Grid operator Elia (Belgium)
Strategic advice: Asset management strategy for "Modular Offshore Grid" at sea
BLIX Consultancy supported the Belgian grid operator Elia in drawing up an Asset management strategy for Elia’s first owned "power socket" at sea. It is part of a long-term strategy of 40 years for the 400 million-euro offshore electricity platform, including export cables. Elia is building the platform to connect four planned offshore wind farms to the Belgium grid over a distance of 40 kilometres offshore. The platform serves as a "power socket", the produced electricity of the offshore wind farms is jointly transported to shore, which is more efficient and reliable than separate connections per individual wind farm. The expected electricity supply to land is more than 1000 MW.
Elia is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the platform and the cables. The availability of the "power socket" to transfer the electricity must be 100% in accordance with the requirements of grid operator Elia. To guarantee this, BLIX has in close collaboration with Elia developed a thorough asset management strategy for the platform, cables and electrical systems. This strategy resulted, among other things, in the conditions for tendering maintenance services. In addition, quality requirements were drawn up for the training of staff, offshore logistics were arranged for and attention is payed to other key parts of offshore operations and maintenance.