DONG-Siemens Collaboration a Model for Long-Term, Sustainable Supply Chain Partnerships

The DONG-Siemens offshore wind collaboration, a long-term relationship that began in 1991 and has involved over 930 turbines used across more than 13 windfarm projects, is a model of sustainable and long-term supply chain organization for strategic partnerships in offshore wind. The way the relationship has played out  leverages economies of scale of the WTG, […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power Locks in High Cost Structure at Neart Na Gaoithe Windfarm

In contrast to other windfarm owners and developers that have established supply chains that achieve economies of scale through standardization, and replication of proven, reliable, and cost-efficient technologies and processes, Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has locked in a high-cost supply chain for its Neart Na Gaoithe windfarm. This could explain why the Department of Energy and […]

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Standardization: How RWE Innogy is Minimizing the Supply Chain Cost of a Multi-Project Windfarm (Nordsea 1,2, and 3)

Innogy’s Nordsea windfarm program is a model for supply chain leverage. The program is being constructed in three independent projects (Nordsea 1, Nordsea 2, and Nordsea 3). Each of the three was consented and will be constructed separately. This diversifies financial, legal, and regulatory risks. However, from a procurement and operational point of view, the projects are […]

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What Size and Number of Offshore Wind Turbines Should RWE Use to be the Most Cost-Efficient for its Targeted MW Output at Triton Knoll?

What size and number of wind turbine generators (WTGs) should RWE choose to produce the targeted power output from its Triton Knoll and other windfarms? Using small turbines (3.6’s) can minimize upfront per-unit costs (in significant part by leveraging economies of scale for ordering many units at once) and produce reliable and predictable operating and […]

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Offshore Project Time and Cost Compression: Observations from Topsides Conference

Last week’s Topsides conference in Galveston fostered discussion on a wide range of valuable “project supply chain” optimization ideas and case studies. Some observations from my supply chain perspective: It is refreshing to see that the number and value of standardization initiatives is gaining ground. Modular design of vessels, platforms, and production systems is significantly […]

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European Wind Power Projects Can Deliver Positive ‘Return on CapEx’ Through Forward-Looking Supply Chain Planning

The upcoming Wind Developer Congress this week in Berlin should be interesting. I’m hoping that it will help owners, developers, OEMs, and lenders to develop procurement strategies that assure availability of long lead time equipment and services, while improving their assessment of financial and operational risks, such as regulatory hurdles and uncertainty of future lead times for wind turbines, installation services, and electrical equipment. In […]

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