Highlights of the Month: July 2016

DONG Energy Winner of Dutch Borssele I & II Tender

DONG Energy will build Dutch offshore wind farms Borssele I and II.

Borssele 1&2 World’s Cheapest Offshore Wind Farm

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 Rolls Out 8MW Wind Turbine

Siemens has expanded its portfolio with an 8MW offshore wind turbine.

Van Oord to Buy Bilfinger’s Offshore Wind Unit

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.

Borssele III & IV Tender Specifics Revealed

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.

Rough Sea Ahead for German Offshore Wind, Industry Says

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.

Three French OWFs Greenlighted; Courseulles-Sur-Mer Could Face Appeal

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.

Vattenfall Orders 49 MHI Vestas Turbines Optimised at 8.3MW

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.

Industry Initiates New Floating Wind Project

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.

France Approves Two Pilot Floaters

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