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. 

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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.

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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, OPITO, ECITB and and the local college network on the new Skills for Offshore Wind Partnership aims 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 and Fraserburgh Harbours or the one currently under construction at Montrose as well as the newly announced base at Buckie. 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. 

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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.      

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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 140 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 71 Mallaig Harbour Authority
2 4subsea 72 MarynSol Ltd
3 Aberdeen Harbour 73 Mesh Global Ltd
4 Acteon Group 74 Michael Gall Transport Limited
5 ACE Winches 75 Miros Scotland
6 Aerossurance 76 MISTRAS Group (Co-Chair)
7 AJ Engineering & Construction Services 77 Morgenstern Energy
8 Apollo 78 Motion Software
9 AquaTerra Group 79 Motive Offshore Group Limited
10 Ashtead Technologies 80 National Oilwell Varco
11 Asco 81 Nevis Technology Ltd
12 Aubin Limited 82 North East Scotland College
13 Blackhall & Powis 83 North West Marine
14 BlackWind 84 Northern Marine Services
15 Brammer Buck & Hickman 85 NRC Environmental Services
16 Briggs Marine 86 Ocean Infinity
17 Cebo UK 87 Omexom Renewable Energies Offshore
18 Clowes Development 88 Optimus
19 Conserve Oilfield Services 89 ORE Catapult
20 Correll Group 90 Orion Engineering
21 Craig International 91 OTAQ Group
22 Dangle Ltd 92 Pangeo Subsea
23 David MacBrayne Limited 93 Panolin
24 DiveSource 94 Partrac
25 Donut International Ltd 95 PDG Helicoptors
26 Doosan Babcock 96 Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd
27 Dron & Dickson 97 Port of Inverness
28 EC20 Limited 98 Portakabin (Scotland) Limited
29 Eden Scott 99 Power Advocate
30 EDF Renewables 100 Presserv
31 Element 2 Ltd 101 PSG Marine & Logistics Ltd
32 EMM Corp 102 Quensh HSEQ Specialists
33 Enerpro 103 RDR Subsea
34 Engineering Construction Industry Training Board 104 Red Rock Marine
35 Expro North Sea 105 Red Rock Power
36 Film Ocean 106 Reekie Machining Ltd
37 First Marine Solutions 107 Remote Medical International
38 Fraserburgh Harbour 108 Renewable Parts
39 Fraser-Nash Consultancy 109 Rigmar
40 Fugro 110 Rix Renewables
41 GAC Group 111 Rix Shipping (Scotland) Ltd
42 Gareloch Support Services 112 Roemex
43 Global Energy Group 113 ROVOP
44 Global Offshore 114 Royal Haskoning DHV
45 GMC Limited 115 RTS Wind
46 Gow's Lybster Limited 116 SBT Energy
47 Green Marine 117 Safetec UK
48 Griffen-Woodhouse Limited 118 Safetrade 247 Limited
49 GTL Search 119 Searchwise Aberdeen
50 Gulfxstream 120 Semco Maritime
51 Halliburton (Co-chair) 121 Skylifter Ltd
52 Helix Robotics Solutions Ltd 122 Sonardyne Intenational Ltd
53 Hunting Energy Services 123 Sparrows Offshore Group Ltd
54 Ideol 124 Stowen
55 Indigo 7 Ventures 125 Swire Energy Services
56 Industrias Ferri SA 126 Synaptec
57 Innovair 127 Technip Energies
58 Integrity ISS 128 Texo Group Limited
59 Ion 129 The Crosby Group
60 James Fisher Asset Information Services 130 Three60 Energy
61 Johnson Controls 131 Torishima Service Solutions Europe Limited
62 Kabel Churchill Limited 132 Trac Oil & Gas Ltd
63 Kaefer Limited 133 Transmission Investment Services Limited
64 KD Marine 134 TugDock
65 KRG Specilist Enginering Services Limited 135 Ventus Resources Limited
66 London Marine Consultants 136 Waves Group
67 London Offshore Consultants (Aberdeen) Ltd 137 Whittaker Engineering
68 MacLean Electrical Group 138 Windcat Workboats (Scotland) Ltd
69 Maersk Training UK 139 Windhoist
70 Malakoff Limited  140 Wood