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PROTECTIVE COATINGS


FEATURE SPONSOR


A NEW OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE STRATEGY FOR COATINGS


The cost of operations and maintenance in the offshore wind industry is well known. This is particularly acute with protective coatings where small areas of damage can cause serious issues if unchecked. It’s estimated that a coating system can cost €15-25 per m² at fabrication, rising to 5-10 times that amount for onshore repair, rising to 40-60 times the fabrication cost for repairs offshore.


Predominantly due to multiple lifts and laydowns it is almost impossible to ensure that there is no damage to protective coatings through the fabrication and installation processes. It is also understood that any repair should be treated as a weak point. However if you had knowledge of repaired areas in the coating system you could tailor maintenance strategies to focus on these high risk areas.


POTENTIAL PROBLEMS Potential problems include tracking repaired areas, understanding what was done to repair these and in some instances even knowing what coating system was used at new construction.


SOLUTION


AkzoNobel have recently brought to market Interplan Mobile; which has been used in the offshore oil & gas industry for a number of years. The system, which can support fabrication, installation and O&M, has three main components…


• Report – used at fabrication facilities to record coatings application, deviations from specification and any repairs or rework required


• Survey – used during operations to record the condition of coatings. If a daily report was used at new construction, potential areas of weakness can be given closer attention during maintenance


• Repair systems – used to build the maintenance plan; highlighting priority areas and offering coating repair systems


WEB-BASED


Interplan Mobile is web-based allowing data to be viewed instantaneously by all concerned parties. The system can suggest maintenance based on risk management, giving cost estimates for work required. It can also reduce inspection time and remove cost from the fabrication and maintenance process and is currently being rolled out and will be used on a number of upcoming offshore wind substations.


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