Publisher: wpd windmanager GmbH u Co. KG
Directors released from liability - wpd windmanager to take on operators’ responsibility for wind farms
Bremen (renewablepress) - With the commissioning and connection to the energy distribution grid, operators and directors of an operating company will assume operating responsibility of their wind farm. The ensuing obligations are set forth in DIN VDE 0150-100 on the operation of electrical plants. Accordingly, plant operators are responsible for the safe operation and orderly condition of their wind farm. This means specifically: In case of accidents, they will be held responsible, since they are personally liable. “Many plant operators are unaware of this risk,” knows Oliver Klausch, head of technical management of wpd windmanager GmbH & Co. KG. “Should a damage occur, then comes the bad awakening. Operators should definitely hedge their risks.” As technical operator, wpd windmanager disburdens the wind farm operators and takes on operators’ responsibility with all corresponding obligations. “Operators and also managing directors of operating companies are thus exempt from liability for the most part,” Klausch explains. “We take care of any and all tasks which are necessary of the safe operation and orderly condition of the electrical plant.”
The plant operators’ duty of care include organization, selection, controlling, issuing of switch operation authorization and documentation of all relevant safety issues. “At the beginning, the general responsibilities have to be allocated”, Klausch specifies. “In connection with this, we will draft a risk assessment, which describes the risks stemming from the plant or the minimum qualification to enter the plant.” Also, the maintenance intervals of single plant components will be specified. Among the obligations of the plant operators is the selection of necessary qualifications for all persons that will work on the plant. Employees deployed by service companies with maintenance contracts will be checked randomly to make sure that they have all the pertinent requirements. All other persons that wish to enter the wind turbine generator will be questioned by wpd windmanager before taking up their work to ensure their necessary qualifications.
Furthermore, the Bremen based company will clarify whether a service company will supply a responsible person for the plant and the works pursuant to VDE 0105-100 for the work to be carried out. “For many of our wind farms, we will do that ourselves”, says Klausch. “Our person responsible for the plant will then release work spaces, will instruct the service team and will
issue the permission to carry out the works. After the work is finished, we will check the execution of the works. If we find any infringements, we will immediately terminate work on the plant.” In this way, the operator will help to make sure that no incorrect work is being done in the wind farm and that accidents will not occur. From this, too, wind farm operators and managing directors of an operating company will profit.
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The market leader for commercial and technical operations of wind farms, wpd windmanager GmbH & Co. KG, situated in Bremen/Germany, employs about 345 people and takes care of 340 wind farms at home and abroad with 1,870 wind turbine generators and a combined output of 3,720 Megawatt. Due to the modular structure, clients are able to compile their individual wind farm management from basic and plus services – from the control room with 24/7 service, the technical controlling with field service on site through contract, insurance or quality management up to IT or QHSE. In the field of repowering or in the optimization of cost cutting and yield increase potentials in the wind farms as well, wpd windmanager has long years of experience. For some 20 years now, funds companies, national and international investors’ groups as well as institutional investors call on the know-how from Bremen. Besides Germany, wpd windmanager is also operating in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Canada and Taiwan.
Bremen, 11 July 2017
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