ABS Group Assesses Offshore Wind Safety Procedures for BSEE
Read how ABS Group identified and prioritized offshore wind farm inspection procedures based on current domestic and international regulations and practices.
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will be exercising authority granted to it by the Secretary of the Interior to ensure operations of offshore wind farms are conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner similar to offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production operations. BSEE needed to understand the elements and activities related to wind energy resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to ensure safe and prudent development of OCS wind energy resources on a caliber similar to OCS mineral resources.
ABS Group's Government team was selected to lead a safety and risk assessment to (1) evaluate offshore wind safety procedures and examine all existing state, national and international regulations and standards related to offshore wind farms and wind turbine inspections; (2) examine major safety and environmental concerns for offshore wind farm operations; and (3) identify critical structures and components for wind inspection procedures. This comprehensive assessment provided BSEE with valuable information to aid the development of U.S. regulations and inspection procedures for offshore wind energy installations.
- Identify risks for emergent scenario
- Need to ensure safety of industry and government workers during offshore wind activities
- Need to understand all existing state, national and international regulations and standards related to offshore wind farms and turbine inspection procedures
Examine all existing state, national and international regulations and standards related to offshore and onshore wind farms and wind turbine inspections
Examine major safety and environmental concerns for offshore wind farm operations
Identify critical structures and components related to the inspection of offshore wind turbines
Identify risk management approaches to offshore wind farm regulation and inspection
Guidance for Offshore Wind Energy Regulations and Standards
From this safety and risk assessment, the agency gained detailed guidance on best practices, emerging technologies and activities that would help mitigate risks related to an emergent scenario.
Our Government team connected many of the activities that will become part of BSEE's offshore wind energy procedures with existing inspection and training standards from current installations around the world. Because we identified and analyzed these previously tested measures, BSEE will be able to incorporate new offshore wind regulation and inspection procedures in the U.S. with increased confidence.