The first of two innovative suction-installed foundations that represent the first stage of construction at the world's largest offshore wind farm have been installed the at the Dogger Bank, 125 kilometres off the UK's east coast.
The two structures, known as Bucket Foundations, will support meteorological masts that will provide essential weather information. They were developed by Danish firm Universal Foundation - a Fred. Olsen-related company - through The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best designs for offshore wind turbine foundations from design through to deployment.
This is the first deployment of the Bucket Foundation in UK waters.We're excited about what this means for offshore wind development. The foundations represent 30% of the total cost of a wind farm. Reducing the capital and installation costs could really make an impact on the viability of future projects.
Phil De Villiers, Head of the OWA Programme
Dogger Bank is being developed by Forewind Limited - a consortium comprised of leading international energy companies RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil.
This is certainly a momentous occasion for us.The foundation is the first structure put in place at the Dogger Bank site. It's a sign that this project is really beginning to take shape.
Lee Clarke, Project Director and General Manager at Forewind
The met masts and foundations were fabricated by Fred. Olsen-related companies under an EPCI contract between Forewind and Fred. Olsen United. They are being ferried to the site from the new Harland and Wolff fabrication plant in Belfast by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern. This was the inaugural job for the Brave Tern, which was built in Dubai last year.