Australian developer Carnegie Wave Energy has announced the completion of pile foundation manufacturing by Keppel Prince Engineering for the Perth project, the first grid-connected CETO wave energy project.
In July 2013, Carnegie awarded the contract to Keppel Prince for the materials for the structural pile foundations for the project, to be located at Garden Island off the coast of Western Australia.
Carnegie planning engineer Neil De Tisi said the company selected Keppel to fabricate the foundations and installation aids for the project and announced that Keppel had delivered the high quality materials on time.
As Carnegie's installation contractor, Fugro Seacore (Australia) is currently installing the pile foundations and expects to complete it during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Fugro also announced the arrival of the foundation installation vessel, the Ensung, to the Australian Maritime Complex in Henderson that will be fitted in the near future.
Backed by Australia through the Emerging Renewables Program, and Western Australia through the Low Emissions Energy Development Fund, the project will feature between four to eight submerged cylindrical energy transfer oscillating (CETO) units, subsea pipelines, hydraulic conditioning equipment and an onshore power generation facility.
The Western Australian and Australian federal governments have also provided a total of A$387,810 to complete foundation milestone at the project under their LEED and ARENA grants respectively.
Additionally, Carnegie secured A$16m ($16.5m) equity funding from Australian Special Opportunity Fund, a US -based institutional investor to support the project.
Once commissioned during the first quarter of 2014, the project will sell its output to the Department of Defence for HMAS Stirling located on Garden Island.
In September 2013, Carnegie awarded a contract to ABB Australia for the onshore plant and process control system for the project.
Image: Foundation installation vessel towed into Henderson, Western Australia. Photo: courtesy of Carnegie Wave Energy.