Highlights of the Month: July 2016
DONG Energy will build Dutch offshore wind farms Borssele I and II.
The cost of building and operating the 700MW Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm is expected to be EUR 2.7 billion cheaper than previously estimated. Moreover, the wind farm will generate 22.5% more electricity than anticipated.
Siemens has expanded its portfolio with an 8MW offshore wind turbine.
Van Oord has reached an agreement on the acquisition of the offshore wind activities of Bilfinger Marine & Offshore Systems GmbH, a German company active in the engineering, construction and installation of foundations for offshore wind farms.
On 8 July, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Regulation providing subsidy tender details for Borssele III and IV offshore wind sites, the Loyens & Loeff law firm has reported.
The new German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) means troubled waters for the German offshore wind industry, according to a press release jointly issued by AGOW (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Offshore-Windenergie), Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE, VDMA Power Systems, BWE (Bundesverband WindEnergie) and WAB.
The first three offshore wind projects off the French coast, to be developed by EDF and Enbridge off Saint-Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer, have received prefectural orders “authorizing the installation and operation” of wind farms.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has received an order from Vattenfall to supply 49 V164-8.0MW turbines that have been optimised for the 406MW Horns Rev 3 project, utilising a power mode to be able to deliver a maximum output of 8.3MW.
A new joint industry project (JIP) between fourteen global partners has been launched to develop a Recommended Practice for the coupled analysis of floating offshore wind turbines.
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) has approved two floating wind pilot projects as part of the country’s call for tenders for the development of floating wind launched last year.
Offshore WIND Staff