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  • 4 January 2021
    Wind Farm Update

    Belgian offshore wind farms generated 6.7 TWh of electricity in 2020, which represented 8.4 per cent of total electricity consumption in Belgium, or the electricity consumption of around 1.9 million families. Eight offshore wind farms are currently operational in the Belgian North Sea, with a total installed capacity of almost 2.3 GW. This includes Northwester […]

  • 1 February 2021
    R&D, Technology

    The 2 MW Floatgen floating wind turbine, installed at the SEM-REV test site off Le Croisic, France produced 14 per cent more power in 2020 than in 2019, reaching an annual total of 6.8 GWh, Ideol said. In total, the Floatgen wind turbine produced 12.8 GWh of electricity throughout 2019 and 2020. Moreover, a new […]

  • 29 January 2021
    Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    RWE has selected the preferred siting of the transmission infrastructure for the Awel y Môr offshore wind project in Wales. Feedback from the consultation exercise held last year, which was visited by over 1,100 local people, as well as information from environmental studies, technical and statutory consultees, contributed to the latest designs. The majority of […]

  • 24 February 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    The La Gan Wind Power Development Corporation has signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) covering foundation supply and harbour services for the 3.5 GW La Gan offshore wind farm in Vietnam. The MoUs were signed with Vietnam-based suppliers: CS Wind Corporation, PTSC Mechanical and Construction, South Petroleum Construction J.S.C., and Vietsovpetro. Under the MOUs, the […]

  • 4 December 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    Ailes Marines reported on 2 December that all the inter-array cables at the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm will be buried to minimise the interference for navigation and fishing activities. According to the developer, due to extreme site conditions a commitment to bury half of the cables was made in 2016. Now it has been determined […]

  • 16 February 2021
    Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    The 731.5 MW Borssele 3 & 4 wind farm off the Netherlands will be officially handed over to the Operations team on Thursday, 18 February, as all construction phase-related activities have been completed and the wind farm is now generating electricity in full capacity. The first of the project’s 77 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines was […]

  • 12 November 2020

    Singapore-based integrated marine services provider PSA Marine has secured a three-year EUR 30 million equivalent sustainability-linked loan from DBS Bank. The loan features an interest rate adjustment linked to an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) target. This requires a fleet of PSA Marine’s Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) to be substantially deployed to support offshore wind […]

  • 10 February 2021
    Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Ørsted and PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna have signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture for the development, construction and operation of the 1.5 GW Baltica 2 and 1 GW Baltica 3 offshore wind farms in Poland. The agreement was signed following negotiations that PGE and Ørsted started back in October 2019. Almost a […]

  • 21 December 2020
    Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    Nexans has begun onshore work for the installation of underground cable that will connect the Seagreen offshore wind project to the grid in Angus, Scotland. Once finished, the 19 km cable will reach from where the project makes landfall in Carnoustie to a new substation currently under construction in Tealing. Installation is expected to be […]

  • 4 May 2021
    Grid Connection, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    Ørsted and the cable protection systems (CPS) manufacturer Tekmar are jointly trying to identify the root cause of the inter-array cable issue identified at the Race Bank wind farm offshore UK earlier this year. As reported earlier, Ørsted flagged the issue in its Q1 2021 interim report, saying that apart from Race Bank, up to […]

  • 23 March 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    DNV has signed a USD 17.7 million (EUR 14.84 million) contract to be the Owner’s Engineer for Taipower Offshore Wind Project Phase II (Changhua Phase II) in Taiwan. The 300 MW TPC Changhua Phase II is the largest offshore wind farm being developed solely by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower). The work scope lasting into the […]

  • 10 December 2020
    Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Amazon has signed a ten-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted to offtake the output of 250 MW from Ørsted’s planned 900 MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in Germany. This CPPA will contribute to Amazon’s target of being 100 per cent renewable by 2030 as part of the company’s goal to reach net-zero […]

  • 30 March 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    French power cable manufacturer Nexans has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Empire Offshore Wind LLC to connect the Empire Wind offshore projects to the New York State’s onshore grid. The turnkey projects cover the full design and manufacturing, as well as the laying and protection of over 300 kilometres of export cables that will […]

