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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

18 January 2019 Business & Finance

RWE, the renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy, is planning to set aside approximately EUR 1.5 billion net in annual funds for investment mainly in the offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV sectors. According to RWE, the renewables business will focus on the Americas, key markets in Europe and new markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The […]

21 December 2018 R&D, Technology

The Danish Government Scheme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) has awarded DKK 16 million (more than EUR 2 million) to Rope Robotics.

7 December 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Danish renewable energy specialist European Energy Group has ordered a crew transfer vessel (CTV) which once delivered will service the 21MW Sprogø offshore wind farm.

23 October 2018 Business & Finance

Asia is going to surpass Europe in offshore wind capacity in the next ten years, Edgare Kerkwijk, Board member at Asia Wind Energy Association, said at the Offshore WIND Conference in Amsterdam.

16 October 2018 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

Following Alpha Offshore’s recent announcement on achieving a 56% increase in blade inspection operations this year, the company said the rise was mostly due to it now doing business under the umbrella of Sparrows Group, along with offshore wind sector’s progress and Alpha Offshore’s experience and know-how that are increasingly in demand. This is according […]

15 October 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Vessels

UK-based marine services company Stewart Marine has contracted Neptune Marine to build a new EuroCarrier 2611, which is to be named Viking Energy.

3 October 2018

The costs of floating offshore wind in Europe could decrease from the current EUR 180-200 per MWh to EUR 40-60 per MWh by 2030 with the right visibility in terms of volumes and industrialization, according to WindEurope’s Policy Blueprint.

27 September 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Belgium’s support of a maximum of EUR 3.5 billion for three offshore wind projects in the Belgian North Sea.

27 September 2018 Jobs & Recruitment, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Vessels

Investing EUR 500 million to EUR 1 billion in new port infrastructure in Europe could help the offshore wind sector cut costs by up to 5.3% according to figures released by the WindEurope Ports Platform at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg.

26 September 2018 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

Ørsted has appointed Steven Engels as the new General Manager for Continental Western Europe, as well as Country Manager for the Netherlands, a position previously held by Jasper Vis.

26 September 2018

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has created a new Offshore Wind Taskforce to accelerate the development of offshore wind technology in non-European markets such as Asia and North America.

24 September 2018 Business & Finance

Danish offshore wind operations & maintenance services provider ZITON A/S has raised EUR 100 million in a senior secured bond and EUR 25 million in a second secured bond.

17 August 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance

The European Commission has approved three schemes to support electricity production from wind and solar power in Denmark in 2018 and 2019.

10 August 2018 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy is seeking technical support to examine the potential for harmonisation and alignment of health and safety standards for onshore and offshore wind farms.

9 August 2018 Authorities, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D

New York power agencies and partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a study of successful offshore wind transmission models with a specific focus on largescale European projects.

26 July 2018

Europe added 1.1GW of offshore wind capacity in the first half of 2018, with the UK being the main contributor with 911MW, according to WindEurope’s recent report.

16 July 2018 Business & Finance

Turkey has a huge floating offshore wind potential and could significantly support the deployment of the floating offshore wind technology, WindEurope said during a recent workshop in Istanbul entitled “Leveraging the EU offshore wind expertise in Turkey”.

4 July 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted has awarded NKT with a contract worth over EUR 145 million, under which NKT will supply more than 190 kilometres of 220kV high-voltage AC XLPE offshore export cable system for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK.