Challenges on the Road to Standards for Site Assessments of Offshore Wind Farm Jack-ups
Date & Time
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

With twenty years of experience and increasing activity in offshore wind, forty industry stakeholders are collaborating in a Joint Industry Program (JIP) on site assessments of offshore wind farm (OWF) jack-ups. This program, the J-REG JIP, is being administered by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is timely given the growing number and size of wind turbines being installed worldwide and with jack-ups the key building block to their successful installation and maintenance. The oil and gas (O&G) industry operates an extensive fleet of jack-up mobile offshore units (MOUs) with technologies and skills developed since the first such structures emerged in the 1950s. Many features of these units have been successfully transferred to OWF jack-ups. The goal is now to drastically scale up renewable energies like offshore wind requiring aspects unique to OWF jack-ups to be addressed with this dedicated JIP effort. This presentation will highlight the unique aspects of OWF jack-ups, such as use of 4-legged jack-ups, frequent moves to new locations, and crane operations with heavy lifts. The JIP has brought together industry sectors including offshore wind energy developers, owners/contractors, designers, classification societies, marine warranty surveyors, turbine manufacturers, universities, consultants, and regulatory bodies. The industry collaboration has identified gaps that require alternatives or additions to comparable O&G standards, alignment of current practices, and documentation of guidelines as an initial step toward industry standards.

Location Name
Hall A