USA: Statoil Freezes Hywind Maine Project

USA: Statoil Freezes Hywind Maine Project

Statoil has decided to suspend the Hywind Maine project, which includes the deployment of floating wind turbines 12 miles southeast of Boothbay Harbor.

The company reported its decision to the Maine Public Utilities Commission via a letter on July 3, saying that the recent legislative alteration created an uncertainty that led Statoil to freeze the project.

“Given the risk and uncertainty created by LD 1472, Statoil is therefore preparing to put the Hywind Maine Project on hold, while we continue to assess the changes made to the law, the total risk picture and progress plan going forward,” Statoil said in the letter.

Recently, Governor Paul R. LePage signed “An Act to Provide for Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power” (LD 1472), which allows the University of Maine to bid for an offshore wind project in the state’s waters. Namely, the bill requires the Maine Public Utilities Commission to conduct a second round of competitive bidding, in which the University of Maine would submit a proposal by September 1, the Associated Press writes.

The company gave the following statement on this matter:

“Statoil fully respects the legislative process related to energy policies in the state of Maine, and we intend to keep a dialogue with stakeholders related to the Hywind Maine project. However, given the uncertainty created by the recent law change, Statoil is putting the Hywind Maine Project on hold while we need to assess the changes made to the law and the total risk picture in Maine going forward.

“We will keep the option open to re-initiate project activity if we should find the total risk picture related to the Maine project acceptable. Statoil is considering several locations for building a pilot park based on the Hywind floating concept, in addition to Maine.”

Offshore WIND Staff, July 5, 2013; Image: hywind


Share this article

Follow Offshore Wind

Leave a Reply


<< Nov 2015 >>
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

Offshore Wind Vessels Conference

Anticipating larger turbine installations: A2Sea examines
CTruk Holdings considers design solutions to enhance vessel capabilities and performance…

read more >

Giant Offshore Wind Turbines

First hand experience, technical challenges and design properties for multi MW turbines

In the competition to lower the cost of energy, larger turbines play a key role in accessing cost savings. Increased competition helps to fuel technological advancements. The conference will focus on new designs, supply chain industrialisation, current prototypes as well as experience from wind farms already installed. Expert speakers will present technical challenges which come along with new offshore turbine classes, their development, key components, production, installation and testing.

More Info

read more >

Offshore Wind Construction & Installation, Europe

Europe’s best attended meeting point dedicated to the Offshore Wind Construction industry in Europe – an interactive experience that will…

read more >

DWEA Network Meeting December 2015

The Danish Wind Export Association offers networking, market intelligence and joint export drives for Danish companies who wish to strengthen…

read more >


Project Engineer

Working for VBMS is more than just having an interesting job. It\\\\\\\'s about joining a highly skilled team of ambitious professionals who demand the best of themselves and others...


Contractmanager Wind Offshore

Met de ervaring die je al als Maintenance Manager of Contractmanager bij een A-speler hebt opgedaan, weet jij meteen welke grote uitdaging deze vacature biedt...


Business Development Manager Europe

In order to serve the growing business for offshore wind turbine grouts and strengthen our team in the promotion of BASF offshore solutions, we are now looking for a Business Development Manager...