East Providence – The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Council on Tuesday met to hear presentation from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) presented by Deepwater Wind, LLC as candidate for the position of Certified Verification Agent.
Offered as Deepwater Wind, LLC’s nomination to fulfill the position of CVA, serving as an independent oversight and reporting agent to CRMC and speaking for ABS was Theodore Hofbauer, Jr., Power Director of ABS in its renewable energy sector for both onshore and offshore energy.
“Our job is to look at what the developers do from an independent view and say, ‘Yes. It meets those requirements or no it does not,” said Hofbauer. “In context here, and with the OSAMP and the way the OSAMP is worded, we specifically report to the CRMC. As stated in the OSAMP, Deepwater Wind does pay for the services, but we work on behalf of the CRMC.”
The meeting, set to introduce the council to Deepwater Wind’s nominee for the position saw the council questioning Hofbauer, not only as to his and ABS credentials in the industry, but as to specific duties performed by the CVA in a major energy project.
In response to Grover Fugate, Director CRMC, Hofbauer provided details as to CVA procedures in the event of a major storm event.
“Typically what will end up happening and a lot of that is also based upon the type of turbine and there are condition-based monitoring systems. [Based] upon the capability of that system, they can tell you if there is damage or no damage,” said Hofbauer. “Typically, following a post-storm event, there’s some type of analysis done on the turbine, on its data that is being supplied from its data system, along with some type of visual inspection to verify that there is no type of damage physically to the turbine itself. Then if you do determine damage, you go into a more detailed inspection process.”
The CRMC sub-committee moved to accept ABS Consulting as the CVA for Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm for recommendation to the full council. The recommendation included the approval subject to further negotiations on the scope of work and scope of services contracts by legal council which must be presented to and accepted by the full council at a future date.
Target date set for further hearing is August 26, subject to successful negotiations.