AkzoNobel rises to challenge of protecting world’s biggest offshore wind farm

Located around 89 kilometres off the east coast of England, Hornsea 2 is due to be up and running by mid-2022. It has the capacity to produce more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy – enough to power over 1.3 million homes.

The foundations of all the turbines (which tower 204 meters above sea level) have been coated with Interzone 954 from the company’s International brand. Originally designed for the demanding protection of offshore oil and gas structures, the product has now also become the go-to solution for offshore
wind farms.

Protecting turbines right-first-time enables them to continuously operate in the most challenging locations. Offshore wind farms are particularly susceptible to atmospheric corrosion, due to the high humidity and chloride content in the air. The splash zone of each wind turbine – which is intermittently wet and dry due to tides and waves – is the most prone to corrosion.

According to the company, Interzone 954 has a unique blend of properties, including excellent barrier protection, exceptional abrasion resistance and high film build. It’s also resistant to a wide range of chemicals.

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