Bassoe’s floating wind foundation design secures AIP

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December 15 (Renewables Now) - Bassoe Technology has received Approval in Principle (AIP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the T-Floater floating wind turbine foundation design, it was announced Monday.

The foundation, built of three columns and T-shaped pontoons, can carry a 10-MW wind turbine in the harsh conditions of the North Sea.

“The T-Floater has been designed to meet the demand for industrialization and effective logistic solutions for floating wind. The ability to transport up to six completed 15 MW T-Floaters on a single dry tow vessel will allow for cost-efficient construction and transportation,” said Joakim Nilsson, Bassoe’s Managing Director.

The design is intended to operate with a tow-out draft of just eight meters with the turbine installed. It gives installers greater flexibility in assembly port selection allowing quayside installation of the tower and turbine closer to the project site.

Nilsson said that Bassoe, together with its parent company CIMC Raffles, will be able to deliver more than 50 T-Floaters per year. Thanks to the in-water assembly possibility, the company could also partner with local shipyards with limited width of dry-docks/slip-ways to meet local content requirements.

The AIP verifies the design’s feasibility for the intended application and confirms that, in principle, it complies with the applicable requirements of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Installations.

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