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21 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

Smulders has loaded out the jacket foundation for the Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht offshore substation in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The jacket, weighing more than 1,700 tons, will be transported to the German North Sea at the beginning of March, weather permitting, Smulders said. The substation topside, which was assembled at the Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen yard, […]

19 February 2019 Business & Finance

MHI Vestas has reached a milestone for its V164 turbine model with the installation of the 200th unit. According to MHI Vestas, the milestone turbine has been installed at the Norther offshore wind farm in Belgium. It is the fifth out of 44 8.4MW turbines to be installed at the 370MW project. Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus started […]

14 February 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Denmark's Welcon has received the order to produce the first TetraSpar floating offshore foundation for a consortium comprising Shell, innogy and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies. ''We are very proud to be involved in this exciting project, which can be a game changer in offshore foundations for wind turbines,'' Welcon said. ''The way this foundation is designed fits perfectly […]

13 February 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance

Pipeshield International Limited has secured a contract by DeepOcean to supply the scour protection for the East Anglia One offshore wind farm in the UK. According to the Lowestoft-based company, more than 300 bespoke fronded concrete mattresses (FCMs) have been manufactured at the port of Great Yarmouth within close proximity of the deep water berth. Pipeshield […]

12 February 2019 Business & Finance

Wind energy has hit new records in Great Britain as 15.32GW of capacity was produced on Friday, 8 February, according to the UK National Grid. The 15.32GW provided 36% of Britain's electricity demand between 12:15 and 1:45 p.m. local time beating the previous record of 15.04GW set on 18 December 2018. “At one of the […]

11 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Bold Tern has installed the first turbine at the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK. Bold Tern arrived at the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm site last week carrying the first batch of Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines. The vessel is in charge of transporting and installing half of the […]

8 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

US Wind Inc. has appointed Natixis Securities Americas LLC as the sole and exclusive financial advisor for its 268.8MW Maryland offshore wind project. The project involves a total investment of USD 1.6 billion, US Wind, a subsidiary of Toto Holdings SpA, said. It is located 17 miles offshore of Ocean City, Maryland and is expected to be operational […]

4 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

Swire Blue Ocean’s jack-up vessel Pacific Orca has installed two-thirds of a total of 84 turbines at the Beatrice offshore wind farm. The vessel installed 56 of the 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbines last week and has 28 to go, according to Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL). ***MILESTONE*** We’re ending the week with two thirds of […]

4 February 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Formosa I offshore wind project in Taiwan by Macquarie, Ørsted, Swancor, and Japan's utility JERA. Formosa 1 is currently a joint venture between Ørsted (35% ownership), Taiwanese developer Swancor Renewable (15%), and Macquarie Capital (50%). As reported, JERA agreed […]

1 February 2019 Authorities, R&D

Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Das Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)) is launching the second round of preliminary investigations of offshore wind farm sites on Friday, 1 February. The second round of investigations will cover three areas in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. The three areas will feature […]

31 January 2019 Business & Finance, Ports & Logistics

The Connecticut Port Authority, Gateway Terminal and the City of New London have established a partnership under which New London will receive a share of the revenue coming from the State Pier. Under the terms of the partnership, New London will receive 10% of the Port Authority’s share of the revenue from the State Pier, in […]

31 January 2019 Vessels

MAN Energy Solutions has won an order to supply the engines for a new semi-submersible offshore wind farm foundation installation vessel for Oslo-based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT). MAN’s scope of supply covers 4 × MAN 12V32/44CR GenSets with a total output of 28,800kW. The new vessel will be built at the shipyard of China Merchants […]

28 January 2019 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Jobs & Recruitment, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

The City of Ulsan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four domestic and foreign partnerships and investors to build and maintain floating wind farms, as well as to create a local supply chain in South Korea. The four developers include a partnership between Royal Dutch Shell and CoensHexicon, which is a joint venture between […]

21 January 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has installed the last turbine at the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in Denmark. The jack-up vessel loaded the final batch of the MHI Vestas units destined for the 406.7MW project on 10 January at the Port of Esbjerg. Offshore construction began back in July last year when the […]

