XXL Turbines for Floating Offshore Wind: Opportunities and Challenges from Floater to O&M
Date & Time
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Michel Jason Azlir

The worldwide ambitions shared on the deployment of offshore wind energy have demonstrated that the oceans have the capacity to provide safe, reliable, and affordable energy for generations to come. Such a transformation is only possible by greatly scaling up wind turbine capacity in the next two decades. This would imply a significant transformation of the global supply chain, the vessels, the ports, and the infrastructure used during the execution of the projects. The number of projects coming, and the new generation of turbines will put significant pressure on the existing ports with enough space, draft, and bearing capacity to support such XXL turbines. The availability of the port is the first risk identified as between 5 and 7 years are required to build a new turbine. The obsolescence is the second risk identified as 3 years are needed to upgrade an existing one. Other challenges include installation vessel availability as demand is worldwide. The service providers have more capacity to follow the growth of the turbine market, as they can, with a limit, increase the lifting and handling equipment. They can also invest in new cranes and develop innovative lifting approaches. Meanwhile, the global supply chain is undergoing an elastic effect – the increasing of the size of the turbine and the wind farm is decreasing the number of suppliers able to follow the market. New investments will play a key role to ensure the adaptation of the manufacturing capacities to the new size of the turbine and increasing market volume. SBM Offshore believes floating wind OEM will sustainably develop, not only if the floating technology can handle XXL wind turbines, but also if floating industry is not calling for additional investments and can leverage investment made in ports for bottom fixed offshore projects. The XXL turbines are a great opportunity for floating offshore wind because the floaters offshore do not need jackup barges and it is more efficient and cost-effective to increase onshore lifting equipment for floater construction and WTG integration.

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