Confirm quality of components leaving the factory (FAT).
Damaged/incorrect parts shipped to subject wind farm due to inadequate quality assurance from OEM.
In-depth study of manufacturer’s quality assurance documentation and implementation at production facility; detailed checks on parts prior to leaving factory; quality checks and preparation of punchlist after arrival of components at project site..
The capital investment for procuring WTGs is significant and can correspond to up to 70% of the Wind Farm Capex. Quality defects that are identified during operation will require significant efforts on the part of the client to rectify and carries the risk of generating potential losses due to WTG downtime. Accordingly, to protect this investment, it is prudent to consider quality inspections of parts prior to the components leaving the production facilities. These inspections are known as Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs)
Tests are primarily focused on the following items:
– Nacelle Assembly
– Tower sections
1) Sign a) multiple work package (“EPC Manager”) contract or b) single-work package contract with Forte.
2) Issue all required project site information and employer requirements/preferences
3) Issue Forte with Work Package Instruction to Proceed
1) Document Desk Research
All documentation shall be carefully examined prior to commencement of any quality checks. Documents to be reviewed shall include WTG specifications, quality manuals and certifications.
2) Factory Acceptance Test
Surveys to be completed at the manufacturing workshop and will be focused on the following:
Wind Turbine manufacturing (Nacelle assembly):
1) Memos and draft reports
These will be provided to update the client on the progress of the studies as they are being completed
2) FAT report
The report will provide a comprehensive summary of all investigations carried out and will provide concluding expert opinion based on information provided by the OEM or obtained from independent research combined with Forte’s experience.
3) FAT Punchlist
This will detail items identified as requiring rectification and a summary record of agreed actions from discussions with OEM. It will be monitored and updated on an ongoing basis during the until all open items are cleared.