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DNV is working with industry partners and authorities to develop a safety standard for transformer and accommodation platforms.

As the size of offshore wind farms increases and they become more remote, transformer and accommodation platforms are becoming an essential part of any new development.

The existing offshore standards for safety equipment, provisions, layout and safety requirements relating to design are currently based on offshore oil and gas installations.

But as wind farms do not produce hydrocarbons, the associated risks are different.

DNV, Statoilhydro, Vattenfall, Dong Energy, E.ON and Energinet are developing a safety standard that will include structural and functional design; fire and explosion protection; access, transfer and escape; and emergency power.

Other safety recommendations include internal communication and communication with shore, rescue and recovery, as well as standby vessels.

The standard is expected to be published in October 2009.

Many other companies are interested in participating and the project is still open to new contributors.

The technical review group consists of the UK Health and Safety Executive and the Danish energy authority.

DNV will also provide recommendations to the Norwegian, German, Swedish and Dutch authorities.

DNV is a global provider of risk management services, helping customers to safely and responsibly improve their business performance.

DNV has wind experts in Seattle, US, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

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