A GIS-based approach for port selection and bottleneck identification for the deployment of Self-Buoyant Gravity Based Foundations

Negar Akbari, Azadeh Attari, Lucy Cradden, Paul Doherty

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    Abstract

    Self-Buoyant Gravity Based foundations have emerged as a novel concept to eliminate the need for expensive heavy lift vessels for the installation phase of offshore wind projects. However, due to the large size of these structures, their application is greatly influenced by the availability of suitable ports and infrastructure in which they can be built. In this study, the key port criteria for supporting the manufacture of these foundations have been identified, and a GIS approach has been applied in a hypothetical scenario to determine the suitable ports for three offshore wind projects located in the North Sea. The result of the analysis shows that the minimum water depth at the principal channel of ports could be among the restricting factors for the industrial application of these foundations for projects located in depths of 25-60m.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationScientific Proceedings
    Subtitle of host publicationEWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015
    EditorsSandrine Aubrun, Sandrine Aubrun, Jakob Mann
    PublisherEuropean Wind Energy Association
    ISBN (Electronic)9782930670003
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
    EventEuropean Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 - Paris, France
    Duration: 17 Nov 201520 Nov 2015

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015
    Abbreviated titleEWEA 2015
    Country/TerritoryFrance
    CityParis
    Period17/11/1520/11/15

    Keywords

    • Draft
    • GIS
    • Infrastructure
    • Offshore wind
    • Ports
    • Self-buoyant gravity based foundations

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