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17 July 2019 Grid Connection

Transmission system operator TenneT has cut the first steel for the DolWin kappa offshore converter platform, the centerpiece of the 900MW DolWin6 HVDC connection. Spain's Dragados Offshore is responsible for the design, supply, construction, transportation and installation of the DolWin kappa platform and the accompanying jacket foundation. Siemens will supply the entire technology for the […]

17 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection

Transmission system operator TenneT TSO BV has issued a contract notice for the provision of a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the Ijmuiden Ver offshore platforms. This FEED platform study is a part of the development of a 2GW 525 kV DC platform design for the two IJmuiden Ver grid connection systems (GCS) […]

16 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Japan's Sumitomo Corporation and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) have begun an offshore ground investigation around Hirashima and Enoshima islands off the coast of Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture, to explore the possibility of developing an offshore wind farm. The Japanese government is currently in the process of determining areas to be designated as offshore […]

16 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities has signed a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK. Effective 16 July, Danske Commodities will take over balancing and trading of 281MW, equivalent to 70% of the wind farm’s production. The 402MW Dudgeon is owned by Equinor (35%), Masdar (35%) and […]

16 July 2019 Grid Connection

German offshore wind farms delivered 11.64 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity to the grid in the first half of 2019, a 28.8% increase compared to the same period last year when the wind farms delivered 9.04TWh of electricity. The wind energy transmitted from the North Sea to land by the transmission grid operator TenneT rose to […]

15 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Jan De Nul's offshore installation vessel Taillevent is en route to Eemshaven in the Netherlands to start loading the first turbine components for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) offshore wind farm. Located in the German North Sea, the 200MW TWBII wind farm will comprise 32 Senvion 6.2M152 wind turbines installed at the site some 40 […]

11 July 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

Danish investment company A.P. Møller Holding A/S has agreed to acquire the compatriot KK Group A/S from SoLix Group AB. KK Group's main activities are realized through KK Wind Solutions, a supplier of power electronics solutions to OEMs such as SiemensGamesa, Vestas, MHI Vestas, and GE Renewables. Approximately 65% of the installed offshore capacity worldwide […]

3 July 2019 Business & Finance

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is inviting input for the environmental impact report (EIR) which will be prepared for the Frederikshavn offshore wind project. Denmark's Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt gave permission to European Energy at the end of last year to conduct surveys at the project site offshore Frederikshavn. All survey data […]

2 July 2019 Business & Finance

Ørsted has awarded thirteen local organizations around Liverpool Bay, the UK, with grants from the latest round of its Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund. This latest round of the fund saw the 100th project being awarded a grant and taking the total number of groups to have benefitted to 105. “Having almost granted £1 million worth of […]

20 June 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Governor of Maine Janet Mills has signed into law legislation that will bring the contract approval for the Maine Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind project. The LD 994 legislation requires the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve the power purchase contract for the 12MW demonstration wind farm, after delaying the decision on the agreement in January […]

18 June 2019 Vessels

The UK-based high-speed craft and aluminium ship builder Wight Shipyard Co Ltd (WSC) is breaking into the wind farm support vessel (WFSV) market with the launch of its new Vortisea brand. The Vortisea brand, designed in collaboration with Australia’s Incat Crowther, is specifically geared towards European and UK wind farms, particularly those further offshore, WSC […]

18 June 2019 Grid Connection

Prysmian Group has secured a circa EUR 140 million contract by TenneT to provide cables for the DolWin5 grid connection project in the German North Sea. Prysmian will supply, install and commission an HVDC 320 kV XLPE-insulated submarine and land power cable connection, with a 900MW transmission capacity, and the associated fiber optic cable system, including […]

18 June 2019 Technology

GreenSpur Renewables has built what is said to be the world's largest ferrite-based direct drive permanent magnet generator (DD-PMG) for offshore wind turbines that is capable of multi-megawatt electricity generation. The DD-PMG, capable of producing 250kW, uses a new construction method that solves many problems today's offshore wind turbines experience without the need for large quantities […]

12 June 2019 Training & Education

President and Managing Director of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Chris Hart has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources calling for workforce development for the local offshore wind industry. The hearing, Building a 21st Century American Offshore Wind Workforce, focused on the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act, which […]

3 June 2019 Industry Contribution

Home of energy transition Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) is where the energy transition takes place. It is Europe’s leading gathering of the entire offshore energy industry and your opportunity to network with highly qualified experts and professionals across global markets – 7, 8 and 9 October in Amsterdam. Offshore Energy is the place […]

3 June 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted has officially started operations on the 1,214MW Hornsea One, the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The project’s first operational team of 32 set sail from Grimsby Royal Docks to the wind farm located 120 kilometres out to sea on 31 May. They are part of two shift-based teams that are responsible for […]

31 May 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Ordtek has secured a contract to provide specialist unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk management advice prior to the construction of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. The UK-based company has already provided research on the military history of the area for naval conflicts, aerial bombing and munition dumping sites. Additionally, Ordtek completed a geophysical data interpretation of the […]

29 May 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Technology

Spica Technology is to deliver 32 remote maintenance platforms to be installed on the wind turbines of Ørsted's Burbo Bank Extension wind farm in Liverpool Bay, UK. The 258MW wind farm comprises 32 MHI Vestas 8MW wind turbines which have been in operation since May 2017. The remote maintenance platform is an add-on data collection system […]

27 May 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG have agreed to continue their cooperation on the 200MW Trianel Borkum II offshore wind farm project. As reported earlier, Senvion had filed for self-administration in April 2019. The original general contract between Senvion and TWB II therefore had to be adjusted. […]

23 May 2019 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Acta Marine's new walk-to-work vessel Acta Centaurus was christened in Den Helder in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 22 May. Following the ceremony, Acta Centaurus will head to Eemshaven to mobilize for its first offshore wind assignment. According to DHSS, MHI Vestas contracted the vessel for the coming work on the Deutsche Bucht wind farm in […]

21 May 2019 Vessels

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's jack-up vessel Jill has departed from the Port of Frederikshavn in Denmark to begin supporting suction bucket installation tests on a project. The work, which will be carried out in cooperation with Universal Foundation, represents the vessel's first offshore wind assignment. According to Fred-Olsen Windcarrier, the aim of the project is to decrease offshore wind […]

20 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Baltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its meteorological tower at the site of the proposed 268MW wind farm offshore Maryland. Installation of the MET Mast tower is scheduled to begin on 14 July, with installation anticipated to be completed by 8 August, […]

15 May 2019 Vessels

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's heavy lift vessel Jill has completed her cross-Atlantic journey from the United States to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The jack-up has been floated off and is now ready for her first offshore wind assignment where she will assist in suction bucket installation tests out of Frederikshavn in Denmark. Jill is equipped with 102m long […]

15 May 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Amsterdam-headquartered Deep BV, Hydrography & Geophysics has won contracts to carry out subsea surveys at Northland Power's Deutsche Bucht and Nordsee One offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. The duration of the two service contracts is five years, Deep BV said without providing any further details. The 332MW Nordsee One offshore wind farm started commercial operation […]

14 May 2019 Business & Finance

Innogy has reported a 29% increase in adjusted EBIT in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019, said to be due to earnings contributed by new wind farms, as well as prices and improvement in weather conditions. In the latest financial results, Innogy announced EUR 200 million in adjusted EBIT in Q1, compared to […]

10 May 2019 Industry Contribution

  For a long time, the development of offshore wind was little contested by other sea uses in the North Sea. Whilst there were objections from fishermen due to limiting their access to sea space and tourism representatives concerned by visual impacts on the coast, few spatial conflicts were the order of the day. But […]