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Active Risk Manager used for offshore wind farm

Published: 30 April 2019 - Carly Wills

The Triton Knoll wind farm project is an important future source of home-grown renewable energy in the UK. Now in the construction phase with the installation of the onshore electrical system, the offshore array and infrastructure will be located 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire and 28 miles from the coast of north Norfolk. 

The joint project venture is majority owned by Innogy, with partners J-Power and Kansai Electric Power. Headquartered in Essen, Germany, innogy employs staff across the globe and is a subsidiary of RWE.

Traditionally innogy relied on spreadsheets to develop risk registers, calculate quantitative risk assessments and manage its contingencies. However, the administrative burden was preventing risk managers from becoming more involved with decision making and managing contingency rather than managing a spreadsheet.

innogy wanted to streamline processes and methodologies, creating a central repository of information to allow a transfer of knowledge to all future wind farm projects. Following a rigorous due diligence and procurement process, Active Risk Manager (ARM) from Sword Active Risk was selected for its advanced functionality and flexibility. 

Robert Jackson, project risk and insurance manager, Triton Knoll said: “We chose Active Risk Manager because it offered us the ability to focus on the specific areas of project risk management that we wanted to address whilst retaining the core principles of our risk management approach. It is an intuitive and easy to use tool that has reduced the administrative burden on the team. The benefits have been felt across the entire project and reflected in the employee feedback survey scores which have been overwhelmingly positive.”

ARM Desktop, ARM Risk Express and ARM Risk Performance Manager (RPM) are used by all members of the project team which consists of 70 people. The team are dispersed across multiple sites within the UK and EU. ARM Risk Express allows the project team to update risks, exposures and actions in real-time whilst in situ, ensuring the rest of the team have access to the very latest live data from remote locations. The intuitive interface runs on any browser, allowing access from mobile devices, laptops or desktops. 

Jackson commented; “We wanted a risk management solution that could benefit all members of the project team, providing them with the flexibility to work remotely at the project site. We are a truly global project with people based in multiple locations around the world, so being able to standardise processes across geographical boundaries is vital.”

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