BRISTOL, UK – Rovco has completed the first stage of its long-term contract with CWind for annual subsea balance of plant and cable inspection works at the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea.
CWind, part of the Global Marine Group, was awarded a multi-year framework from ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie's Green Investment Group to manage the below water inspection services, including subsea maintenance, surveys and corrective maintenance planning, as well as pre-engineering studies.
In July 2020, Rovco, led by CWind, began using a combination of a DP-II service operation vessel with its Seaeye Leopard work-class ROV onboard to inspect nominated subsea structures and a survey vessel solution for multibeam and sidescan work along the array and export cable routes. This work assisted in notifying the condition of the operational wind farm to allow informed maintenance planning as required based on the results of the surveys.
Simon Miller, managing director of Rovco, said: “The use of our Intelligent Data Platform for daily progress tracking, data capture and easy interpretation of inspection results via a dedicated secure storage platform, is testament to an industry that is driving the use of new technologies to bring efficiencies and help lower the LCOE over the opex portion of the windfarm assets lifecycle.”
The 714-MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm first delivered power to the UK grid in early September 2019. All 102 turbines are installed, and the wind farm was fully commissioned in July 2020.