Subsea Micropiles Ltd. is adapting terrestrial micropiling technology to the offshore construction sector for highperformance seabed foundations and anchors, supporting a wide range of applications to include increasingly larger offshore wind turbines. We are bringing 70 years of land-based micropiling experience offshore for better foundations and anchors – lower cost and less environmental impact.
The Industry Challenge
Industry must do more with less: the explosive growth of offshore wind, the drive for decarbonisation of oil & gas production and the recognition of risks to marine ecosystems are driving regulations limiting conventional solutions, BUT, everything still needs to be anchored. Conventional piling, gravity based foundations, and drag embedment anchors are not only limited to suitable soil conditions, but are expensive and pose significant impacts to the environment.
Micropiling has grown to become the dominant foundation and anchoring solution for onshore infrastructure since the 1950’s. Recent advances in underwater robotics now opens the vast market for offshore piling and anchoring to low-cost micropiling, with savings as much as 50% compared with conventional solutions. SM has captured exclusive rights to deliver this technology to offshore markets.
Substantially lower Cost
Using smaller, local and more available work vessels, anchor jobs can be completed using robotic seabed drilling equipment without use of heavy construction cranes.
Greater number of siting options
Because micropiled anchors can be adapted to a wide range of challenging seabed conditions, projects can be carefully sited within or away from congested sites with minimal impact to sensitive marine habitats.
Less environmental impact
While minimising vessel traffic and associated greenhouse gas emissions, micropiling has a proven track record as a low-impact, low-noise, and low-vibration alternative to other soil interventions.
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