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22 April 2019 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Spain’s Zamakona Yards has launched a service operation vessel (SOV) being built for Esvagt AS at the company’s Bilbao facilities. Once delivered, the Esvagt will start a 15-year contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on the Deutsche Bucht wind farm in the German North Sea. The Esvagt Albert Betz SOV is 58.5 metres long and has […]

19 April 2019 Grid Connection, Vessels

Jack-Up Barge’s vessel JB-115 has commenced work on the offshore substation of the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in Germany. The Dutch company is responsible for the hook-up and commissioning services of the offshore substation at the 269MW project. The substation’s jacket foundation and topside were installed at the offshore site by heavy lift vessel Seaway […]

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 Business & Finance

German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, its lenders, and main bond holders have signed a binding loan agreement, setting forth terms for a EUR 100 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) facility. According to Senvion, the DIP facility enables the company to continue its business operations following last week’s self-administration filing. The loan has received Board approvals and allows substantial […]

10 April 2019 Business & Finance

The Denmark-based ALL NRG has secured work with Van Oord on the 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project. ALL NRG said that its team of technicians from the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm has been called upon for Deutsche Bucht in the German North Sea. According to the company, the team will be assisting Van […]

8 April 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

The European Commission has fined General Electric (GE) EUR 52 million for providing incorrect information during the investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of GE’s planned acquisition of LM Wind Power. On 11 January 2017, GE notified its proposed acquisition of the blade manufacturer. In this notification, GE stated that it did not have any […]

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 […]

3 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The European Commission has selected a consortium led by eclareon, The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) and WindEurope to explore health, safety, and environment (HSE) best practice in the wind power sector. The “wind harmony” study will examine the alignment of HSE standards from construction, through operation and maintenance, to decommissioning, covering both onshore and offshore […]

1 April 2019 Authorities

The European Court of Justice has annulled the Commission’s decision that feed-in tariffs, as provided by the German 2012 renewables law EEG, constitute state aid. The World Wind Energy Association explains that the European Commission pressured Germany and other governments to wrongly notify feed-in legislation as state aid, which caused feed-in legislation to be substituted […]

28 March 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

X1 Wind’s single point mooring system platform for floating wind turbines is set to receive EUR 4 million of EU Commission Horizon 2020 funding. A consortium of nine partners, led by X1 Wind, will deploy a prototype of the PivotBuoy at a test site at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The consortium will […]

27 March 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The jacket foundation for the Deutsche Bucht offshore substation has arrived at the installation site in the German North Sea and will be installed as soon as there is a suitable weather window, a spokesperson for Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH told Offshore WIND. The substation topside has been towed from Vlissingen to Eemshaven in the Netherlands, as the […]

25 March 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The topside for the Deutsche Bucht substation was shipped out from the Damen Shiprepair yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, to the installation site in the German North Sea on 19 March. The 269MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm will comprise of 33 MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbines installed on 31 monopile foundations and two mono […]

18 March 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance

DHSS has won a contract by Van Oord for call-off helicopter services for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in Germany. Helicopter flights will take off from Den Helder Airport in the Netherlands, while the Eemshaven heliport is also an option if required since DHSS has a vessel and helicopter support base in the vicinity. […]

13 March 2019 Grid Connection, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The topside for the offshore substation of the Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm has been loaded on the pontoon at the Damen Shiprepair yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The topside was loaded out on Sunday 24 February, Smulders said. The accompanying jacket was loaded on the pontoon earlier that week. The topside will […]

7 March 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

WindEurope has appointed Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Senior Vice President for Business Area Wind, as the new Chair. The Board of Directors elected Groebler for an 18-month term, succeeding Ivor Catto, CEO at RES Group. Tony Adam from Nordex will become the association’s new Vice Chair, taking the place of Juan River Abbad from Iberdrola. “We’re delighted to have Gunnar […]

6 March 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and DHSS have signed an agreement under which MHI Vestas will use the recently opened DHSS support base in Eemshaven for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project. MHI Vestas will use the offshore service hub in Eemshaven as the base for its turbine commissioning and subsequent 15-year O&M works on the 269MW wind […]

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 […]

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 […]

25 February 2019 Authorities, R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

The European Commission has approved French plans to support four demonstration floating wind farms, one in the Atlantic Ocean and three in the Mediterranean. The projects include the Groix Belle Ile wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Golfe du Lion, Eolmed, and Provence Grand Large wind farms in the Mediterranean Sea. The demonstration floating wind […]

22 February 2019 Business & Finance

Shell is interested in entering the UK offshore wind market, Mark Gainsborough, executive vice president at Shell New Energies, told Reuters. The company plans to crack the UK offshore wind market through either acquiring a share in an existing project, acquiring an entire project, or by securing seabed leases later this year, Gainsborough told Reuters […]

22 February 2019 Authorities, Vessels

The European Commission has approved the extension of a scheme supporting the maritime transport sector in Denmark to new types of vessels, including the ones working in the offshore wind industry. Under the amended scheme, shipping companies registered in the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) and employing seafarers aboard certain specialised vessels providing offshore […]

22 February 2019 Business & Finance

Wind energy provided 14% of the EU’s electricity in 2018, which is an increase from 12% in 2017, according to statistics by WindEurope. Last year, wind power capacity rose by 11.3GW in Europe, with 2.65GW offshore and 8.6GW onshore. According to WindEurope, continued growth in capacity and the use of more powerful turbines are helping to increase wind’s share […]

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, […]

7 February 2019 Business & Finance

Vattenfall plans to invest SEK 24 billion (EUR 2.3 billion) in wind power in 2019 and 2020, the Swedish energy company said in its 2018 Year-End Report. In December 2018, Vattenfall made the investment decision for the 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Denmark.  The investment decision for the Vesterhav Syd & Nord offshore wind […]

7 February 2019 Business & Finance

Europe installed 2.6GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018, an 18% increase, according to the latest statistics by WindEurope. Fifteen new offshore wind farms were commissioned last year, with the UK and Germany accounting for 85% of the new capacity by adding 1.3GW and 969MW respectively. The average size of the new turbines […]

5 February 2019 Grid Connection

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over Diamond Transmission Partners by Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited (DTC) and by Infrared Capital Partners Limited (IRCP). Diamond Transmission Partners is the holding company of the Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) for the 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm, active in […]