Installed & Supported

Sea Met is a Re-Usable Self Installing Meteorological Mast

Water Depths up to 60m


but more than that its simple design philosophy offers huge flexibility in use and location. Sea Met’s design offers further ongoing advantages once in operation by reducing medium and long term cost through its ease of maintenance and its ability to be simply re deployed or recovered back to shore for refit thus maximizing economical service © Xanthus Energy Ltd 2012 Note: Sea Met is subject to patents and copyright wholly owned or controlled by Ocean Group of Companies including Ocean Resource Ltd and Xanthus Energy Ltd 2 .SEA MET Sea Met is designed in every aspect by Xanthus to save its owners and operators money. Sea Met is vastly cheaper to manufacture and deploy than comparable systems. Xanthus Energy Ltd Castlegate Business Park Portskewett Caldicot NP26 5AD United Kingdom Telephone: +44 (0)1291 627388 Email: enquiry@xanthusenergy.

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Each tether is a spiral steel strand wire. and can be telescoped to the required height by a crew standing on the working platform. The upper mast is a self supporting sectional telescopic lattice structure that can be deployed up to 100m above the surface of a 60m deep sea bed incorporating instrument booms. Sea Met utilises a telescopic lattice mast structure fixed to a buoyant concrete and steel cellular gravity base by means of a rotating pivot. a single Sea Met could be re located annually for many times at a fraction of the costs of a new build. Tether cables anchored into the foundation through force dissipating outriggers are attached to the mast through universal joints with low friction bearing surfaces to guide tubes positioned below the ocean surface. The exterior of each tether has silicon based anti fouling coating to reduce marine growth. wind turbine generators and solar panels to charge the battery bank providing continuous power for the mast. To the top of this section a boat landing deck and ladder to a working platform above are attached. This tubular section attaches to its foundation base through a single rotating marine quality pivot. Three sections of square lattice tower are pre installed within the lower round section. Sea Met is self powered and supports a wide range of atmospheric and oceanographic instruments. Sea Met is easily recovered and re deployed with minimal legacy impact.Introduction Sea Met is a re-usable self installing offshore meteorological mast and monitoring platform for water depths up to 60m. Mast Sea Met utilises a free standing telescopic mast structure. Sea Met is fully built on shore. galvanised and sheathed in high density polypropylene for corrosion protection. The lowest section is a 70 metre long tubular construction that acts as housing for the retracted mast which is sealed to protect the mast during deployment and make it buoyant. Below this platform is housed a large battery bank and control equipment in water tight compartments. 4 . and then using a standard ocean tug the whole structure easily deployed and commissioned offshore in a single trip lasting a matter of a few hours thus also mitigating the uncertainties of weather. meaning that instead of using multiple fixed masts that soon become redundant.

Foundation The concrete Gravity base structure (GBS) typically comprises a rectangular muti-cellular hollow reinforced concrete structure of proven design. Lidar Option SeaMet can also be fitted with a wind Lidar measurement system either alongside or instead of the mast. Ongoing servicing and maintenance is achieved through climbing a ladder fitted with a certified fall arrestor on the tower. SeaMet support structure will be reduced as the forces and moment son the platform are much lower than for a mast.Instrumentation can be initially installed from the working platform and then raised with the tower. The specific wind Lidar choice is up to the client but we can supply a ZephIR 300 in partnership with Natural Power. It is self-floating and when de-ballasted its inherent buoyancy is used to aid towage and installation. When replacing the mast. No specialised vessels or heavy-lift facilities are required during installation hence reducing costs whilst increasing project flexibility. The additional cost of adding a wind Lidar system to SeaMet is a modest cost option. Typical GBS 5 . This will further reduce the cost of wind measurements.

