Saitec together with its partner, RWE, have achieved another milestone in the DemoSATH project with the successful completion of the launching operation of the floating unit. The project moves forward at a fast pace for its installation later this summer.
During the next months the submarine dynamic cable will be deployed at the installation site and the floater will be towed out to be connected to it, as well as to the mooring lines that were previously installed in late April.
The load out and launching operations were performed at Punta Sollana quay, in the Port of Bilbao (Spain), where the prestressed concrete platform was previously constructed and assembled, and equipped with a 2 MW turbine.
“This is a great step forward for the DemoSATH project. The load-out and float-off operations were an important milestone to fulfill as they were the first of their kind executed for the SATH floating offshore wind turbine. The operations were thoroughly planned between all the parties involved and the final performance was excellent. Once afloat, it took less than 45 minutes to safely berth the DemoSATH wind turbine at quay. After the successful completion of the launching in the Port of Bilbao, we are proud to announce that the demonstrator is ready to become the first floating wind turbine to be commissioned to the mainland Spanish Grid during the next months.”
Araceli Martínez, Chief of Engineering at Saitec Offshore Technologies.
Saitec Offshjore Technologies Saitec provides all kinds of Engineering and Project Management services regarding Offshore Wind. The company, based in Leioa, Spain, is a spin-off from Saitec S.A., a major Spanish engineering firm.
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