HVL-Haugesund visiting Kværner
By Andres Olivares, Associated Professor at HVL-Haugesund
The project Decom Tools is financed by the European Union's Interreg North Sea Region program to develop eco-innovative concepts for the end-of-life for offshore wind energy farms. The main purpose is to develop tools that will be relevant for the future decommissioning of offshore wind farms in Europe.
In March 2019, the Norwegian company Kværner presented some of their experience in decommissioning projects for the Norwegian partner in Decom Tools, HVL-Haugesund. The presentation included a guided visit to Kværner's disposal site. HVL-Haugesund introduced the Decom Tools project and invited Kværner to collaborate as a member of an expert committee. This collaboration will allow transferring some of their industry knowledge into the Decom Tools project deliverables in a transnational collaboration with other Decom Tools stakeholders from European Union's member countries.
Kværner and HVL-Haugesund (Andres Olivares and Jens Christian Lindaas in the middle, Martin Urnes to the right. Martin is writing his master thesis with Børre Mæland on decommission of wind turbine farms as part of the Decom Tools project.
Experience from oil and gas
Kværner has been involved with offshore decommissioning and onshore demolition and disposal since the mid-1990s. Their experience mainly relate to the oil and gas industry, but they also have experience from one project with decommissioning of offshore wind turbines.
Kvaerner’s onshore demolition and recycling activities are run from their base at Stord, Norway. Main services provided are onshore receipt, deconstruction and disposal of offshore structures.
The disposal site at Stord has approximately 80 000 (m2), with high capacity equipment park, a water treatment plant for safe containment and treatment of various subtances. The recycling target for their project is close to 100%.
Kværner's facilities in Stord, Norway in March 2019
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