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From 6 September 2013:

Wave Hub applies for floating wind consent

6 September 2013

Wave Hub applies for floating wind consent

Wave Hub, the offshore renewable energy test facility in Cornwall, has applied for consent to install and operate a floating wind platform demonstrator.

The application for both a Section 36 electricity consent and a Marine Licence has been submitted to the UK’s Marine Management Organisation and follows Wave Hub’s selection by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) in March this year as the preferred location to test a floating offshore wind platform.

US-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm The Glosten Associates is designing the PelaStar tension leg platform prototype in partnership with Alstom, using the Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine.

The aim of the ETI project is to accelerate the commercial application of floating foundations for wind turbines which could open up new deep water areas for deployment and dramatically reduce the cost of offshore wind energy technology.
Wave Hub has applied for consent to operate the demonstrator in one of the four berths over a period of 10 years. It could host the project as early as 2015.
Wave Hub managing director Claire Gibson said: “We have been in discussion with key consultees about the design of this demonstrator over the past few months and our consent application takes on board their requirements. Today is an important milestone for the project and, if successful, would mean we have all the necessary consents in place for the floating wind demonstrator.

“The UK Government’s recently published offshore wind strategy recognises the enormous potential of the industry and we are excited at the prospect of Wave Hub playing a part in its development.”

Andrew Scott, programme manager for offshore wind at the ETI, said: “Our modeling and engineering design projects have shown that floating offshore wind farms could play a key role in providing affordable, secure and sustainable energy for the UK as part of a broader and balanced energy system. However, offshore wind must be affordable and cost competitive with alternative generation technologies for it to succeed. That is why we fully endorse Wave Hub’s application for consent to install a floating wind platform demonstrator at the Cornwall-based site.”

Bill Hurley, chairman of The Glosten Associates, said: “We commend the Wave Hub organisation for making this important step towards expanding their test facility potential. As partners in the ETI Demonstration Project, we appreciate Wave Hub’s critical role in advancing floating offshore wind technology.”

In June this year the ETI and Glosten Associates confirmed the appointment of two Cornish companies – marine contractor and vessel owner Keynvor MorLift Ltd (KML) and offshore drilling specialists LDD – to work on an installation study for the pioneering project.

The two companies have been appointed as part of a £4 million Front End Engineering Study commissioned and funded by the ETI which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The ETI will then decide in the new year whether to invest up to £21m in the construction and deployment of the demonstrator project.


Notes to Editors

1. The attached computer generated image shows how the demonstrator project could look.
2. Wave Hub Limited has applied to the Marine Management Organisation under Section 36 of the Electricity Act (1989) and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, Part 4, for a Section 36 consent and marine licence to undertake the installation, operation and maintenance of a single 6MW floating offshore wind platform.
3. Wave Hub consists of a giant ‘socket’ on the seabed connected to the grid network onshore by an underwater cable. It has consent for wave energy devices to be ‘plugged’ and tested on a scale not seen anywhere before. The project has four berths available and a capacity of up to 48MW.
4. Wave Hub is publicly-owned by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which has set up a stand-alone operating company, Wave Hub Limited, based in Hayle, Cornwall, to manage the day-to-day operation of the testing facility on its behalf.
5. Wave Hub is a £30 million construction project funded with £16.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme and £13.5 million from the UK Government.
6. Wave Hub is a partner in the South West Marine Energy Park.
7. Follow Wave Hub on Twitter @wavehub, or visit
8. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government. Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board. The ETI brings together engineering projects that accelerate the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.
9. The Glosten Associates is an engineering company recognised throughout the marine community for innovative solutions, integrating cutting-edge analysis with practical, experience-based design. Glosten brings the wind power industry the capability to provide complete offshore solutions – balancing the development of optimal designs requiring optimal motions and advanced structural systems with the realities of construction, operations, and maintenance logistics.
10. Keynvor MorLift Ltd (KML) Marine Contractors has its headquarters in Appledore, North Devon but also operates a base from Porthtowan in Cornwall. It specialises in shoreline, coastal and offshore marine operations ranging from marine renewable energy construction projects to marine civil engineering and sub-sea operations. KML operates its own fleet of vessels, and also provides consulting and project management services. Visit for more information.
11. LDD is an offshore drilling and specialist marine construction contractor. Its UK headquarters is in Penryn, Cornwall, and there is another base in Perth, Australia. LDD designs, engineers, builds and operates world-class pile installation equipment to deliver tubular foundations, of any size, in any geology. It provides these sub-sea and marine construction services to a range of industries including oil and gas, mining, nuclear and offshore renewables. www . lddrill . com

For more information contact:

Jason Clark
DCA Public Relations