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News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety & wind monitoring.

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SGRE extends Greater Gabbard service contract

SGRE extends Greater Gabbard service contract

UK: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will service SSE and Innogy's 504MW Greater Gabbard project off the east coast of the UK for an additional five years.

Offshore O&M centre of excellence to open

Offshore O&M centre of excellence to open

UK: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) and the University of Hull will launch a centre of excellence for offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M).

UMaine floating platform design passes review

UMaine floating platform design passes review

UNITED STATES: Regulators have approved the design for the University of Maine's (UMaine) floating offshore wind platform demonstration.

MHI Vestas dismantles fire-damaged V164

MHI Vestas dismantles fire-damaged V164

DENMARK: MHI Vestas has taken down the burnt-out V164 9.5MW prototype turbine as part of its investigation into this month's fire.

Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations

Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations

UK: Sensors have been added to two of the gravity-base foundations being installed at the Blyth demonstration project off the north-east UK.

EDF EN acquires services firm OWS

EDF EN acquires services firm OWS

GERMANY: French developer-utility EDF Energies Nouvelle (EDF EN) has acquired German offshore wind operations and maintenance firm OWS for an undisclosed fee.

Scarecrow system provides 'astonishing' results offshore

Scarecrow system provides 'astonishing' results offshore

UK: A scarecrow model installed on an offshore wind turbine designed to stop bird droppings has had "astonishing" results.

in depth

Buckling up for the ladder climb

UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England

Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely

UK: Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit.

Market ready for take-off

WORLDWIDE: Operations and maintenance activity is now extending into deeper waters, further from shore, as OEM warranties for several large projects approach their expiry dates.

Look below the surface for maintenance regime

WORLDWIDE: Many vital components of wind farms are hidden below the sea surface and are subject to significant wear and tear. This is often ignored, despite the fact that the sub-surface section is at least as important as any other part of the structure

Foundations built on corrosion protection

WORLDWIDE: Offshore wind developers and operators have perhaps been guilty of underestimating the challenges of keeping their foundations free from corrosion. We look at the problems the industry faces, from pile slippage to the effects of sulphur reducing bacteria.


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