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Case Study

Transitioning From Oil and Gas to Offshore Renewables

When fully operational the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind development. Situated in the Moray Firth some 13 km off the Caithness coast, Beatrice harnesses the power of 84 Siemens wind turbines creating 588 Megawatts of power, enough to supply electricity to 450,000 homes.

Global Energy Group’s Access & Coatings division were awarded a contract in May 2018 for inspection and remedial works scopes on the jacket foundations in support of Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), the main contractor responsible for the supply and installation of the foundations.  This scope involved deploying over 80 Global Wind Organisation (GWO) qualified, multi-disciplined personnel into the field via both CTV’s (Crew Transfer Vessel) and OSV’s (Offshore Support Vessel) with “Walk to Work” systems.

This was GEG’s first deployment into the offshore wind energy sector and necessitated a reskilling of experienced oil and gas personnel to meet the skills and competency requirements of the offshore wind industry. In order for Global to support SHL with this IRM scope it was necessary for GEG to invest in GWO (Global Wind Organisation) training for its technicians who already held all the relevant trade qualifications and transferable skills necessary to carry out the scope of work. Crew members had to complete a 6 ½ day course covering 5 modules (First Aid, Working at Height, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness and Sea Survival), specific to the offshore wind sector, in order to be qualified for the work. Training was provided at specialist training centres in Teesside and Aberdeen.

This was a great example of transferring skills achieved in Oil & Gas to fulfil the requirements of the growing Offshore Wind Industry. Following the training and working experience offshore Global’s personnel now have the appropriate training and certification to work safely and effectively across both energy sectors.

In addition to its work in offshore inspection and repair works on the foundations, Global Energy Group also provides the wind turbine staging port and associated logistics services for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy at its Nigg Energy Park deep-water facility on the Cromarty Firth.