From oil to offshore wind, Safetec’s experience

24.09.2020

Safetec’s offshore wind consulting services draws on more than 35 years’ experience supporting the maritime and offshore industries.

Sustainable Maritime Space Management

The development of Offshore Renewable Energy Installations has placed a greater demand for space in increasingly crowded waterways and seas. The congestion has introduced additional hazards to marine traffic, which influences safe navigation in the affected areas. The development of Offshore Renewable Energy Installations also presents challenges to the exploitation of marine resources and the maritime environment. Developers and decision-makers must predict and adequately manage the potential risks imposed on (and by) wind farm developments in a complex and uncertain environment.

Safetec has substantial experience in providing support to developers and decision-makers, having been involved in many early offshore wind farm developments in the UK since the mid-90s, including Liverpool Bay North Hoyle, Burbo Bank, Gunfleet Sands, Kentish Flats, Shell Flats, Dogger Banks, Teeside Development, Southport Development, Rhyl Flats and the Beatrice Development.

Use of proven technology

Safetec has always positioned itself to work across several industries. One of Safetec’s competitive advantages is its ability to use knowledge, technology, and experience from one sector to address challenges in other sectors. As an example, the application of risk analysis tools developed for the oil and gas industry has been successfully used for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) platforms.  Typically project support includes HAZIDs, HAZOPs, and detailed analysis of Major Accidents Events such as transformer fires/explosions, dropped objects, and ship collision. Additionally, Safetec can support its clients with Technical Safety and Human Factors expertise, Human-Machine Interface (HMI) engineering services, RAM/reliability studies, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning during design, construction and operation phases.

Use of machine learning to reduce maintenance and costs

Safetec participates in several research and development projects, e.g. the InteDiag-WTCP project, where Safetec supervises PhD students in data collection and the use of machine learning to foresee problems on offshore wind turbines and thereby cut maintenance costs. Safetec also has employees who have conducted PhD research projects directly related to these problems.

 

For more information, please contact:

Safetec UK; Babak Alnasser, Managing Director (Babak.Alnasser@safetec-group.com)

Safetec Norway; Reidun Kristine Opsahl, Department Manager (reidun.kristine.opsahl@safetec.no)

Safetec Australia; Dr. Anand Pillay,  Managing Director (Anand.Pillay@safetec-group.com)

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