FoundOcean to Grout Gemini Foundations. MasterFlow 9800 to Be Used for the First Time
FoundOcean has been awarded the contract to grout the 150 monopile foundations for the 600MW Gemini Offshore Wind Farm, on behalf of main contractor Van Oord. The project will be the first to use MasterFlow 9800, a new material jointly developed by FoundOcean and BASF.
The grouting work will take place in June 2015.
FoundOcean stated that it proposed the material based on its cutting-edge properties, since MasterFlow 9800 has the ability to be stored in silos rather than bags facilitates quayside storage in all weathers and eliminates the requirement for bag or container lifting during grouting operations and resupply.
According to FoundOcean Managing Director Jim Bell: “FoundOcean and BASF recognised the demand within the offshore wind industry for a material that could provide high early strength development and low temperature performance, yet also offer increased efficiency, safety and cleanliness.”
In addition, FoundOcean said that by using its modified Recirculating Jet Mixer, the new MasterFlow 9800 grout system can achieve consistent grout quality whilst maintaining mixing and pumping rates exceeding 20m3/hr, saving valuable offshore operating days.