EDS HV Management Secures Rhyl Flats Offshore O&M Contract
High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Management, has been awarded a contract by energy company innogy, for operations and maintenance (O&M) management on the High Voltage Network at Rhyl Flats Wind Farm.
EDS was awarded the contract following a competitive tendering process with other major players in the sector.
Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm is located off the coast of North Wales. Operational since 2009, the wind farm comprises 25 turbines and has a maximum installed capacity of 90MW.
Running from 1st June 2017 the contract will see Rhyl Flats come under the remit of the EDS Control Centre, through which EDS will manage the HV network 24/7, and carry out planned maintenance as well as providing fault location services, and emergency repairs if necessary.
The company has proven capabilities in the offshore sector. The team are already responsible for managing High Voltage Networks for over 1GW of generation through the Control Centre and have a proven track record in providing a fast and efficient response in the event of a fault situation.
Mike Bradley, Production Manager at Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We were extremely impressed with EDS’s technical proposal which demonstrated an excellent understanding of our requirements and the company’s abilities in both planned and reactive maintenance. The agile and flexible nature of the organisation, as well as their breadth of services specific to the offshore market made EDS a very good choice.
“The proposal from EDS was also very cost competitive, contributing to our continuing strategy for reducing the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE).”
EDS has assigned a team of multi-skilled engineers to oversee the contract. The team will use EDS’s innovative HV Safety system ControlPoint that collects real time status information from the field, ensuring industry best practice in the delivery of High Voltage safety operations.
Ryan Calvert, Operations Director at EDS HV Group said: “Both the UK Government and the energy sector have put a very strong focus on reducing the cost of energy produced by offshore wind projects.
“Proactive maintenance based on effective condition monitoring of high voltage assets play an important role in optimising efficiency, reducing operational costs and managing the LCOE. Our goal is to maximise availability at lowest cost by minimising unscheduled maintenance, and carrying out planned maintenance as efficiently as possible.
“Our clear focus is on aligning our services to the customer’s operational goals. Our sector expertise, experienced team and technical resources have all contributed to our success in winning this contract and we look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the smooth running and efficiency of Rhyl Flats Wind Farm.”