The company was created in 2002 to act as a legal identity for use in communications
with stakeholders in a project conceived by FOR’s Director, Mr. Richard Annett. After
selecting a possible site in the Western Approaches, the first few years were used
to get the opinions of statutory bodies, the public sector, unions, trade associations
and several NPOs concerned with the environment and location.
After this phase and taking into account the responses, a series of Platform concepts
were developed based on supporting a basic 2MW wind turbine. These concepts were
taken forward to modelling at 1:100 scale in a combined wind and wave tank built
by the company in rented accommodation in Birmingham. HR Wallingford and Birmingham
University had consultancy input into the tank construction and modelling issues.
The physical modelling results were then taken to Atkins Marine Department for a
preliminary independent evaluation and the concept was found to be very stable if
a little on the conservative side.
West Coast Energy Ltd was engaged as consultants to further the consent process for
the prototype full scale platform.
As well as input from paid sources mentioned above, a lot of input has been obtained
from potential equipment suppliers.
The background of the Birmingham born lead consultant running the project is that
he is a chartered civil and structural engineer with 26 years of design and site
experience gained nationally and internationally. Wind energy courses run by CREST
and Imperial College and Marine technology training run by MTEC have been attended
to appreciate many of the technical issues. Combined with his MBA this places him
as being sufficiently expert to managing the design, construction, commissioning,
monitoring and decommissioning of the research models. For those elements of the
work beyond the experience of the manager, external consultants and contractors were
What is Far Offshore Renewables?
Far Offshore Renewables is a limited liability company. Number 4539084
FOR is currently active. All the funding to date has been via a trading company
Edgbaston Design Limited.
Historical spending since financial record started at the commencement of the formation
of the company is as follows.