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  • 23 August 2023
    Floating Wind, Wind Farm Update

    Norwegian energy major Equinor, together with its partners, will inaugurate today the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen, according to Reuters. The Hywind Tampen floating offshore wind farm will be officially opened today by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. Equinor’s partners on this project include Petoro, OMV, Vår […]

  • 12 October 2023
    Collaboration, Outlook & Strategy

    Norwegian Offshore Wind has strengthened its collaborative efforts in the Polish market by signing two agreements (MoU) in Gdansk. The first memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Norwegian Offshore Wind and the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society (PTMEW). According to Norwegian Offshore Wind, this MoU will play an important role in building closer […]

  • 3 January 2024
    Business development, Cables, Floating Wind, Grid Connection, Innovation, Offshore Platforms, R&D, Technology

    Aker Solutions and the Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre) in Norway have signed a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a pilot project which will see Aker Solutions testing its new power transmission technology at the METCentre’s offshore test area that houses demonstration floating wind turbines. According to Aker Solutions, the new power system […]

  • 5 October 2023
    Floating Wind, Industry, Market Outlooks, Outlook & Strategy

    The global floating offshore wind project pipeline has grown significantly in the last twelve months in terms of capacity from 185 a year ago to 244 GW now, which represents a 32 per cent increase, according to a new report published by RenewableUK. The pipeline includes projects at any stage: fully operational, under construction, approved, […]

  • 21 November 2023
    Contracts & Tenders, Supply Chain, Vessels

    The Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards has signed a contract with Ta San Shang Marine (TSSM), a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Taiwan’s Ta Tong Marine, for the delivery of a Damen Construction Service Operation Vessel (CSOV) 9020. This will be TSSM’s second SOV in their fleet. The first, the TSS Pioneer, was […]

  • 6 September 2023
    Business development, Contribution, Environment, Project Updates, Technology, Vessels, Wind Turbines

    The next step in zero-emission wind farm operationsWith continuously growing energy demands, the need for renewable offshore wind energy is also on the rise. Currently, wind farms are maintained by technicians using Service Operations Vessels (SOVs). These SOVs serve as warehouses, workshops, transportation and accommodation for all the technicians onboard. In the areas where green […]

  • 28 November 2023
    Business development, Fixed-Bottom, Floating Wind, Operations & Maintenance, Supply Chain, Vessels

    Damen Shipyards Group officially launched its fully electric Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with offshore charging capabilities on 28 November at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2023 in Amsterdam. The company says that the new SOV 7017 E, said to be the world’s first vessel with offshore charging capabilities, paves the way for significantly reduced […]

  • 21 September 2023
    Authorities, Planning & Permitting, Project Updates, Wind Farm Update

    The UK Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero has granted development consent to RWE’s Awel y Môr offshore wind project off the North Wales Coast. The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration by Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited on 20 April 2022 and accepted for examination on […]

  • 28 November 2023
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    Crew transfer vessel operator Windcat is further expanding its commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV) fleet and has placed an additional order of two CSOVs with Damen Shipyards. The order increases Windcat’s CSOV fleet to a total of five vessels, leaving the option of acquiring a sixth vessel. The first three vessels are currently under construction […]

  • 3 October 2023
    Vessels

    UK-based Chartwell Marine has partnered with Vard to introduce the Midi Service Operations Vessel (Midi SOV), a 55-metre offshore wind craft that is coming to both the US and European markets in 2024, according to the companies. The vessel is said to be designed Jones Act-compliant, Americanized, and ready for production in the US shipyards. […]

  • 15 December 2023
    Business & Finance, Environment, Innovation, Market Outlooks, Operations & Maintenance, Outlook & Strategy, Research & Development, Technology, Transition

    A healthy market framework is necessary for offshore wind projects to be sustainable and future-proof, and changes to the tendering framework can help ensure that, Ireen Geerbex, Director Market Development the Netherlands at Vattenfall, said during this year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ”We need quality and we need added value, […]

  • 29 September 2023
    Fixed-Bottom, Project Updates, Wind Farm Update

    Dutch King Willem-Alexander and board members of Vattenfall, BASF, and Allianz officially inaugurated the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid 1-4 on 29 September. Having 139 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 1.5 GW, Hollandse Kust Zuid is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. The subsidy-free 1.5 GW wind farm, […]

  • 27 December 2023
    Floating Wind, Innovation, Outlook & Strategy, Vessels

    GustoMSC, a subsidiary of U.S.-based NOV, has officially launched the Enhydra series of vessels tailored specifically for floating offshore wind farms. Alain Wassink, Commercial Director of GustoMSC, presented the new series at The Stage during the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) 2023 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The vessel was described as a strategic enabler […]

  • 5 December 2023
    Authorities, Planning & Permitting, Project Updates, Wind Farm Update

    Natural Resources Wales has awarded marine licences for RWE’s Awel y Môr offshore wind project off the North Wales Coast. The offshore wind farm, which could power more than half of Wales’ homes, has secured all of its necessary planning approvals with the award of its marine licences from Natural Resources Wales, RWE said. The […]

