Offshore Wind Design uses cost optimization techniques including paint to lower the penetration resistance of suction anchors and other soil penetration anchors and foundations.
This technique can be used to reduce the cost of single suction anchors or to increase the load capacities when required. By reducing the penetration resistance and required suction, reduction in vessel time can also give significant cost savings. The benefits of using the low friction paint is:
- Ease of installation
- Reduced suction
- Increased load capacity
- Reduced vessel time
The low friction paint can be applied to the surfaces of the gravity or suction installed subsea structure prior to installation to reduce the penetration resistance by lowering the friction between the surface and the soil during installation. Fixed and floating offshore wind mooring structures that could benefits are piles, suction anchors, suction buckets and monopiles.