By 2020, the world’s largest floating dredger pipeline will pump more than 10 billion cubic metres of fresh water into the ocean each day.
The $1.8 billion pipeline will connect a floating dredging unit in the Bahamas to a massive floating hydroelectric plant in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pipe will be powered by the ocean and will have a capacity of 20.6 million cubic metres per day, which would make it the world´s largest floating hydro.
The project, which will be funded by a consortium including BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and Qatar, will take place at a site off the coast of Florida and is estimated to cost about $1 trillion.
For the pipe, the consortium will use four offshore platforms to deploy a 500-tonne vessel.
The company will use dredge piping, a technology developed in the 1950s, to remove sediment and rocks from the seafloor to make the vessel stable and stable to move.
“The project is a big deal, and it’s a major milestone,” says Daniel Tompkins, the project manager for the Gulf Power Consortium, which is leading the project.
“It’s a big milestone for the future of the United States, but also for the world.”
Tompkins is a veteran of the construction industry, having been a structural engineer for decades and also managing project management for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.
He started the consortium in the mid-1990s to make sure the pipe would be safe to transport.
“[The pipe] is not a huge project for a first year, but the construction is going to be a big one, and that will be the big milestone,” he says.
In the next decade, the pipe will take advantage of advances in dredging technology, which he says is improving over time.
Dredging has been around for a long time, but it has not yet been used to remove heavy materials like sand and cement, and the vessels have been designed for the high speed of the ocean currents that are responsible for their stability.
To prepare the floating platform, the group will build a massive ship hangar, then install a massive crane and rig, with a floating hydraulic system.
Tompkes says the floating crane is the most expensive piece of equipment, but that the company is on track to complete it.
“The first crane, the crane that we are going to use, is going at a rate of $2 million a piece, and we are in the middle of the second crane,” he said.
He says the next stage is the lifting and moving the ship, which involves a lot of machinery and a lot more personnel.
“It’s going to cost a lot to build and it will cost a big chunk of money to put it together, but I think that it will be really important,” Tompkes said.
The pipe project has attracted a lot attention in the US, and some environmental groups have expressed concerns about the potential for the pipeline to cause pollution.
In the Bahamas, the Gulf Coast region has seen record levels of oil and gas production in recent years, and concerns have been raised about potential pollution from the pipe.
Boeing has been involved in a number of projects that have benefited from the offshore development boom, and Tompinks said the pipe project is one of them.
“When we think about offshore wind power, there are no major projects on the planet where you have an offshore wind farm that is not also a big project on the Gulf coast,” he explained.
“So I think this is a very important project for the United Kingdom.”
The United States has been very aggressive in offshore wind development.
And it’s one of the reasons why we are seeing such a huge increase in offshore energy.”
In recent years a number more countries have also joined in the offshore wind boom.
Australia has become the first country in the world to build a giant floating hydro, and a number have built large floating hydro projects.
Environmentalists have been calling for more offshore wind energy development in the United states for years, but many have argued that the energy potential of the region is not as great as other parts of the world.