New Renewable Energy Alliance Aims to Provide Supply Chain and Profitability
Offshore energy providers Aker Solutions ASA, DeepOcean Norway AS and Solstad Offshore ASA have created Windstaller Alliance. The new partnership aims to provide cost-effective and comprehensive marine products, manufacturing and services within the offshore wind industry and other offshore renewables.
Windstaller Alliance will combine the capabilities and expertise of the companies to offer product deliveries, manufacturing services, marine and subsea operations and associated engineering services to renewable energy developers and operators.
“The current offshore renewable energy market supply chain is highly fragmented and, in our opinion, sub-optimal in terms of efficiency, cost, risk and environmental footprint. Windstaller Alliance is able to take an integrated approach where appropriate, while unlocking value for operators and suppliers, while reducing the total carbon footprint of offshore renewable energy projects, ”said Guro Høyaas Løken , director of Windstaller Alliance.
The alliance aims to reduce the number of supplier interfaces, thereby reducing the technical and commercial risks of projects and execution time through the integration of services, project management and the use of maritime assets.
Aker Solutions and DeepOcean will provide engineering and project management capabilities related to marine products, manufacturing and services. Aker Solutions has more than 15,000 employees and expertise in the complex fabrication of sub-structures for wind turbines, including four state-of-the-art job sites and a wide range of products in subsea and surface equipment. DeepOcean adds experience in offshore renewables including trenchers and cable repair spreads. It provides the alliance with specialized subsea installation and service solutions thanks to 900 employees and more than 50 ROVs (remote controlled vehicles). Solstad Offshore, which has supported the installation, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms since 2009, has more than 3,600 employees and a fleet of 90 vessels.
Alliance members will jointly identify market opportunities and agree on the prospects and solutions to pursue on a case-by-case basis. The scope of execution and the model of cooperation on a specific project will be defined according to the client’s preferences and market conditions.
In the preparatory phase of marine operations for offshore renewable energy projects, Windstaller will provide engineering services and underwater survey, inspection and site preparation services. It can also provide deliveries of products such as subsea technology as well as the fabrication of sub-structures supporting wind turbines, and site services such as logistics, site management and crane operations. In the installation phase, it can provide trenching and inter-network cable laying services and perform towing, mooring, connection and commissioning operations. During the operational phase, the alliance will provide field inspection, maintenance and repair services; commissioning, service and operating vessels; and maintenance, modification and operational support of offshore structures.
Windstaller is also committed to achieving a zero emissions target. Aker Solutions, DeepOcean and Solstad Offshore have all announced emission reduction targets of 45-50% by 2030.
A third of DeepOcean’s fleet is expected to run on hybrid power by 2022, and the company is considering a pilot upgrade to hydrogen fuel cells. Solstad Offshore’s fleet currently consists of 15 battery-powered or docked vessels, and the company plans to upgrade 30% of its 90-vessel fleet to hybrid solutions by 2025. Aker Solutions aims to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030.
Windstaller will be an unincorporated alliance with no assets, no co-ownership or liability for vessels or other assets, except for specifically agreed projects.