Siemens Gamesa has partnered with Acteon to jointly provide a fully integrated turbine operations and maintenance package for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to fully optimize the wind turbine service and Balance of Plant O&M work scopes to provide integrated asset management services at the 12 MW project.
Siemens Gamesa will provide all above waterline asset integrity inspection and Acteon Group companies TerraSond, Seatronics, Deepwater, and Clarus, will inspect the subsea components, including general visual, marine growth and anode inspection.
The low-logistics inspection class remotely operated vehicle Seatronics VALOR will be used to provide an overview of the structural integrity of the asset.
“We are utilizing our advanced experiences across our global offshore presence to be the first OEM to package these capabilities for the U.S. offshore market,” said Michael Hughes, Head of Americas Offshore Operations, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
“By delivering the full O&M package, we provide numerous benefits such as a streamlined and optimized maintenance plan during the most ideal weather periods, full utilization of the project’s existing O&M workforce and more efficiently share the projects logistical assets across these work scopes. Ultimately driving down the cost of offshore wind energy.”
The CVOW demo project comprises two Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 units located 27 miles off Virginia Beach, representing the first wind turbines installed in U.S. federal waters. First power is expected shortly.