OSI Renewables Aims to Improve Offshore Wind Costs, Efficiency

The renewables arm of Oil States Industries is working to test a prototype of its new fixed TLP in the North Sea next year.

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Wind generation must rise an average 18% per year through 2030 to meet the 8,000 TWh required in 2030 under the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

HOUSTON—Known for its tension-leg platform mooring systems expertise, Oil States Industries (OSI), through its OSI Renewables venture, is taking aim at the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind with its latest technology addition: a fixed TLP.

The patent-pending platform was among the technologies showcased at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) as the company, which got its start in the elastomer products business 80 years ago, reaches beyond its oilfield roots further into renewable energy.

“We see a broad mix of energy that’s going to be required going forward, not a complete transition, but more of a layering on of new sources,” Brian Mizell, vice president of marketing and business development for OSI, told Hart Energy on the OTC exhibit floor. “Within our fixed platform division, we provide the foundation systems that are used to secure jackets to the seafloor. We continue to do that for oil and gas but also now for floating wind platforms.”

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Velda Addison

Velda Addison is the senior editor of digital media for Hart Energy’s editorial team. She covers energy with a focus on renewables.