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20 February 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

Van Oord has awarded Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (NSW), a subsidiary of General Cable Corporation, to design, produce and deliver 45km of medium-voltage submarine power cables for the inter-array grid of the Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm.

14 February 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Anbaric Development Partners (ADP) the rights to solicit customers and sell transmission rights to a 2GW–2.4GW offshore wind transmission system in southern New England called the Massachusetts Ocean Grid. ADP will offer its offshore grid to developers that currently hold federal offshore wind leases as well as to those that are yet to obtain them.

29 December 2017 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

Iberdrola has connected its 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm to the German power grid. 

18 December 2017 Wind Farm Update

The 111MW Nordergründe offshore wind farm is now officially in full operation, after the last of the total of 18 Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbines was connected to the grid yesterday, 17 December.

17 November 2017 Business & Finance

Avangrid, the U.S. arm of the Spanish renewable energy giant Iberdrola, has announced the pricing of 3.150% of its notes in aggregate principal amount of USD 600 million, and will use the net proceeds of the offering to finance and/or refinance its renewable energy projects in the U.S., including offshore wind farms.

1 November 2017

European wind energy broke a new record on Saturday, 28 October, with 24.6% of the EU’s electricity demand powered by wind – highest percentage ever recorded, WindEurope reported. Offshore wind turbines accounted for 2.8% of this share, while those on land met 21.8% of EU’s electricity demand.

27 October 2017 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

Vattenfall’s wind energy unit reported an underlying operating profit of SEK -0.3 billion (approx. EUR 31 million) for the third quarter, due to lower availability resulting from grid outages and cable issues in some offshore wind farms. 

24 October 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

TSO TenneT and Blauwwind, the consortium of Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE, have signed the grid connection agreements for the Borssele III and IV offshore wind farms situated off the coast of the Dutch province Zeeland.

23 October 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, R&D

India has taken another step forward in its effort to develop offshore wind projects off its coast as the FOWIND Consortium launched a report looking at grid integration issues for offshore wind in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

20 October 2017 Contracts & Tenders, R&D, Technology

ORE Catapult is looking to procure a Power Analyser System to be used in the 15MW wind turbine and 3MW marine drivetrain test facilities in Blyth, which will link into the Grid Emulation System (eGrid) to allow the measurement of current and voltage usage from the eGrid system.

16 October 2017 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) signed Avangrid’s offshore wind lease for the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk site off North Carolina on 10 October. The lease will go into effect on 1 November 2017.

4 October 2017

Following media reports that Danish-based Semco Maritime will open an office in Grimsby, Offshore WIND contacted the company who confirmed and said the opening reception will be held on Thursday, 12 October, in Grimsby.

26 September 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

Vattenfall has invited companies to pre-qualify for the tender call for the supply and installation of the Vesterhav Nord and Vesterhav Syd onshore grid. Following the selection phase, the developer is expected to invite tenders in December 2017.

21 September 2017 Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

Swedish company SCiBreak has joined the PROMOTioN consortium, which aims to develop and demonstrate diode rectifier offshore converters, HVDC grid protection system, and HVDC circuit breaker prototypes. PROMOTioN will also deliver a regulatory and financial framework, including an offshore grid deployment plan for the future offshore grid system in Europe.

17 August 2017 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Vessels

Belgian transmission system operator Elia has awarded Dredging International, part of the DEME Group, with a contract for the subsea cable installation for the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) in the Belgian part of the North Sea.

6 July 2017 Training & Education

​Twenty-five pupils from the John Whitgift Academy in Grimsby visited the construction site for Race Bank offshore wind farm on 5 July to learn more about offshore wind and the variety of jobs available in the industry.

28 June 2017 Grid Connection, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

National Grid UK has started raising the height of a power line across the River Tyne Engineers to allow ships carrying offshore wind turbine parts to pass safely underneath.

27 June 2017 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Following the installation of 20 out of 91 Siemens 6MW wind turbines at the 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm, Grimsby has surpassed 1GW of offshore wind capacity operated from the town, local media report.

19 June 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection

Fugro has been awarded a joint contract with Boskalis for survey and identification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the Borssele Wind Farm Zone in the Netherlands.

19 June 2017 Operations & Maintenance, Training & Education

DONG Energy has partnered with the Grimsby Institute to offer new offshore wind turbine technician apprenticeships.

9 June 2017 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility, agreed to enhance their co-operation with a view to advancing the energy transition under global and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative.

7 June 2017 Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

DONG Energy has announced plans to offer frequency response from its existing Burbo Bank offshore wind farm using a combination of wind power and battery.

24 May 2017 Grid Connection

TenneT has presented a first draft of new offshore grid connection rules (O-NAR) in Germany.

9 May 2017 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Iberdrola’s U.S.-based subsidiary Avangrid Renewables has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in the Vineyard Wind project offshore Massachusetts from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

4 May 2017 Business & Finance

New Bedford, US, and Grimsby, UK, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement as the New Bedford port is looking to tap into the offshore wind opportunities same as Grimsby.