Siemens Gamesa has entered into an agreement with Acteon to provide an operations and maintenance (O&M) package for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, the first offshore wind project installed in US Federal waters
Siemens Gamesa and Acteon will work together to fully optimise the wind turbine service and balance of plant O&M work to provide cost effective and integrated asset management services at the 12-MW, two-turbine installation.
Bundling the above water and subsea balance of plant services with the wind turbine service results in a reduction in turbine downtime for planned maintenance activities and a lower cost of energy.
Siemens Gamesa head of Americas offshore operations Michael Hughes said, “We are utilising our advanced experiences across our global offshore presence to be the first OEM to package these capabilities for the US offshore market.
“By delivering the full O&M package, we provide numerous benefits such as a streamlined and optimised maintenance plan during the most ideal weather periods, full utilisation of the project’s existing O&M workforce and sharing the projects logistical assets across these work scopes, driving down the cost of offshore wind energy."
Optimising the use of the assets will be important for overall project economics. The partnership enables Siemens Gamesa to optimise the use of required vessels, while reducing the amount of downtime for the turbine.
Siemens Gamesa will utilise its own technicians for above water balance of plant inspections. Acteon will support the subsea general visual, marine growth and anode inspection. This will utilise a remotely operated vehicle, a Seatronics Valor, providing a complete overview of the structural integrity of the asset.
The CVOW project is owned by Dominion Energy and is located approximately 43 km offshore.
Both Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 offshore wind turbines have been installed, with first power expected to be generated shortly.