Offshore engineering company CDC Scotland Ltd moved closer to commercialisation of one of its revolutionary designs for offshore wind support vessels, with the OOS Energy Luctor et Emergo.
CDC Scotland’s John Gordon Davies was interviewed by REM in July 2016 and the company is now hoping that the Luctor et Emergo will be the first of its designs heading towards commercialisation. The name of the planned vessel rather aptly translates into English as “I struggle, I emerge”. OOS Energy will own the vessel and CDC Scotland worked with them by tweaking its Chameleon design over the past eight months to include a full ‘rigless’ spread and two 1,200 metric ton cranes.
The OOS Energy selection of a ‘rigless’ spread is orientated towards oil industry capabilities such as intervention and P&A (plug and abandonment) but the 2,400 metric tonne lifting capability also allows the vessel to serve the renewables sector with regard to installation of current and future generation wind farm monopiles, jackets and turbines.
The 2,500-square metre deck space enables equipment to be loaded on to the vessel for transportation and offloading with no additional support vessels or heavy lifting services required.
“The strength of our concept is SIMOPS (simultaneous operations); combining P&A with heavy lift operations up to 2,400T without the need of a marine spread or mobilising multiple vessels is in our view a cost reducing exercise” said Léon Overdulve, CEO of OOS International. “The MAU will be available to all parties involved within the P&A/decommissioning and wind installation market. Discussions are well underway with potential clients recognising the efficiency of this unit”.
OOS Energy is expecting the delivery of two vessels, the first in Q4 2020 and the second in Q1 2021.
Image: Artists impression of the new Luctor et Embargo design (CDC Scotland Ltd)