General – Subsea Installation Scope
Windstaller Alliance, the joint venture of Norwegian companies Aker Solutions, DeepOcean and Solstad Offshore, has been subcontracted to deliver the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the subsea installation scope of the FloWatt tidal pilot to be installed offshore Normandy, France.
The study is financed by the European Union program ‘The Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project’, known as TIGER, which aims to drive the growth of tidal stream energy to become a greater part of the energy mix, with significant benefits for coastal communities.
Located in the Raz Blanchard passage, at the northwestern tip of France, the FloWatt project incorporates seven 2.5 MW tidal turbines of HydroQuest technology – 17.5 MW in total. It is expected to be the world’s most powerful tidal power farm.
The FEED awarded to Windstaller Alliance covers the installation of a subsea HV power collection system which connects seven off 2.5 MW tidal turbines to a subsea connection hub, inter-array cables, and power export cable to shore.
Windstaller Alliance will deliver its FEED installation scope as a subcontractor to Aker Solutions, which has been appointed by HydroQuest to deliver the complete FEED study for the subsea interconnection system of the FloWatt project.
The FEED will be completed in the summer of 2023. The intention is to utilize the most efficient partner resources during a potential build-out of the project.
The FloWatt project is developed by tidal power turbine technology developer and renewable energy developer HydroQuest and independent renewable energy producer Qair.
The final investment decision for the project is expected in 2024, with a potential EPCI contract award in the same year.