The West Wind Farm Maintenance Project in Wellington, first began in 2014 when SRG Global was selected by Siemens Wind Power to assist with paint repairs prior to the end of warranty handover.
We have now become Meridian’s preferred supplier for paint remediation and specialist rope access tasks across their wind assets. The work predominantly involves coating repairs to the 68m high towers and inside and outside of the nacelle structure.
The main challenges have been and continue to be resourcing, safety management, weather and paint specification surface preparation. In order to meet Meridian’s expenditure requirements on the project, we committed to establishing a permanent local work force.
Our wind farm rope access technicians are trained to the highest international standard (IRATA) and to exceed this standard we regularly hold training days for techs to practice rescue scenarios. When planning each task, the team are involved in the risk management process and establishment of a safe systems of work. We are also fully integrated into Meridian’s safety culture and are continuously involved in this.
The ever-changing weather conditions and Wellington’s infamous wind profile dramatically impact the productivity of the coating repairs. Our teams work efficiently when weather allows and are able to manipulate the internal environment to carry out paint repairs in inclement weather. Advising Meridian to change the paint specification to expand the temperature range has increased productivity and we continually trial different surface preparation techniques. Our technicians are also responsible for taking control of the turbines and carrying out isolations so work can be performed safely.