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7 June 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Conseil d’Etat, France’s supreme administrative court, has dismissed the appeal against the operating permit for the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project. All the administrative permits required for the construction and operational phases of the project are now secured, the project developers said. EDF Renewables, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, and Enbridge, a North […]

5 June 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has granted a license to OWP Gennaker GmbH, a subsidiary of wpd, to build and operate the 865.2MW Gennaker offshore wind farm. The license covers the construction and operation of the wind farm consisting of 103 wind turbines, two offshore substations, and the inter-array cables. The wind farm will feature Siemens Gamesa […]

5 April 2019 Authorities, R&D

The German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) has approved changes in the grid connection for offshore test areas as part of its decision to amend the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG), allowing the establishment of offshore test centers. The approval means that an offshore test center can be established off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the Baltic Sea, […]

15 March 2019 Authorities, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

MFW Bałtyk III Sp. z o.o., a joint venture between Equinor and Polenergia S.A., has secured an environmental decision for the offshore grid infrastructure connecting two offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 1440MW to the Polish national grid system. The decision was issued by the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection (RDOŚ) in Gdansk. In May 2018, Polenergia and […]

4 March 2019 R&D, Technology

The Deutsche WindGuard Consulting GmbH testing laboratory has been accredited for the calibration of nacelle mounted lidars. Accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, the laboratory can now calibrate all kinds of wind remote sensing devices. According to Deutsche WindGuard Consulting, nacelle lidars have gained in importance in the last years – especially with regards to […]

27 February 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The prefect of the Normandy and the Seine-Maritime and the prefect of the Somme region have authorized the construction of the 496MW Dieppe-Le Tréport offshore wind farm and the accompanying grid link. The decision follows the period of public discussions on the application, which were held from 16 October to 29 November last year. Both Departmental […]

26 February 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition by RWE of E.ON's renewable and nuclear electricity generation assets. Under the agreement reached in March 2018, E.ON is to take over RWE’s 76.79% stake in innogy, whereas RWE is to obtain among other things all of E.ON’s major renewable energy activities and innogy’s renewable energy […]

4 February 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH by Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, part of the Siemens group. Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH operates the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the German North Sea and is currently owned and controlled by […]

15 January 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance

The Denmark-based Peter Madsen Rederi (PMR) has won a contract by 50Hertz to provide boulder clearance at the Ostwind 2 grid connection project in the German Baltic Sea.  The project comprises boulder clearance and extensive survey works at the three cable routes which will connect the Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle offshore wind farms to the German […]

10 January 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted's subsidiary Optimus Wind Limited has applied to the UK Marine Management Organisation for a marine license to undertake offshore unexploded ordnance (UXO) inspection and clearance works for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm. In preparation for offshore construction which is due to commence in 2020, there is a requirement to carry out inspections and, […]

11 December 2018 Authorities

A bill that would authorize offshore wind energy development in the Exclusive Economic Zone adjacent to US territories has passed the US House of Representatives.

2 November 2018 Authorities, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics

Eyemouth Harbour Trust has secured planning permission for the construction of a helicopter access facility adjacent to Eyemouth Harbour, Scotland. 

12 October 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Vessels

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules the extension of the existing Danish tonnage tax scheme to additional types of vessels. 

4 October 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Icebreaker offshore wind farm in Lake Erie, which states the project will not have a significant impact on the environment.

11 July 2018 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Council of State dismissed eight objections filed against the final permits for Windpark Fryslân and thus cleared the way for the construction of the project in the Frisian part of the IJsselmeer near Breezanddijk in the Netherlands.

20 June 2018 Business & Finance, Technology

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has secured final certification for the V164-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine model.

11 June 2018 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The UK Planning Inspectorate has accepted for examination Ørsted's application for the Hornsea Project Three Development Consent Order (DCO).

6 June 2018 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

Triton Knoll Offshore Windfarm Ltd has applied to the UK's Marine Management Organisation for a marine licence to undertake boulder clearance and seabed preparation works within the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm array zone.

11 May 2018 Business & Finance

Polish state-owned power producer Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) has withdrawn from bringing the country's first nuclear power plant to realisation and decided to focus on building offshore wind farms instead, according to Reuters, which cites two sources confirming this. 

7 May 2018 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Vessels Edda Fonn and Voe Vanguard are on their way to the Rampion site to carry out boulder clearance and UXO identification on the CR4 export cable route, according to the project's Notice to Mariners and vessels' latest AIS data. 

20 March 2018

UK company Utility ROV Services (URS) and Cyprus-based EDT Shipmanagement have signed an agreement to provide boulder clearance services to the offshore renewable energy industry using their combined resources. The agreement is based on an initial one-year period with options for extension. 

14 March 2018 Wind Farm Update

On 12 March, SeaTerra detonated the last buoyant mine found at the Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWB II) site as part of an unexploded ordnance (UXO) campaign that had been running over the recent months, thus marking the completion of the project.

12 February 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taiwan has approved the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) of three offshore wind projects proposed to be built off Changhua County by Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable, according to local media.

8 February 2018 Environment, R&D, Technology

APEM has released a study suggesting that four times fewer Northern gannets collide with offshore wind turbines than previously thought.

10 January 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

A group of 25 wind industry executives have called for market scale and visibility on renewables deployment volumes in order to sustain the current cost reduction pathway during the first meeting of the European Commissions' Clean Energy Industrial Forum dedicated to renewables.

22 December 2017 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and the government of the city of Jieyang have signed an agreement to develop a deep-water offshore wind project with a capacity of up to 3GW off the Guangdong Province in the South China Sea.