17 January 2019 Business & Finance, R&D

Offshore wind attracted USD 25.7 billion of clean energy investment in 2018, a 14% increase compared to 2017, with China being the main contributor to the rise, according to a report by BloombergNEF (BNEF). The increase in 2018 numbers is largely attributed to 13 Chinese offshore wind projects beginning construction for a total of circa USD […]

15 January 2019 R&D, Technology

GRI Renewable Industries has started manufacturing a tower for GE's Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine prototype in Sevilla, Spain. The work on the tower for the prototype started at the end of December, the company said. GE announced in March 2018 its plans to invest over USD 400 million over the next three to five […]

11 January 2019 Wind Farm Update

The 309MW Rentel wind farm in the Belgian North Sea has become Belgium's fifth fully operational offshore wind farm. Rentel has now joined the ranks of C-Power, Belwind, Northwind, and Nobelwind. The combined capacity of the five wind farms is 1,186MW provided by 274 wind turbines. With the addition of the capacity from Rentel, Belgium is now fifth […]

11 January 2019 Grid Connection

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission, the wholly-owned subsidiary of SSE plc, has completed the construction, commissioning and energization of the new Caithness-Moray electricity transmission link in Scotland. The link uses HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) technology to transmit power through a 113-kilometre subsea cable beneath the Moray Firth seabed between new converter stations at […]

11 January 2019 Business & Finance

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has launched a new public consultation on energy financing to better reflect energy industry trends and to enhance its support for the European Union's 2030 energy and climate targets. Over the next three months, EIB will engage with stakeholders, including shareholders, industry associations, civil society and the private sector to develop […]

10 January 2019 Grid Connection

Eleven offshore grid connection systems with a joint capacity of 6,232MW for offshore wind energy transmission from sea to land have now been connected to the German power grid by transmission system operator TenneT. “With this, TenneT has now almost entirely achieved the federal government’s expansion goal of having 6,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity […]

9 January 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

Turner Iceni has purchased two vessels - MCS Maestro and Don Quixote - which return to operations later this year after full refits. MCS Maestro, an 18-metre South Boat, was purchased from Maritime Craft Services. The vessel will be refitted with Volvo IPS 900, shot blasted and repainted in Turner Iceni livery. Interior modifications include […]

9 January 2019

CWind With experience at 50 UK and European offshore wind farms, CWind is an established, trusted partner. CWind’s ability to execute integrated turnkey solutions throughout the entire project lifecycle of a wind farm is demonstrated through existing long-term O&M contracts, completion of more than 890 cable pull-ins to date, commissioning scopes of work at almost 600 turbines and pre-assembly work packages at over 760 turbines.   […]

9 January 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

Gardline Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster, has appointed Christiaan Vermeijden as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. According to the UK-based company, Vermeijden will replace Gardline's current interim CEO, Gerben Eggink. "I am honoured to become CEO of Gardline, a company I have long admired for its strong reputation and rich heritage. I am looking […]

8 January 2019 Contracts & Tenders, R&D

Equinor has entered into an agreement with Unitech Offshore for the takeover of its Hywind Demo floating wind turbine in Norway. The turbine will be renamed to UNITECH Zefyros at Hywind Technology from 1 February and will be used as an infrastructure for research and technology projects in Metcentre at Karmøy. In its next phase, the floating turbine will […]

8 January 2019 Authorities

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has obtained additional federal consistency oversight regarding offshore wind development projects in the federal waters off its coast, as well as that of Massachusetts.  The CRMC has been granted this jurisdiction expansion by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a new Geographic Location Description (GLD 2018) […]

8 January 2019

Markets Outlook: Belgian Offshore Platform Offshore wind energy in Belgium There are currently 8 offshore wind projects in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) representing a total installed capacity of 2.267MW offshore wind energy. In 2018, five projects, C-Power, Belwind, Northwind, Nobelwind and Rentel, representing 1.186MW, are fully operational and meet the electricity needs of about […]