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MPS Floating Platform To Feature FibreMax Tendons

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

This is the sub-heading.

Welsh company Marine Power Systems (MPS) has joined forces with FibreMax to provide integrated floating foundation and tendon solutions to the growing floating offshore wind sector.

And these three paragraphs outline the design.

The tendon solution will be used in the anchoring and moorings of MPS’ tension leg platform (TLP), called PelaFlex, to deliver the highest system stability and zero tilt, the partners said.

It will be the “world’s first” TLP with FibreMax tendons, made with Twaron fiber from Japan-headquartered Teijin.

Compared to traditional steel moorings synthetic cable offers a much better strength-to-weight ratio, longer operational life, and lower levels of maintenance, according to the partners.


  1. PelaFlex tension leg platforms are used in the project I wrote about in Simply Blue Group And Marine Power Systems To Pursue INTOG Innovation Project Opportunity.
  2. Wikipedia is a good source of information on tension leg platforms, where there is a large section on how they could be used for wind turbines.
  3. Twaron has an informative product page.
  4. There is more about PelaFlex on the PelaFlex web page including a video.
  5. The press release for the joint Simply Blue/MPS project talks of six turbines totalling up to 100 MW, which is probably around 17 MW per wind turbine.

It looks to me, that the PelaFlex design is getting better by the simple process of adding lightness and therefore being able to have a higher energy density in a deep area of the sea.

The amount of innovation involved probably makes PelaFlex an ideal component for the upcoming INTOG leasing round.

February 1, 2023 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Simply Blue Group And Marine Power Systems To Pursue INTOG Innovation Project Opportunity

The title of this post, is the same as this of this press release from Simply Blue Group.

These two paragraphs explain the proposals.

Marine Power Systems (MPS) have partnered with Simply Blue Group to develop a project proposal for the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round run by Crown Estate Scotland.

The collaboration between Simply Blue Group and MPS would see six wind turbines deployed on the MPS floating platform, PelaFlex, in waters between 60 and 100m in depth, delivering a total capacity of 100MW.

The INTOG proposal, that I outlined in What Is INTOG?, seems to have got engineers and financiers thinking.

Simply Blue Group are quoted saying this about the PelaFlex platform.

MPS has been selected as the preferred technology partner based on the strengths of their structurally efficient tension legged platform which delivers significantly reduced system mass and a smaller mooring footprint than its peers. The technology has been designed to optimise local content delivery through a decentralised logistics model, and those benefits help utility scale developers minimise costs whilst maximising local economic benefits and accelerating industrial scale farm development.

That sounds good to me!

There is also more on the PelaFlex web page including a video.

The Turbine Size

The press release talks of six turbines totalling up to 100 MW, which is probably around 17 MW per wind turbine.

These are no ordinary wind turbines!


The press release also says this about INTOG.

The INTOG leasing round aims to support projects that will directly reduce emissions from oil and gas production (up to a total capacity of 5.7GW) but also drive commercialisation and innovation in offshore wind (up to a total capacity of 500MW) as well as support supply chain development. This forms part of the Scottish Government’s drive to reach net zero emissions by 2045 where the decarbonisation of oil and gas installations is seen as playing an important role in the transition to net zero.

Decarbonisation of our oil and gas fields, will obviously be a good thing because of a reduction of the carbon dioxide emitted. but it will also mean that the gas that would have been used to power the platform can be brought ashore to power industry and domestic heating, or be exported to countries who need it.


INTOG seems to be a good idea, as it is provoking new and innovative designs.

October 25, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , | 1 Comment