offshore wind farm project, Hywind.

Strainstall provides specialised mooring monitoring for pioneering floating offshore wind farm project

Strainstall provides specialised mooring monitoring for pioneering floating offshore wind farm project

The contract with MacGregor will provide an integrated offshore mooring solution for the floating turbines.

Simon Everett, managing director at Strainstall, said: “We have worked with MacGregor for many years providing our unique strain ring product for their pusnes chain stopper mooring applications in the oil and gas industry and we are delighted to work with them to bring our combined technologies into the renewables sector for this world first project.”

He added: “Strainstall has considerable experience of providing mooring monitoring solutions and we see an exciting opportunity to bring this knowledge to the floating renewables market as it develops over the coming years”

The Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, being developed by Statoil, aims to demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial floating offshore wind farms in deepwater sites with optimal wind conditions.

It will consist of five floating turbines and production of the first turbine is expected to begin in late 2017.

Each floating turbine will be securely moored to the seabed via MacGregor’s chain stoppers which will incorporate Strainstall’s strain ring monitoring sensors, this aims to provide accurate mooring load information.

The mooring monitoring system will monitor the different stresses placed on the turbines that could affect the performance of the structures and the mooring lines.

Large floating turbines induce vibrations due to the high winds and swell from the deepwater site in the North Sea, alongside this high winds will put additional stresses on the structures and mooring, so having a monitoring system to measure tension is crucial to the safe ongoing operation of the site.

Although a pilot project, the wind farm will be fully operational, powering around 20,000 households in Aberdeenshire.

By Alice Mason