A new marine wind power generation project, to be based 15km off the coast of Aberdeen in Scotland, will be the first in the world to have wind turbines with a capacity of over 9 MW.
This offshore wind farm comprises six floating marine platforms on three legs which will be manufactured and assembled at three Spanish locations. The prefabrication of the main components will take place in Avilés and Puerto Real, and the assembly and final set up will take place in Fene (Ferrol), before they are transported to their final location.
Applus+ will be responsible for certifying the soldering of these complex marine structures using both conventional and advanced methods of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). These tests will be regulated by the strict American codes of the API (American Petroleum Institute), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), ensuring that there are no defects of any kind.
Applus+ will help the companies involved to comply with current standards by assessing the state of their facilities. Experience gained by working on similar projects, such as Wikinger, Wind Float, and East Anglia, has made Applus+ a benchmark for this type of work, both nationally and internationally.
Additionally, Applus+ offers other services for large-scale wind energy projects such as wind engineering, wind consulting, QA/QC, and wind turbine inspection.