Intertek has signed an agreement with a major European manufacturer to help the company comply with North American electrical safety requirements while it completes its work on the Cape Wind project, a 468 MW offshore wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound.
As part of the certification and evaluation service, Intertek will work alongside the manufacturer to help assess, develop and refine all key elements of electrical safety compliance.
Intertek says there are many new electrical standards and codes that will soon be implemented in the U.S. and Canada. These changes and enhancements are intended to mitigate hazards and risks, as well as provide greater levels of safety to personnel working on-site.
"With new North American electrical safety standards due to come into effect over the next six to nine months, it's increasingly important for international manufacturers to be able to fully understand the changing dynamics of the market – particularly if they wish to avoid unnecessary delays and potentially expensive future field modifications," explains Troy Hewitt, global business leader for wind at Intertek.
"What's more, with an increasing focus on workplace safety – and with key construction, installation and functionality requirements expected to influence future design and component choice – manufacturers are anxious to fully understand these new regulations," he adds.