Wind Energy – Floating Wind
Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE successfully completed the launching operation of the DemoSATH 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.
Firstly, the DemoSATH unit was loaded onto the semisubmersible barge’s deck by means of Self-Propelled Modular Transporters. The barge was then ballasted down lower into the water until the DemoSATH unit became buoyant, after which it was towed off.
Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE Renewables entered into the partnership to develop DemoSATH project in 2020. The 2MW unit using SATH Technology will be installed in a test field (BIMEP) which is two miles off the Basque coast, where the sea is 85 meters deep.