  • 4 May 2021
    R&D, Technology

    The Salamander floating wind project, developed by Simply Blue Energy in partnership with Subsea 7, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ocergy to evaluate how their foundation technology can be deployed for this project offshore Scotland. Last month, Simply Blue Energy joined forces with Subsea 7 to form a joint venture to develop the […]

  • 23 March 2021
    Business & Finance

    The following article is a guest post by Peter Thompson, East Asia Energy Leader at Arup, a global engineering and consultancy company. The article discusses the growing offshore wind sector in Asia, applying and refining lessons learned from Europe, as well as the region’s potential in floating wind. Asia’s offshore wind market is expected to […]

  • 15 December 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Lone is currently transporting nine monopiles from the Netherlands to the Akita Noshiro offshore wind project in Japan, the company reported via social media. SAL said it had been entrusted to transport the heaviest monopiles with weights up to 883 metric tons and lengths over 78 meters from Rotterdam to the […]

  • 15 March 2021
    Business & Finance

    The private placement of new shares for BW Ideol has been completed ahead of the new company’s listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange in the coming days. A total of NOK 575 million (EUR 57 million) in gross proceeds has been raised: NOK 500 million (EUR 50 million) through the placement of new shares and […]

  • 9 November 2020
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued an Order approving long-term contracts of the 804 MW Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm with the Commonwealth’s Electric Distribution Companies. The project is expected to provide approximately 0.1 per cent to 1.8 per cent savings on customer’s monthly energy bills, all other bill impacts remaining equal, […]

  • 6 May 2021
    R&D

    Irish government has awarded EUR 2.88 million through its Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) to a project developing a micropiling solution for offshore wind foundations. The funding has been awarded for the design and construction of a robotic drilling system and an anchor template for the installation of micropiled anchor foundations, with anchors to be load […]

  • 26 January 2021
    Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

    HSBC has issued a green trade finance facility raising USD 48 million (around EUR 40 million) for UAE-based Lamprell to support the company’s fabrication work for the Seagreen offshore wind farm in Scotland. The facility, for which HSBC was the sole arranger, is the first green guarantee in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) […]

  • 11 January 2021
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Boluda France and HST Marine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture company providing crew transfer services to the offshore wind market in France. The UK-based HST owns and operates seven crew transfer vessels and has so far carried out over 50,000 technician transfers to offshore structures across the European […]

  • 25 February 2021
    Business & Finance

    Polish manufacturer of steel foundations for offshore wind farms, ST3 Offshore – which declared bankruptcy in March 2020 – has been put up for sale by the Official Receiver of the company in insolvency. A tender has been issued for the sale of ST3 Offshore with a reserve price of the company amounting to PLN […]

  • 4 February 2021
    Business & Finance, Technology

    TEPCO Renewable Power (TEPCO RP) has joined the TetraSpar floating foundation demonstration project by buying a 30% stake. In addition to TEPCO RP, the share structure in the project includes Shell holding a 46.2% share, RWE 23.1% and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies 0.7%. Through their collaboration on the project, the four partners aim to obtain knowledge […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Business & Finance

    Aberdeen-headquartered engineering and technology consultants, Apollo, has been granted Fit for Offshore Renewables (F4OR) status under the F4OR Programme run by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Apollo’s Renewable and Offshore Director Nigel Robinson said: “I am delighted with this award, which reflects well on our established track […]

  • 12 November 2020
    Business & Finance

    Dolfines and 8.2 France are joining forces to offer integrated services to the wind energy market, especially the offshore one, by combining their technical expertise in wind turbines, electrical infrastructures and foundations. The offshore wind market’s growth represents a unique opportunity for an integrated player, according to the two companies, with strong growth in the […]

  • 14 April 2021
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    Japanese marine contractor Penta-Ocean Construction and DEME Offshore have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a joint venture company to collaborate in the field of offshore wind construction in Japan. In March 2020, Penta-Ocean and DEME Offshore signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the field of offshore wind power construction in Japan, […]