Hitachi Zosen and Ideol officialize the start of their floaters’ construction

Thursday 07 Jul 2016

Less than a month after the official launch of Ideol’s first demonstrator (Floatgen), Hitachi Zosen and Ideol have signed a contract launching the construction phase of their 2 floating offshore wind turbines. This second contract follows the achievement of the design & engineering phase which started a year ago.

These 2 floaters will be each manufactured with different materials (concrete and steel), will be equipped with different wind turbines and will be anchored using different mooring line materials.
The construction of these 2 floaters is the result of an extensive year-long collaboration between Hitachi Zosen’s and Ideol’s design and engineering teams, successfully meeting all the stringent ClassNK requirements in the process.

Tadashi Shibayama (Hitz) commented: “We very much appreciate our collaboration with Ideol on this floating offshore wind project. Our project team is particularly excited to pursue its work with Ideol’s engineers and experts.”

Paul de la Guérivière (Ideol’s CEO) announced: « We are particularly pleased to start the construction of our next two floaters in the world’s most advanced and leading market for floating offshore wind. We are fully confident in the global competitiveness of our technology and look forward to work on Japan’s first commercial scale floating wind farms with a leading partner such as Hitachi Zosen. Our teams have achieved tremendous work in record time together, confirming the undeniable benefits of Ideol’s strategy which is to integrate a maximum of the technical expertise in-house in order to provide our customers and partners with the immediate reactivity such capital intensive projects require. »

Signing ceremony
Left : Tadashi Shibayama, Hitz’s Executive Officer, Head of Offshore Wind Power Promotion Department
Right : Bruno Geschier, IDEOL’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
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