FoundOcean secured the 500t four-legged steel jacket foundation for Samsung’s 7MW offshore turbine, the world’s largest turbine, in 2013. Each blade measures over 80m, longer than the wingspan of an Airbus A380, making them the longest ever installed to date.
The steel jacket structure was secured to the seabed using a technique known as rock socket grouting. Piles were inserted into 30m deep pre-drilled rock sockets, FoundOcean then deployed its Super Pan Mixer, which is proven to double current grout output rates when compared with other high strength grout mixers on the market. A pump delivered Masterflow® 9500 Exagrout down a flexible hose and injected it into the annulus. Grouting continued until good quality grout returns were observed from each rock socket.
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