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