Port visits in the UK

A few days ago it hit me that we already passed almost a third of our first rotations as Statkraft trainees. These initial weeks have been so exciting bringing me new colleagues, new friends and a whole lot of new experience from the offshore wind business. Unfortunately, there has not been too much blogging from my end, but now the time has finally come for my first blog post!

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I am working in the WPT (Wind power and technologies) unit and have been put to work with the Triton Knoll project. Triton Knoll is, along with Dudgeon and Dogger Bank, one of the offshore wind projects that are currently under development on the east coast of the UK and is a project driven jointly by Statkraft and RWE. I am a part of the PfO (Prepare for Operations) team responsible for making sure that aspects connected to the operations phase is considered during the design phase. One of these aspects is the selection of port for the O&M base, i.e. the port from where the vessels conducting maintenance will sail from. So we went over to the UK for a road trip along the coast to check out the alternatives.

We hadn’t even touched ground in UK before we got reminded of the British weather – Humberside airport was covered in mist making us unable to land.

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After circulating over the airport in Humberside for about one and a half hour with no signs of the mist clearing up, our pilot made the decision to go down in Manchester instead (and as if that little detour wasn’t enough our bus got in an accident on its way to pick us up at the Manchester airport! What are the odds?) Finally arrived at our destination we got to see the locations we had hoped for: all from ports fully developed and already utilized by other wind farm operators to beaches needing some (read: a lot of) work before being ready for wind farm operations.

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A short stop in London
After the port visits we spent a day at the project office in London for some meetings and also for me to meet the people I work with in person. All in all, it was a good experience to visit the location and be able to see what, and with whom I am actually working with. In addition, I’ve also improved my skills of working wherever I’ve been: circulating in the air over Humberside airport, on a bus from Manchester across the country to Humberside, in the backseat of a car driving on winding roads in the British countryside, and on the train from Doncaster to London, a skill I got a feeling will benefit from during my time as a Statkraft trainee.

Cheers!
Arvid

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