Irish geotechnical engineering consultancy Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions Ltd (GDG) said last week it has been engaged to support “a major client in China” in conducting research projects connected to offshore wind foundations.
GDG’s scope will include assistance in foundation design and support in implementing the design methodology employed in Europe. Projects will also encompass a review of the client’s design provision and recommendations to optimise all project plans, GDG said.
The Chinese offshore wind industry will need to reduce its overall costs and become more competitive given that the state's subsidies for offshore wind are due to expire this year, the firm explained. One of GDG's jobs will be to analyse the financial implications of the subsidy cuts on the project.
“China has the largest offshore wind capacity, and it will keep growing in coming years,” according to GDG’s Asia Pacific director Ting Sie Chui, who also expressed excitement about the partnership with “this prestigious Chinese client.”
In 2020, the global offshore wind industry installed 6.07 GW of new capacity, with China in the lead with over 3 GW, according to data from GWEC Market Intelligence.
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