WindFloat Atlantic has now become the world’s first offshore wind platform, to be classed, after the ABS Class Committee accepted WindFloat Atlantic’s three 8.4MW floating turbines.
These three ABS-classed, semi submersible type turbine units make a total of 25MWs of floating offshore wind power. The turbines are designed by Principle Power housing MHI Vestas. WindFloat Atlantic is Europe’s first larger scale floating wind farm, which lies 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal. Ocean Winds is the majority stakeholder of WindFloat Atlantic.
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Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore said, “It’s a historic first and, we believe, the first of many more to come. ABS has made a significant contribution both to this project and the development of offshore floating wind in Portugal. It underscores the potential of Class and industry working together for the safe adoption of new technologies. ABS has supported innovation in offshore energy since 1958. This landmark project underlines how we continue to support promising offshore technology more than 60 years later”.
This historic move is a step forward in a journey, which began in the earliest days of floating wind in Portugal, when the development of WindFloat 1, a 2MW offshore floating wind platform was supported by ABS. The WindFloat 1 was installed nine years back, in 2012.
“The WindFloat Atlantic project is again showing its technology reliability. Having achieved formal ABS classification for the three floating platforms is therefore an important milestone for the project shareholders and also for the offshore floating wind industry” added Jose Pinheiro, Southern Europe BU Country Manager at Ocean Winds.
The Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by Ocean Winds (50:50 JV owned and created by EDP Renewables and ENGIE), Repsol and Principle Power Inc. are the developers behind the WindFloat Atlantic Project.
Floating offshore wind farms are not subjected to depth restrictions, as incurred by fixed structures all thanks to their floating foundations. Floating offshore wind farms also holds the advantage of being at any depth. With extensive research focused on shallow water moorings, and the development of large turbines above 10 MWs, these floating technologies can be served as an alternative to the traditional bottom-founded technologies in intermediate water depths in the near future.