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Goonhilly Downs Wind Farm Insurance Survey

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For any reasonably sized insurance risk (e.g. factory, hotel, warehouse) insurance companies will wish to carry out periodic site surveys to satisfy themselves that security, fire protection, safety and management is of an acceptable level.


Wind turbines are no exception to this requirement and, over the years, Nsure Renewables have facilitated and attended a number of surveys together with both clients and insurers. This is in the firm belief that risk improvement strategies can be developed, directed at achieving control and reduction of the risks faced, with the consequent effect of minimising premium.


On 21st August 2012 Nsure renewable energy insurance managers, David Elliot-Rose and Dave Cole, accompanied a RSA specialist engineering surveyor on a visit to the Goonhilly Downs wind farm in Cornwall, operated by their client REG Windpower. The site consists of six Vestas V80 turbines with a total generating capacity of 12 megawatts.


Steve Higman (Head of Operating Projects, REG Windpower) provided a detailed overview of areas relating to the turbines, substation, site infrastructure, HV cabling, operations and maintenance, manufacturer's warranty, testing and monitoring, security and turbine type certifications. This was followed with a climb up the turbine for a more detailed view of the nacelle, as well as an inspection of the substation and a working demonstration of the 24 hour computerised monitoring systems.


The survey at Goonhilly went extremely well, insurers were happy, and Nsure Renewables sincerely thank their clients for their assistance and hospitality on the day.


Aside from the benefit of enhancing their client relationship, David and Dave found the visit particularly rewarding with the expanding of their experience in dealing with the technical aspects of the renewable power generation sector.

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