For the Celtic Sea area, an initial target list of >60 sites yielded only #6 technically & environmentally suitable potential sites and once further investigation is done this may reduce further. Whilst Scotland has sea lochs, larger harbours, and potential anchorages it also has both a greater volume of FLOW projects, many being developed in parallel, and considerable environmental and associated constraints.
The TS-FLOW© JIP, supported by multiple Developers, The Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland is providing practical answers to a complex challenge and enabling the promise and potential of floating wind to be realized.
UK FLOW Forward©, building industrial-scale, serial production capability.
The industrial scale serial production of floating units has not been attempted since the liberty ships programme of 1942 and as such the facilities to undertake this activity do not exist today. Conventional shipyards for low volume production and ex-oil & gas fabrication yards do exist and some efforts to repurpose these are underway, but most are either physically constrained or devoid of a supporting infrastructure and resources to deliver volume. This is a global issue and not UK specific.
In response to this challenge OSG leads an industrial consortium, UK FLOW Forward©, who are developing Europe’s largest new serial production facility with the capacity to deliver ~2GW/yr of floating unit modules and complex jacket components. UK FLOW Forward© has combined the unique expertise and experiences of OSG with leading UK fabricator Wilton Group and the global leader in welding services, CRC-Evans Group and is also supported by SeAH Wind.
This major initiative also incorporates the latest process engineering and unique technology solutions around autonomous welding and large component alignment, all to deliver efficient and cost-effective serial production. With over 3 million m2 of new facilities (largest is 450mx100mx50m!) and able to handle modules up to 2,000Te and lengths of ~80m this is an industrial scale project akin to new aircraft manufacturing in its complexity and ambition.