An inspection is effectively a risk assessment of what are the potential issues that could affect the safety of the machine or equipment, to quote the UK Health and Safety Executive Website:
« The purpose of an inspection is to identify whether work equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely – with any deterioration detected and remedied before it results in a health and safety risk. However, inspection is necessary for any equipment where significant risks to health and safety may arise from incorrect installation, reinstallation, deterioration or any other circumstances. The need for inspection and inspection frequencies should be determined through risk assessment ».
Over the coming years as the Operation and Maintenance of these Renewable Assets becomes more competitive, with other suppliers to the original manufacturers becoming a feasible alternative, it is vital to ensure that the standards of these providers is in line with expectations and allows a way to carryout quality assurance of their standards of workmanship.
Therefore just taking the word of the current provider as the only opinion on the table should not be the norm as the industry continues to mature, the wealth of experience is no longer just centralized at the turbine manufactures but with Asset Managers, like Greensolver. So carrying out physical inspections has never been easier and should reassure the investors that all issues are being dealt with and gives the ability to track the condition of their machines.
By Gareth Wilson – Asset Manager