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Specialised mooring monitoring

Published:  20 September, 2016

Strainstall, a leader in the development of innovative monitoring solutions and part of James Fisher and Sons , reports it has been awarded a contract to provide crucial mooring monitoring for the Hywind pilot park – the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. The company says the contract with MacGregor, a provider of innovative engineering solutions for handling marine cargoes and offshore loads, will provide an integrated offshore mooring solution for the floating turbines.

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. The site will consist of five, 6 MW floating turbines, with production of the first turbine expected in late 2017. And although a pilot project, the wind farm will be fully operational, powering around 20,000 households in Aberdeenshire.

Understanding how the structures will react within this challenging offshore environment is key to establishing Hywind’s feasibility, particularly in relation to how the mooring lines will perform with the demands placed upon them. Each floating turbine will be securely moored to the seabed via MacGregor’s chain stoppers which will incorporate Strainstall’s innovative and patented strain ring monitoring sensors to provide highly accurate mooring load information.

Strainstall      www.strainstall.com

James Fisher and Sons plc        www.james-fisher.com

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