Highlights of the Month – January 2019

Record-breaking turbines, new offshore wind tenders… read the ten most read news on offshoreWIND.biz in the first month of 2019.

Siemens Gamesa Launches 10+ MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Siemens Gamesa has launched the SG 10.0-193 DD, the company’s first 10+ MW offshore wind turbine. The prototype is expected to be installed this year, with commercial market deployment expected in 2022.

Ørsted Secures Changhua 1 and 2a Establishment Permit

Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy has granted Ørsted the establishment permit for the 900MW Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind project. In the coming weeks, the company will work with the Taiwanese authorities and local stakeholders to reach other outstanding key project milestones.

GE Haliade-X 12MW Prototype Finds Home in Rotterdam

GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind, a joint venture of Pondera Development and Sif, have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12MW wind turbine prototype in the Port of Rotterdam this summer.

Hitachi Halts Wind Turbine Production

Tokyo-based Hitachi has decided to stop manufacturing wind turbines going forward, and will instead focus on marketing wind turbines from the long-time German partner Enercon.

World’s First Floating Wind Turbine Finds New Calling

Equinor has entered into an agreement with Unitech Offshore for the takeover of its Hywind Demo floating wind turbine in Norway. The turbine will be renamed to UNITECH Zefyros at Hywind Technology and will be used as an infrastructure for research and technology projects in Metcentre at Karmøy.

France to Tender Up to 6GW of Offshore Wind by 2028

France plans to issue offshore wind tenders with a combined capacity of up to 6GW by 2028, according to the recently released Multiannual Energy Programme (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE)).

South Korean Floating Wind Attracts Big Names

The City of Ulsan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four domestic and foreign partnerships and investors to build and maintain floating wind farms, as well as to create a local supply chain in South Korea.

Topaz Newbuild Secures Offshore Wind Charter

Topaz Energy and Marine has signed an agreement with an unnamed north European contractor to charter its newbuild subsea vessel, Topaz Tangaroa, for work on renewable energy projects, primarily in support of offshore wind farms in the southern North Sea.

New Consortium Targets Dunkirk Offshore Wind Tender

Boralex, Eneco, Diamond Generating Europe Limited (DGE) and Van Oord have established a consortium with an aim to submit a bid for the Dunkirk offshore wind project in France.

Taiwanese Jacket Production Facility Taking Shape

The foundation production site being developed in Taiwan by a joint venture of Bladt and Century Wind Power (CWP) is taking shape, according to Bladt’s recent social media post.