Scottish oil and gas services giant installs first scanning lidars on floating offshore wind turbine parc

The first light-detection and ranging sensors fitted on the offshore wind firm near Peterheid
The first light-detection and ranging sensors fitted on the offshore wind firm near Peterheid.

The offshore oil and gas-dominated Wood Group has installed the first scanning light detection and ranging (LIDAR) devices on two floating wind turbines at the Hywind Scotland floating offshore turbine parc 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead.

The 30MW project, which is the world’s first commercial floating electricity generating station, comprises five floating turbines and has the capacity to power approximately 20,000 households. 

Its combined Norwegian and Mid-East owners appointed Wood to install scanning lidars in order to understand wake and turbulence effects from multiple floating wind turbines, measure turbulent wake spectra and to investigate the effect of wakes on yaw motions.

As part of the scope of work, the renewable energy subsidiary at Aberdeen-based Wood Group supplied and installed two proprietary LIDARS and motion compensation equipment, which was designed and manufactured in-house specifically for the project.





Smoke-and-mirror oil and gas signals from Scottish Renewables? 

This is the kind of ‘ there is more that unites us than divides us’ smoke-signal being heavily-puffed up the lum from the wind-dominated Scottish Renewables** industry association on the common issues and sharing of best-practice and similar skills between the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors:

So much so, that the traditionally oil-and-gas only Wood Group diversified into renewables last year when it acquired a Glasgow-based green-consultancy. Other large conglomerates elsewhere in Scotland and in England’s N. Sea oil and gas sector in Norfolk, are doing likewise.

In Scotland, ONLY Scottish Energy News provides the 3-in-1 one-stop, all energy sectors, coverage of oil, gas, wind, solar, biomass, wave and tidal power and hydrogen energy.

Therefore, for Scottish Renewables to overlook Scottish Energy News and instead form ‘partnerships’ with England-based and English-owned media – which cover only the wind energy sector – is, at best, ‘curious’.

Or, as Lt. Spock would have said to Capt. James T. Kirk on the USS Enterprise: “That’s illogical, captain.”


* * Scottish Renewables’ chief executive has said she can see a “really strong relationship” forming between the oil and gas and renewables sectors as they look towards the energy transition.

Claire Mack looked at the similarities and ways each sector can benefit the other, saying that they share a common language and way of working, particularly in terms of the supply chain. She said:

“I can see a really strong relationship between oil and gas and renewables in terms of managing that energy transition and we’re both talking the same language around about that.

2 May 2018

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