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The world’s leading certification company SGS helps Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH to actualise the "Veja Mate" offshore wind farm project in the German North Sea. SGS Germany was commissioned for the project's certification — which ranges from the examination of the project’s fundamentals to its final design — in accordance with the standards of the German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

SGS will accompany the Veja Mate offshore project from the first BSH-approval phase until the receipt of the third BSH approval. At the same time, the world's leading independent service provider for technical verification, inspection, testing and conformity assessments will judge whether the wind farm's layout design conforms to the current state of technology. The Veja Mate project is located approximately 100 kilometres off the coast of the German North Sea. Wind turbines with a rated output of 400 Megawatts are being installed across an area of 50 square kilometres.

Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment

SGS is providing the Veja Mate wind farm project with an extensive range of certification services. The testing company is performing independent calculations and conducting a comprehensive examination of the documentation for the offshore wind turbine generators (OWTG), offshore substations (OSS) and inter array cables (IAC). This includes a conformity assessment of all documents relevant to the BSH standard. The BSH standard sets mandatory minimum requirements and specifications for the required geological-geophysical and geotechnical soil investigations, as well as for the construction of the various structural components used in offshore wind farms. SGS's scope of testing includes steel construction and corrosion protection, geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, occupational safety, and transportation, installation and decommissioning concepts, and much more.

Linking the Design, Construction and Execution Phases

Since the manufacturing, transportation and installation of an offshore structure are particularly challenging, SGS checks whether the manufacturing, transportation and installation procedures meet the specific requirements of the offshore wind farm project already during the design phase. The experts ensure, among others, that all of the relevant load factors are taken into consideration during the design process (basic design and detailed design). Dr Malte Posewang, Due Diligence Project Manager (Industrial Projects Division) at SGS Germany explains, "We examine the link between the development and design phase with the execution phase early on in the process. This involves taking part in preliminary discussions with the counterparts responsible at Veja Mate and the relevant contractors to reconcile the requirements for certification at an early stage". The initial term of the certification project until the award of the second and third BSH approvals will be about two years.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.