- Published: 19 February 2016 19 February 2016
Spider recently provided a 360° Blade Access Platform (BAP) for Akuo Energy Uruguay. With two wind farms currently in operation, Parque Eólico Minas and Parque Eólico Florida I, and a third under construction, Parque Eólico Florida II, Akuo Energy’s installed capacity in Uruguay will be 141.5MW.
Given the climatic conditions in Uruguay, blade maintenance is critical during the operation stage, which led to Akuo Energy’s development of inspection, repair, and preventive maintenance services for this region. Spider’s team of engineers designed a 500-lb capacity, 15 ft by 7 ft 360°BAP, powered by four 1,500-lb traction hoists. The custom dimensions of the platform enabled technicians to capture the lower blades and pass the max chords. This modular equipment was transported by a standard trailer and assembled on site. Spider also provided a custom engineered rigging solution, initial rigging services, and on-site supervision to ensure the first project progressed safely and productively. Additionally, Spider conducted a Competent Person Training course to enable the crew to perform the rigging on future endeavours at the Uruguay wind farm.