the cell groups are ballasted with seawater through ballasting pipes cast into the top slab of the gravity base. The instrument booms and fixings for solar panels and Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) power systems are all then set up and pre-wired on the maintenance platform and tested before being sealed and strapped down for transport. The tubular section is then sealed watertight for transport. Preparation The telescopic mast sections are assembled and stored within the lowest tubular section. The tower is then lifted and mated through a swivel joint to the buoyant gravity foundation. a steel skirt attached to the outside perimeter of the gravity base will also penetrate into the foundation soil to provide better lateral resistance and a level of scour protection. The support system is attached to the system outriggers and once attached the tower is laid into the horizontal position.During sea tow and installation. Once the floating gravity base structure is in position. Pumping air in to the air vent pipes. Additional buoyancy aids are attached to the top section of the tube. The submerged weight of the gravity base. When it is installed at its operating location. An airtight manhole located at the top of each cell provides access for inspections and during construction. the platform steel and equipment weights and loadings are transferred to the seabed soil foundation footpads set in underside casts at the corners of the gravity base each tailored to meet a specific site’s characteristics in relation to level. the GBS and sealed tower tube provide buoyancy and are designed to withstand the environmental forces of towage and the hydrostatic pressure of submerging to 60m. If required. This also ensures that the cells are airtight and the ballasting process can be reversed. the GBS’s function is to maintain the stability of the mast by providing a fixed support structure for the mast swivel joint and tethers without the need for expensive piling. The hollow cells are divided into a number of isolated groups. the damage will be contained in only one cell group. This will ensure that the gravity base will not sink as a result of collision damage. 6 . All the batteries and cable runs are pre installed and checked. The cell groups are pressure-tested onshore to check their watertight integrity. The use of these footpads also simplifies later removal of the platform at the end of its field life. aligned and held in place The whole system is then either launched on a slipway or simply floated off using the tide. also located on the gravity base top slab can reverse this procedure at any time. The ballasting process is controlled through an equalising system to ensure even distribution of seawater throughout all cell groups. This is done so that if a breach of the gravity base exterior occurs.

and as the mast is extended from its stored position. it begins to submerge in a descent controlled by both tugs. the 7 . When the GBS drops below the surface. This is achieved through use of the cable tethers together with a tug to pull the tower to the upright position.Tow Out & Installation Sea Met is designed to be much simpler and cheaper to commission than traditional offshore masts. Once on location. Installation points for the various equipments are clearly marked for installers. As the GBS fills with pumped water. with over 80% of the assembly work taking place onshore. The maintenance platform (which is hinged and was folded for transport) is then erected through 90 degrees and locked off. A standby safety tug is also used to follow Sea Met during the tow. From now on all assembly work is carried out from the work platform which is accessed via the boat landing. paying out their lines to keep the structure in the correct position. The mast’s extension is controlled from the work platform. Once locked in the vertical position the tower is safe and can be left. the floating Gravity Buoyant Structure (GBS) is boarded and the ballasting valves which are connected through hoses to the pumps are opened. Sea Met is towed out using a basic offshore tug. This second tug is also used to expedite ballasting process during the installation. Once the GBS is settled on the sea bed in the desired position it is fully ballasted and then the tower is fully raised to the vertical. the tower starts to rotate through 90 degrees assisted by buoyancy aids and its own buoyancy until it is almost vertical. The foundation tether cables are then fully loosened.

If maintenance is required. Sea Met can be easily recovered and re deployed to a new location. Sea Met is towed back to shore for works.booms carrying the anemometers etc are attached and the equipment fitted and checked. prior to re deployment. First the mast is retracted and as this is accomplished all booms and equipment removed and stored. Any other non watertight equipment will be removed and the platform rotated to the transport condition. 8 . Sea Met is designed to be left for long periods monitored remotely without the need for service and maintenance. Once the tubular section is sealed. The Wind turbine power (WTG) systems and solar panels are hoisted over from the tug using a temporary davit jib crane located on the work platform and commissioned. Re Deployment Once the required data has been collected on station. Decommissioning is a simple reversal of the installation process. the foundation tethers are loosened and the GBS is brought back to the surface.

