Bouygues Travaux Publics acquires floating foundation technology

Bouygues Travaux Publics announced its acquisition of the OO-STAR floating foundation technology, owned by Floating Wind Solutions. The company claims the technology can be adapted to a wide range of marine environments, reducing the carbon footprint of wind farm infrastructures and lowering operating and maintenance costs.

OO-STAR is a patented semi-submersible wind turbine foundation concept, originally developed by Dr.techn. Olav Olsen and later transferred to Floating Wind Solutions (FWS), which Bouygues Travaux Publics has just acquired. The hydrodynamic and structural behavior of the foundation is designed to offer optimal performance of the turbine and a high durability.

Bouygues Travaux Publics, which already owns the gravity-based foundation technology with the
Fécamp offshore wind farm project, is exclusively acquiring floating base technology.

The two companies now intend to combine their engineering and construction expertise to optimise the design and implementation process of this technology, with the aim of providing an integrated, innovative and competitive solution for the floating offshore wind market. The semi-submersible concrete foundations are designed to be mass-produced in a timely and cost- effective manner.

Philippe Amequin, CEO, Bouygues Travaux Publics said: "This acquisition reflects Bouygues Travaux Publics' ambition in the wind energy sector and confirms its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its activities. This technology investment is an important step, as it gives us a significant technological advance to accompany the market more quickly in the necessary environmental transformation process."

Olav Weider, CEO, Dr.techn. Olav Olsen: commented: "Dr.techn. Olav Olsen has more than 50 years expertise in developing infrastructure solutions in the oil and gas sectors and has been working for 10 years on the development of the OO-STAR technology. We are delighted to enter into this close partnership with Bouygues Travaux Publics and to support them in building competitive infrastructure solutions for the floating offshore wind market."

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