Highlights of the Month – July 2020

We bring you the ten most-read articles on OffshoreWIND.biz for the month of July 2020.

Blade Crashes Into Apollo’s Gangway Offshore Belgium

A blade from one of SeaMade’s wind turbines collided with the gangway on DEME Group’s jack-up Apollo at the beginning of July, after which the gangway detached from the vessel and fell into the sea.

Saipem Scores Offshore Wind Hat-Trick

Saipem has won three contracts for offshore wind farms in Europe – Dogger Bank A and B, Seagreen, and Saint Brieuc – valued at more than EUR 90 million in total.

Largest Wind Turbine in China Now Grid-Connected

China’s first 10 MW offshore wind turbine was connected to the grid on 12 July at Xinghua Bay Wind Farm Phase II off the Fujian province.

Offshore Construction on World’s Largest Wind Farm Starts Next Spring

Vattenfall plans to start offshore construction on the largest, and also the first subsidy-free offshore wind farm in the world, in the spring of 2021.

Brave Tern Gearing Up for Largest Wind Turbines

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern will undergo upgrades which will allow the jack-up to handle all known next-generation wind turbines and larger foundations.

Shell-Eneco Consortium Wins Hollandse Kust (Noord) Tender

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has selected the CrossWind consortium between Shell and Eneco to develop and operate the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind project without government subsidies.

Equinor Floats 800 MW Wind Project Offshore South Korea

Equinor has started conducting wind measurements to investigate the possibility of developing and constructing an 800 MW floating offshore wind project in South Korea.

MingYang Unveils Hybrid-Drive 11 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

MingYang Smart Energy Group introduced its new MySE11-203 offshore wind turbine on 7 July. Featuring hybrid drive, nameplate capacity of 11 MW, and a rotor diameter of 203 meters, MySE11-203 is said to be the world’s biggest hybrid-drive wind turbine.

UK Proposes to Ease OFTO Rules on Four Offshore Wind Farms

The UK Government has proposed to exempt Beatrice, Hornsea One, Rampion, and East Anglia One offshore wind farms from the requirement to hold a licence to transmit electricity, due to COVID-19-related delays in transferring their transmission assets.

World’s Largest Renewable Energy Corporate Power Purchase Agreement Signed in Taiwan

Taiwan-based TSMC has signed a corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) with Ørsted for the Greater Changhua 2b & 4 offshore wind farm. TSMC will offtake the full production from the 920 MW wind farm, making this the largest-ever contract of its kind within renewable energy.