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  • 15 January 2021
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have launched the Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI). Through a partnership between SUNY’s Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, the USD 20 million investment will advance offshore wind training programs and the educational infrastructure needed to […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected the partnership of Equinor and BP as the winner of the state’s second offshore wind solicitation. Under the award, Equinor and incoming strategic partner BP will develop the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 and the 1,230 MW Beacon Wind 1 offshore wind projects. […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Business & Finance

    The UAE-based Lamprell is setting up a new business unit dedicated to the renewable energy sector as part of its wider strategic reorganization. Lamprell stated that this comes as part of the group’s goal to increase its focus on renewables and the energy transition. The Renewables unit will explore opportunities of collaborating with others to increase […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Business & Finance

    Aberdeen-headquartered engineering and technology consultants, Apollo, has been granted Fit for Offshore Renewables (F4OR) status under the F4OR Programme run by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Apollo’s Renewable and Offshore Director Nigel Robinson said: “I am delighted with this award, which reflects well on our established track […]

  • 13 January 2021
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    The parent company of SAL Heavy Lift, Harren & Partner Group, has added the Wind Lift I jack-up vessel to its fleet and launched SAL Renewables, a specialised company that will operate in the offshore wind sector. SAL Renewables is entering the market as a supplier of specialised vessels as well as maintenance and installation […]

  • 12 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Vessels

    Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and Tidal Transit, through a joint venture named LD Tide, have signed a crew transfer vessel (CTV) contract with the developer of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, Eolien Maritime France. The CTV is the third such vessel to be operated by LD Tide on the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, following an order […]

  • 11 January 2021
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Esvagt’s service operation vessel (SOV) newbuilding, NHST-146, is now ready to start working for Vestas at Borssele 3 & 4 and Northwester 2 wind farms, the Danish offshore support specialist said. NHST-146, the first of the three SOV newbuildings for Vestas, is ready and accepted by the Class and by Esvagt, and has been ready […]

  • 7 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Technology

    Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy plan to jointly apply for one or more seabed leases in the Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind leasing round for offshore wind projects. The two companies will look to develop floating wind projects if successful in obtaining the leases. “We have over 15 years of experience of working closely with local […]

  • 1 January 2021
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    As we said our goodbyes to 2020, a lot of us will look back on a challenging year, but also a year which drew resilience, agility and the power of powering through into the spotlight. The same goes for the offshore wind industry, which met its fair share of challenges, but continued delivering in the […]

  • 1 January 2021
    Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment, Technology, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    The offshore wind sector was busy throughout the last year and we saw more than a few big news. In this article, our editorial team brings a list of those that were most read on OffshoreWIND.biz in 2020. Orion’s Heavy Lift Crane Collapses – Video A heavy-lift crane installed on the offshore installation vessel Orion […]

  • 25 December 2020
    Technology, Wind Farm Update

    Hitachi ABB Power Grids has introduced a 72.5 kV high-voltage hybrid switchgear for offshore wind – Plug and Switch System (PASS) M00 – Wind. The hybrid switchgear will be installed at China’s first 66-kilovolt offshore wind farm, Huadian Yuhuan Phase 1, to optimize the energy landscape in the Yangtze River Delta, the company said. Hitachi […]

  • 23 December 2020
    Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    Denmark’s HOFOR is starting a restoration and recycling project at the Middelgrunden wind farm offshore Copenhagen with the aim of extending the project’s service life by up to several decades. The wind farm’s 20 wind turbines form a gentle arch which has been ”shielding” Denmark’s capital and its harbour since 2001. HOFOR owns ten of […]

  • 23 December 2020
    Authorities, Ports & Logistics

    The State of New Jersey is investing USD 250 million in a monopiles manufacturing facility that will serve the U.S. offshore wind industry. The facility will be located at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County and is said to be the largest industrial offshore wind investment in the U.S. to date. EEW, Ørsted, as […]