  • 24 January 2024
    Authorities, Business development, Planning & Permitting, Project Updates, Research & Development, Wind Farm Update

    Guo Feng, an offshore wind project being developed by Iberdrola in Taiwan, has received the preliminary approval of its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The Guo Feng offshore wind project is located at the intersection of Changhua and Penghu waters, with 36 kilometres to the nearest distance to shore. First revealed in 2021, the total installation […]

  • 9 November 2023
    Floating Wind, Ports & Logistics

    Associated British Ports (ABP) and Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in floating offshore wind. Under the MOU, ABP and TIPC will share information and experience on floating wind-related port facilities and explore future business collaboration opportunities. The agreement was signed at the Kaohsiung Port Cruise Terminal […]

  • 16 November 2023
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Fixed-Bottom, Floating Wind, Planning & Permitting

    Fifty entities, including individual companies and consortia, from more than ten countries have submitted their expressions of interest to develop offshore wind projects in Portugal as the country prepares for its first auction. The number of interested parties reflects the high interest and attractiveness that the Portuguese offshore wind market presents on the international scene, […]

  • 30 August 2023
    Business & Finance, Fixed-Bottom

    Ørsted has signed a NTD 25 billion (EUR 721 million) sustainability-linked revolving loan facility agreement for the developer’s offshore wind farms in Taiwan with a consortium of financial institutions, including nine state-owned banks. Ørsted and the financial institutions have aligned to include sustainable initiatives related to Ørsted’s business operations as key performance indicators to ensure […]

  • 13 February 2024
    Authorities, Business development, Environment, Planning & Permitting, Project Updates, Research & Development, Wind Farm Update

    The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has approved the feasibility study report for the Lillebælt Syd (Lillebælt South) offshore wind farm, a 160 MW project being developed by European Energy and SONFOR (formerly Sønderborg Forsyning). On 7 February, the DEA approved the feasibility study report for the 160 MW nearshore wind farm, which consists of an […]

  • 29 January 2024
    Cables, Fixed-Bottom, Grid Connection, Offshore Platforms

    The export cable of the Rentel offshore wind farm is reported to have been damaged. However, the offshore wind farm keeps feeding electricity into the Belgian grid as the offshore power hub, Modular Offshore Grid (MOG), has taken over. Elia, the operator of Belgium’s MOG, says that the cable from the Rentel platform to the […]

  • 29 November 2023
    Business & Finance, Business development, Environment, Floating Wind, Grid Connection, Industry, Infrastructure, Outlook & Strategy, Planning & Permitting, Ports & Logistics, Power-to-X, Project Updates, R&D, Supply Chain, Technology

    Welcome to the Live Blog! #OEEC2023 in a nutshell. Enjoy the highlights of the event in this video: Thanks to all participants, partners, sponsors and media partners for making this event such a great success! See you next year on 26 & 27 November 2024! Drinks at Navingo stand Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference is almost coming […]

  • 26 January 2024
    Fixed-Bottom, Foundations, Manufacturing, Project Updates, Supply Chain, Wind Farm Update

    The first steel cutting of the monopiles for RWE’s Thor offshore wind farm in Denmark has taken place at Dajin Offshore Heavy Industry’s Penglai facility in China, marking the start of the project’s construction phase. In April 2023, Dajin was selected to deliver 36 monopiles as well as secondary structures and electrical outfitting for the […]

  • 1 November 2023
    Business & Finance, Fixed-Bottom, Project Updates, Wind Farm Update

    Danish renewable energy developer Ørsted has decided to cease the development of the Ocean Wind 1 and Ocean Wind 2 offshore wind projects in New Jersey. In addition, the company, together with Eversource, has taken a final investment decision (FID) on the 704 MW Revolution Wind, Rhode Island and Connecticut’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm. […]

  • 29 August 2023
    Supply Chain, Vessels

    Van Oord has taken delivery of the company’s new cable-laying vessel, the Calypso, following the vessel’s arrival in the Netherlands. The Calypso will be officially christened in Rotterdam in September, Van Oord said. The final construction phase took place at the Vard Brattvaag shipyard in Norway, where the cable-related equipment was installed on the vessel. […]

  • 20 February 2024
    Fixed-Bottom, Project Updates, Wind Farm Update

    Vesterhav Nord (North) offshore wind farm, owned by Vattenfall, started producing power on 16 February, joining its sister park Vesterhav Syd, which began generating electricity in January 2024. Vesterhav Nord is part of Vattenfall’s 344 MW Vesterhav duo, whose 168 MW Vesterhav Syd (South) has been feeding power into the Danish grid since January. The […]

  • 28 November 2023
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    The UK shipbuilder Diverse Marine has introduced the Diverse Marine Client Finance Programme, its own finance and lease programme, through which it secured financing for an initial, but rolling, eight crew transfer vessels (CTVs). Funding for offshore wind CTVs has been challenging, said the company, and the Diverse Marine Client Finance Programme, designed initially for […]