Xanthus Energy: Meteorological Masts Offshore Fully Functional (UK)

Xanthus Energy Meteorological Masts Offshore Fully Functional

Today Xanthus Energy is announcing a fully functional 100m high meteorological masts offshore in water from depths up to 60m for £2,000,000; and that’s installed and transmitting.

However the benefits offered by Xanthus do not stop there; Sea Met is based on tried and tested buoyant gravity base designs developed over forty years and used to great effect in the oil and gas industry.

Xanthus Energy is so confident of the ability of the products that they would be happy to discuss simply leasing them to their clients for fixed terms on a data supply basis. This would reduce the costs, and remove all the capital expenditure and logistical problems clients normally face in gathering information for wind farms. A typical full service lease would cover five to ten years including annual or bi annual redeployments.

Xanthus understand the issues involved in building offshore wind farms and know that they can completely re-engineer the economics of their development and operation, generating enormous additional profits for their client’s company in the process.

Sea Met is a re-usable self installing offshore meteorological mast and monitoring platform for water depths up to 60m that utilises a telescopic lattice mast structure fixed to a buoyant concrete and steel cellular gravity base by means of a rotating pivot.

Sea Met is mostly assembled on shore, and then using a standard ocean tug the whole structure can be easily deployed offshore in a single trip lasting a matter of a few hours thus also mitigating the uncertainties of weather.

 

Sea Met is also easily recovered and re-deployed with minimal legacy impact, meaning that instead of using multiple fixed masts that soon become redundant, a single Sea Met could be re-located many times at a fraction of the costs of a new build.

Sea Met utilises a free standing telescopic mast structure. The lowest section is a 70 metre tubular construction that acts as housing for the retracted mast which is sealed to make the mast buoyant during transport. No specialised vessels or heavy-lift facilities are required during installation hence reducing costs whilst increasing project flexibility.

Xanthus Energy was founded in 2008 by Ocean Resource Ltd as part of the Ocean Resource Group specifically to offer the expertise and products to the offshore wind industry. Over the past forty years, they have gained extensive experience in offshore operations, specialising in subsea and ocean engineering worldwide.

They have provided consistent engineering design and consultancy over many years to the offshore, petrochemical, energy and defence industries, carrying out a wide range of complex and innovative projects, building, installing, maintaining and operating these systems on a turnkey basis.

Their specific experience relative to Sea Met includes the design of fixed towers such as the Statfjord Communications mast, the Auk Flare Tower replacement, the West Freugh Target platform for the MOD and telescopic structures such as Beryl Telescopic work over hoist for Mobil.

In addition they are skilled in the development and implementation of installation schemes for structures up to 25,000 tonnes in deep water, including self installing masts and platforms, large buoy (4500 tonnes) systems, subsea structures and data acquisition systems including the Beryl Flare Tower which was installed exactly like Sea Met.

Press Release, October 09, 2012

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