Highlights of the Month: June 2017
- Contracts & Tenders
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has launched the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine to re-affirm the company’s drive to lower the cost of energy for offshore wind.
Statoil has shared a great video showing the mating of one of Hywind Scotland’s Siemens 6MW turbines with its SPAR-type floating foundation off Stord, Norway.
The government of Australia’s state of Victoria has welcomed plans for the establishment of the country’s first offshore wind farm in Gippsland.
A Belgian consortium of research institutions and companies has started a project to investigate if mussels could be grown on offshore wind farms.
DONG Energy has decided to use only monopile foundations on the 174-turbine Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.
DeepOcean has performed the first engineered grounding of the Maersk Connector during export cable pull-in operations on DONG Energy’s 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm.
As the UK government is scheduled to announce the winners of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in autumn, projections on the offshore wind prices are emerging, with results of the latest offshore wind tender in Germany setting a benchmark.
The offshore wind industry should abandon the practice of awarding separate leases for offshore wind farms of up to 1GW each and instead start developing large, integrated projects of up to 10GW to lower cost, create value across the supply chain, and stimulate economic growth, Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President, New Energies, Shell Gas and Power Development B.V., said.
A new wind turbine installation and maintenance technology being developed by SENSE Offshore Limited could cut the cost of energy from future deep water sites by around 9% and from nearshore sites by 4%, the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst study shows.
Cemre Shipyard in Turkey has organised a launching ceremony for a service operation vessel (SOV) ordered by Esvagt and chartered by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.