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Thursday, 19 November 2015
11:30 - 13:00 Ensuring best and consistent practice in health & safety
Health & safety  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Belleville
Lead Session Chair:
Mette Pedersen, LM Windpower, Denmark
Athanasios Kolios, Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
Dirk Schreiber Adwen GmbH, Germany
Dirk Schreiber (1) F
(1) Adwen GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

Dirk Schreiber
Adwen GmbH
Head of HSE
• Worked in Adwen since March 2015, Head of HSE department to coordinate all HSE aspects cross border. Member of Renewable UK Health and Strategy Group since 2012.
Projects: Global Tech I, Borkum West 2, Wikinger
• Worked in HOCHTIEF SOLUTIONS from May 2011 to February 2015, Head of HSE department.
Projects: Horn Sea met mast installation, UK Round 3, Global Tech 1, Baltic 2, Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm, USA, Carried out the first comprehensive and integrated Offshore Rescue

• Worked 13 years in the oil industry for Shell in various roles within the areas of HSE, business improvement and cultural change, locally and globally
• Holds an university degree in Chemical Engineering and additional qualification as Occupational Safety Specialist (Germany)


Lessons learnt for improving Health and Safety culture and efficiency from the commissioning phase of Windfarms Borkum West 2 and Global Tech I


Adwen is the newly formed JV of AREVA Wind and Gamesa. Currently Adwen is commissioning 120 wind turbines (AD5-116 formerly called M5000-116) for the German Trianel Windpark Borkumand Global Tech I and provides subsequently the maintenance and service for these.


The speech is split into 3 parts, first a global overview of the risks and challenges for going Offshore, then a focus on real examples with case studies and finally the next steps to improve Health and Safety culture together with the project efficiency based on general lessons learnt.

Main body of abstract

Working Offshore is a major challenge for all involved. This is caused by the additional risks from the work environment at a very restricted working area and the additional restrictions for rescue management. The further from the coast an offshore project is, the higher the challenges associated with the project. Always a priority and a principle, Health and Safety considerations within this environment takes on an even more important role, as dealing properly with such considerations will both ensure workers lives and enable projects profitability.
Nowadays, unfortunately, there are only few limited local regulations available to guide project planners through the jungle of tasks necessary. Moreover, most of the regulations are defined for the Marine or for the Oil and Gas sector in UK and Norway. However there is a big difference of work conditions between Oil and Gas and Offshore Wind. All boundary conditions must be assessed to be successful in this business.
The challenges to be addressed are working in an adverse environment, working at heights, working with the risk of drowning, lifting of heavy components, simultaneous operations during 24/7, marine operations, helicopter operations.
To meet the challenges, Adwen decided to implement a cross country approach for construction, commissioning and operation of Adwen wind turbines (“WTG”). This approach will go along with a structured and dedicated support of Health and Safety. Therefore, Adwen is not simply implementing minimum local requirements. Rather, Adwen aims to deploy its internal rules, established based on the most demanding benchmark as well as best practices and lessons learned.
For instance, Adwen applies the training requirements of GWO as its standard, although it is not a requirement in a specific country. This is also the case of medical fitness to work. To meet offshore wind needs some key organizations, such as G9, GWO and RUK, have been formed and are defining guidelines to facilitate “voluntary” compliance. Adwen employs such guidelines as a set of internal rules to be deployed regardless of market, above and beyond any necessary local regulatory compliance. On the other hand, Adwen also collaborates to shape guidelines within these important industry organizations. The overall shared aim is to ensure a safe and efficient working environment for people and contractors.
One of the windfarms where Adwen delivered the AD5-116 WTG is truly “offshore”, in that it is not possible to sail home at night, at a site 100 nm from Bremerhaven. For the commissioning, Adwen decided to work with 3 main vessels and jackup barges at several WTG to ensure timely delivery.


In his speech, Mr. Dirk Schreiber will primarily focus on real-life example of the challenges in the commissioning and service phase from the Health and Safety perspective, including the Health and Safety training for teams deployed. The presentation will also relate the continuous learning during commissioning phase, and corresponding adaptations to increase efficiency, leading to important lessons learnt for Adwen upcoming new projects and to be shared with the industry. Finally, Dirk will introduce the development of an integrated, cross-border Health and Safety culture that fits the expectations of clients in the offshore business.

Learning objectives
To open the auditorium on risks and on the way to mitigate them in the offshore field thanks to our experience.