O&M Subgroup

Operation and maintenance is one of the long term opportunity areas attached to the development of offshore wind in Scotland. With operational lives in the region of 20-25 years offshore wind farms will be a major employer in Scotland for decades to come. As the offshore wind industry scales up this opportunity sector will also be a significant area for jobs in rural communities where the wind farms will be based. The offshore wind industry is already delivering regeneration and growth in some of our ports and harbours which are currently providing, or are earmarked for, O&M bases.   

O&M Market - Size of the prize

UK Market

Recent figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in their 2020 Electricity Generation Costs report puts the average cost for O&M for a 1,000MW offshore wind farm at £50m per annum including fixed and variable costs. The UK's target for offshore wind by 2030 is 40GW in total and this would then make the O&M market worth approximately £2bn in the UK by that date..
The 2050 forecast of the offshore wind market in the UK is now in the order of 100GW, if we are to achieve the UK's Net Zero target, and while O&M costs are forecast to reach £35.5m per GW by this date it would still mean that the market will be worth in excess of £4bn per annum. 
This is now the lower end of the market estimate for 2050 as it does not factor in any future offshore wind projects dedicated to the production of hydrogen which is a subsector expected to emerge at scale within the next 5 years. 

Image - MHI Vestas        

Innovation in O&M Strategies

The future years of the O&M market will be dominated by the pressure to reach this £35.5m per GW level and the general road to cost reduction for the offshore wind sector will involve larger turbine capacities, longer blade lengths and be further offshore. While these will reduce overall CAPEX costs they will add to issues already being seen in the industry with leading edge blade erosion, damage due to higher tip speeds, longer vessel journeys and shorter weather access windows. Better material technology will assist to alleviate some of the problems but it will fall on the supply chain to come up with the innovation across all these areas which will be necessary to keep future cost reduction strategies on track. 
Our O&M subgroup members represent almost every facet of the offshore wind operation and maintenance supply chain and will be involved in developing and delivering the innovation required by the industry, not just in the UK, but globally.

Image - Iberdrola 

Operation and Maintenance Bases

With over 25 ports and harbours members in the cluster O&M bases are an opportunity area that has a great deal of relevance for these members. Developers are already signing 25 years leases to place their O&M bases in ports and harbours near to their wind farm sites and are creating the opportunity for new jobs in many of the communities surrounding these sites. Our work with ESP, Skills Development Scotland and the local college network is trying to ensure that local people can be offered the ability to gain the skills necessary to become turbine technicians, vessel crew, drone pilots and many of the other roles required to operate and maintain the offshore wind farms. 
Refurbished or new facilities will be springing up at many of our smaller ports sites such as those that already exist at Wick Harbour or are currently under construction at Fraserburgh and Montrose. As other new wind farms appear in the far north or on the West Coast then many more such bases will be needed by the offshore wind industry. 

Image- Moray East - Artist's impression of the new O&M base at Fraserburgh Harbour

Electrical Infrastructure

Besides the offshore wind farms themselves there is the related electrical power infrastructure to be maintained. This consists of the subsea cables, offshore and onshore substations as well as the HVDC convertor stations which may also be required for the larger capacity windfarms further from shore. Subsea inspection, cable repair and maintenance along with substation operations and servicing will require a further set of skills, vessels and equipment that our subgroup members have in abundance.      

Image - Moray East - Substation under construction at New Deer

Operations and Maintenance Subgroup   

DeepWind's O&M Subgroup is led by our two industry Co-chairs Halliburton and Mistras. It currently consists of 120 members who are all listed below and will continue to grow as we recruit new members from the main DeepWind cluster or from additional new members.  

1 4MS Network Solutions 61 MacLean Electrical Group
2 4subsea 62 Maersk Training UK
3 Aberdeen Harbour 63 Malakoff Limited 
4 ACE Winches 64 Mallaig Harbour Authority
5 Aerossurance 65 MarynSol Ltd
6 AJ Engineering & Construction Services 66 Mesh Global Ltd
7 Apollo 67 Michael Gall Transport Limited
8 Ashtead Technologies 68 MITRAS Group (Co-Chair)
9 Asco 69 Motion Software
10 Aubin Limited 70 Motive Offshore Group Limited
11 BlackWind 71 National Oilwell Varco
12 Brammer Buck & Hickman 72 North East Scotland College
13 Briggs Marine 73 North West Marine
14 Cebo UK 74 Northern Marine Services
15 Clowes Development 75 NRC Environmental Services
16 Conserve Oilfield Services 76 Offshore Safety Professionals Register (OSPR)
17 Craig International 77 Optimus
18 Dangle Ltd 78 ORE Catapult
19 David MacBrayne Limited 79 Orion Engineering
20 Donut International Ltd 80 OTAQ Group
21 Doosan Babcock 81 Pangeo Subsea
22 Dron & Dickson 82 Panolin
23 EC20 Limited 83 Partrac
24 Eden Scott 84 PDG Helicoptors
25 EDF Renewables 85 Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd
26 Element 2 Ltd 86 Port of Inverness
27 EMM Corp 87 Portakabin (Scotland) Limited
28 Enerpro 88 Power Advocate
29 Engineering Construction Industry Training Board 89 Presserv
30 Expro North Sea 90 PSG Marine & Logistics Ltd
31 Film Ocean 91 Quensh HSEQ Specialists
32 First Marine Solutions 92 RDR Subsea
33 Fraserburgh Harbour 93 Red Rock Marine
34 Fraser-Nash Consultancy 94 Reekie Machining Ltd
35 GAC Group 95 Remote Medical International
36 Gareloch Support Services 96 Rigmar
37 Global Energy Group 97 Rix Renewables
38 Global Offshore 98 Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd
39 GMC Limited 99 Roemex
40 Gow's Lybster Limited 100 ROVOP
41 Green Marine 101 Royal Haskoning DHV
42 Griffen-Woodhouse Limited 102 SBT Energy
43 GTL Search 103 Safetec UK
44 Gulfxstream 104 Safetrade 247 Limited
45 Halliburton (Co-chair) 105 Searchwise Aberdeen
46 Helix Robotics Solutions Ltd 106 Semco Maritime
47 Hunting Energy Services 107 Skylifter Ltd
48 Ideol 108 Sparrows Offshore Group Ltd
49 Indigo 7 Ventures 109 Swire Energy Services
50 Industrias Ferri SA 110 Synaptec
51 Innovair 111 Texo Group Limited
52 Ion 112 Torishima Service Solutions Europe Limited
53 James Fisher Asset Information Services 113 Trac Oil & Gas Ltd
54 Johnson Controls 114 TugDock
55 Kabel Churchill Limited 115 Ventus Resources Limited
56 Kaefer Limited 116 Whittaker Engineering
57 KD Marine 117 Windcat Workboats (Scotland) Ltd
58 KRG Specilist Enginering Services Limited 118 Windhoist
59 London Marine Consultants 119 Wood
60 London Offshore Consultants (Aberdeen) Ltd 120 XL Group