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Ørsted Selects Rovco for O&M Work on US Offshore Wind Farms

Rovco has signed a framework agreement with Ørsted to provide Operations and Maintenance (O&M) work on two of the developer’s US sites, Block Island Wind Farm and South Fork Wind Farm.

Source: Orsted

Block Island Wind Farm, Rhode Island, was the first offshore wind farm in the United States and generates 30 MW of renewable energy.

The South Fork Wind project became the US’ first commercial-scale wind farm in March of this year, delivering 132 MW to Long Island in New York.

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To help inform Ørsted’s operations at these sites, Rovco will carry out O&M work using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) coupled with its SubSLAM technology (simultaneous location and mapping).

This will provide live stream inspections and precise real-time 3D reconstructions of site assets, supporting quick decision-making onshore, Rovco said. The full site data capture will give Ørsted detailed insight into both the structures themselves and the surrounding environment.

Rovco said that this combination of AI, robotics, and SLAM technologies can be used to provide insights and drive efficiencies across the planning, development, construction, and maintenance phases at offshore wind sites.

Mitch Johnson, Rovco’s Director of Americas, said of the framework agreement: ”We’re delighted to be working with Ørsted, using our industry-leading technology to help them inspect and maintain two key offshore wind farms in the US. Landmark sites like Block Island and South Fork are crucial in building local supply chains, infrastructure, and jobs. Providing the momentum needed for further growth of the US offshore wind market.”

The Ørsted contract, along with other framework agreements, will enable the creation of 25 new roles that will be managed out of Rovco’s New York office, with recruitment already underway.

Brian Allen, CEO at Rovco, said: ”The US has the potential to be a leading market for offshore wind and Ørsted is playing a key role in building capacity, so we’re proud to be supporting them with our high-tech offshore wind solutions. This framework agreement is an important contribution to Rovco’s global mission of accelerating the industry’s clean energy transition.”


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