|Offshore windfarm foundations are complex elements submitted to constraints among which wind, waves, streams, ground movements, and also weight and vibrations. A reliable design should consider all those points and also the assembling, transportation, installation, and dismantling issues while limiting the environmental impact of the whole assembly. |
STX Europe Marine Energy, BRINGING SHIPBUILDING EXPERIENCE TO MARINE ENERGY MARKETS
Thanks to its R&D policy, STX France is remarkable also on the foundation market. In December 2012, STX France Solutions, its subsidiary joined the privileged club of certified specialists of the offshore wind foundation market when its innovative “AG4” jacket received the approval of DNV, international certification body considered as a reference on this market.
This jacket is specially remarkable by its cost, 10 to 15% lower than the ones available on the market. It is also light and hard wearing.
Since then R&D teams have developped a new foundation concept called AG3. With this 3 legged jacket, footmark is reduced while loading operations on installation vessels is facilitated thanks to a ligther volume and weight.