Osbit cleans up at Walney 3
Hybrid tool will help Van Oord prepare monopolies for grouting and TPs
Offshore engineering and technology company Osbit has delivered a hybrid monopile cleaning tool to Van Oord for work on the 659MW Walney 3 offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
Van Oord will use the hybrid marine growth cleaning tool to support the installation of 87 monopile foundations for the Dong Energy project.
The tool will ensure the monopiles are sufficiently prepared for grouting and the installation of the transition pieces.
It uses 10 rotating cleaning heads to prepare the monopile surface to fit the transition piece, Osbit said.
Osbit managing director Brendon Hayward said: “Working closely with Van Oord, we have developed an innovation to deliver new levels of operational efficiency for offshore wind foundation installations.
“Its hybrid capabilities combine three systems, to significantly cut installation timescales and deliver cost-savings, key targets for the industry, particularly in the current climate.”
Van Oord offshore wind operations manager Adriaan van Oord said: “We are committed to creating ingenious solutions to improve operational efficiencies in the offshore wind sector; in this project, Osbit has succeeded in developing an innovative system moulded to suit our operational requirements, which has been delivered within a challenging time-scale.”