Category: Offshore wind O&M

Optimising the use of jack-up vessels in offshore wind O&M

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We’ve been working with The Crown Estate over the last six months to produce a study on improvements to the use of jack-up vessels in the O&M phase. As part of the work we have estimated the number of O&M jack-up operations and also understood from vessel operators and wind farm owners the potential costs savings.

Improved planning can help to reduce downtime and charter costs but there is potential for O&M teams to collaborate to create a clearer maintenance pipeline or even come together to deliver joint campaigns. The report presents case studies from offshore wind and other sectors to illustrate the savings that could be made.

You can find a copy of the report here.

Operations and Maintenance (O&M) – Long Term Priorities for Offshore Wind?

From my time working on site as an Operations Manager it is never easy to escape the day-to-day management of issues that is a really important part of the role.  Since forming Generating Better I have been able to spend more of my time considering the longer term game changers that will take O&M to the next level in years to come…

….I would welcome your views on what could big the biggest game-changer and contribute to the reduction in lifetime costs of offshore wind. Here are some of my favourites:

1) Life extension studies to create viable options before the end of the currently accepted 20 year design life

2) Huge leap forward in failure prediction – especially for main components that require a jack-up vessel

3) Component improvement clubs to re-engineer problematic parts and improve reliability – driven through a collaborative approach to pool knowledge, experience and share costs

4) Extended Service periods / condition-driven service tasks

5) Improved vessel access to allow faster repairs and extended capabilities to lift heavier components safely without resorted to a jack-up vessel

Post your comments here and let us know what you think are O&M Game changers for Offshore wind….we will publish you Top Ten in June