Norwegian engineering firm Aker Solutions and international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty have teamed up to deliver end-to-end design and construction solutions for the concrete floating and gravity-based UK offshore wind industry.
The partnership will see the companies’ complementary skills, resources and experience combined to offer a whole-life solution. Balfour Beatty has an extensive track record of executing complex civil engineering works for complex infrastructure and energy projects across the UK, while Aker Solutions has a long history of delivering concrete structures for marine environments globally.
The partners have established a joint task force with key personnel from both organisations responsible for identifying future opportunities.
Jason Brown, Aker Solutions’ head of renewables in the UK, commented: “Offshore wind has a pivotal role to play in increasing our use of renewable energy, which in turn is essential to achieving energy security and reducing carbon emissions. Only by moving further out to sea in deeper waters, can we achieve the UK’s ambitious 50 GW target for offshore wind deployment.”
“Concrete floating and gravity-based foundations are an excellent solution for offshore wind in the North Sea. They provide the level of performance needed in challenging sea conditions, demand high levels of local content and can be less carbon intensive than other go-to foundation solutions,” he added.