Model test complete for MSPAR floating concept

Model tests (scale 1/44) have been completed for the MSPAR floating wind turbine foundation concept. The patent pending concept is a joint development project by Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, Republic of Korea and Monobase Wind B.V., the Netherlands.

The tests were conducted at the facilities of Oceanide in Seyne sur Mer near Toulon, France, and lasted for three weeks. The concept is now ready for AIP and a full scale prototype.

According to the project partners, the results as to stability and behaviour during transport, installation and in-place conditions are well within industry standards and parameters.

The two companies aim to complete Basic Design and certification in principle by the end of 2022 and present a full scale demonstrator to the market in the course of 2023/2024.

The MSPAR floating foundation is a combination of a semi-submersible and SPAR designed for complete assembly at quayside, tow-out using tugs and an in-place draft of more than 70 metres. The project partners claim that it features a compact dimensions to allow for efficient logistics, maximum local content for fabrication, installation and maintenance.

The MSPAR is designed to carry 15-20 MW turbines in deep water more than 90 metres in harsh sea states and meteorological conditions.

The consortium also outlined its design also includes solutions allowing for serial production and supply chain optimisation based on the experience provided by Daewoo E&C using regular offshore structure fabrication technology and mostly existing quay sides with a draft of 10-15 metres and unhindered access to the ocean.