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Offshore Wind - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124104228, 9780124095946

Offshore Wind

2nd Edition

A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Offshore Wind Farm Installation

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Author: Kurt Thomsen
eBook ISBN: 9780124095946
Paperback ISBN: 9780124104228
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th July 2014
Page Count: 404
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Offshore Wind is the first-ever roadmap to successful offshore wind installation. It provides a ready reference for wind project managers, teaching them how to deal with complications on-site, as well as for financers, who can utilize the text as an easy guide to asking the pivotal questions of petitioning wind project developers. These developers' planning stages will be improved by the book's expert advice on how to avoid wasting money by scoping out and mitigating potential problems up-front. Wind turbine manufacturers will benefit from insights into design optimization to support cheaper installation and hauling, thereby incurring lower project costs, and helping developers establish a quicker route to profitability. The book sheds light not just on how to solve a particular installation difficulty, but delves into why the problem may best be solved in that way.

Key Features

  • Enables all stakeholders to realize cheaper, faster, and safer offshore wind projects
  • Explains the different approaches to executing on- and offshore projects, highlighting the
    economic impacts of the various financial and operational choices
  • Provides practical, proven advice on how tough challenges can be overcome,
    using real-life examples from the author’s experiences to illustrate key issues


Primary: Renewable Energy professionals working in the Wind Power industry, particularly, Project Developers and Managers, Financers, Wind Turbine Designers and Manufacturers
Secondary: Engineering students in 4-year and technical school programs studying to enter the “green jobs” sphere; Petroleum and Marine Engineers working on offshore projects

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors
  • Preface
    • Why Do You Need This Book?
    • Who Should Read This Book?
    • How Does the Author Feel about Wind Farms?
    • What Can You Get Out of This Book?
  • Chapter One: What Is an Offshore Wind Farm?
    • Monopile
    • Gravity Base
    • Tripod
    • Jacket
  • Chapter Two: Obtaining Permits for Wind Farms
    • The United States
    • The United Kingdom
    • Germany
  • Chapter Three: Project Planning
    • Project Strategy Outline
    • The Project Execution Plan
    • Start of Production
    • Tender and Contract Strategy
    • QA and QC Requirements
    • Human Resources for Installations
  • Chapter Four: The Basic Organization
    • Sales
    • Planning
    • QA and HSE
    • Project Management
    • Service Department
    • Technical Management
  • Chapter Five: Project Preparation
    • Define Project Parameters
    • Contracting Products and Services
    • Developing Project HSE Plans and Procedures
    • Developing QA/QC Plans and Procedures
    • Determining Methods and Required Equipment
    • Defining the BOP
    • Creating the Final Project Time Schedule
    • Implementing Plans and Procedures for Suppliers and Contractors
    • Preparing On- and Offshore Construction Sites
  • Chapter Six: Project Execution
    • Auditing
    • Project Startup Sequence
    • Monitoring the Activities
    • Project Management Setup
  • Chapter Seven: Interface Management
    • The Main Interfaces and Accompanying Responsibilities
    • Contracting to an EPC Contractor
    • The Economy
    • Interfaces and Handover Documents
  • Chapter Eight: Health, Safety, and Environmental Management
    • Why HSE Management is Important
    • The HSE Documentation Structure
    • The HSE and National Authorities
  • Chapter Nine: Work Vessel Coordination
    • Organization Setup and Functions
    • The Operations Center and the Work Carried Out
    • Organization of Surveillance
  • Chapter Ten: Logistics Solutions
  • Chapter Eleven: Commonly Used Installation Methods
    • Foundations
    • Tripod Foundations
    • Installing Foundations
    • Important Things to Consider
  • Chapter Twelve: Vessels and Transport to Offshore Installations
    • Types of Vessels
    • Tradeoffs When Choosing a Particular Vessel
    • Assessing Equipment
    • Basic Information about Ports
  • Chapter Thirteen: Operation and Maintenance
    • Introduction
    • Looking Back: What Have We Learned?
    • Moving to Offshore
    • Operations and Maintenance: The Support Facility
    • Balance of Plant and Subsea Requirements
    • Operations and Maintenance: Resources
    • Operations and Maintenance: The Future
  • Chapter Fourteen: Project Criteria
    • Offshore Access Systems
    • Waves
    • Wind
    • Currents
  • Chapter Fifteen: Transporting Wind Turbines
    • Types of Transport Vessels
    • Transfer Systems
  • Chapter Sixteen: Deployment Strategies
    • Shared Access to Offshore Equipment
    • Future Trends in the Service Vessel Industry
    • Crew Vessel Selection Criteria
    • Basic Information Relating to Crew Vessels
  • Chapter Seventeen: Repairing Offshore Wind Farms
    • How Does It Work?
  • Chapter Eighteen: Environmental and Other Issues
    • Protecting the Environment
    • Waste Management
    • Pollution Issues
    • The Working Environment
    • Piling Noise
    • Cofferdams
  • Conclusions About O&M Transport Systems
    • Vessels
    • Transfer Systems
    • Recommendations
  • Decommissioning of Wind Turbines
    • Permitting Phase Requirements
    • Arguments Often Presented
    • The Oil and Gas Perspective
    • Conclusion
  • Final Thoughts
  • Index


