With decades of experience in the offshore wind market and involvement in numerous floating wind projects, we provide site characterisation and asset integrity services globally. Our solutions have been used in 50 % of floating wind farm projects globally for projects in 7 countries and counting.
Consenting and Permitting
Reliable assessment of wind resource potential is a key first step to offshore wind development. Characterisation of wind profile and persistence is particularly important in floating wind production given the effect of turbulence and floater motion on thrust and energy production. Fugro’s SEAWATCH Wind LiDAR Buoy provides extensive profile and metocean design data. However, consistently high wind speeds in deeper waters means a more nuanced approach is required for wind farm siting and concept selection. Our consultants advise you on the metocean conditions that affect the design and installation.
The impact of large-scale floating wind farms on marine flora and fauna is poorly understood and our robust environmental assessment, monitoring, and survey services help enable environmentally responsible development within the marine ecosystem. Finally, extensive knowledge about seabed morphology, geohazards, bathymetry and currents, all delivered efficiently through digital platforms help with early screening of unfavourable site conditions that can potentially be more expensive to address later in your development.
Site investigations establish the characteristics of your marine development site. Our data acquisition, analytics and advice help facilitate and derisk your floating wind project. Using state-of-the-art solutions and a global vessel fleet for high-quality site investigations, we capture the data you need and speed up the overall acquisition process.
Our advanced cloud-hosted information management platform allows you and your teams to access, visualise and analyse all the Geo-data related to your site within a single interface to support informed decision making. Remote data acquisition and analysis are facilitated by the platform to enable fast delivery of high-quality data when and where you need it. This provides you with early insights and accurate data to mitigate ground risks and optimise concept designs for your floating wind farm.
Structural Design and Optimisation
The underlying physics of a floating wind farm are no different from any other offshore structure. Wind, wave, and currents create environmental loading on the structure leading to motions and forces. However, coupled aero-hydro-ground dynamics of floating wind turbines, moorings, anchors, and electrical cables are a complex system integration problem. A deep understanding of all Geo-data parameters above and below water are key. We offer valuable input and advice in the design of key components in your floating substructure:
Floating turbine – We provide bespoke metocean design criteria for analysis of the floating structure. Our finely tuned models capture local atmospheric, oceanographic physics and validated with the deployment of metocean buoys, helps tread the fine line between conservatism and cost efficiency of structures.
Moorings and anchors – Accurate modelling of ground conditions based on site-specific surveys to capture soil structure dynamics and optimise costs for your anchor design. With our multi-disciplinary consultancy, we help you in your decision-making process about the best floater-mooring-anchor system for a given site.
Dynamic and export cables – We provide essential design input to water column conditions such as currents and marine growth, as well as in-depth understanding of the seafloor and subsurface conditions to derisk cable design and routing. Floating wind projects in deeper water will also employ floating substations, and we offer the key Geo-data design insights to optimise the motions and accelerations and reduce fatigue on critical electrical equipment sited on these assets.
Transportation and Installation
The scale of floating wind requires a mass production approach for fabrication, assembly, and installation of structures. Incremental improvements in efficiency will unlock massive cost savings in this phase of your project. Specialist survey, positioning, and monitoring services accelerate the tow out, installation and hook-up of moorings and cables.
Unexploded ordnance (UXO) is a key threat to marine developments globally and can impact on safe and timely project delivery. Our complete UXO risk mitigation solution through an integrated approach provides you with actionable insights into the marine environment and a tailored mitigation strategy for the safe survey, identification, and clearance of UXO threats.
Operations and Maintenance
Large-scale operational floating wind farms will need to be regularly monitored and inspected for integrity. The number of components, from tens of turbines to hundreds of subsea cables, moorings, and anchors requires advance technologies to manage risks effectively. We provide insight into fatigue life of structural components (floater, mooring and cables) with continuous sensor-based monitoring of motions and environmental loading, providing early warnings for potential failure points and close the loop between operations and future designs.
Through life environmental monitoring with metocean buoys, combined with site-specific weather forecasting helps to optimise energy yield from your floating turbines and monitor impact of the development on marine mammals and birds. Our next generation uncrewed surface vessels and remotely operated vehicles provide extensive survey services for subsea components. Using cloud-based data delivery enables you to make rapid decisions on intervention and repair in-situ when required, saving costs on additional mobilisations and potential downtime. Our remote philosophy also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of offshore vessels, helping you progress towards a net-zero wind farm.
Major repair procedures might require occasional tow-to-port and we enhance situational awareness and time efficient execution of these operations with remote DGNSS positioning of assets and accurate route-forecasting services.