ABS Group Ltd., a provider of project certification and quality assurance services for offshore wind assets, has issued a certification of the design basis for Ocean Resource Ltd.'s Sea Breeze Gravity ‘float-out-and-sink’ offshore wind turbine foundation system.
ABS Group issued its certification in accordance with relevant standards, including IEC 61400 and ABS' ‘Guide for Bottom-founded Offshore Wind Turbine Installations,’ published by ABS Group's parent organization, American Bureau of Shipping.
As part of its certification scope, ABS Group reviewed the current design basis for the foundation system and provided comments and recommendations to Ocean Resource Ltd. to incorporate into the next phases of design.
"The Sea Breeze concept promises to dramatically lower installation costs and risks, as well as lessen environmental impacts for offshore wind turbine projects, by allowing modular foundation construction, quayside final assembly, simplification of offshore installation work and easier decommissioning processes," explains Dr. Lewis Lack, commercial director of Ocean Resource Ltd.
"When fully developed, the Sea Breeze foundation design will offer significant advantages to future offshore wind projects," adds Thomas Adams, vice president of power business development for ABS. "This project continues ABS Group's collaboration with our clients on new technologies and approaches in the offshore wind market."