Lessons Learned from First US Offshore Wind Farm: Design, Manufacturing and Construction
ABS Group Power and Global Renewable Energy
All stakeholders have an interest in building on the experience of existing projects to reduce investment cost, streamline the project development process and build high performing projects. From 2014 through 2016, ABS Group served as the Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Block Island project, the first commercial offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. In this role, we provided an independent third-party assessment of the design, fabrication and installation of the wind farm on behalf of the client.
From this experience, we have presented a variety of technical and process challenges and solutions to further the knowledge and capability of the U.S. offshore wind industry, including:
- How to avoid delays and rework in the design phase – get it right the first time
- How to decide where to focus quality control efforts during a fast paced global manufacturing phase – identify and concentrate on the high risk areas
- How to work together to execute a safe installation – understand and reduce interface risks
Presented at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER 2016 conference, this technical paper outlines the lessons learned during our work as CVA for the Block Island Wind Farm. Join us at the AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 Conference, Oct. 24-25, in New York, NY, to discuss offshore wind project risk services.