The Mono Bucket is designed with simple, flexible and cost effective installation in mind. The installation requires less marine operations and less exposure to offshore risk and timely delays, ultimately resulting in significant cost reductions. The noise free installation operation can be via a single lift of a crane vessel or floated out to sea. Both approaches have been tested and proven.
Universal Foundation designs bespoke and solid installation procedures and techniques, undertaken by a team of trained installation managers, who take full control and responsibility during the critical suction installation process. A specially designed suction pump unit is provided for installation and this is safely recovered after successful installation and prepared for the next installation.
Suction is only applied during installation and hence upon reaching the final penetration depth, the Mono Bucket is fully equalised back to the ambient pressure level and will remain so, solidly embedded in the seabed for the duration of the wind farm lifetime.
By removing the need for costly items such as pile hammers, grout spread, noise mitigation tools, seabed preparation and drilling, the simple installation of the Mono Bucket reduces clients’ exposure to risks and delays caused by, for example, critical weather limitations for grouting and noise limitations for pile driving.
The integrated transition piece allows for immediate wind turbine installation which, when combined with the possibility of a preinstalled cable, enables the potential for power generation, and therefore revenue generation, to start within days instead of months or years.
These positive effects impact on our clients’ financial models and their return on investment is significant. The industry and the end consumer benefit from substantial reductions in their Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE).