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Construction of Offshore Wind Floating Platform PivotBuoy Nearly Finished

The construction of the floating platform is said to be finsihed in August and will be installed near the Canary Islands this fall despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In March, the PivotBuoy mooring system and floating platform design phase was completed and the design was approved by the consortium partners at the Detailed Design Review meeting held at X1Wind offices in Barcelona. The manufacturing of the PivotBuoy and the floating platform started at DEGIMA facilities in Santander soon afterwards. After the construction is finished in August, the platform will be transported to its final destination in Gran Canaria after the summer.

All subsystems will undergo non-destructive test to ensure maximum quality before they are ready. So far, the outcome of the tests has been very positive. Additionally, to verify that all the pieces fit correctly before transport to Gran Canaria, the full platform will be pre-assembled at DEGIMA facilities, significantly reducing the risk of costly delays due to unexpected manufacturing tolerance errors during the final assembly.

Carlos Casanovas, CTO of X1WIND and technical coordinator of PivotBuoy said: “One of the main challenges of the manufacturing has been to maintain the schedule during the COVID19 Pandemic. Within the project, we have worked with suppliers from all over the world, making the coordination a challenge. With all of us forced to transition to remote work, and the adaptation process this entails on many fronts, it has not been possible to maintain the original schedule. We expect, however, to deliver the finished platform within a reasonable timeline.”

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