Specialist Offshore Wind Subgroups

DeepWind is now committed to forming specialist subgroups to offer member companies greater focus than can be achieved through general membership of the cluster. The aim is to provide added value to our members by concentrating on those areas of offshore wind which better match the skills and expertise possessed by subsets of our membership.  

Floating Offshore Wind Subgroup

Image: Ideol's patented floating 'Damping Pool' substructure system. Credit Ideol  & V. Joncheray

Many of DeepWind's members have come from the oil and gas sector and have extensive experience of building, deploying and servicing floating structures in one of the harshest offshore environments in the world, the North Sea. Married to this is the knowledge gained from 15 years of offshore wind development in the UK, and globally, including our members who have pioneered the development of floating wind. This expertise is now being captured and concentrated in our new Floating Offshore Wind Subgroup.

The aim of creating this subgroup is to bring together the supply chain elements that make up the major components of floating wind. Our members cover all aspects of floating wind including substructures, mooring systems, anchoring, installation, electrical systems (connectors and dynamic cables), subsea surveys and inspections. Complementary to this unique blend of skills and expertise is our infrastructure members, representing over 24 ports and harbours in Scotland, who are looking to develop the necessary manufacturing, assembly and maintenance facilities required for this emerging sector.

The Deepwind FOW Subgroup contains many of the leading floating wind developers as well as most of the European substructure design and supply companies who together are responsible for many of the current and future floating wind projects either operational or planned. Many of the companies have been attracted to DeepWind by the potential for Scotland to become a global hub of floating offshore wind development. 

Our FOW Subgroup brings together all the actors necessary to develop a complete floating wind supply chain and includes a blend of developers, industry, training and research players capable of forging a strong sub-cluster within DeepWind. 

Scotland currently leads the global development of floating offshore wind with Equinor's Hywind Scotland being the largest project in the world and with our second project, the 50MW Kincardine Offshore Wind project, set to overtake Hywind Scotland and become the largest. Not resting on its laurels, Scotland is now set to develop commercial scale floating wind projects in the ScotWind leasing round which should see these new projects being announced in Q1 next year.  

It is therefore fitting that our first subgroup in DeepWind should be dedicated to floating offshore wind.

A list of the FOW Subgroup companies is laid out below with our two subgroup co-chairs Ocean Winds and Fugro identified. With 195 members it is the largest floating wind supply chain cluster in the world.

Floating Offshore Wind Subgroup

1 2-B Energy BV 66 Frontera Enterprise Ltd 131 Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd
2 A Squared Engineering 67 Fugro (Co-Chair) 132 Petrolink Services Ltd
3 Aberdeen City Council 68 GAC Group 133 Port of Cromarty Firth
4 Aberdeen Harbour 69 Gareloch Support Services 134 Portakabin (Scotland) Limited
5 Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group 70 Gicon Großmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH 135 PSG Marine & Logistics Ltd
6 Aberdeen Training Centre 71 Global Energy Group (SG) 136 QHSE Aberdeen
7 Acteon Group 72 Global Offshore 137 Quaybridge
8 AJ Engineering & Construction Services 73 Green Marine 138 Quoceant
9 Aker Solutions 74 Gulfxstream 139 RDR Subsea
10 Anubis Security 75 Had Fab Limited 140 Red Rock Power
11 Apollo 76 Houlder Ltd 141 Response Consultants
12 Aquatera 77 Hubbell 142 Rever Offshore
13 Aquaterra Group 78 Hydro Group 143 RIDG
14 ARC Marine 79 Ideol 144 Rigmar
15 Armech Solutions 80 Imenco 145 Rix Renewables
16 Asco 81 Industrias Ferri AS 146 RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd
17 Aspect Land and Hydrographic Surveys 82 Intelligent Research & Translation Services 147 Robert Gordon University
18 Atkins Limited 83 InterMoor Ltd 148 Roemex
19 AWC Technology Ltd 84 Intertek Inspection Services UK Ltd 149 Rovco
20 Axess North Sea Ltd 85 Inverness Chamber of Commerce 150 ROVOP
21 Axis Energy Projects Ltd 86 iSurvey 151 Royal Haskoning DHV
22 Balmoral 87 ITC Hydraulics & Manufacturing 152 RSK Environment
23 Bam Nuttall 88 i-Tech 7 153 RWE Renewables
24 Bilfinger Salamis UK 89 ITPEnergised 154 Safetrade 247 Limited
25 Birlinn Offshore 90 Jackson Offshore Supply 155 SBM Offshore
26 BlackFish Engineering 91 Jan de Nul UK 156 SBT Energy Limited
27 Bluewater Energy Services 92 JGC Engineering & Technical Services 157 Scottish Power Renewables
28 BMT 93 KD Marine 158 Sealand Projects
29 BPP Cable Solutions 94 Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd 159 Seaway7
30 Bridon Bekaert 95 Kishorn Port 160 Semco Maritime
31 Briggs Marine 96 Kuiper Group UK Ltd 161 SFF Services Limited
32 Buoyant Production Technologies Ltd 97 Kvaerner AS 162 SIG Distribution
33 Bureau Veritas UK Limited 98 Lerwick Port Authority 163 Simply Blue Energy
34 Burntisland Fabrications 99 Liberty Steel Dalzell 164 SSI Energy
35 Calder Engineering 100 Linxon UK Ltd 165 Stork Technical Services
36 Caldive 101 Lloyd's Register 166 StormGeo
37 Castletown Law 102 Load Monitoring Systems Ltd 167 Strainstall UK
38 Cierco Wind Energy 103 London Marine Consultants 168 Subsea UK
39 Clarkson Port Services 104 London Offshore Consultants (Aberdeen) Ltd 169 Sumitomo Corporation
40 COES Caledonia UK Limited 105 MacArtney UK 170 Swire Oilfield Services
41 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar 106 Maersk Supply Service 171 Talon Board Advisory
42 Core Marine 107 Mainstream Renewable Power 172 TechnipFMC
43 Cortez Subsea 108 MELCAL Marine UK Ltd 173 Ternan Energy
44 Dangle Ltd 109 Miros Scotland 174 Texo Group Limited
45 Destini Marine Safety Solutions 110 Mistras Group 175 Total E&P UK
46 Distibution NOW 111 Monitor Systems Scotland Ltd 176 Trac Oil & Gas
47 DOF Subsea 112 Motion Software 177 TTI Renewables
48 Dolfines SAS 113 Motive Offshore Group Limited 178 UL International
49 Donut International 114 National Oilwell Varco 179 Univergy International
50 Doosan Babcock 115 Natural Power 180 University of Aberdeen
51 Ecosse IP 116 Naval Energies 181 University of Strathclyde
52 Engineering Construction Industry Training Board 117 NDT and Quality Services 182 UTEC
53 Environmental Resources Management Limited 118 NHV Helicopters 183 Vryhof Anchors
54 EOLFI (Shell) 119 North Star Renewables 184 V-TES
55 Equinor 120 Oceaneering 185 W3G Marine
56 European Marine Energy Centre 121 Ocean Winds (Co-chair) 186 Wardell Armstrong
57 Facilitating Change 122 Offshore Projects Alliance 187 Weldex (International) Offshore Ltd
58 Film Ocean 123 Opportunity North East 188 WFS Technologies
59 First Marine Solutions 124 Optimus 189 Wick Harbour Authority
60 First Subsea 125 Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd 190 Windcat Worksboats
61 Flicq UK 126 ORE Catapult 191 Windstorm Renewables
62 Floating Power Plant 127 Orion Engineering 192 Wolfel
63 Floating Wind Energy Systems 128 Orkney Harbour Authority 193 Wood
64 Francois Offshore Catering 129 Partrac 194 wpd Offshore Solutions GmbH
65 Fraserburgh Harbour 130 Peel Ports (Hunterston) 195 Xi Engineering Consultants


