FoundOcean Group


Offshore construction services


uk, netherlands


2012 (divested in 2018)

Environmental thesis
Offshore energy is an environmentally critical industry. The services offered by FoundOcean and CAPE Holland for the stabilisation of offshore structures enable the construction of safe foundations for such installations, being them oil & gas platforms, pipelines or offshore wind farms. A failure on the foundations of such offshore structure can cause oil spillages and have a catastrophic effect on the environment.
CAPE Holland is the pioneer in vibro-piling, a technology that offers substantial environmental advantages vis-à-vis the mainstream impact hammer technology. In fact, CAPE Holland is able to reduce noise emissions by 30-40%, down to a level that is not disturbing for sea life.

FoundOcean Group is an offshore services contractor, offering specialist services for the installation of foundations to the offshore energy sector (offshore oil & gas and offshore wind). The group originated from the offshore grouting business of the UK-based FoundOcean Ltd, founded in 1966 within the British civil engineering group Wimpey Construction, and moved into offshore piling with the acquisition of Netherlands-based CAPE Holland BV in 2014. Grouting, which is the underwater stabilisation of offshore foundations, and piling, which is the driving foundation piles into the seabed, are synergic services, both highly critical for the installation of offshore foundations. The group is headquartered in Marlow (England) and operations are based in Livingston (Scotland) and Beilen (Netherlands). The company operates worldwide, with offices, logistics facilities and partners in all offshore energy hubs in the world: Houston, Dubai, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia. Ambienta joined FoundOcean as a key shareholder in June 2012.