Blauwwind is responsible for the design, construction and operation of the Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm. We are committed to guaranteeing high health and safety standards for all employees while complying with environmental protection criteria.
“During the operations phase, health, safety, security and interactions with our environment is paramount. Work is conducted in the windfarm all year round, hence its fundamental that we maintain high focus and unwavering attention when it comes to safe operations. We strive for continuous improvement, proactive engagement and foster a positive safety culture within the full organisation. We employ the motto “No Harm on Our Windfarm”, which we truly stand behind. Each and every individual should feel safe and secure in their place of work.”
Luke Machen, Operations Director
Blauwwind considers health, safety and environmental protection as crucial business activities and the consortium is therefore committed to Goal Zero.
- No harm to people
- No harm to the environment
- No permit non-compliances
Code of conduct
Blauwwind has a code of conduct to help achieve these objectives, which applies to all contractors who work on the project. The code ensures extra attention is paid to safety, making it an important aspect of everyday work.
Safe Systems of Work
Eneco Wind Offshore Operations are the provider of asset management services to Blauwwind and run the site management and day to day operations of the project. The windfarm employs their life saving rules, which are adopted by all during the project induction.
Van Oord’s FaunaGuard was used to proactively repel marine life during construction. The FaunaGuard, an innovative device that uses specific underwater acoustics, temporarily deters marine life from entering an area to minimise the impact of construction activities. The Royal Netherlands Navy also uses this device when removing UXOs.
Noise Mitigation System
To reduce underwater noise during installation, Van Oord’s offshore vessel Aeolus was equipped with the AdBm Noise Mitigation System (NMS). The NMS was deployed like a set of venetian blinds around the monopile when the structure is being lowered towards the seabed. The system reduces specific frequencies by using specialised acoustic resonators. Read more about the NMS
Blauwwind recognises the importance of the North Sea and is committed to protecting and supporting the marine environment. We are participating in a pilot to place flat oysters on some of the monopiles of the wind turbines. Blauwwind is open to exploring other initiatives through discussions with stakeholders. Blauwwind also participates in the co-use initiative for the Borssele cluster in collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat, please see their website for more details.
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