Oteac Completes Platform Work in Belgian North Sea

Oteac Ltd, part of Nucore Group, has delivered fire system maintenance services to an offshore transformer platform supporting a 42-turbine wind farm in the Belgian North Sea.

The integrated fire and safety services provider performed testing and inspection across a range of fire detection and suppression systems located on the offshore transformer platform.

The 1,200 tonne platform is a 4-level structure which collects and exports the power generated at the wind farm, Oteac said.

Oteac did not reveal the name of the wind farm, however, based on the description given, it is safe to assume that the company performed its work on the platform installed on the 309MW Rentel offshore wind farm.

“Minimising risk to assets is critical and regular maintenance is a priority. Keeping the transformer platform operational and safeguarding against the risk of fire is key to ensure business continuity for our client,” John Robertson, Oteac’s Offshore Sales Manager, said.

The offshore transformer platform contains a range of sensitive fire and smoke detection equipment requiring both routine inspection and maintenance. Oteac’s fire-specialist technicians inspected the platform’s foam system, inert gas suppression systems in the electrical switchgear rooms, portable fire extinguishers located on each of the 4-levels and flame and smoke detection systems.

The Rentel wind farm comprises 42 Siemens Gamesa D7-type turbines, each with a 7.35MW individual capacity, installed approximately 40 kilometers off the coast of Ostend.

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