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Offshore Wind Farm Communication System

As China accelerates its investment in the offshore wind industry, SeaRoc Group has provided essential expertise on the development of reliable communications solutions for projects being built far from shore.

At the recent 3rd National Conference on Offshore Wind Engineering and Technology (NCOWET), SeaRoc Group Managing Director, Steve Pears presented to companies working in the sector to provide guidance on effective communication and tracking for far offshore construction projects.

The ability to communicate at all times with vessels and aircraft during an offshore wind project is a legislative requirement. The location, size and irregular shape of offshore wind farms present new challenges to the safe navigation and communication of shipping and emergency rescue.

“The construction of offshore wind farms brings significant logistical and management challenges. The development of offshore wind power has resulted in farms being constructed in deeper waters and further from shore, making the risks even greater.” Commented Steve Pears, Managing Director at SeaRoc Group.

“We’ve seen this with our own clients in Europe, for example Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One is located a 120km from shore and spans approximately 407 square kilometres – this make effective communication extremely difficult, particularly during construction when no existing infrastructure is in place. We have developed a solution that provides all communications and tracking in a single, portable package that can be remotely monitored from any location using our proprietary software, SeaPlanner.

We are taking our experience within Europe to support the markets in early stages of offshore wind commercialisation. The recent conference in China was a great chance to share our knowledge and we are looking forward to supporting the developing market across Asia."  

SeaRoc Group’s in-house built communications and tracking solution – SeaHub – has supports Ørsted’s UK offshore wind portfolio with the latest unit being installed on the Reactive Compensation Station at Hornsea Project One. The is the third to be deployed to the Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm, and the seventh in total to support Ørsted’s UK portfolio of projects, including Race Bank, Burbo Bank Extension and Walney Extension.