In June 2009, the 2.3 MW Hywind facility was towed to its location about 12 kilometres south-east of Karmøy in the North Sea, in a water depth of about 220 metres, where it began operation. In order to thoroughly test the innovative technology, the turbine is undergoing a two-year programme to evaluate its resistance to the strong wind and waves of this harsh ocean environment.Implementing AVEVA MarineIn 1986 Technip began to use the Steerbear Hull system, an early predecessor of Tribon and AVEVA Marine, for structural engineering and migrated to Tribon Hull in 1995. For outfitting disciplines, various systems have been used, including AVEVA PDMS.In 2009, the Group upgraded to AVEVA Marine. As experienced users of both Tribon Hull and PDMS, Technip's engineers found the structural and outfitting features in AVEVA Marine immediately familiar, and were able to start design work in earnest after only a few days' training. The Group also uses AVEVA MARS for materials and resource planning.First gravity-based foundation project uses AVEVA MarineThe Finnish energy company Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy awarded Technip the engineering contract for the world's first gravity-based wind turbine foundation project for heavy ice conditions, in the Pori Tahkoluoto sea area. The scope of the contract consisted of basic and detail engineering, fabrication, installation, offshore works and the installation of the Siemens 2.3MW wind turbine.This was the first project on which Technip used AVEVA Marine. The scope of engineering work covered the structural and outfitting design. The fabrication information such as hull workshop drawings, plate nesting data, steel outfitting drawings and piping drawings was extracted from the 3D model. The engineering schedule was extremely challenging; engineering work started in June 2009 with fabrication planned for January 2010. Despite the demanding schedule, the Group achieved all the delivery times and installation was completed on schedule in July 2010.Since it has been in operation, the technical performance of the turbine has been first class, providing confidence for the planned expansion of the Pori Tahkoluoto sea area into a wind farm producing more than 100 MW.Eero Lehtonen, Section Manager, Naval Architecture & Structural Analysis.Miika Koskinen, 3D Coordinator and Tuomo Vuonokari, Structural Engineer.Technip's construction yard in Pori, Finland. Photograph courtesy of Technip.Left and right: AVEVA Marine models of the gravity-based wind turbine foundation. Centre: The gravity-based foundation for Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbine was installed in July 2010 on the west coast of Pori in the Sea of Bothnia. All images courtesy of Technip.AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 219Benefits gainedBy using one integrated system for both the structural and outfitting design work, Technip saved hours of engineering time, thanks to greater flexibility between the engineering and fabrication disciplines. The use of AVEVA Marine for this project allowed the engineers to work in parallel, sharing the most up-to-date design information in one common 3D model.A powerful application within AVEVA Marine, AVEVA Multi-Discipline Supports made it possible to fully model all support details in the design. Efficiently achieving such a high level of detail resulted in completely clash-free designs, saving both time and money by avoiding costly late modifications to the design. Technip intends to use AVEVA Marine for their future spar hulls and other offshore products.About Technip in FinlandEstablished in 1972 under the name Rauma-Repola Oy, Mäntyluoto Works, Technip's operating center in Finland (Technip Offshore Finland) now has over 30 years of experience in project execution and employs around 700 people. The company has delivered 22 drilling rigs, 2 multi-purpose service vessels, 1 pipe layer, modules for 9 production platforms, 10 hulls and mooring systems for spar production platforms, and several drilling rig upgrades.Technip Offshore Finland is part of the Technip Group, a world leader in engineering, project management and technology, serving the energy industry for more than fifty years. The Technip Group counts 23,000 people.Visit www.technip.com for more information.
Investing for the futureFlagsol uses AVEVA engineering tools for solar power plant designEvery year, the sun transmits over a billion terawatt-hours of energy to the earth, yet only a small fraction of this is used as a source of energy. Solar thermal power plants are a future-oriented solution to this waste. The AVEVA Plant solution guides the designers of these power plants through the detailed planning steps up to commissioning.A futuristic landscape in the middle of the desert in Andalucía - a giant array of shiny silver mirrors with seemingly endless tube systems glistens in the shimmering air. In fact, when it comes to energy generation, the future is already here, in the province of Granada. The three Andasol power plants are the first parabolic trough power plants in Europe and, in terms of collector surface, they constitute the world's largest solar power plant.Flagsol, a subsidiary of the Solar Millennium Group, has its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The company is, among other things, responsible for the engineering of the solar array, the core element of the power plant. This consists of many parallel rows of solar collectors, arranged in a north/south direction, tracking the solar curve from east to west. 20AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 2The Andasol parabolic trough power plants, located in the province of Granada in southern Spain, will generate an output of 50MW each, supporting 600,000 people. The Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 plants have begun operating and Andasol 3 is currently under construction. Photograph courtesy of Solar Millennium AG / Paul Langrock.