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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