Live streaming the final turbine inspections enables the project to come online safely
RES has taken over operational responsibility and will provide asset management services at Bunnyconnellan, following the construction of the 12-turbine wind farm, located in County Mayo.
NTR’s 28MW Bunnyconnellan project becomes the second of the company’s wind farms to join the RES asset management portfolio, following 18 months of operations management at the 25MW Castlecraig Wind Farm in County Tyrone.
RES was also appointed by NTR to complete pre-take over inspections of the wind turbines, owing to RES’ expertise and experience of this turbine type. Take-over was achieved following live streaming of the turbine inspection works. Working together RES and NTR took the inventive decision to complete the inspections on the turbines by undertaking the ‘snagging’ remotely. This decision stemmed from the desire to limit the number of personnel travelling to site due to Covid-19.
All aspects of the turbines including the foundations, HV systems, towers, nacelles, and blades were inspected via a mobile phone app. In total more than 80 snags were successfully closed out during lockdown to allow the turbines to safely come online.
Darren Cook, RES’ Asset Management Director, said: “At the moment we are all using video streaming to have business meetings – so why not take this approach out to sites to help us? We’re pleased that a bit of inventive thinking has helped achieve take-over and we’re delighted to be expanding our asset management portfolio with NTR at Bunnyconnellan.”
Kieran Tubridy, Senior Asset Manager from NTR plc, said: “NTR are delighted that Bunnyconnellen has gone fully operational and it is the last of our NTR Wind 1 LP assets to do so. RES has stepped-up to help us achieve take-over at Bunnyconnellan and shown their resilience and adaptability during this difficult time.
“As we move into operations we know that RES’ experience and expertise will help to ensure that the project delivers industry best practice health and safety, commercial and technical performance.”
RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, transmission and distribution. In its 38-year history, RES has delivered more than 17GW of renewable energy projects across the globe.
Last October RES announced that their Value Improvement Plans (VIPs) had helped 33 wind or solar assets add an extra £21m in forecast revenue since 2017.
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RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for over 38 years, RES has delivered more than 17 GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 5.5 GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured 1.5GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs more than 2,500 people and is active in 10 countries.
About NTR plc
NTR is an experienced sustainable infrastructure manager with 28 professionals with over 200 combined years’ experience in acquiring, developing, constructing and managing sustainable infrastructure projects. NTR has executed €3bn of sustainable infrastructure transactions over the last 15 years. NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, which invests in quality onshore wind and solar assets across a number of European markets, was conceived as a long-term capital solution for institutional investors and has a ‘qualifying infrastructure investment’ status.
NTR’s first fund, NTR Wind 1 LP, was launched in 2015 to invest in pre-construction onshore wind projects in Ireland and the UK. This fund has investments of just under 225MW of wind projects. Its second fund, NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, targeting €500 million, invests in both pre-construction and operational onshore wind and solar projects across a number of European markets. To-date, NTR has acquired over 290MW of wind and solar projects for this fund.
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