Illustration – Credit: Olav Olsen
Bouygues Travaux Publics announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the OO-STAR floating wind foundation technology, owned by Floating Wind Solutions.
“This technology can be adapted to a wide range of marine environments, reducing the carbon footprint of wind farm infrastructure and lowering operating and maintenance costs,” said Bouygues Travaux Publics.
Already the owner of the gravity foundation technology with the Fécamp offshore wind farm project, Bouygues Travaux Publics now exclusively acquires an innovative floating foundation technology.
OO-STAR is a patented concept of semi-submersible wind turbine foundation, originally developed by Dr.techn. Olav Olsen then transferred to Floating Wind Solutions (FWS), which Bouygues Travaux Publics has just acquired.
The hydrodynamic and structural behavior of the foundation ensures optimal turbine performance and high structural durability, enabling greater efficiency, the company said.
“Bouygues Travaux Publics and Dr.techn. Olav Olsen now intends to combine their engineering and construction expertise to optimize the process of designing and implementing this technology, with the aim of providing an integrated, innovative and competitive solution to the floating offshore wind market. The semi-submersible concrete foundations will be mass-produced quickly and cost-effectively,” said Bouygues Travaux Publics.
“This acquisition reflects Bouygues Travaux Publics’ ambition in the wind power sector and confirms its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its activities. This technological investment is an important step because it offers us a significant technological advance to support
accelerate the market in the necessary environmental transformation,” said Philippe Amequin, CEO of Bouygues Travaux Publics.
“Dr.techn. Olav Olsen has more than 50 years of expertise in developing infrastructure solutions in the oil and gas sectors and has been working on the development of OO-STAR technology for ten years. We are delighted to establish this close partnership with Bouygues Travaux Publics and
to support them in the construction of competitive infrastructure solutions for the floating offshore wind market”, Olav Weider, CEO, of Dr.techn. Olav Olsen, said.