New INTPOW member Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s offshore wind turbine foundation designer subsidiary, Universal Foundation (UF) is on the brink of a breakthrough deal off Denmark with a "large, well-known utility" to install a first batch of its so-called mono bucket bases topped with 6MW-plus class turbines.
The agreement, which would breathe new life into a dormant government-consented 50MW demonstration site off Frederikshavn, would see as many as six machines erected in 15-20 metres of water using UF's technology, a bucket-shaped foundation that is vacuum-sealed into the seabed and levelled using hundreds of built-in water jets before being fitted with a turbine.
"The offshore demonstration project is a very open concept right now," says UF managing director Torgeir Ramstad. "It could be several different turbines and several different sized foundations".
Expectations, he adds, are that the Danish authorities will take a decision on a full development plan for the testing site "after the summer" with a European tender to follow for the "main components" for the project.