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RESA is a recognised world leader in providing the full range of O&M services required for Dual Axis Concentrated Photovoltaic power plants. RESA has been providing O&M services for CPV Power Plant No.1 near Touwsrivier, South Africa since May 2016 and kept the plant operating at peak efficiency.

 

CPV Power Plant No. 1 is the worlds largest  concentrated photovoltaic solar power plant.

RESA’s team has the experience to co-ordinate, comprehend and efficiently manage the large variety of contracts involved in Operation and Maintenance.

RESA is a world leader in providing the full range of O&M services required for Dual Axis CPV power plants.


The team has had experience operating dual axis tracked solar power plants since 2008. Throughout this time, RESA has continuously improved their strategic operational procedures to maximize energy output with optimised operational expenses. Taking into account constantly changing site conditions, RESA is proud to provide the highest availability and the resulting best production ratios to date as a result of its flexible staffing structure.

 

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE 

SPECIALISTS

 

OUR SERVICES

Our services with regard to the Operations & Maintenance spans the full spectrum of activities to efficiently operate and maintain Renewable Power Plants. An overview of the activities is provided below. For each of those activities we have dedicated professionals with the relevant education and experience.

OPERATIONS

Reliable Plant Supervision

Solar Module Cleaning


Plant Security Services

MAINTENANCE

Activities managed by a team of skilled staff

Focus is on highest levels of availability

24/7 fault response
Working towards

 

Predictive maintenance

WARRANTY MANAGEMENT

Warranty Enforcement

Standardised procedures

"Smart Spares" approach

SECURITY SERVICES

Risk Assessment & Consulting

Full access control

24/7 CCTV & patrolling

SCADA

REPORTING

METEOROLOGICAL

SERVICES

SITE AUTHORITY

Supervisory Control


Data Mining & Archiving

Integrated Alarm & Notification System

Customisable data analysis

Reporting System linked to SCADA


Automated reporting of all relevant KPIs

Weather Forecasting


Power & Energy Forecasting

Development & proof of Meteorological Models

Prudent Operator


Interface for ESKOM & other  Authorities


Closed feedback loop with asset  manager

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Following int. Guidelines of OHSAS 18001


HIRA based risk analysis


Provision of all required certified personnel

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

EMP Development & Consulting


EMP Implementation & Management


Vegetation management

EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Sustainable education strategy

Local (ED) trainee programs with a proven record of results


Continuous skill improvement

CONTRACT

MANAGEMENT

Contract register


Continuous Local laws Management

OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT 

To ensure traceability and manage our distributed teams efficiently, RESA's fully integrated Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) drives, controls and archives all maintenance activities in a distributed renewable energy environment. This includes a register of all the (ab)normal activities which occur, reporting such activities and monitoring the mitigating actions that are to be performed by the operator or a third party. 

The key factor in maintenance is prediction. Merging data from the CMMS with that of the SCADA System, normal preventive maintenance schedules are developed into predictive maintenance schedules. This secures optimum financial balance for the project between cost of maintenance, spare parts and loss of production.

While preventive maintenance is our focus, reactive maintenance remains a key service in the portfolio of RESA. This is achieved with a motivated team of experts providing a 24hrs fault response service.

 

Operation & Maintenance Responsibilities

We undertake to perform all our responsibilities and services in accordance with:

  • All Applicable Laws and Standards, the Codes, the Consents;

  • The Project Lease Agreement;

  • The Project Documents;

  • The Operations and Maintenance Manual and prudent industry practices;

  • The Standards of a Reasonable and Prudent O&M Contractor;

  • The Annual Operating Plan and the Warranties;

  • The requirements of the insurance policies taken out by the Employer and the O&M Contractor

OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

We undertake to perform all our responsibilities and services in accordance with:

All Applicable Laws and Standards, the Codes, the Consents;

The Project Lease Agreement;

The Project Documents;

The Operations and Maintenance Manual and prudent industry practices;

The Standards of a Reasonable and Prudent O&M Contractor;

The Annual Operating Plan and the Warranties;

The requirements of the insurance policies taken out by the Employer and the O&M Contractor

 

Warranty Enforcement & Claims Management

Warranty management is of crucial importance to the Investor and the O&M contractor. Therefore all maintenance and repairs are performed to suppliers specifications so that warranties remain intact. RESA not only understands this importance but excels in maintaining key equipment, whilst accurate record keeping allows for the efficient resolutions of claims, leading to less downtime while keeping availability at a maximum.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

With regard to the SCADA solutions RESA has significant programming knowledge and capability to integrate various SCADA applications for tracked CPV solar power plants which has been successfully used in over 100 Power plants in more than 20 Countries worldwide.

