INFORMATION SHARING AND OFFSHORE WIND: A NEW TREND FOR THE INDUSTRY?

The European offshore wind industry is growing and the collaboration between all involved parties is key for a successful business development.

The RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) has been encouraging information sharing by making datasets for FEED studies available, namely those of the Borssele wind farm (Dutch Continental Shelf). This has proven to be an innovative step towards data accessibility and collaboration in the North Sea sector, resulting in an all-time low in terms of price per kWH.

Having data available is indeed highly valuable, but often necessitates topic-specific knowledge in order to be used appropriately. Moreover, many public datasets are available online but are difficult to locate. These are of tremendous importance to complete the understanding of small concessions such as the Borssele site.

A well-chosen combination of data leads to faster analysis and better decision making for wind farm development. Using web-based platforms to visualise information, communication was never so easy. By adding as-built and inspection data, these Geo-viewers become an essential part of asset integrity management platforms. Highlighting potential zones of concern, in return, can result in cost-efficient, smarter risk-based survey approaches.

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