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U.K.-based FoundOcean has entered into a contract to grout the foundations for the first offshore trial of Alstom's 6 MW Haliade 150 wind turbine.

The turbine will be located near Ostend, 45 km off the Belgian coast. FoundOcean says onshore tests at full 6 MW output were recently completed in France, and the offshore tests will target specific marine operations and procedures. Following this, Alstom plans to produce pre-series units in 2014.

John Paul O'Sullivan, engineering manager at FoundOcean, says the Haliade turbine will use a "tried and tested" foundation method.

“The turbine will be housed on a four-legged jacket with pins inserted into pre-driven piles,” he says, noting that FoundOcean has completed various pre-driven pile grouting projects for offshore wind farms, including the Ormonde offshore wind farm in 2010 and Thornton Bank Phases 2 and 3 in 2011.

The project, with a client specification to use Masterflow 9500 grout, will mobilize this month.

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