Australian contractor Worley has landed the front-end engineering, construction and installation contract for Hexicon’s TwinWay floating wind demonstrator project offshore Norway.

Worley will deliver the FEED, engineering procurement fabrication (EPF) and installation management of the TwinWay demonstrator project.

Once the FEED work is completed, the contractor will assume full responsibility for the project specific engineering, planning and fabrication phase, including management of the installation.

Worley’s Norwegian yard Rosenberg Worley will be tasked with completing the fabrication, which is scheduled to start in autumn 2022.

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TwinWind is a floating foundation technology, which hosts two wind turbines and weathervanes around a single mooring point.

This concept means more turbines can be deployed per sea area increasing the energy yield and reducing the environmental impact, Worley stated.

The project is situated at METCentre’s deep-water test site off the coast of Norway.

It is the first where Swedish company Hexicon’s patented design will be deployed at full scale and is intended to provide proof of concept to verify and commercialise Hexicon’s foundation technology for floating wind

DNV earlier certified the initial phase of the project.

“After years of numerical and physical model testing, we are now putting the final pieces in place to deploy the full-scale version of our patented design. This is naturally an important milestone to prove the benefits of our technology and accelerate the journey towards commercialisation,” said Hexicon chief executive Marcus Thor.

“Worley is a well renowned tier one contractor in the renewable sector, and I’m thrilled that their deep competence and infrastructure will be engaged as TwinWind becomes a reality.”

Chris Cowland, Worley’s vice president global offshore wind added: “The learnings and collaboration from this project will not only provide crucial evidence of the specific and highly promising technology, but also demonstrate why wind power in deep water areas will be an important part of the global transition to renewable energy.”