Outline Technical Specification Mast HeightTower100m nominal (Free standing lattice tower) Self erecting with square cross-section construction using solid tube 100mm diameter to 18mm diameter 40.2 m/s 12 kN 15mm thickness assumed for circular bar cross-section Reference Wind SpeedSurvival Wind SpeedVertical Load CapacityIcing (Tower) - General Design Standards ISO 19906 (draft) . Please contact Xanthus to discuss your specific requirements. Designing And Constructing Fixed Offshore Platforms BS EN 61400-3:2009 Wind turbines. 9 . A wide range of configurations are possible. All instruments are remotely monitored with data streaming over GSM or Satellite Network into a WAN.5 m/s 68.Petroleum and natural gas industries -. Marine specification coating for subsea components.Arctic offshore structures API RP 2A Recommended Practice for Planning. Special coating for foundation components where required Meteorological measuring Instruments to client’s specification. Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures or equivalent Coating Galvanised & Painted Mast. Design requirements for offshore wind turbines Concrete Foundation Structure BS EN 1992.

Telephone: +44 (0)1291 627388 or Email: lewislack@xanthusenergy. Not only can we install and commission for such a nominal 1 Sea Met works in water depths up to 60m. 10 . but also removing all the capital expenditure and logistical problems you normally face in gathering information for your wind farm. A typical full service lease would cover five to ten years including annual or biannual redeployments. the initial deployment plus two further redeployments and the removal at contract end.Costs and Leasing £4. ---------------------------------------For further information on a full service and monitoring leasing package please contact Lewis Lack at Xanthus Energy to discuss your requirements. Suitable commercial terms are available on request and Sea Met would remain the property of Xanthus Energy throughout. but using only standard tugs we can also move and redeploy Sea Met as many times as you like with no legacy impact and at a fraction of the original purchase outlay each time. Leasing A typical turn key data supply package would include configuration and supply of Sea Met with a comprehensive suite of agreed meteorological instruments. leaving you free to plan your core business based upon the data Sea Met supplies to you. giving you flexibility as well as huge savings.000. Xanthus Energy is so confident of the ability of our products that we would be happy to discuss simply leasing them to you for fixed term packages on a data supply basis thereby not only reducing your costs. and that’s installed and transmitting. The costs are marginally higher for deeper water installations.000 Installed Xanthus Energy can offer you a fully functional meteorological mast up to 100m high offshore in water of depths up to 40m 1 for £4.000 including comprehensive meteorological equipment.

when utilised will completely re-write the accepted economics of developing. Telephone: +44 (0)1291 627388 Email: enquiry@xanthusenergy. installing. Xanthus products will also generate and deliver their power far more cost effectively over the medium and long terms. Xanthus products have the potential to generate enormous additional profits for the power companies that deploy them because in the first instance they drastically reduce the installation and near term costs of establishing wind farms. consumer and taxpayer receives the best possible value and maximum sustainability of supply. driving maximum cost efficiency in construction. © Xanthus Energy Ltd 2012 Note: Sea Met is subject to patents and copyright wholly owned or controlled by Ocean Group of Companies including Ocean Resource Ltd and Xanthus Energy Ltd 11 . We offer simple innovative and radical solutions to the complex issues involved. Xanthus Energy understands that offshore wind energy quickly needs profitability without subsidy to garner public support and be fully sustainable. maintenance and ultimately disposal. thus ensuring that the operator. prolonging the useful life and ongoing viability through much cheaper servicing and maintenance. providing a wide range of complex and innovative engineering to the offshore petrochemical.About Xanthus Xanthus Energy was founded in 2008 as part of the Ocean Resource Group specifically to offer our expertise and products to the offshore wind industry. energy and defence industries building. Over the past forty years we have gained unsurpassed experience in subsea and ocean engineering worldwide. Xanthus understand the issues in building offshore wind farms and know that the designs offered on these pages. The purpose of Xanthus is to completely Re-Engineer the economics of offshore wind energy. commissioning and operating a wind farm. maintaining and operating these systems on a turnkey basis.

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