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Investigate ways to recover hardware which has been dropped in an offshore wind farm.

Fallen Objects in Offshore Wind Farms

ScottishPower Renewables operates in offshore and onshore wind, including offshore farms off the coast of East Anglia.

During cable laying operations, a control panel (about the size of a domestic fridge and weighing 50 kgs) became dislodged from the hammer and dropped from the vessel which was in motion (travelling at 5 knots).

You should estimate the location of the object and research methods to recover it. You will be provided with a project programme to take into account other activities ongoing within the wind farm. You should consider multiple methods of recovering the object and provide the pros and cons for these methods of recovery. In this process, you should take into account health, safety and environmental factors as well as programme and cost implications. This information can be set out using a RAMS (Risk And Method Statement) template.


Key skills and interests

  • Offshore wind
  • Health, safety, and environment
  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Planning
  • Teamwork


Host company information

ScottishPower Renewables is part of the ScottishPower group of companies operating in the UK under the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. ScottishPower Renewables is at the forefront of the development of the renewables industry through pioneering ideas, forward thinking and outstanding innovation.  Its ambitious growth plans include expansion of its existing onshore wind portfolio, investment in new large scale solar deployment and innovative grid storage systems including batteries.

Address: 4 Hamilton Rd, Lowestoft NR32 1XF
Key contact: Matt Wooltorton

Visit the ScottishPower Renewables website for more information about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD CREST Award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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