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6 April 2018 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, R&D, Wind Farm Update

Two Towers BV, a consortium comprising Van Oord Renewable Finance, Investri Offshore and Green Giraffe Holding has won the Dutch tender for the fifth site at the Borssele zone, designated as the demonstration site for innovations in offshore wind.

30 March 2018 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) of Vineyard Wind’s proposed 800MW wind farm offshore Massachusetts.

30 March 2018 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Bibby WaveMaster 1 has completed its first charter with James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) at the Galloper offshore wind farm and is now preparing to work for Total in the oil and gas sector, starting on 5 April.

29 March 2018 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

The last eight transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm have been loaded onto the RollDock Sea vessel and are now ready to sail out to Eemshaven, according to Roll Group’s social media pages. 

19 February 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC) has signed a contract with ScottishPower Renewable to carry out an offshore readiness assessment to ensure East Anglia ONE is ready to complete the offshore works in an efficient and safe manner.

15 February 2018 Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

RollDock is currently transporting the transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm from Aviles, Spain, to the Buss Orange Blue Terminal in the Eemshaven port, the Netherlands.

5 February 2018 R&D, Technology

A start-up from the University of Malta is developing a floating energy storage system that uses pressurised seawater and compressed air, and can be integrated directly into a platform of a floating renewable energy device such as a floating wind turbine. 

29 January 2018 Business & Finance

A new unexploded ordnance (UXO) consultancy – NjordIC – has been established in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.

18 January 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is seeking to partner with a UK-based university to accelerate electrical infrastructure research and development activities relating to offshore renewable technologies.

18 January 2018 Business & Finance, Environment, R&D

The UK could see a five-fold increase in its installed offshore wind capacity by the 2030s, with the industry maturing to the zero-subsidy level by mid-2020s, a new study by Aurora Energy Research shows.

15 January 2018 Authorities, Environment, Operations & Maintenance, R&D

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing draft guidelines for the use of a design envelope approach in Construction and Operation Plans (COPs) for offshore wind projects in the United States.

2 January 2018 Contracts & Tenders

With the latest Dutch tender in process, we said farewell to 2017 and can now welcome 2018 with wishes for it to resume in similar manner as it is most likely to begin: with a concession contract for a project awarded at the first subsidy-free tender.  

12 December 2017

A Cable Relay Station (CRS) for the Norfolk Vanguard project could turn out to be a stumbling stone for Vattenfall’s proposed HVAC option, as North Norfolk District Council pointed to this part of the proposal as the one to be further examined, a little after Happisburgh residents voiced their concerns over this onshore solution at Vattenfall’s consultation session mid-November.

30 November 2017 Contracts & Tenders, R&D, Wind Farm Update

MacArtney has won a contract for the supply of two 150 kN and 200 kN electrical cable pulling winches for operation on the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm.

12 October 2017 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The onshore works for East Anglia ONE underground cable have unearthed a historical treasure for the Suffolk area. So far evidence from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman period, Anglo-Saxons and into the medieval period has been found, making this one of Europe’s largest archaeological digs this year, according to ScottishPower Renewables.

31 August 2017 Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

Managing the working and rest hours of crews whilst ensuring the successful completion of technician transfers continues to pose a significant challenge in the safe operation of offshore wind crew transfer vessels (CTVs), according to the National Workboat Association (NWA).

16 August 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Wind Farm Update

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland has applied directly to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the recent decision by the Inner House of the Court of Session on its Firth of Forth offshore wind farm judicial review.

23 June 2017 R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

Den Helder-based offshore service provider Bluestream has, in the offshore industry’ first, used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to install condition monitoring and ICCP systems inside five monopile foundations on the Nordsee One offshore wind farm.

15 June 2017 R&D

DNV GL has announced its latest Joint Industry Project (JIP), aiming to optimise the performance of wind farms by reducing the downtime and lower the costs of energy during the operational project life span of 25 years or more.

6 June 2017 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

VBMS, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster, has been awarded a contract to assist DEME’s subsidiary Tideway with the installation of three nearshore and shallow water sections of export cables for DONG Energy’s 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.

6 June 2017 R&D, Technology, Vessels

Dutch design and engineering company GustoMSC has introduced the NG-20000X jack-up designed to tackle the ever increasing offshore wind turbine components.

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18 May 2017 R&D, Wind Farm Update

DONG Energy has awarded Lloyd’s Register with a second contract to support offshore survey work on DONG’s two projects in the United States – the Bay State Wind and Ocean Wind.

12 May 2017

Following the approval of offshore wind renewable energy credits to Deepwater Wind and US Wind’s Maryland projects, Sierra Club welcomed Maryland PSC’s decision and said that, in addition to bringing local jobs and economic development, the inclusion of offshore wind in the state’s energy production will help reduce Maryland’s reliance on coal and other fossil fuels.

5 May 2017

“You can say we are very, very good at constructing pipes”, states Jan Bruggenthijs, CEO of steel manufacturer Sif Group based in the Netherlands. The company manufactures foundations for the offshore wind and oil and gas industries.