NetComposites
Attwater

AMEC Wins Contract to Produce World’s Largest Deep-water Wind Turbines

03 May 2005

AMEC, the international project management and services company, has been awarded a contract to design and manage delivery of the world's first deepwater wind energy turbines in Scotland.

The contract, for Talisman Energy (UK) Limited and partner Scottish and Southern Energy, is being partly funded by the Scottish Executive, the DTI and the European Union.

Two five-megawatt composite turbines will be sited in 45 metres of water. They are part of a demonstration programme to prove technical and commercial viability of deepwater offshore wind turbines

“Talisman is a major player in the North Sea and the driving force behind what is Europe's largest renewable energy research and technology development programme” said Neil Bruce, Managing Director of AMEC’s Oil & Gas business. ""We look forward to applying our programme management and engineering expertise to this innovative renewables project which further strengthens our position as a major player in the wind energy sector.""

The project will develop new FRP technologies and processes to enable Europe to take a global lead in deepwater offshore wind farms. The scheme will involve leading research bodies across Europe, including Strathclyde and Aberdeen universities.

Deepwater wind farms are less visually intrusive than land-based or shallow-water wind farms. However, their remoteness presents a challenge in transmitting electricity back to shore. The turbines will be located near to Talisman’s Beatrice oilfield where existing infrastructure and connections will be modified to accept electricity from the turbines for onward transmission to shore. The field’s production platforms will also provide a base to carry out turbine monitoring and maintenance

Subject to planning approval, installation will be carried out during Summer 2006 and commissioning of first power will be completed by late Summer.





Share this story


Related / You might like...

Cobra International Exhibits Product Range at CAMX 2018

Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.

Prodrive Develops Process for Recyclable Thermoplastic Composites

UK company Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without any compromise in the performance of the original parts. The company says the P2T (Primary to Tertiary) process not only simplifies recycling, but endows a composite material with the potential to fulfil three or more useful lifetimes.

Elemental RP1 Sports Car Showcases Capabilities of Tailored Fibre Placement

Designers at Elemental Motor have utilised tailored fibre placement (TPF) to extend the use of carbon composites in its RP1 sports car.