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Maintenance strategy - reliability vs maintenance provision

Regarding cost of energy from offshore wind, a general view is emerging that it is a better to invest in reliability to avoid maintenance than in equipment to facilitate it.  Also, expenditure on maintenance ships and mobile gear is generally more effective than expenditure per machine on added local capability such as nacelle cranes, etc.  In selected cases a strategy to facilitate in-situ replacement of life-limited components (such as seals) may be advised.

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