Aquamarine Power Ltd

Supply Chain

  • Project Lead

    Aquamarine Power Ltd

  • Author

    Aquamarine Power Ltd

  • Date

    April 2016

Throughout the development of the Oyster Technology, Aquamarine Power suffered from mixed experiences of the supply chain and poor component supply. Many of the components were purchased on the understanding that they were fit for purpose in subsea marine environments, and a number of these were not bespoke and may be considered by other wave developers.

Aquamarine Power often had to choose between expensive ‘oil and gas’ components that were over specified and over-priced, and the other extreme where the costs were more palatable but the product didn’t meet the overall system requirements. This report documents a number of examples of lessons learnt as a result of material incompatibilities, corrosion on subsea wet-mate connectors, and experiences in the use of 316 Stainless Steel and high strength materials. The problems caused by these components led to significant cost and programme setbacks at Aquamarine Power, and the lessons learned will be pertinent to all other wave technology developers, particularly those making the transition to wet-testing.

Note that additional reports, documents and data files referenced here and in the deliverables may not be currently available.

Project Keywords: Cathodic Protection, Corrosion, C&I, Operations & Maintenance, Orkney, Supply Chain, Lessons Learnt, Health and Safety

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