Gazelle, Tugdock Sign Modular Assembly System MOU


Gazelle Wind Power and Tugdock have signed an MOU to co-develop a modular offshore wind assembly system that the companies expect to lower costs while increasing production of floating offshore production.

“This exciting partnership is an industry-first, representing the power of collaboration to unleash the full potential of innovation,” says Lucas Lowe-Houghton, Tugdock CRO. “This collaboration will unlock great opportunities for both partners as well as help to accelerate the floating offshore wind industry.”

Gazelle’s platform design includes a dynamic mooring system that eliminates pitch and balance movement in response to external forces, says the company, while allowing for adaptable configurations. 

The modularity of Gazelle’s components enables the offshore platform modules to be fabricated in shipyards and then transported to an assembly port adjacent to a wind farm to be completed. The Tugdock Submersible Platform supports the deployment of commercial-scale floating wind by providing a build and launch platform that overcomes port constraints.

The first project for the new partnership will be Italy’s Molise Offshore Wind Farm project in the Adriatic Sea, where the combined technologies is expected to help install 70 turbines, aiming to generate 1.05 GW of power. The project will cover a total area of 219 square km, with the turbines located in waters spanning depths of a minimum of 88 m to a maximum of 126 m. The first platform is planned to be launched in January 2028.

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