New report focuses on effective use of jack-up vessels
The Crown Estate has released a report, stressing on the apt use of jack-up vessels to reduce costs associated with the maintenance of offshore wind turbines.
By Ritesh Gupta
Huub den Rooijen, head of offshore wind at The Crown Estate said that there are now economies of scale to be found in the effective use of jack-up vessels. For instance, partnership between wind farm owners around chartering jack-up vessels could bring down costs.
More than 500 jack-up vessel interventions at operational offshore wind farms have taken place in the UK to date. Greater collaboration could minimise lost production revenue by £52m–£110m per year across currently operational UK offshore wind farms.
The Crown Estate last week also published data and information gathered from the former Atlantic Array offshore wind project in the Bristol Channel through its online resource, the Marine Data Exchange.
It is the first time information from the Round 3 offshore wind leasing programme has been made available in this way. It features from several areas - environmental material, such as bird and mammal surveys; human activity evaluations, such as shipping, navigation and archaeological data etc.