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Wind Turbine Inspection at Barrow Offshore Windfarm

Posted 23 Feb 2022

Project Overview

Swire Energy Services Heysham team was approached by a market leader in offshore electricity transmission, to carry out a variety of inspection and testing services for their offshore wind turbines at the Barrow Windfarm.

Project Location

Barrow Offshore Windfarm, Coast of Cumbria

Service/Product Provided

  • Wind turbine Testing and Inspection Services including
    • Visual Inspection
    • Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)
    • Testing Services
    • Certification

Scope of Work

  • Visual inspection of rescue davit arm
  • Survey, visual and MPI inspection of access ladder
  • Detailed findings report


Swire Energy Services test engineers carried out a detailed inspection of the rescue davit crane on the wind turbine. Following the inspection it was identified that some modifications would be required. The engineers carried out a variety of services for the davit crane including:

  • Davit stripped down and required modifications implemented.
  • Davit re-assembled in situ on the platform to reduce downtime.
  • Proof loading test and inspection carried out including bolt torqueing.

The access ladder for the wind turbine was then inspected and included;

  • Visual inspection on the ladder
  • MPI inspection on the platform

Detailed findings report including:

  • Risk assessments
  • Method statements
  • Lift Plan
  • Qualification documents


  • By modifying a Swire stock unit the customer was able to realise significant cost savings compared to commissioning and manufacturing a new build design.
  • The complete unit was delivered on time and in budget as entire project was managed by the internal SOS teams, removing the need for multiple suppliers.