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RES Offshore has followed up the successful installation of the WoDS offshore met mast with a contract to carry out the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the met mast and equipment for the next 5 years.
The mast was installed in August this year at the 389MW West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea for project owners DONG Energy and Scottish Power Renewables and is situated approximately 14 nautical miles off the Cumbrian coast.
The O&M services to be delivered by RES include scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on the structure, platform and lattice tower together with the maintenance of the instrumentation and power systems which also formed part of the EPC contract.
The West of Duddon Sands met mast award adds yet another O&M contract to RES’ increasing portfolio of offshore masts that it manages and operates across UK waters for clients including SMart Wind, Forewind, DONG Energy, ORE Catapult and DONG/Scottish Power Renewables.
In addition to these long term O&M contracts RES has carried out extensive repair, maintenance and upgrade campaigns on four other UK offshore met masts making in excess of 20 visits to offshore met masts in 2014.
Chris Morgan, CEO of RES Offshore, commented;
“Designing, building, repairing and maintaining offshore met masts and data collection systems all rely on our in-house expertise which we have developed over 30 years of wind measurement including 15 years of offshore experience. We understand the value of high quality wind and metocean data and delivering this safely and with high reliably is what our clients want and what we deliver. Our track record, experience and expertise in this specialist field are second to none and we are looking forward to expanding our offshore met mast O&M portfolio further in UK waters and across Europe.”
Steve Clarke, Head of Operations at West of Duddon Sands said:
"West of Duddon Sands is now an important part of the growing UK offshore wind energy fleet and we value the support of expert service providers like RES who help to ensure that our monitoring equipment is maintained which enables us to focus on generating low carbon electricity supplies."
RES Offshore offers integrated development, engineering, construction and AO&M services for utility-scale offshore wind, wave and tidal energy projects internationally. RES Offshore has more than 15 years’ experience in offshore wind development having worked on the development of over 5,000 MW of which more than 350MW has been successfully consented and is now in operation. RES Offshore is part of the RES Group, one of the world's leading independent renewable energy companies. RES has developed and/or built over 8GW of wind energy capacity worldwide and is active in a range of renewable technologies including onshore wind, solar power, energy storage and transmission. For more information, visit www.res-offshore.com