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About the Author

Kurt Thomsen

Kurt E. Thomsen is the Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Offshore Solutions ApS. The company is focused on supplying consultancy services to the offshore wind farm industry exclusively, with the primary focus on transport and logistical solutions, design, build and operation of offshore windfarm installation vessels. Current clients include Credit Suisse, Eon, DONG Energy, MTHøjgaard, Statoil Hydro, Energie Baden Wurttemberg, Gamesa and many other major stakeholders in the offshore wind industry. The services provided by the company include development and implementation of methods, rules and guidelines for offshore wind farm work, setup and execution of the installation process for offshore projects, validation of equipment and auditing of same, contract negotiations and implementation of same to projects as well as development of new installation methods and vessels for the abovementioned companies in order to execute their project portfolio.

Prior to establishing Advanced Offshore Solutions in 2006, Mr. Thomsen was Business Development Manager for the company A2SEA A/S, a company originally started by Kurt E. Thomsen himself in 2000. A2SEA A/S, is a privately held company specializing in delivering transport, logistical solutions as well as installation vessels for the offshore wind industry. The basis of the company is a patent for a semi jacking installation vessel, originally designed and patented by Kurt E. Thomsen. Before this, Mr. Thomsen was the owner and founder of Danish Crane consultants, a company specializing in solutions for the heavy lift industry on as well as offshore. He ran this company for 5 years before merging it into A2SEA A/S. Mr. Thomsen started his career in the shipyard of Frederica Denmark and worked for 15 years with docking and lifting assignments for the yard first as a crane operator since as a lifting supervisor.

Mr. Thomsen received his Bsc. in architecture and construction from the Via University in Horsens Denmark in 1990. He has a leadership diploma from Århus Business Academy, Bachelors degree in Strategic Management, Lean Master. He is a qualified crane operator, assessor and crane specialist (According to Danish HSE rules it requires specialist knowledge to validate the use of cranes and lifting equipment, this requires diplomas in engineering, nondestructive testing and a minimum requirement of 10 years of relevant experience).

Kurt E. Thomsen is based in Århus Denmark.

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Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Offshore Solutions ApS


"Intended as an essential reference, this book adopts the style of an in-depth technical seminar, discussing the major milestones of an offshore wind project, highlighting planning considerations, providing guidelines for anticipating potential difficulties, and sharing expert advice on solving challenges in the most efficient and safe way possible. The intention of the book is to create a robust basis for understanding the offshore wind farm industry. The author expresses the hope that, after having read the book, the reader will have an in-depth understanding of the offshore wind farm industry. The book is intended to help the reader make informed decisions on how to map out the main planning and execution route for an offshore wind farm project." --Mechanical Engineering Magazine, June 2012

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