ABS approves Windfloat Atlantic classification

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/07/2021 ABS

The ABS Class Committee has officially approved the classification of the
WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind project, located 20 kilometres off the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal.

The project features three MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbines installed on semi-submersible floating foundations which were designed by Principle Power. They consist of three columns measuring 30 metres in height with a 50 metre distance between the columns. Ocean Winds holds the majority share in the project (79.4%), with Resol (19.4%) and Principle Power (1.2%) holding the remainder.

The floating technology was implemented in a first of its kind prototype,
WindFloat 1, near Póvoa do Varzim, which was installed back in 2011. The project was a full life cycle demonstration featuring a Vestas V-80 2 MW turbine, and was decommissioned in 2016.

“It’s a historic first and, we believe, the first of many more to come. ABS has made a significant contribution both to this project and the development of offshore floating wind in Portugal.  It underscores the potential of Class and industry working together for the safe adoption of new technologies. ABS has supported innovation in offshore energy since 1958. This landmark project underlines how we continue to support promising offshore technology more than 60 years later,”
said Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore.

“The WindFloat Atlantic project is again showing its technology reliability. Having achieved formal ABS classification for the three floating platforms is therefore an important milestone for the project shareholders and also for the offshore floating wind industry,”
said Jose Pinheiro, Ocean Winds Southern Europe BU Country Manager.

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