Best practice report - installation procedures
This report is a deliverable of MERiFIC Task 3. 6: ‘Installation Procedures’ and has been produced in a cross border collaboration between IFREMER and the University of Exeter. In this report different elements are presented for the planning and organisation of installation operations for the deployment of Marine energy plants. The optimization of installation procedures are discussed and brought in a context to potential costs optimization and the availability of suitable vessels is considered. Installation procedures, which were also investigated, should include pre-installation surveys so as to optimize the design of moorings and secure laying of the power cable, a specific feature of the commissioning of such Marine energy plants. Attention should also be given to the Health and Safety procedures. Finally, the influence of the weather conditions on the success of these installation operations was discussed and studied. Especially, "Access time" and "Waiting time" weather windows were assessed for different sites in both areas of south west Cornwall and the Iroise Sea, pointing out the importance of the seasonal variability of the wave climate for the planning of installation operations.
MERiFIC was selected under the European Cross-Border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.
Deliverable 3.6.2 from the MERiFIC Project A report prepared as part of the MERiFIC Project "Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities"
Deliverable 3.6.2 from the MERiFIC Project