Italian contractor Saipem and compatriot Trevi are teaming up to jointly develop a design of two drilling systems for large diameter foundation holes for offshore wind farm projects.

Efficiently drilling large diameter holes to host foundation piles represents an essential skill to ensure the successful installation of offshore wind farms, noted Saipem.

Trevi and Saipem under a memorandum of understanding will develop a design that can cope with site specific geotechnical and geophysical data pertaining to the locations to be drilled, to identify the most appropriate drilling strategy and consequently the most appropriate technology.

The agreement with Trevi also covers the possibility to jointly develop such drilling equipment that should then be operated by Saipem, leveraging on Trevi’s expertise and knowhow on foundations, in executing wind farm projects.

This MoU, which follows the non-binding agreement with Havfram to evaluate a potential cooperation in the offshore wind business, is consistent with Saipem’s 2022-2025 strategic plan, since it aims at strengthening Saipem’s value proposition for the offshore wind, a sizeable market which is expected to grow by over 30% in its strategic plan horizon.

The agreement with Trevi, a worldwide leader in special foundation works, will support our goal of identifying new and more profitable ways of execution also through designing and developing new technical solutions, added Saipem.