Way Ahead In Corrosion Control

Deepwater attends EWEA offshore wind-power trade show in Amsterdam

Deepwater Corrosion joined nearly 480 other exhibitors in Amsterdam for the EWEA Offshore 2011 trade show hosted by the European Wind Energy Association. A large swath of the industry’s most prominent companies were in attendance, including manufacturers of wind turbines, marine platforms and sea cables, each surrounded by displays of virtually everything related to offshore wind energy generation.

EWEA’s biennial event, which was held from November 29 to December 1, welcomed 8,200 visitors from 84 countries. This year, asset owners, consulting companies, foundation manufacturers and turnkey project companies were all in attendance for Deepwater founder Jim Britton’s presentation on corrosion issues inherent in monopile structures. Britton and Brian Wyatt of Corrosion Control Affiliates also prepared a poster for the well-attended poster session. As the offshore wind infrastructure begins to age, this topic is rapidly rising in importance. Deepwater is currently providing engineering solutions for failing corrosion-protection designs on several hundred monopile wind structures in Europe and the North Sea.

Decades of unique experience in diagnosing and solving cathodic-protection problems on existing structures in the oil and gas industry has afforded Deepwater quite an edge. By applying proprietary offshore cathodic-protection systems to the renewables market, Deepwater is transferring the same cost-saving, minimal-installation techniques in providing supplemental cathodic protection to under-protected offshore wind foundations.

The gathering's impressive turnout allowed our Deepwater staff to spend time with representatives of almost every company in the sector, all of whom seemed quite receptive to our endeavors. We look forward to a lasting presence in this growing industry by helping to protect the assets that are protecting our planet.