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DeepWind's FOW Subgroup intends to assist the development of new systems, products and services by working closely with the UK's innovation champions such as the Carbon Trust's Floating Wind Joint Industry Project and the ORE Catapult's Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (link to launch press release). Many of DeepWind's developer members are already involved in both groups (8 members in each group) and this offers a good opportunity to coordinate the UK's floating wind innovation landscape through this developer grouping.

At an international level, the Friends of Floating Offshore Wind (FFOW) organisation have the commercialisation of floating wind technologies as one of their core objectives. Further innovation and deployment is the key to reaching this goal and it dovetails neatly with DeepWind's own aims and goals. Eleven of the fifteen strong group of intentional companies are members of the DeepWind cluster so again the opportunity for co-operation and co-ordination is strong.


DeepWind members represent some of the global leaders in substructure design and supply. Between them they are involved in most of the current and future floating wind projects in the international floating wind market. Below is a list of members showing the type of substructure they have either deployed at sea, tank tested or designed.     



Image: Hywind Scotland substructures. Credit: Equinor

Naval Energies


Image: FOW substructure. Credit Naval Energies



Image: FloatGen, 1st French floating project. Credit Ideol

SBM Offshore


Image: Substructure design. Credit: SBM Offshore

NOV (GustoMSC)


Image: Substructure design. Credit: GustoMSC

Bluewater Energy Services


Image: Bluewater TLP system. Credit: Bluewater Energy Services

Floating Power Plant


Image: Hybrid wind/wave design. Credit Floating Power Plant

Ecosse IP


Image: Tension Leg Platform (TLP) design. Credit Ecosse IP

Seawind Ocean Technologies


Image: Two bladed floating wind system. Credit Seawind Ocean Technologies



Image: Tension Leg Platform (TLP) system. Credit GICON

Nautilus Floating Solutions


Image: Semi-sub substructure system. Credit: Nautilus Floating Solutions  

Axis Energy Project Group


Image: Tension Leg Platform (TLP) system. Credit Axis Energy Projects

Dolfines SAS


Image: Trussfloat semi-sub system. Credit Dolfines SAS


Floating Substations

A number of our members are looking to use their design for floating platforms from the oil and gas sector for floating offshore wind substations. The offshore wind sector could benefit from the latest designs for NUI (Normally Unmanned Installations) aimed at reducing the cost of developing marginal fields as they could also be applied to floating offshore wind. A number of the companies are also looking at the potential of using these systems for the offshore production of hydrogen as well as storage within the platforms.     

Buoyant Production Technologies


Image: Production buoy system. Credit Buoyant Production Technologies


SBT Energy Ltd


Image: SB3 semi-sub system. Credit SBT Energy


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