Assuring Integrity of Floating Wind Structures

April 27th, 2023

Based on over 40 years of experience, EM&I has successfully delivered a through-life Asset Integrity Management (AIM) and assurance report for candidate Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) asset foundations to a major global developer client.

Using practices proven in the floating offshore Oil & Gas (O&G) sector, the client identified three designs of primary floating structures and mooring systems for comparison. EM&I’s analysis included a review of concept design documentation; through life integrity management including construction, assembly, installation and in-service phases; determination of likely failure mechanisms; anomaly management; available inspection methods; life extension and decommissioning; and all within regulatory compliance.

EM&I’s advice informed the client’s selection of the most suitable design, and the report also helped assure insurers and financiers of how their risks may be mitigated by risk-based integrity studies and full-scale testing, as well as through-life monitoring and inspection programmes that together build confidence in the long term integrity of the assets.