Offshore wind developer Formosa I offshore wind farm (FOWI) installed Dropsafe Net dropped object prevention system.
Dropsafe is a leading provider of DO prevention solutions.
20 Siemens Gamesa turbines at the Formosa I offshore wind farm were equipped with the system.
Six operational turbines at Formosa I near Miaoli, Taiwan, have already been equipped with the Dropsafe Net system. The remaining 14 turbines were installed between June and August.
The 130MW project demonstrates growth in Taiwanese offshore wind market. In this sector, it is crucial to ensure health and safety regulations are followed.
Reducing known and established risks in the early stages of project development and preparing for new risks that may arise from extreme weather events will enable the emerging Taiwanese offshore wind industry to manage costs and liabilities.
In European offshore wind and oil and gas markets, DOs are an ever-present increasing threat to safe and cost-effective project development and operations in offshore wind.
DOs include materials carried by personnel, lifted or carried from support vessels or fixtures fitted to the wind turbine such as lights, ventilation louvres or falling hatches.
Failure to reduce DO risks presents a clear threat to the safety of personnel, the integrity of equipment, financial performance and the reputation of offshore wind farms and their high-profile stakeholders.
Due to the construction, design and installation requirements specific to the region, the increased potential of DOs was identified during the design risk assessment. FOWI contracted Dropsafe to develop a custom system that would reduce these risks.
Near the coast of Taiwan typhoons and storms are common. For this reason, there is a heightened risk of fixtures and fittings becoming loose and posing a threat to on-site technicians. Installing DO prevention systems ensures ‘typhoon-proofing’ of the project infrastructure.
FOWI has taken an industry-leading approach in the adoption of DO prevention technology, setting a new safety benchmark not only for the Taiwanese market but also for the global offshore wind sector.
The Dropsafe Net is a stainless-steel mesh net, engineered to securely enclose and tether overhead fixtures, reducing the risk of them falling and threatening the safety of personnel.
It is an application-specific solution for a wide range of fixture types, enabling wind energy companies to confidently improve workplace safety and minimise risks to operational integrity.
Made of SUS 316 Japanese stainless-steel, the Dropsafe Net has been installed between the external landing platform and the tower of the Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines at Formosa I farm.
This enables FOWI to reduce the risk of DOs falling from the landing platform into the sea.
Dropsafe Commercial Director Mike Rice said: “With this market-first installation, Formosa offshore wind is rising to the challenge of preventing dropped object incidents and acting as an industry safety pioneer.
“While there is a particular emphasis on Taiwanese projects to be ‘typhoon-proof’, there are lessons to be learnt by the global offshore wind sector in terms of the approach to tackling a major safety risk.”
FOWI FDN Installation manager Paul Hammond said: “Installing dropped object prevention technology at Formosa I allows us to take a best practice approach and set the bar high for health and safety on our own projects, as well as for the wider Taiwanese industry.
“Dropsafe’s team worked closely with FOWI and our suppliers on the bespoke design of the Net system and offered valuable support in training our technicians on-site for the installation process.
“I am very satisfied with the results and would recommend other industry partners to consider and speak with Dropsafe when they see a risk of dropped objects on their projects.”
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