Scotland’s Natural Power joins new ‘4 in 1’ Olsen offshore wind farm maintenance consortium

Four renewables firms – including Scotland’s Natural Power – have joined forces to create a one-stop-shop maintenance and operations service for offshore wind farm operators.

The joint wind-ustry initiative comes at a time when the O&M sector has emerged as a significant industry in its own right, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of a wind farm’s lifetime costs.

Combined, Fred Olsen Windcarrier, Global Wind Service, Natural Power and ZephIR Lidar are able to build on almost 170 years of maritime and shipping experience and can trace their renewables history back to the early 1990s.

The scope will include inspections, major component exchange, integrated service campaigns, blade repair, high voltage management, life extension, decommissioning and repowering.

This alliance means operators can source the complete range of O&M services through a single contracting body, which will reduce risk and management interfaces, simplify contracting and lower costs.

Based in Dumfries-shire, Natural Power is an independent renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy employing more than 340 renewable energy experts worldwide.

Mr. Even Larsen, chief executive of Fred Olsen Windcarrier, said: “Together we have the people, vessels and expertise required to ensure offshore wind owners maximise the generating potential of their plant.

“Clients will benefit from a single point of contact with a dedicated programme manager who has access to more than 1,200 highly skilled employees, each working to the same vision and with the highest commitment to health and safety.

“With offshore wind capacity increasing in Europe and around the world, we recognised it was an opportune time to consolidate our complementary skills, shared industry commitment and previous cooperation”.

10 Oct 2017

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