Minelco showcase our involvement in a major new wind farm development, the ‘Kårehamn Project’.
Minelco recently exhibited at this year’s Concrete Offshore Wind conference which took place on the 6th December in Westminster, London.
As meeting the challenges of delivering concrete gravity bases for the UK’s offshore wind programme was this year’s focus, it was particularly beneficial for delegates to see how Minelco’s MagnaDenseTM can reduce carbon emissions when used as loose ballast material instead of a concrete aggregate.
For example, with projects such as Kårehamn, smaller vessels were sufficient enough to transport and lower the precast concrete gravity base to the seabed as the weight is subsidized by the ballast material once it is placed on top of the base. Therefore less carbon emissions are released during the logistics of such large scale wind farm projects.
During some of the presentations given it was suggested that concrete foundations could disturb too much marine life when excavating the sea bed. One advantage of using the high density MagnaDenseTM is that the extra weight would not require sand from the seabed and therefore remove the need to excavate. This along with MagnaDenseTM being extracted from one of the purest sources available means it will not pollute the environment in which it is placed thus making it one of the most environmentally friendly materials to use in this application.
For another year running the exhibition proved successful for networking with members of the MPA focus group and proving Minelco’s continuous support to the concrete industry.