Gazelle, Ferrofab sign MoU to develop Center for Manufacturing Excellence in UAE

WCN Editorial Team 4 Aug 2022 MIDDLE EAST ENERGY & UTILITIES

Gazelle Wind Power (Gazelle) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ferrofab FZE (Ferrofab) to build a Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the Ferrofab Jebel Ali facility in the UAE.

This centre will be built to produce a Gazelle hybrid modular offshore wind platform, based on Gazelle’s proprietary technology that can be scaled to support any make and model of wind turbines, including those of up to 20MW.

Gazelle CEO Jon Salazar said: “Ferrofab has a reputation for engineering, manufacturing, and execution that is needed to bring our technology to the market at the pace we need to address climate change.

“While many offshore wind projects originate from the oil and gas industry, Gazelle’s hybrid floating platform is designed solely to accelerate the development of the offshore wind industry and contribute to reducing the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE). Having a collaborator with experience in both sectors will allow us to deploy our solution and hasten the move to net-zero successfully.”

Situated approximately 40km southwest of Dubai, Ferrofab has a total of 800,000ft2 of manufacturing facilities in Jebel Ali.

Ferrofab FZE executive director Johan Moraes said: “Based on our past experience in manufacturing offshore structures, Gazelle’s unique floating platform technology is on track to spur the needed evolution of the offshore wind industry.

“With its innovative design and modular components, the deployment of this solution will be a revolutionary step in the production of renewable energy.”

Gazelle’s hybrid floating wind platform divides the ‘two classical functions’ of buoyancy and stability for a lighter and agile platform than the existing market designs.

This platform has the advantage of faster deployment in deeper waters, claimed Gazelle Wind Power.
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Image: Gazelle to build a Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the Ferrofab Jebel Ali facility in the UAE. Credit: Enrique from Pixabay .

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