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Floating Offshore Wind is the future

LKAB Minerals employees at booth
Floating Offshore Wind in Aberdeen was a successful exhibition for LKAB Minerals. The use of high density MagnaDense used as offshore ballast was demonstrated.

At the Floating Offshore Wind UK event, LKAB Minerals met with professionals, explaining advantages of using MagnaDense ballast in offshore wind farms.

Co-organised by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables, the event took place at the AECC in Aberdeen and provided an opportunity to learn more about current progress and future projects in the sector besides meeting with offshore wind professionals.

Experienced in offshore ballast supply

MagnaDense is used in the construction of offshore wind structures for gravity bases and floating platforms. It is supplied as a ballast or as an aggregate in high density concrete, to provide stability by lowering the centre of gravity or stabilising offshore structures. The most recent floating offshore construction project to use MagnaDense is Hywind, where 5 Spar-like structures were placed off the coast of Scotland. Both loose ballast and heavy concrete were used for this project.

The future for offshore wind energy

"Floating Offshore Wind is the future in technology to harness the vast potential to supply energy demand,” says Denise Roberts, UK Commercial Director Magnetite. She continues, “we are experienced in supplying the offshore world and the offshore wind in particular with our high density ballast product MagnaDense. Having supplied to several offshore wind farms, we understand our customers when they stress the importance of sustainable supply, recyclable products and on-time delivery.”

“We can conclude that this was a very successful exhibition for LKAB Minerals and further confirms floating offshore wind remains a focus application for us”, concludes Bas Sotthewes, Technical Sales, who joined Denise in manning the booth at the event.