Wind Turbine Operations & Maintenance
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult | Published July 17, 2015 - Deadline August 17, 2015
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This notice for the provision of an Operations and Maintenance Service for a wind turbine and adjacent met mast (the “Service”) has been issued by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (“ORE Catapult”) as a competitive procurement exercise in accordance with the "Competitive Procedure with Negotiation" for tendering under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended from time to time).
Catapults are centres of excellence that bridge the gap between business, academia, research and government. They are a powerful new element in the UK economy, helping businesses develop relevant and exciting ideas in receptive and invigorating environments. By promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange, many progressive businesses and organisations will be able to build new partnerships with reduced risks. Companies in a wide range of markets will see the Catapults as an invaluable resource to develop their businesses.
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
ORE Catapult (https://ore.catapult.org.uk) is the UK's flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. Headquartered in Glasgow, it has world-leading test and demonstration facilities in Blyth, Northumberland. The senior management team is split between Glasgow and Blyth, with extensive technical expertise and knowledge at both locations.
ORE Catapult’s vision is ‘abundant, affordable energy from offshore wind, wave and tide’ and is an independent, not-for-profit business that exists to accelerate the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies.
Our team of over 120 people has extensive technical and research capabilities, industry experience and track record.
Through world-class testing and research programmes, we work for industry, academia and government to improve technology reliability and enhance knowledge, directly impacting upon the cost of offshore renewable energy.
Specifically, the ORE Catapult looks to:
a. Accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy technology innovation, helping to attract overseas investment and to realise the enormous opportunity presented by the UK’s offshore renewable energy resources.
b. Provide market access for SMEs and new technologies whilst driving greater efficiency to create sustainable offshore wind, wave and tidal industries delivering affordable, renewable energy.
c. Establish a centre of deep technical expertise to lead research, innovation, commercialisation and test and demonstration.
The turbine is a standalone single former Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) large 7MW offshore turbine prototype installed approximately 50m from shore in the Scottish Enterprise owned Fife Energy Park connected to the Scottish Power electricity network at 11kV.
We are seeking suppliers who can be proactive and recognise a potential serial problem, investigate the issue, come up with a solution, and communicate with ORE Catapult throughout the whole process. You must be an organisation who is good at troubleshooting, who can identify problems that will help keep maintenance costs down and availability up.
The turbine wind resource is significantly constrained by the land-form and estuarine location and there are a number of constraints on the turbine operations due to (i) low angle sun shadow flicker; (ii) airborne noise immediately adjacent to neighbours (500m distance).
Whilst being a prototype, the turbine has been constructed using mainly commercial off the shelf hardware and SHI is providing ORE Catapult the full intellectual property package to operate and modify the turbine including its software, and all Operations and Maintenance manuals.
Suppliers are to note that ORE Catapult intend to use the wind turbine / met mast site primarily for research and development (R&D) activity. Suppliers are to note that R&D activity is essential and cannot frustrate the terms of the Contract and that any T&C’s must reflect tha