Water depths of more than 40 meters and greater distances to shore pose significant logistical challenges on construction and O&M (operation & maintenance) activities of Offshore Wind Power Plants.
An extremely hostile environment embraces offshore windparks: Bad weather and other severe working conditions during construction, operation and maintenance are to be considered in all processes. Defining the best service and supply strategy for an asset is a highly complex undertaking and is essential for a profitable operation throughout the entire lifetime of an Offshore Wind Power Plant.
After construction and commissioning of a project maximizing availability becomes the general driver of all processes and planning activities: Only with the power plant remaining operational the project's commercial targets can be achieved.
All participating units and interfaces as well as the relevant flow of material, personnel and information in combination with their interactions must be strictly analyzed, planned and constantly optimized.
»The imperative driver of a successful Offshore Wind Power Plant Project is Maximum Availability.«
In order to ensure the financial performance of an Offshore Wind Power Plant Investment all O&M processes must be efficient, reliable, robust and predictable, serving the one overall objective:
Availability is to be maximized by reducing and controlling unforeseen downtime.
We have committed ourselves to provide best possible support and assistance to our clients
from day one - based on our integrated approach:
Our integrated O&M concept supports the significant reduction of operating expenses (OpEx). This proactive approach has multiple advantages for the project owner:
- Define all technical interfaces between all packages, systems and subsystems
- Evaluate life cycle impacts of system features imposed by the individual design and interface design
- Define operating costs (OpEx) associated with the individual design and interface design
- Identify and select qualified technology and suppliers meeting the CapEX and OpEX targets
- Establish life cycle oriented contractual concepts to improve the OpEX predictability as part of the future financing requirements
- Ensure harmonization of interfaces between the different stakeholders, e.g. turbines (TSA – Turbine Supply Agreement), construction (BoP – Balance of Plant) and operation and maintenance (SMA – Service and Maintenance Agreement)
- Develop operator’s maintenance requirements in conjunction with the manufacturer recommendations
- Define the automation requirements on the basis of the O&M requirements
- Define system interface requirements
- Define interfaces with asset management and direct marketing systems
- Define data points, scope, quality and protocols to ensure the inter-operability of all systems
- Ensure completeness of the design documentation
- Ensure completeness of the technical publication
- Ensure completeness of the as-built documentation
- Develop qualified commissioning procedures in close cooperation with the systems designer/suppliers (WTG, OSS,IAG, FOU)
- Develop performance measurement requirements
- Develop acceptance concepts
- Monitor performance of systems and subsystems during the commissioning period