Seattle – Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, recently provided the largest Blade Access Platform (BAP) to date for Akuo Energy Uruguay. Akuo Energy is France's leading independent producer of renewable energy and has subsidiaries in ten countries including Uruguay, their gateway to the Latin American region. With two wind farms currently in operation, Parque Eólico Minas and Parque Eólico Florida I, and a third under construction, Parque Eólico Florida II, Akuo Energy’s installed capacity in Uruguay will be 141.5 MW.
Given the climatic conditions in Uruguay, blade maintenance is critical during the operation stage, which led to Akuo Energy’s development of inspection, repair, and preventive maintenance services for this region. After thorough analysis, they decided upon Spider’s 360° Blade Access Platform, customized to capture the massive blades on its 300 ft tall Nordex N117 and Vestas V112 and V117 wind turbines.
Spider’s expert team of engineers designed a 500-lb capacity, 15 ft by 7 ft 360° BAP, powered by four 1,500-lb traction hoists. The custom dimensions of the platform enabled technicians to capture the lower blades and pass the max chords. This modular equipment was easily transported by a standard trailer and swiftly assembled on site, minimizing costs and installation time. Spider also provided a custom engineered rigging solution, initial rigging services, and on-site supervision to ensure the first project progressed safely and productively. Additionally, Spider conducted a Competent Person Training course to enable the crew to perform the rigging onfuture endeavors at the Uruguay wind farm.
“Superb technical support, good practice, common sense, and fast decision processes were paramount in achieving our goal of purchasing a wind turbine access solution,” commented Ing. Andrea Piñon, Asset Manager - South America. “Throughout the entire process we had a great relationship with Spider and very good responses from their team. They succeeded in designing our platform, one of the biggest in existence, and enabling access to 100% of the larger blades installed in Uruguay. Once the platform was delivered, Spider’s field service technician was here to personally train our platform operators to ensure good safety practices and the correct set up and operation of the platform.”
“True to form, Spider has risen to yet another challenge and exceeded expectations,” added David Beckett, Vice President and General Manager – Spider Operations. “Together, our team designed, manufactured, and delivered the largest BAP to date– from Spider or any other manufacturer. While we take pride in that accomplishment, we remain focused on continually providing our customers with the safest, most reliable solutions for their unique access projects.”
Piñon concluded, “We have a project to acquire a second platform to provide additional services to the region, and plan to continue to work together with Spider very soon. We are very happy customers and recommend them fully!”
Spider’s custom solution was designed, manufactured, and delivered in just four months, with the initial blade capture commencing in January 2016.
Media Contact: Heidi Krueger – Marketing Specialist, Heidi.Krueger@SafeWorks.com
Founded in 1947, Spider, a division of SafeWorks, created the powered suspended access business by introducing the wellknown Spider basket. Since then, our product and service offering has expanded greatly to serve the needs of an ever-growing marketplace. Spider is the largest manufacturer and distributor of access and safety solutions in North America, serving more customers from more locations with a wider variety of products and services than any other company. From baskets, traction hoist and platform rental, to safety and training, to specialty-engineered products - Spider has a strong team of professionals, along with a national network of sales, service and support capabilities to provide you with the most reliable access solutions available.
About Akuo Energy: Entrepreneur by Nature
Akuo Energy is one of the leading French independent renewable energy power producers. Akuo Energy is present across the whole value chain, including project development, financing, construction, and operation. As of end-2015, Akuo Energy had invested EUR 1.5 billion in a total capacity of 560MW in projects under operation and construction and more than 400 MW with financing underway. Its headquarters are located in Paris, France while it has subsidiaries in 9 other countries: Uruguay, Croatia, Poland, Turkey, Indonesia, UAE, the UnitedStates, Morocco and Australia. Akuo Energy aims to have a global production capacity of 3,000 MW within 5 years. More information can be found at www.akuoenergy.com
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