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23 April 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

Bladt Industries has installed the transformer on the offshore substation built for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium. According to the Danish company, three cranes were necessary for the installation of the 235t transformer on the substation. To remind, the substation topside began its journey towards Bladt's premises in Aalborg from Mostostal Pomorze in […]

23 April 2019 Technology

The University of Rhode Island (URI) has developed and deployed an acoustic device to detect whales near the Block Island offshore wind farm. MARIMBA (Marine Mammal Monitoring at Block Island Using Acoustics) was developed by six ocean engineering students who deployed it in close vicinity of the 30MW offshore wind project. “What we were trying to […]

23 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Tractebel DOC Offshore GmbH (DOC) has completed construction supervision of the inner array cabling at the Trianel Borkum II offshore wind farm (TWB II) in the German North Sea. From mid-August 2018, DOC supported this municipal offshore wind farm project with up to 14 DOC offshore experts, from the loading of the cables, the necessary […]

23 April 2019 Training & Education

Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, owners of the Revolution Wind project, have pledged USD 4.5 million to support offshore wind education and supply chain development in Rhode Island. The funding will be invested locally, with USD 3 million dedicated for higher education around offshore wind programs led by the University of Rhode Island (URI), which […]

23 April 2019 Business & Finance

German energy company E.ON and Japan's Kyuden Mirai Energy signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop offshore wind projects in Japan. The cooperation is focused on fixed bottom projects and starts with a study to jointly select a project for development, construction and operations in the Kyushu area, the southernmost island of Japan. The companies […]

22 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus has completed the installation of 40 out of 44 turbines at the Norther offshore wind project in Belgium. According to project developer Norther NV, the 40th turbine was installed yesterday morning, with the last load ahead. Aeolus began installing the first MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines at the site some 23km offshore Zeebrugge at the beginning of […]

18 April 2019 Business & Finance

Europe invested EUR 10.3 billion in new offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 4.2GW in 2018, according to WindEurope’s annual Financing and Investment Trends report. Investments in new offshore wind projects increased by 37% from 2017 but were still some way off the record EUR 18.2 billion seen in 2016, according to the […]

18 April 2019

The Offshore Wind Conference 2019 team is proud to announce that leading provider of services and solutions for the offshore energy industry DEME Offshore is the main sponsor of this year’s conference on 7 and 8 October at the Amsterdam RAI. DEME Offshore provides the most comprehensive offering to offshore energy customers. In the renewables […]

17 April 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

Six French coastal regions and the offshore wind industry have called on the French government to increase offshore wind ambitions in the Multiannual Energy Program (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE)). As reported earlier, France plans to tender up to 6GW of offshore wind and floating wind capacity from 2019 to 2028. The country’s operating capacity is expected to […]

8 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has installed the first turbine at the 497MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm in Germany. According to EnBW, the first Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbine was put in place on Friday, 5 April, at the offshore site some 95km north of Borkum and 100km northwest of Helgoland. The 132m long vessel […]

5 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has departed the Port of Esbjerg carrying the first turbines destined for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm in Germany. According to the Danish port, the 132m long vessel sailed out yesterday morning with the first batch of Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier won the contract for the transport and […]

4 April 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

Heavy lift vessel Seaway Strashnov has installed the jacket foundation and the substation topside on the 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. “With the installation of the offshore substation completed, we have once more accomplished another milestone on schedule,” said Jens Poulsen, Project Director at Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH. “In […]

2 April 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has signed a long term time charter with Falcon Global for their jack-up vessel Jill. Jill will be an integrated part of the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up fleet for offshore wind, where she will be under commercial management of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. The jack-up will be working out of Europe and mainly […]

29 March 2019 Business & Finance

France-based Akrocean has received stage 2 validation for its WINDSEA floating LiDAR (FLD) under the OWA Carbon Trust Roadmap. According to Akrocean, the validation was granted by DNV GL and marks commercial acceptance for the floating LiDAR. Offshore trials that began earlier in 2018 were performed in the English Channel and have been independently reviewed by DNV […]

