Danish company, Alpha Offshore Service, part Scotland’s Sparrows Group, has been awarded a contract with NoordzeeWind, a joint venture between utility company Nuon and Shell, for blade repair on Offshore Wind farm Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ).
The first large wind farm built in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, OWEZ consists of 36 3MW turbines and sits approximately six miles off the coast from the village of Egmond aan Zee.
Alpha Offshore will be providing experienced personnel with specialist knowledge of the Vestas V90 turbines to undertake blade repair of around 80 blades. The scope of work will depend on the requirement of each blade but could include tip replacement, laminate repairs, lightning damage and leading edge protection systems upgrades. All materials necessary for the campaign will be supplied by Alpha Offshore, work has begun and will continue during the summer months.
In addition to completing repairs the team will be project managing the work, preparing risk assessment and method statements and completing reporting.
OWEZ has been operational since 2006 and generates enough electricity to supply 100,000 houses.