RES secures operations & maintenance contract at Walney 1 offshore wind farm

Renewable energy developer RES has been awarded a contract to provide operations & maintenance (O&M) services for offshore transmission (OFTO) assets at Walney 1 offshore wind farm.
RES secures operations & maintenance contract at Walney 1 offshore wind farm
Courtesy of RES.

The commitment to a new contract by Blue Transmission Walney 1 Ltd, following a competitive tendering process, means RES will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of equipment, site management, logistics and control centre services.

RES has been involved in the offshore wind sector since its beginnings in the 1990’s and already provides similar services for Blue Transmission Walney 2 Ltd. As part of the new contract RES will continue to deliver all HV services for Walney 1 OFTO, including 24/7/365 monitoring by RES’ Control Centre.

“For the past five years we’ve been providing OFTO services for Blue Transmissions Walney 1 & 2” said Robert Fradley, RES Head of Offshore Wind. “In that time, we’ve worked closely with our client to deliver a high-quality service that focusses on availability which helps our client maximise the value of their asset. This contract renewal is validation of this approach.”

Gary Thornton, Director, at Blue Transmission, added that RES was selected due to their expertise in the offshore wind industry, including their knowledge of engineering, technical and operational matters and that RES performed well delivering services for Walney 1 and 2 OFTO.”

Walney 1 Offshore Wind Farm is located in the Irish Sea, off the Cumbrian coast, with the offshore substation platform located 15 km from the coast of Walney Island and 18 km from Barrow-in-Furness. The offshore substation is connected to the shore by a 45 km undersea cable, which comes ashore near Heysham. The onshore cables, which are about 3 km long, connect to the onshore substation at Heysham.

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