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14 June 2019 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders

France will launch a new offshore wind tender off Oléron in response to the announced increase in offshore wind targets, François de Rugy, France's minister for ecological transition, said. The new project will have the capacity of between 500MW and 1,000MW, de Rugy said at the launch of the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project. No timeline was […]

12 June 2019 Business & Finance

The Supergen ORE Hub has received GBP 4 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as support for offshore renewable energy research. The Supergen ORE Hub is a national consortium created in July last year to bring together academic, industrial and policy stakeholders to champion and maintain UK’s offshore wind, wave and tidal […]

11 June 2019 Vessels

High Speed Transfers (HST) has signed a contract with MHI Vestas to provide its HST Harri and HST Euan fast crew supply vessels (FCSs) for the Northwester 2 offshore wind project. The five-year charter is set to begin this year at the Belgian wind farm after the newbuild vessels are delivered. HST Harri is the third FCS […]

10 June 2019 Jobs & Recruitment

NorSea Wind, part of the Wilhelmsen Group, has named Anders Peter Pedersen as its new CEO. Pedersen previously held positions at LM WindPower, Aluwind and Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation, among others. According to the new CEO, NorSea Wind is ready to enter into strategic partnerships in the offshore wind market. “I look forward to being part of NorSea […]

7 June 2019 R&D

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rutgers University to advance ocean research and monitoring that will support offshore wind development off the coast of New Jersey. The five-year cooperative agreement term will initiate this summer and help to bolster on-going efforts at the Rutgers Center for Ocean […]

6 June 2019 Vessels

Northern Offshore Services (NOS) is launching the E-class crew transfer vessel (CTV) series featuring hybrid technology. The E-class is a green power concept which has batteries installed that can be recharged from shore and from wind farms, thus using renewable energy directly from production to consumer, NOS said. The first vessel from the E-series will […]

24 May 2019 Business & Finance

The U.S. Business Network for Offshore Wind has expanded its membership with the addition of more than 90 new members. The new members range from large international companies to small businesses and include both offshore wind veterans and new entrants into the industry, the Network said. Some of the new members are Atlas Professionals, Dominion Energy, […]

21 May 2019 Business & Finance

Engie and EDP have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a co-controlled 50/50 joint-venture (JV) in fixed and floating offshore wind. The new entity will be the exclusive vehicle of investment of EDP, through its subsidiary EDP Renewables (EDPR), and Engie for offshore wind opportunities worldwide and will become a global top 5 […]

16 May 2019 Vessels

Manor Renewable Energy’s (MRE) recently purchased crew transfer vessels (CTVs), the MPI Cervantes and MPI Cardenio, have arrived at the Manor Marine site in Portland, Dorset for extending, re-engining and refit works. Once reconditioned, the two MPI vessels will be new additions to the MRE fleet, destined for work on offshore wind projects. “In just over […]

16 May 2019 Business & Finance

France has moved up two positions and is now the third most attractive destination globally for investment in renewable energy due in part to a new focus on floating offshore wind. This is according to the 53rd EY Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI). As reported earlier, France intends to issue offshore wind tenders with a combined capacity of […]

15 May 2019 Business & Finance

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has established a new fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure New Markets Fund I K/S (CI NMF I), which will invest in renewable energy infrastructure targeting primarily Asia and Latin America. The new fund reached the first close of USD 700 million on 9 May and is expected to achieve its final close with […]

15 May 2019 Business & Finance

German energy company RWE has secured a EUR 5 billion credit agreement in preparation for the integration of the renewables activities of E.ON and innogy. The line of credit, provided by 27 international banks, was significantly oversubscribed, RWE said. Under the agreement reached in March 2018, E.ON is to take over RWE’s 76.79% stake in innogy, whereas RWE is […]

15 May 2019 Vessels

Ulstein Verft has selected Palfinger Marine to deliver a new major deck equipment package for the DP3 cable laying vessel Nexans Aurora. The order consists of cranes, winches and lifesaving appliances, including two LBT 935 lifeboats with the belonging davits and one life raft davit on each side of the vessel. According to Palfinger, the lifeboats are […]

