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SeaEnergy and RGU to improve offshore wind lifecycle costs

Aberdeen, UK-based energy services group SeaEnergy plc and Robert Gordon University (RGU) have launched a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to improve the life cycle cost of operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies in offshore windfarms.

This KTP is supported by the Technology Strategy Board and aims to drive down cost in offshore wind.

Current UK energy plans are to deploy more than 40,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in UK waters, with similar amounts planned for elsewhere in Europe.  Each windfarm and operator will have to determine the optimal O&M strategy for its fleet of windfarms.  The total cost of O&M for the UK windfarm fleet could amount to £50 billion over the 20-25 year project life and the selection of the optimal strategy will be critical to the projects’ economic performance.

 RGU and SeaEnergy will be working together with a KTP Associate who will be recruited in the near future.

“SeaEnergy is delighted to begin working in partnership with RGU to develop this innovative O&M model which will lead the way on cost reduction for the offshore wind industry,” said John Aldersey-Williams, CEO of SeaEnergy.

“This RGU-SeaEnergy partnership is an outstanding opportunity to play an integral part in spurring innovation and driving down costs for the offshore wind industry in the UK,  said Sean Huff, from RGU’s Aberdeen Business School. “We’re looking forward to applying RGU’s exceptionally diverse resources on this project.”

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