The Offshore Wind O&M Partnership (OWOP), an alliance between RES, GEV Wind Power, Outreach Offshore and Rix Renewables, welcomes Rovco, a leading UK-based provider of technology-powered offshore wind solutions, to complement its package of quality, long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services to offshore wind asset owners internationally.

As a leader in the creation and deployment of advanced technologies for offshore wind services, specialising in subsea services, Rovco was a natural candidate to join OWOP to further enhance its capabilities as a Tier 1 contractor for offshore wind asset owners. Through automated hydrographic survey and remote operating vehicle (ROV) operations, Rovco’s highly technical offering includes operations and maintenance services, construction support and marine site characterisation.

Based in the UK, OWOP was formally launched in late January 2024. Together, the alliance brings a coordinated and agile approach to delivering safe and high-quality O&M services, reducing the complexity and resource intensity associated with subcontracting. Through a single contract, offshore wind asset owners have access to all typical turbine, blade, substation, and balance of plant operations and maintenance services as well as workboats, advanced digital tools, and now, with Rovco, comprehensive subsea O&M capabilities. The Partnership also offers RES’ world-class centralised wind O&M coordination capabilities to minimise shutdowns and maximise asset performance.

Speaking on behalf of OWOP, Simon Deacon, Operations and Maintenance Director for RES, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rovco to the alliance. The founding principle of OWOP has always been to ease the operational headache wind asset owners often face when organising O&M services. Since the Partnership formally launched at the beginning of the year, we have been exploring the possibility of including subsea inspection services within our offer. As the undisputed international market leader in subsea inspection, we could not find a better partner than Rovco.”

“Equally, we are thrilled to be partnering with a company of this calibre who not only recognises the market opportunity in front of us but has joined us in our endeavour to create a professionalised package of quality, long-term O&M services for offshore wind asset owners.”

Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “At Rovco, we’re committed to transforming the offshore wind sector through advanced technology and AI-driven solutions. OWOP’s objective to ease the operational and logistical burden faced by wind asset owners aligns with our mission to provide customers with unparalleled data quality, accelerated project timelines, and cost-effective services. We are very pleased to be joining the Offshore Wind O&M Partnership to strengthen our offering for our current and future customers”.

Along with offering a ‘one stop shop’ for O&M services and overall asset and contractor management capabilities, the Offshore Wind O&M Partnership also offers a tailored menu of services depending on the needs of customers.

Deacon explains: “For example, an asset owner could package together two, three or four of the services offered by OWOP into a single contract to reduce the number of asset interventions. Or the Partnership could provide a standalone campaign combined with provision of vessels to minimise disruption to day-to-day operations. OWOP can deliver any such combination of services according to customer requirements.”

 

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To find out more about the Offshore Wind O&M Partnership and how it can support offshore wind assets’ O&M requirements visit www.owop.com

 

About RES

RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, working across 24 countries and active in wind, solar, energy storage, biomass, hydro, green hydrogen, transmission, and distribution.  An industry innovator for over 40 years, RES has delivered more than 26 GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and plans to bring more than 22 GW of new capacity online in the next five years. As a service provider, RES has the skills and experience in asset management, operations and maintenance (O&M), and spare parts – supporting 41GW of renewable assets across 1,300 sites.  RES brings to the market a range of purposeful, practical technology-based products and digital solutions designed to maximise investment and deployment of renewable energy.  RES is the power behind a clean energy future where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy bringing together global experience, passion, and the innovation of its 4,500 people to transform the way energy is generated, stored and supplied.

Visit: www.res-group.com

 

About Rovco

Founded in 2016, Rovco is a high-tech offshore wind business helping to bring renewable energy to the forefront of the energy mix. The same capability is used to fulfil the world’s drive to clean up and decommission older infrastructure. The company focuses on the development and use of novel perception, data, and autonomy technology to bring the offshore industry into the twenty-first century, helping to further the growth of renewable energy in the marine space.

For more information, visit www.rovco.com

Rovco will make the following additional O&M services available via the Offshore Wind O&M Partnership:

 

  • Scour assessment
  • Anode deletion assessment
  • Marine growth type and qty
  • Weld inspection
  • Flooded member detection
  • Debris removal
  • Cable protection system assessment and change detection
  • Cable protection system remediation/stabilisation
  • Cable (Array and Export) depth of burial
  • Seabed mobility assessment
  • Benthic studies
  • Jack up ALARP surveys (assist in ensuring the area on the seabed is safe to deploy the spud cans prior to blade/gearbox repairs)
  • UXO identification and clearance

 

About GEV Wind Power

GEV Wind Power, headquartered in the UK, is a market leader in the provision of wind turbine rotor blade maintenance for the wind energy sector. Executing over 200 wind projects annually across four continents, GEV Wind Power delivers onshore and offshore scopes from its global operational bases in the UK, USA, Europe and, Australia.

Visit www.gevwindpower.com

 

About Outreach Offshore

Outreach Offshore has over 40 years’ experience supplying, maintaining, and repairing cranes across multiple offshore wind projects. The company, which is also the UK’s Palfinger dealer for crane supply and parts, also designs and builds specialist umbilical winches for the ROV market.

Visit www.outreachoffshore.co.uk

 

About Rix Renewables

Rix Renewables provides managed services for the offshore and onshore Wind Farm industry, supplying skilled technicians, engineers, and crew transfer vessels. With a rich 140-year history in shipping, Rix have maintained their own fleet of crew transfer vessels with bases in Grimsby, England and Montrose, Scotland, and has deep expertise in chartering larger vessels where required for specific offshore wind maintenance campaigns.

Visit www.rixrenewables.co.uk