14 May 2019 Business & Finance

Innogy has reported a 29% increase in adjusted EBIT in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019, said to be due to earnings contributed by new wind farms, as well as prices and improvement in weather conditions. In the latest financial results, Innogy announced EUR 200 million in adjusted EBIT in Q1, compared to […]

13 May 2019 Business & Finance

Anbaric has entered into an agreement with Commercial Development Company (CDC) to launch a center dedicated to offshore wind on the site of the former Brayton Point coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts, U.S. The USD 650 million Anbaric Renewable Energy Center follows CDC's plan to transform the former power plant site into a logistics port, manufacturing hub and […]

13 May 2019 Business & Finance

Essen-based energy company E.ON reported EUR 211 million adjusted EBIT for its Renewables segment in the first quarter of 2019, a 23% increase compared to EUR 171 million adjusted EBIT recorded in the first quarter of 2018. The increase resulted primarily from an increase in output due to the commissioning of offshore wind farms in Germany and […]

8 May 2019 R&D, Technology

German research institute Fraunhofer IWES has presented the now fully operational rotor blade bearings test bench during the inauguration of a new test site in Hamburg. The goal of the BEAT 6.1 test bench (Bearing Endurance and Acceptance Test rig) is to lower development costs and reduce yield loss in order to make it more economical […]

6 May 2019 Jobs & Recruitment

Esvagt has appointed Thomas Fauerby as new Head of Business Development, Core Business, with an aim to strengthen its focus on the offshore wind sector. According to Esvagt, Fauerby will work closely with the needs of customers to get an increased focus on business development of the offshore wind sector. "We need to get to know […]

3 May 2019 Ports & Logistics

Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, has partnered with the Connecticut Port Authority and terminal operator Gateway to prepare State Pier in New London for the coming offshore wind projects in New England. The new partnership has committed to a public-private investment of USD 93 million to upgrade State Pier's infrastructure and […]

2 May 2019 Business & Finance

The offshore wind industry is gearing up for growing use of helicopters and drones as more than 50% of turbines consented or planned in Europe are over 250m tall, according to RenewableUK. RenewableUK’s latest Project Intelligence report shows that those projects, all located in UK waters, will mainly use turbines over 280m tall, while the […]

2 May 2019 Technology

Van Oord and AdBm Technologies have demonstrated the new AdBm Noise Mitigation System (NMS). According to the parties, the system has proved that, in combination with only a single big bubble curtain, it meets Belgian and Dutch standards for noise emissions at sea. As a result, Van Oord will deploy the AdBM NMS for construction […]

29 April 2019 Business & Finance

Ørsted has launched the third annual round of its Walney Extension Skills Fund, dedicated to coastal areas of Lancashire and Cumbria in the UK. GBP 50,000 is available to organizations that can develop and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related training or education courses, a one-off event, or a program of targeted events. The full amount may be […]

29 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Scotland's new leasing round for offshore wind projects is likely to fully launch in October, according to Crown Estate Scotland. This means that the new leasing round, to be called ScotWind Leasing, will then be open for submitting applications for developments. Crown Estate Scotland said there will also be a pre-launch in July, which will provide […]

25 April 2019 Business & Finance

The Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) is launching a new initiative aimed at giving Scottish businesses a head start in developing offshore wind products and services with the help of academic expertise. The initiative features the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), an alliance of 13 Scottish universities offering resources in energy technology development to provide developers with access to academics and […]

25 April 2019 Business & Finance

The New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) has added the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Long Island Federation of Labor to its membership. The Long Island Federation of Labor is committed to preparing and mobilizing the workforce as New York's 9GW offshore wind goal will require thousands of new workers, […]

25 April 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) has appointed Ørsted Wind Power's former CEO Samuel Leupold as Chairman of Wind Energy. In this newly created position, Leupold will support the development and implementation of GIG’s global strategy for offshore and onshore wind. According to GIG, the new chairman will also support the expansion of the organization's global footprint […]