Celtic Offshore Mooring and Anchoring R&D Centre

Celtic Offshore Mooring and Anchoring R&D Centre

(COMAC) - Feasibility Study

Lead Organisation: University of Plymouth

Investment Priority: Supporting Local Business

Fund: Strategic Business, Enterprise and Research & Development Infrastructure

SPF awarded: £100,000 GBP

Location: Cornwall-Wide

Project partners: University of Plymouth, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Celtic Sea Power, Reflex Marine Ltd.

Providing the foundation for a national centre for Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) mooring & anchor dynamic subsea technologies.

The COMAC feasibility study is a detailed analysis that will consider all the critical aspects for the delivery phase of an accredited Celtic Offshore Mooring and Anchoring R&D Centre in Cornwall, a state-of-the-art future testing facility that could support businesses in the global FLOW industry.

The development of FLOW in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (CIoS) relies heavily on technology and R&D infrastructure. Mooring and anchoring, along with dynamic subsea systems, are crucial components of any offshore project. Businesses that aim to make a significant contribution to the global FLOW industry will benefit from access to an industry-accredited testing facility. Such access will enable these businesses to demonstrate and certify reliable, competitive, and robust technologies from the outset, helping them satisfy investors, insurance companies, and regulators.

This study will demonstrate the need for the COMAC R&D facility and provide design requirements to support the FLOW sector. It will act as a crucial decision-making tool to assist stakeholders in evaluating the viability of the COMAC project as well as the environmental, financial, and social impact it would have in Cornwall.


The project aims to:

  • engage various stakeholders, including site developers, supply chain, finance and insurance providers, regulatory bodies, local authorities, and sector specialists to explore the market demand for a COMAC in Cornwall;
  • analyse the potential ownership and operational models of COMAC, as well as its sustainability and long-term viability;
  • evaluate the environmental impact, present technical and resource elements, and explain how the facility will support local innovation-driven and highly specialised Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLOW businesses in developing new products and technologies.

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