EDS completes substation work at Rhyl Flats
UK, Wales: EDS HV Group has completed substation maintenance works at RWE Renewables Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm.
The maintenance included 132 kV open mesh switches, power transformers, auxiliary transformers, battery systems, shunt reactors and all 33 kV switchgear panels.
EDS completed the works within two days ensuring the wind farm’s continued generation of renewable energy.
Operations and maintenance engineer Rauri Maguire said, “By keeping in contact with the distribution network operator we scheduled our maintenance activities around a planned network outage, therefore successfully maximising network availability by making effective use of an existing outage.”
In addition, two trainee control engineers were given hands-on experience during the maintenance campaign by working alongside the senior authorised persons (SAP) within the team.
They experienced first-hand the various practical steps taken by the SAPs in the application of safety from the system to facilitate the maintenance activities.
Maguire added, “Control engineers in a centralised control centre setting are rarely exposed to site operations as their job involves coordinating operational and safety activities on the high voltage network from the control centre.
“Having a fuller understanding of site operations and other environment factors that SAPs deal with as part of their role is vital for the development of our control engineers as they continuously work in partnership within their colleagues across our portfolio on a daily basis.”