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 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. 

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