Swedish power company Vattenfall has selected SeaRoc’s SeaPlanner system as its marine coordination and management tool for the Kentish Flats Extension offshore wind farm in the UK.
SeaPlanner is a web-based marine monitoring and management system which is equipped with features such as vessel tracking, certification management and document management.
Vattenfall will also use the system’s new ‘Induction Manager’ module which is expected to bring down the administration time for inductions. It ensures that the process and its certifications are concluded before they arrive on the site.
Kentish Flats Extension marine coordinator Toby Rayner said: "The SeaPlanner software will limit the amount of vessel downtime by ensuring personnel are ready to go the moment they arrive onsite.
"It was important to us that inductions could be carried out on a pc or mobile device making it accessible to all, especially when working within the offshore sector where desk-based PC access is limited."
The system is presently being used at the energy firm’s 90MW Kentish Flats offshore wind project, which is situated away from the coast of Kent, UK. The new system implementation will extend the installed capacity of the farm by a further 49.5MW.
The existing project has been operational since September 2005. It received permissions for the extension in February 2013, the main offshore construction works for which is expected to start in mid-2015.
Vestas will supply, install, and commission the turbines for the extension project, as well as offering operation and maintenance services for five years.
Generating around 150,000GWh of electricity annually, the farm will be able to power up to 35,000 UK households.
Image: SeaPlanner system is already in use at Vattenfall’s 90MW Kentish Flats wind farm, located off the coast of Kent, England. Photo: Courtesy of SeaRoc Group. .