Integrated O&M Services Reducing complexity and interfaces
A wealth of experience 170 years in marine, 25 years in renewables
Driving efficiency Through seamless co-ordination

Operations & Maintenance

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier provides clients with the resources, marine spread and expertise for efficient scheduled and unscheduled operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the offshore wind market.

We are leading an alliance of Fred. Olsen related companies to deliver O&M services as a fully integrated solution provider.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Global Wind ServiceNatural Power and ZephIR Lidar together offer a complete solution, bringing the full range of our services through a single contract.

As well as our fleet of purpose built vessels, the related companies employ over 1200 people in the offshore wind industry, including over 600 experienced wind turbine technicians, more than 300 renewable consultants and a strong team of engineers and project managers.

Together we:

  • provide a complete range of O&M services through a single contracting body.
  • reduce operational risks, management interfaces and contractual complexity by taking the full responsibility and offering tailor made O&M services at lump sum prices.
  • achieve the highest levels of health and safety with integrated HSE policies, documentation packages and work instructions.
  • have more than 25 years of experience working in the renewables market, combined with 170 years of commercial shipping experience.

Learn more about the different O&M services offered by the Fred. Olsen related companies:

Select a service to view:

Inspections
Inspections

We have developed extensive knowledge and experience of inspecting a wide range of turbine types having conducted over 2000 inspections and condition assessment projects across the globe. All works are conducted under strict health and safety guidelines, ensuring a safe working environment on all inspection sites.

Our highly qualified and experienced team perform the following inspections:

  • End of Warranty
  • Drivetrain Endoscopy
  • Portable vibration analysis
  • Periodic health assessments
  • Internal and external blade inspections
  • Manufacturing QA/QC compliance
  • Storage and delivery inspections
  • Turbine assembly monitoring
  • Snagging and commissioning

 

Crew can be delivered to site via our Bayard class crew transfer vessels.

We also provide integrated inspections services; offering topside, subsea and splash zone inspections through offshorewindspect.com

CountryTurbine typeScope of workJack-up VesselCTVManpower
DK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
IR<5 MWExchange of main components
UK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWExchange of main components
UK<5 MWExchange of main components
NL<5 MWRolling Blade Exchange
GER>5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWExchange of main components
GER<5 MWExchange of main components
GER>5 MWExchange of main components, blade repair
GER>5 MWExchange of main components
UK>5 MWExchange of main components
GER>5 MWExchange of main components
GER<5 MWExchange of main components
UK>5 MWExchange of main components
CountryTurbine typeScope of workJack-up VesselCTVManpower
DK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
IR<5 MWExchange of main components
UK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWExchange of main components
UK<5 MWExchange of main components
NL<5 MWRolling Blade Exchange
GER>5 MWService & Maintenance, exchange of main components
UK<5 MWExchange of main components
GER<5 MWExchange of main components
GER>5 MWExchange of main components, blade repair
GER>5 MWExchange of main components
UK>5 MWExchange of main components
GER>5 MWExchange of main components
GER<5 MWExchange of main components
UK>5 MWExchange of main components
Major Component Exchange
Major Component Exchange

Our unique combination of world-class marine spread, expertise and experience mean that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier can deliver complete large component exchange solutions for our clients.

We have an impressive track record exchanging the following components: gearbox, generator, main bearing, blade bearings, single blades, rotor star, transformer and nacelle.

Our capabilities include:

  • Grillage / sea fastening design, engineering and fabrication
  • Quayside component handling – load in and load out
  • Offshore transportation and logistics
  • Heavy lifting operations and component removal and installation
  • Component inspection and repair (for rolling blade exchange)
  • Supply of experienced technical teams
  • Accommodation for component exchange teams
  • Crew transfer operations – CTV and/or helicopter
  • Jack-up support vessels
  • Complete HSE management
  • Full project management including vessel, site and weather analysis
Integrated service campaigns
Integrated service campaigns

Wind turbine service and repair is a key area of expertise and our track record in this area is extensive. We offer services from a single technician to complete service teams co-ordinated with full project and site management and multi-scope solutions – including vessel provision and tool setup. We have experience with of all the major European turbine models, covering all scheduled maintenance and unscheduled services.

