SGS Supports Borkum West II Offshore Wind Farm with Project Certification

In May 2008, SGS began with Project Certification services for Borkum West II offshore wind farm. Project Certification offered by SGS enables wind farm owners to obtain necessary approvals and meet international and local standards.

To assure the quality of wind farm projects and to protect investments, an increasing number of owners, investors and insurance companies are looking for an independent certification and inspection company to verify that the wind farm can perform successfully throughout the intended lifecycle.

Due to the high number of wind farms currently under project development in the North and Baltic Sea, SGS is currently involved in Project Certificationfor eighteen German offshore wind farms, including the Borkum West II offshore wind farm.

In May 2008, SGS was assigned a contract to conduct Project Certification services for the Borkum West II offshore wind farm project which consists of two phases.

Phase I was a feasibility study within the development phase of the project. The SGS team was responsible for the verification of the design basis, preliminary ground investigation reports, geotechnical reports and the preliminary design document on the substructure.

During the Design Verification SGS experts evaluated data sources used for the design calculations and development of the project, including the environmental, wind and maritime conditions. Furthermore, the SGS team checked technical data relevant for the project, set up a hierarchy of the standards applied and gave general advice for further calculations.

In the final stage of Phase I, the SGS team verified all the documents including simplified calculations and plausibility checks of the data given. Upon submission and final check of the revised documentation, SGS prepared the respective Certification Report for Phase I which was subsequently submitted to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seefahrt und Hydrographie "BSH"). Phase I will be completed by the end of March 2010 with the first release by the BSH.

In December 2009, SGS began with the second phase of the project certification process. Phase II includes detailed calculations of the loads on the turbine and the support structure as well as inspections of electrical installations for the offshore substation. In order to verify the structural integrity, parallel calculations for the loads and structural design have to be performed. Moreover, submarine cables, met-mast, logistics and the decommissioning concept are all part of the verification process. Phase II will be completed by the end of this year with the second release by the BSH, which is a starting signal for the manufacturing and the offshore installation of the turbines.

Due to the excellent performance, SGS was asked to perform project supervision of the construction work, which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012. The main focus is set on the monitoring of production, transport, installation and commissioning. Moreover, SGS provides inspection and periodic monitoring during the operation of the wind farm.

About SGS Wind Energy Services

To assure the quality of wind farms, SGS Industrial Services works as an independent project surveyor carrying out a wide range of services for both onshore and offshore wind energy projects, including: Coating Inspection and Failure Analysis, Design Verification, Industrial Rope Access, Non-Destructive Testing, Project Finance Services, Risk Management, Supply Chain Services, Technical Due Diligence and Wind Farm Project Certification.

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

For more information please contact:

SGS Industrial Services
SGS Competence Centre Wind Energy

Daniel Hope
Global Business Development Manager Renewable Energy

t: +49 40 30101-538
f: +49 89 1250 4068-538

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