Bechtel partners with windfarm developer
By Andy Brown16 March 2021
Bechtel is partnering with windfarm developer Hexicon to demonstrate offshore wind technology that could be a ‘game-changer’ as it can be deployed in deep waters at a lower cost of energy than other solutions. The industry currently relies on shallow water platforms that are fixed to the seabed.
Global engineering and construction company Bechtel is working with Swedish floating windfarm developer and technology provider Hexicon to deliver large-scale offshore floating wind projects along the British coastline and abroad.
Marcus Thor, CEO of Hexicon, said, “Our technology is one of a handful of solutions that can support deep water offshore wind projects, which will massively increase the potential for offshore wind power generation.
“The UK has shown great initiative in this industry and we are delighted to have world-leading construction and engineering company Bechtel to help us deploy our innovative twin turbine floating foundation in British waters.”
The initial partnership will draw on Bechtel’s engineering, construction, and project financing expertise to develop the design and constructability of the offshore wind facility. In addition to demonstrating a 35 to 40MW floating wind project, the team will also establish how the technology could be brought to market, and explore the roles that local suppliers could play in shipbuilding, mooring, and installations, as well as the long-term serving needs of floating offshore wind.