Scheduled maintenance

  • First maintenance (500 hour)
  • Annual service
  • Bolt torque and tension
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Oil and grease replacement
  • Electrical systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Statutory testing of turbine mounted safety equipment
  • Statutory testing on hoisting equipment and lifts
  • Tower inspection and repair
  • Blade inspection and repair

 

Unscheduled services

  • Component retrofit campaign
  • Main component exchange – included but not limited to: drivetrain, gearboxes, generators (mechanical), hub and hub bearing covers, main bearings, shafts and yaw gearbox
  • Blade inspection and repair
  • Lighting protection systems; inspections and repair
  • Boat landing cleaning
  • Paint repairs
Blade Repair
Blade Repair

We offer a range of industry-leading blade inspection and repair techniques – we are competent at working with all major blade types following turbine manufacturers’ specifications. Our technicians are highly trained and have experience in using all methods of accessing blades to undertake repairs – rope access, blade platform and Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWPs).

In addition to general and end of warranty blade inspections, we offer a range of blade repair services, which include:

  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT)
  • ROAV inspection
  • Composite repair works

Rolling blade repair

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier are experienced at repairing blades on the deck of our jack-up vessels in a continuous process from turbine to turbine. This highly efficient approach minimises down time and ensures the best quality repair.

Our specialist jack-ups Brave Tern and Bold Tern have 800t cranes, and spacious decks (3,200m2) allowing maximum flexibility – ideal for this type of campaign.

HV Management and Repair
HV Management and Repair

We are uniquely qualified to offer servicing and commissioning of the HV, MV and LV equipment for offshore wind farms. Our technicians have broad experience of HV installation and management of offshore assets.

Our services include:

  • Inspection of switchgear and transformers
  • Installation of MV and HV switchgear 10 – 66 kV: Ormazabal, Siemens, ABB, Alstom
  • Test of control signals to and from: switchgear, transformers, smoke detectors,
    temperature, pressure, oil level, SF6 gas
  • Installation, termination, testing and replacement of LV, MV and HV cables.

Furthermore, our site management teams can also offer the following:

  • Provision of safety rules
  • Control room services
    • National Grid primary point of contact
    • Monitoring of the transmission system
      and responding to alarms and events
    • Responding to direction from National
      Grid
    • Notifying National Grid of service reductions
  • Field Services (24/7 standby engineer)
    • First response to alarms and events
    • Emergency response
  • SAP support (onshore and offshore)
Advanced Performance Engineering
Advanced Performance Engineering

Our team of analysts and engineers have combined their experience and exposure to the realities of wind farm operations to provide a flexible suite of services to fit with a range of client needs.

More information coming soon

Marine Co-ordination and Logistics
Marine Co-ordination and Logistics

Effective site and remote management of our clients’ offshore assets forms a major part of our O&M offering. We act on behalf of our clients to ensure that wind farms are maintained and operated in line with relevant legislation, guidelines and best practise  and that issues affecting production are rapidly resolved.

More information coming soon.

Decommissioning and Repowering
Decommissioning and Repowering

As the earliest wind farms reach the end of their lifetime, we are perfectly positioned to offer a range of services to decommission assets.

More information coming soon

Contact

Our operations and maintenance offering provides a single point of contact, through a dedicated programme project manager.

The companies working with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier representing the integrated O&M services are:

Global Wind Service (GWS) is one of the largest companies in Europe offering manpower, and installation and servicing of wind turbines around the world, employing over 600 technicians. With a proven track record of working with all European turbine manufacturers, and extensive experience installing, servicing and maintaining most wind turbine types, they have a competitive edge that is unrivalled in market.

With over 21 years’ experience in the renewables industry, Natural Power has developed a unique lifecycle approach to project management and advisory services. Employing over 340 people, its multi-disciplinary team of engineers, environmental experts and project managers, ensures a co-ordinated approach to offshore projects where shared knowledge can help mitigate and reduce costs.

ZephIR Lidar are the originators of lidar for the wind industry, with over a decade’s experience and over 1000 on- and offshore lidar deployments in more than 50 countries. It delivers bankable wind data during the life of wind farms. Using vertical and horizontal scanning, they are able to measure wind characteristics remotely, accurately and more cost efficiently than traditional met masts.