The Hywind technology was conceived in 2001 and by 2009 the concept had matured enough to install the world’s first floating wind turbine. In 2017 the Hywind concept was deployed at a large scale for the first time in the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park. The park is the world’s first floating wind park and powers over 20 000 UK homes. Floating wind power is still in its early stages, but has great potential in most areas of the world. Turbine size and technology is rapidly developing and it is likely that we will see much larger floating wind parks in the future.
In the Hywind Scotland project TechnipFMC was responsible for transport of tower and substructure, inshore operations related to assembly in Norway, vertical towing of the completed turbines to Scotland, installation of the anchoring system as well as the hook up of the turbines to the mooring lines in the field.
The presentation outlines the main technical challenges faced in the planning of TechnipFMC’s operations at Hywind Scotland, as well as an overview of the experience gained during project execution.