Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE Renewables have successfully concluded the launching operation of the floating unit in Spain.
The duo achieved a milestone in the DemoSATH project. Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE entered into the partnership to develop this project in 2020.
According to the companies, the “submarine dynamic cable will be deployed at the installation site and the floater will be towed out to be connected to it.”
It has been reported that the load out and launching operations were performed at Punta Sollana quay at the Port of Bilbao in Spain.
Saitec Offshore Technologies chief of engineering Araceli Martínez was quoted, "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 companies informed that the “demonstrator is ready to become the first floating wind turbine to be commissioned to the mainland Spanish Grid during the next months."
RWE Renewables director of floating wind Martin Dörnhöfer was quoted, "We are glad to see DemoSATH has been launched safely and successfully. This is another important milestone towards the offshore commissioning of the floating turbine later this year.”
RWE informed that the company aims to unlock the great potential of floating wind globally including in the US, France, UK, Norway and Spain.
"We aim to have one gigawatt of floating wind capacity in construction or operation by 2030,” he said