This platform has a high degree of flexibility allowing RESA to to analyse the performance of underlying power plants to further optimise its performance.

The SCADA system is further capable of performing energy management functions allowing for component integration such as storage devices to efficiently manage a power network. Part of the platform’s functions is an aggregate reporting environment.

Reporting

RESA takes pride in our capability to avail information and perform data analysis in all required forms as requested by the client. RESA focuses on the analysis of power plant KPI’s like Availability, Production Ratio and Performance Ratio, as well as Financial and Maintenance KPI’s. All activities are stored and executed online whether these are simple topics such as archiving or more complex topics such as the integration of information generated by our tools.

RESA has utilised various reporting platforms and will work alongside the client to consolidate data in automated reports and provide online real time information. This will be deployed through our in-house programming on a weekly and monthly basis as well as any special circumstance to report exclusion events.

Meteorological Services

With our leading partners, RESA provides solar irradiation, wind and weather forecasting. This information can be used to supply the power and energy production forecasting required by Eskom.

Furthermore, RESA offers additional services such as site audit’s, independent weather stations for site assessments as well as the development and audit of meteorological models.

Site AuthorityRESA, a prudent operator of the solar power plant, is the responsible contact and interface for all required authorities, utilities and possible visitors. This includes acting as a reliable link with Eskom for power production forecasting, outage planning and substation maintenance. In addition, close contact will be maintained with all relevant local authorities to monitor the stable permitting and if necessary reapplication process. To obtain full transparency of the activities on site, the operational team liaises and reports on a regular basis with the client and asset manager.

Health & Safety

As the Power Plant Operator, RESA ensures compliance with all applicable Health and Safety laws. RESA shall make all legislative appointments of persons (Certified, Competent, Responsible, etc.) prior to the O&M Services commencing.

RESA Services will develop a site specific Health & Safety plan that adheres to the international guidelines of OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Act) 18001, which conforms to the requirements set forth in the OHSAS No. 85 of 1993 as well as all relevant regulations that accompany the Act. As a crucial aspect of the safety plan, RESA will develop task specific method statements and HIRA (Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment). All staff will be suitably trained for the relevant legal appointments.

Environmental Management

RESA provides for the development, implementation and management of Environmental & Social Action Plans (ESAP) and Environmental Management Plans (EMP). In accordance with the requirements set forth in all relevant Regulations and the international financial institutions, such as the Equator Principles (The Equator Principles is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects.)

RESA is committed to wildlife preservation, to include conservation of local flora & fauna on site and provides for the relocation of reptiles and snakes. Vegetation management involves the planting of indigenous species and the removal of alien species.

Educational Responsibility

RESA honours it’s social commitments and responsibilities in the support of the rural local communities. This is evident in training, education and job creation in the renewable industry, as well as in raising environmental awareness and sustainable behaviour within the community. The resulting B-BBEE and economic development obligations make this economically feasible.

Contract Management

RESA’s team has the experience to co-ordinate, comprehend and efficiently manage the large variety of contracts involved in Operation and Maintenance:

Contract Register - For transparent management of the project, RESA maintains a Contract Register with key commercial information of the relevant contracts. The company further maintains an electronic archive of all relevant contractual documentation so as to make this information available online to the stakeholders of the project.

  1. Continuous Management / Claims – The team performs continuous management of the contractual activities to proactively oversee and protect it’s Client’s rights. In the event there are deviations by the contracting parties it will properly record them, place them in context of the contractual obligations and communicate the contractual deviation / claim to the Client for further instruction. The RESA team will manage the claim process and report progress and completion to the Client as well as co-ordinate sub-contractors and service level agreements.

  2. Local Laws - Specific attention has to be paid to the South African requirements under the BEE laws and the additional constraints set out in the various governmental programmes. RESA has a detailed knowledge of those laws and the experience in overseeing the compliance to these regulations.

  3. REIPPP Protocol – RESA is well versed with the specifics of the REIPP program and it’s reporting mechanism and is accustomed to the communication with the IPP office on pertinent matters.

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