FoundOcean mobilises to grout 31 jackets at Ormonde Offshore Windfarm (UK)

FoundOcean participates in the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm multiple four-legged jacket type foundation installation project

FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industry, is mobilising to the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm today to commence grouting operations for a largescale multiple jacket type foundation installation project in UK waters.

The Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is under construction in the Irish Sea, 10km off Barrow-In-Furness. On completion the windfarm comprises 30 RePower 5MW wind turbines, producing a capacity of 150MW, and 1 substation.

The 31 four-legged jackets will be placed by Scaldis Salvage and Marine Contractor NV’s Rambiz heavy lift vessel. The Swiber Else-Marie will follow Rambiz with FoundOcean equipment and personnel onboard. Grouting is scheduled to start on 24th July.

Damien Murphy, Project Engineer for FoundOcean, says “We’ve set ourselves tough deadlines; we intend to grout the foundations within a 60 day time frame. Weather permitting, I’m confident that we can deliver on this.”

Grouting equipment was mobilised on the Swiber Elsa Marie from Vlissingen, Holland and personnel from Heysham. There will be a crew of four FoundOcean engineers and technicians working 12 hours per day.

“This is a milestone project for both FoundOcean and the renewables industry. Our subsea grouting expertise was earned working in the oil and gas sector where one or two jackets are installed at one time. This is the largest number of jackets to be installed in one project.” commented Keith Miller, Chairman for FoundOcean. He continued, “It’s reassuring to see that renewables companies are looking to the oil and gas industry’s experience when designing and installing turbine foundations.”

For more information on the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm visit Vattenfall.

FoundOcean recently completed the jacket pile grouting for Substation P1 of the Walney Offshore Windfarm, also in the Irish Sea. For more information on the Walney project visit DONG energy.

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About FoundOcean

FoundOcean is a subsea and offshore cementing specialist for the global energy construction industries. Its primary business is fixing structures to the sea bed by foundation grouting. FoundOcean also provides structural repair services for subsea and offshore structures, as well as pipeline and cable support and protection services.

FoundOcean, now a privately held company, was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in the UK. Its specialist subsea and offshore engineering equipment is located for rapid deployment in key energy producing areas of the world including Europe, the Gulf of Mexico, South East Asia and the Middle East.

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Source: foundocean, July 23, 2010;

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