Offshore support platform contract

Jake Frith

Scotland-headquartered marine solutions provider Malin Group has been awarded a turnkey contract by Swedish low current tidal power developer Minesto AB to provide concept, design, fabrication and delivery of an offshore support platform for the Deep Green 500 tidal generator test project at Holyhead Deep, off the coast of Anglesey, North Wales.

The Deep Green project uses tethered underwater ‘kites’ which sweep a figure of eight path across the prevailing tidal flow, so that the turbines can gather the maximum available energy from low current environments.

The offshore unit will provide the support platform for a Micro Grid System connected by a subsea umbilical to the tidal generator. Graham Tait, Managing Director at Malin Group in Aberdeen noted: “this contract utilises the full capability within Malin Group including in-house design, fabrication and transport to site. We look forward to working closely with our client Minesto on this interesting and challenging project”.

Captain Simon Mills, Offshore Operations Manager at Minesto commented: “We are very pleased to work with Malin Group and with the cross-section of services that they provide. Given the way they have responded in the procurement process, with a flexible, supportive dialogue and well-resourced technical feedback, they certainly seem like a well-motivated and highly competent partner to Minesto”.

The offshore unit will provide the support platform for a Micro Grid System