A joint venture between EDP Renewables and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK - plans to install 189 to 339 turbines over a 295km² area, with a total generation capacity of 1,500MW.
Post-deployment, operations and maintenance activities will support the lifetime operation of an offshore wind farm to minimise any disruption to energy generation and maximise output. Operations and maintenance costs can have significant impacts upon the returns that can be expected for a project. However, designing operation and maintenance strategies that will lead to the highest possible availability of offshore wind turbines will be challenging, considering the location of current and future projects, in deeper waters and further from shore.
In order to minimise losses from unscheduled downtime, it is important to access turbines in a range of weather conditions. Asset management and preventative maintenance strategies are dependent upon:
- Distance from port to wind farm
- Availability of quay side laydown space
- Availability of skilled resources
- Availability of condition monitoring and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) facilities.
- Transporting equipment and maintenance personnel
The ORI will work with offshore wind stakeholders through the collection and analysis of data from operational wind farms to inform operations and maintenance strategies, in order to maximise electricity generation and reduce operations and maintenance costs.