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4 April 2019 R&D

A new Monmouth University Poll has found that the vast majority of New Jersey residents support the development of wind farms off this US state’s coast. Three-quarters of New Jersey residents (76%) would favor placing wind farms off the coast of the state, while just 15% would oppose this action. Past support for offshore wind […]

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 […]

1 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders

SeaPlanner Ltd has won a contract to provide its SeaPlanner marine management system and SeaHub communications solutions to support the construction of the 857MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. The SeaPlanner will be deployed for use by the construction project team to coordinate all personnel and marine logistics for the 145 kilometre-square site located some 33 […]

20 March 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

Denmark and Turkey have signed an agreement to extend their existing energy cooperation to include offshore wind. The new bilateral agreement focuses on the Roadmap for Offshore Wind in Turkey and builds on the collaboration the two countries established in 2017 to support the green transition of the Turkish heating sector. Danish Ambassador to Turkey Svend Olling and […]

18 March 2019 Industry Contribution

Pioneering companies within the Oil and Gas sector are adopting Wind Lidar to provide them with valuable wind data to vastly improve their operational efficiency. Lidar is an established tool that provides sophisticated wind assessment and measurements within the wind energy industry. An infrared laser exploits the Doppler effect to provide horizontal and vertical wind […]

12 March 2019 Authorities, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics

North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper has set aside USD 1.5 million to boost clean energy and green businesses in the proposed 2019-2021 budget, including a study on North Carolina’s potential to host offshore wind operations and associated jobs. The USD 300,000 study would evaluate state-owned and privately held ports with the potential to host offshore wind […]

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

ScottishPower is actively pursuing future offshore wind projects in England and Scotland as part of its GBP 6 billion investment plan, to ensure one third of the UK’s electricity can be produced by wind by 2030. The energy company said it plans to engage with The Crown Estate and The Crown Estate Scotland on seabed […]

6 March 2019 Vessels

The first steel of the OHT semisubmersible offshore wind farm foundation installation vessel was cut on 1 March at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) yard in China. The Ulstein-designed Alfa Lift vessel is developed for operations in the offshore renewables and installation market. The vessel has the ability to perform heavy lift crane operations […]

4 March 2019 Industry Contribution

Offshore wind farm development and operation are by nature more challenging than onshore, with additional environmental parameters to control and design for. More than 12 years ago, floating LiDAR (lidar) devices were introduced to the offshore wind industry - to meet a specific market need. Developers in the growing, but not yet mature, offshore wind […]

1 March 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The first of the three 800MW offshore wind farms to be constructed in Danish waters will be built off Nissum Fjord in the North Sea, the country's Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate said. The Thor offshore wind site, to be located at least 20 kilometres offshore, was selected over the second proposed option at the […]

28 February 2019 R&D, Technology

Fraunhofer's test bench for rotor blade bearings of up to 6.5 meters in diameter has been commissioned at the institute’s Hamburg facility, paving the way for automated continuous operation. The accelerated tests – simulating 20 years of service in six months of testing – will enable manufacturers and operators to increase the reliability of large […]

28 February 2019 Technology

Offshore technology and engineering company Osbit Limited has secured a contract with Global Marine Group to supply a multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plough -  Scion 240. The Scion 240 plough is being designed and built in North-East England and will be delivered from Osbit’s Blyth works at the end of May 2019. Osbit will support […]

27 February 2019 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

ALE has completed its full scope of work on Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. The project concluded in February 2019 when ALE completed the final discharge of the 106th transition pieces (TPs) onto the installation vessel. ALE was contracted by GeoSea to provide the specialist offshore engineering alongside the marine transportation, sea-fastening, load-out […]

27 February 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Vessels

Solstad Offshore ASA has secured a contract with GeoSea for the Moray East offshore wind project in the UK. Solstad Offshore will provide the vessel Normand Service, previously Sea Spider, to support wind farm installation operations at the 950MW project. The vessel will be chartered for a period of 180 days firm, with up to […]

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 […]

26 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's jack-up Bold Tern has departed from Hull, the UK, carrying the second batch of turbines for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind project. The vessel installed the first Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbine at the site some 120km off the Yorkshire coast in early February. Bold Tern is in charge of transporting and installing half […]

26 February 2019 Vessels

Ulstein has launched the X-Jack series of heavy lift jack-up offshore wind installation vessel designs. The three jack-up designs, J101, J102, and J103, are 80 metres, 145 metres, and 164 metres long, respectively. The smaller J101 is tailored for maintenance and exchange of wind turbines. The J102 jack up can transport and install up to […]

25 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Swire Blue Ocean's jack-up vessel Pacific Orca is installing the 64th turbine of the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm at a record location. Swire Blue Ocean said the location holds two records for the company as it represents the furthest north spot and the deepest installation with approximately 55 meters in depth. Beatrice Offshore Windfarm […]

25 February 2019 Business & Finance, Vessels

Hung Hua Construction (HHC), a Taiwanese dredging and nearshore construction company, has placed an order with Damen for two fast crew supply vessels of the latest FCS 2710 class. The two vessels, for which a contract was signed at the end of January, will be built at Damen Shipyards Singapore and are scheduled for delivery […]

25 February 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Navantia-Windar, a Spanish joint venture partnership, has won a contract to assemble and deliver five floating foundations for the Kincardine wind farm in Scotland. The assembly and delivery of the floating foundations will be carried out at the Navantia Fene yard in Spain, where the construction of one similar unit for Windfloat Atlantic is being […]

25 February 2019 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

Fugro has recently secured several offshore wind-related contract awards in the USA and in the Netherlands. The company has been selected to carry out geotechnical site investigations at the Hollandse Kust West offshore wind zone in the Dutch North Sea. The 1.4GW Hollandse Kust West is one of the three wind farm zones identified in the Offshore Wind Energy […]

22 February 2019 Vessels

Damen Shipyards has floated out High Speed Transfers' (HST) new fast crew supply vessel HST Sofia. According to the UK-based company, the vessel is scheduled for delivery in five weeks. HST Sofia, for which a contract was signed in September last year, represents the second FCS 2710 vessel HST ordered with Damen and is being built to the same specifications as HST Hudson. […]

21 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Taipower has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with China Steel Corp (CSC) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) for three offshore wind projects, the local media reported. The PPAs were signed for the 300MW Chong Neng project, developed jointly by CIP and CSC, as well as for CIP's 552MW ChangFang and 48MW Xidao, all located offshore the Changhua County. Under […]

21 February 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

Development of Australia’s first offshore wind farm, the 2GW Star of the South, has been stalled by Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s failure to sign off on an exploration license allowing a detailed assessment of the wind resource to commence, according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). The Department of the Environment and Energy confirmed […]

21 February 2019 Vessels

Ulstein Verft has installed a helideck on board Acta Marine's new walk-to-work vessel Acta Centaurus at its yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, thus completing the topside equipment installation process. According to Ulstein, Acta Centaurus will be completed and ready for operation in a little more than two months. “The main topside equipment, including tower, gangway and crane, has been […]