Acteon Group and Siemens Gamesa team up for American first

In: Windfarms
Turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has partnered with marine and subsea solutions provider Acteon to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) at the first offshore wind farm installed in United States' federal waters.

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project consists of two 6 MW turbines, which were installed earlier this year. Siemens Gamesa will use its own technicians for above water Balance of Plant inspections, and Acteon will support the subsea general visual, marine growth, and anode inspection, via a low-logistics inspection class remotely operated vehicle (Seatronics VALOR).

“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 at 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”.

Tim Eyles, Vice President at Acteon, said: “Acteon’s integrated solutions team is proud to be working with Siemens Gamesa to offer a new business model for offshore wind asset integrity whereby, as a joint-effort, Siemens Gamesa will provide all above waterline asset integrity inspection and Acteon Group companies TerraSond, Seatronics, Deepwater, and Clarus, will inspect the subsea components. This partnership will ensure that our customers experience safe optimised inspection scheduling and more efficient resource utilisation.”

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