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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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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.

DNV GL looks to improve site assessments

DNV GL looks to improve site assessments

EUROPE: Advisory firm DNV GL is launching a joint industry project (JIP) to improve offshore wind site condition assessments, inviting industry partners to contribute.

Drones attracting increasing market attention

Drones attracting increasing market attention

WORLDWIDE: Siemens has signed a collaborative agreement with a US drone firm to develop turbine inspections as interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) grows.

Block Island turbine repaired

Block Island turbine repaired

UNITED STATES: All of Deepwater Wind's five-turbine 30MW Block Island project is now operating fully off Rhode Island.

in depth

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.

The tide turns on offshore maintenance costs

WORLDWIDE: Despite economies of scale, the cost of running and maintaining the larger offshore wind projects further from shore have remained high. But the industry's growing experience of the marine environment is now beginning to push costs down.


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