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Making offshore wind farms safer

04 December 2008

Due to the rapid wind farm developments, DNV together with industry partners and authorities is now developing a safety standard, providing safety requirements for transformer and accommodation platforms.
As the size and remoteness of offshore wind farms continues to increase, both transformer and accommodation platforms are becoming an essential part of any new development. The introduction of these platforms to the wind industry requires a common safety standard.

Making offshore wind farms safer
Making offshore wind farms safer

The existing offshore standards for safety equipment, provisions, layout, and safety requirements relating to design are currently based on offshore oil and gas installations. But given that wind farms do not produce hydrocarbons, the associated risks are different. The rules for oil and gas installations may therefore not apply to or be cost effective for an offshore wind farm.

“At present turbines and transformer platforms are only manned during maintenance and inspection activities. However, some new developments propose having permanently manned accommodation platforms. So there is a need to understand and manage the associated risks for people working in offshore wind farms. DNV will address these risks in a new standard,” said Tove Feld, project responsible.

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