Top News of the Week Dec 23 – 29, 2013
From now on, the jack-up vessel Brave Tern from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will work on the installation of wind turbines in the Global Tech I wind farm. This means, according to plan, a second vessel will supplement the installation work of towers and nacelles in addition to HOCHTIEF’s vessel Thor at the North Sea wind farm.
GICON is currently developing a load-bearing floating structure for offshore wind turbines, the GICON® SOF (Schwimmendes Offshore Fundament = German for ‘Floating Offshore Foundation’).
A request for information from floating wind turbine makers was published online by the ecology, sustainable development and energy minister at the beginning of December. The aim is to define the technical and economic conditions for the development of this sector.
Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract for the construction of the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind farm.
In order to ensure that the UK remains on track to meet its renewable energy obligation targets by 2020, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that it has chosen sixteen renewable energy generation projects which are ‘provisionally affordable’ in the Final Investment Decision Enabling for Renewables (FIDeR) process.