28 March 2019 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The first wind turbine nacelles built by Senvion for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II wind farm have started their journey to the Buss Terminal Eemshaven in the Netherlands. The first of the 32 Senvion 6.2M152 wind turbines are expected to be installed at the site some 40 kilometres north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea […]

27 March 2019 Vessels

The newly built Damen FCS 2710 vessel HST Sofia has departed Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey and is en route to her first project, High Speed Transfers Ltd (HST) said.  The UK-based company did not disclose what project HST Sofia will be working on. HST Sofia, ordered in September 2018, is the second Damen FCS 2710 […]

26 March 2019

Offshore wind in Germany has taken a remarkable development in the past decade. With the zero bids in the last tender round, economics are also very attractive. Many companies from Germany have enabled that learning curve and are looking forward to cooperating with other market actors to further advance offshore wind. “We need to talk […]

21 March 2019 Business & Finance

Sif has reported that offshore wind accounted for approximately 83% of revenues and 69% of total contributions in the company's 2018 financial year figures. Sif saw a 28% loss of revenue in 2018, amounting to EUR 235.1 million, and a 45% loss in contribution, amounting to EUR 74.3 million. The gap in the production schedule and […]

21 March 2019 Contracts & Tenders

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has secured a contract to carry out unexploded ordnance (UXO) removal and boulder clearance at the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. JFMS is in charge of investigating and clearing locations at the 145km2 offshore site where earlier surveys have identified potential obstructions to construction. The works, set to begin in spring, […]

20 March 2019 Vessels

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's jack-up vessel Brave Tern is currently mobilizing for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind project in Germany. According to the company's recent post, the 132m long vessel is undergoing the mobilization at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier won the contract for the transport and installation of turbines for […]

12 March 2019 Authorities

US Wind Country Manager Salvo Vitale has urged Maryland's House and Senate committee members to incentivize the development of 1,200MW of additional offshore wind energy off the coast of Maryland. In testimony before Senate Finance Committee and House Economic Matters Committee of the Maryland General Assembly, Vitale called on House and Senate committee members to support […]

8 March 2019 Business & Finance

Offshore wind will be the backbone of a carbon neutral, climate-friendly UK economy and the new Sector Deal sets out that opportunity, according to Vattenfall's UK Country Manager Danielle Lane. Lane claims the Sector Deal underlines the importance of ensuring the UK sees the benefit of its Clean Growth Strategy in which offshore wind will play a crucial role […]

8 March 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment, Ports & Logistics

Norfolk and Suffolk have been named as the UK’s leading centre for offshore wind with the launch of a new cluster in conjunction with the release of the UK's Offshore Wind Sector Deal. The Norfolk and Suffolk Offshore Wind Cluster is expected to help create thousands of new jobs and unlock investment in the local area […]

27 February 2019 Grid Connection

Cable laying vessel Cable Enterprise has arrived at Prysmian Group's factory in Pikkala, Finland, to load the first batch of cables for the IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre) interconnector project. Over a ten-day period, over 100 kilometres of ± 320 kV DC submarine cables will be loaded onto the vessel. The IFA2 interconnector is a 1GW high voltage direct […]

26 February 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The 370MW Norther offshore wind farm has delivered first power to the Belgian grid. The project's first four MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines were connected to Stevin, Elia's new high-voltage station in Zeebrugge today, 26 February. Half of the generated wind energy will be sold to Engie and the remaining half to Eneco, Norther NV said. Van […]

21 February 2019 Business & Finance

An estimated 5-10% of the global workforce in wind energy is trained to GWO standards, according to the Global Wind Organisation (GWO). At the end of 2018, 74,432 persons, which represents a 65% increase, held a valid certificate for the training, the non-profit reported. In addition, 68 new GWO certified training sites were added last year, a 31% […]