ABS Group Named Preferred Supplier for the Project Certification by Navitus Bay Development LTD.
(Houston) ABS Group Ltd. (ABS Group), a leading provider of project certification and quality assurance services for offshore wind assets, has been named as the 'Preferred Supplier' for a multi-year project certification contract by Navitus Bay Development Ltd. for the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park project in the United Kingdom (U.K.).
Located off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts of England and west of the Isle of Wight, the offshore wind park could help generate up to £1.6 billion of economic benefit to the local area and provide low carbon electricity for around 700,000 U.K. households.
The contract will involve certification of the key structural components of the project with an option for full project certification to confirm that the project achieves compliance with design and installation specifications, codes and standards. ABS Group’s scope of work includes design certification, verification of the coupled load analysis and potentially manufacturing inspections, transportation and installation surveillance, monitoring of commissioning activities and in-service inspections.
Work will commence immediately to support Navitus Bay Development Ltd. with a conceptual design verification and related activities in advance of final consent approval and financial closing. The main scope of work is expected to commence in 2016 and continue through the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning phases through 2020.
Navitus Bay Development Ltd. commented, "We are pleased to appoint ABS Group as our preferred certification body at this early stage of the project. By starting our cooperation from the design phase Navitus Bay will be well positioned to take advantage of the full range of innovative technologies available."
"Project certification adds significant value to offshore wind projects by confirming quality and lowering risk and we are pleased to have earned Navitus Bay Development's confidence as their certification body for this important project," said Thomas Adams, Vice President of Power Business Development for ABS Group. "We look forward to assisting Navitus Bay Development through the final development, approval, installation, and operational phases of the project."
About ABS Group
ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (www.abs-group.com), through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (www.eagle.org), a leading marine and offshore classification society.