  • 22 December 2020
    Vessels

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed a long-term charter contract with Rem Offshore for the newbuild Construction Service Vessel (CSV), Rem Energy. The vessel will be performing maintenance on various wind farms in Germany, the Norwegian supply shipping company said. Rem Inspector will perform the role as a frontrunner to the newbuild and having already […]

  • 18 December 2020
    Contracts & Tenders, Vessels

    Cadeler, formerly known as Swire Blue Ocean (SBO), has contracted NOV to replace the crane on its jack-up vessel Wind Orca. The contract also includes the option for NOV to replace the crane on the jack-up vessel Wind Osprey. Replacement of the crane on Wind Orca is expected to begin in October 2023, with completion […]

  • 17 December 2020
    Vessels

    Lloyd’s Register North America and Northeast Technical Services Co. (NETSCo) have joined forces to design and develop a Jones Act compliant wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV). “The offshore wind industry is expected to see exponential growth in the United States. There are currently no U.S.-built wind turbine installation vessels, and if the sector takes off […]

  • 15 December 2020
    Vessels

    KNUD E. HANSEN has presented ATLAS C-Class, a new jack-up platform for the offshore wind sector, with a jacking deadweight of 18,000 tonnes, 6,800 square metres of cargo deck area, which features a 3,000-tonne, 37-metre crane. According to the company, this is currently the only wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) capable of carrying six 14-16 […]

  • 11 December 2020
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind has submitted its proposal to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to supply New Jersey with up to 2,300 MW of offshore wind energy. New Jersey seeks to award between 1,200 MW and 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy projects as part of its second solicitation. Atlantic Shores, the 50-50 […]

  • 11 December 2020
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Ørsted has submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to develop its Ocean Wind 2 project in response to New Jersey’s second request for proposals. This solicitation will award up to 2,400 MW. The New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s plan calls for 7,500 MW of offshore wind by 2035. Ørsted is […]

  • 11 December 2020
    Authorities, R&D

    Norwegian government will invest NOK 120 million (EUR 11.3 million) in a new wind power research centre, with offshore wind research being one the main priorities for the new centre. The investment was announced on 11 December by the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru, who also announced the establishment of the new […]

  • 10 December 2020
    Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

    Falco Drone Technologies will commence trials of a prototype of its new drone in 2021, which is said to play a vital role in floating offshore wind inspection and maintenance.  In summer 2021, launch and recovery trials will begin at ORE Catapult’s Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine off the Fife coast. The newly developed drone addresses limitations […]

  • 9 December 2020
    Business & Finance

    Investments in offshore wind projects in new and emerging markets next year will result in offshore wind gaining a greater share of the total wind power market globally, according to the latest report from Fitch Solutions. There are currently over 66 GW of offshore wind in pre-construction or construction out of almost 162 GW of […]

  • 8 December 2020
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    The Finnish municipality of Korsnäs has approved plans for an offshore wind farm submitted by the state-owned enterprise Metsähallitus. The offshore wind farm is proposed to be built approximately 15 kilometres off the coast of Korsnäs, within a project area spanning some 180 square kilometres. The wind farm is planned to feature “up to dozens of” […]

  • 7 December 2020
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    French government has selected an area off Cotentin as the place where its eighth offshore wind farm will be built, and launched a competitive tender process with a plan to select a developer in 2022. French Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili and Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin announced the selection of the offshore wind […]

  • 3 December 2020
    Jobs & Recruitment, Training & Education

    Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and RenewableUK are launching a new programme to support the transition of skilled workers from sectors such as oil & gas into renewables. In April 2021, the two organisations will launch GWO Safety Training Access Programme, which will allow workers from other sectors to fast-track onto GWO’s refresher courses if they […]

  • 3 December 2020
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade has proposed new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rates as part of the country’s plan for an extension of the FIT scheme for wind energy projects entering operation from November 2021 to December 2023. The new FIT proposal is reducing tariffs for intertidal/nearshore projects by 13.6 per cent and by 17.4 […]