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16 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

A wind turbine installed on the 497MW Hohe See wind farm in the German North Sea has produced the first power and delivered it to the grid, EnBW said. So far, EnBW has installed 49 of the 87 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines at Hohe See and the neighbouring 112MW Albatros wind farm. Weather permitting, two […]

16 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Japan's Sumitomo Corporation and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) have begun an offshore ground investigation around Hirashima and Enoshima islands off the coast of Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture, to explore the possibility of developing an offshore wind farm. The Japanese government is currently in the process of determining areas to be designated as offshore […]

16 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Vattenfall has contracted the Aberdeen-based Rigmar to inspect and maintain subsea structures and cables as well as foundations, turbine transition pieces, subsea cabling, and boat landings at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). This is Rigmar’s first win as a main contractor in offshore wind, having built up experience as a sub-contractor, Vattenfall said. “Having completed […]

16 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

James Fisher and Sons plc has secured a number of contract awards in the offshore renewable energy sector with a combined value of circa GBP 30 million. James Fisher has been awarded phase 2 of the unexploded ordinance work and boulder clearance, as well as met mast decommissioning at the East Anglia One offshore wind […]

11 July 2019 R&D

The first half of 2019 saw a 14% decrease in global renewable energy investment compared to H1 2018, according to the latest report from BloombergNEF (BNEF). The H1 2019 global investment in renewables amounted to USD 117.6 billion, said to be mainly caused by the plunge in activity in China as it shifts away from government-set tariffs to […]

11 July 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

Danish investment company A.P. Møller Holding A/S has agreed to acquire the compatriot KK Group A/S from SoLix Group AB. KK Group's main activities are realized through KK Wind Solutions, a supplier of power electronics solutions to OEMs such as SiemensGamesa, Vestas, MHI Vestas, and GE Renewables. Approximately 65% of the installed offshore capacity worldwide […]

10 July 2019 Grid Connection

Transmission system operators Energinet and TenneT have sent the first green electricity from Denmark to the Netherlands through the COBRAcable interconnector. The first electricity was sent as part of the tests prior to the commissioning of the interconnector scheduled for 7 September, Energinet said. The 700MW HVDC cable connection consists of two parallel, approximately 300km […]

9 July 2019 R&D

The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) is technically and economically feasible, according to the consortium proposing to develop the project. The announcement comes as the consortium gathered the results of the project assessment phase which included analyzing the possibility and conditions required to build one or several wind power hubs in the North Sea. […]

9 July 2019 Business & Finance

Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Vattenfall have launched a GBP 1.5 million programme for UK companies to test and demonstrate O&M technologies at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project. The three-year programme is seeking technologies that solve current O&M challenges in areas such as blade repair and leading-edge erosion, robotics and autonomous systems and […]

4 July 2019 Business & Finance

Northern Offshore Group is making a strategic investment in the UK-based CPower Energy with an aim to broaden its activities in the offshore wind industry. According to Northern Offshore, the owners have followed CPower during its first couple of years in the business and saw the acquisition as part of a long-term growth strategy across various segments […]

3 July 2019 R&D, Technology

GE Renewable Energy has installed three out of four tower sections which will support the prototype Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine at Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The final tower section will be installed once the nacelle arrives at Maasvlakte during the summer, GE Renewable Energy said. The Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle […]

2 July 2019 Business & Finance

Bridges Fund Management has acquired wind turbine repair and maintenance provider GEV Wind Power from Maven Capital Partners. The acquisition comes as Bridges sought to invest in renewable energy as part of its Sustainable Planet theme, and the investment was handled via its Sustainable Growth Funds. “We have been looking for the right opportunity in the renewables […]

1 July 2019

Guest column by Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate Blessed as we are by Mother Nature in the UK with some of the best conditions for offshore wind globally, and building on the remarkable progress we’ve seen on costs, the UK offshore wind sector is coming into its […]

27 June 2019

The registration for the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) 2019 is now live! The event, to be held on (7), 8 & 9 October in Amsterdam will attract over 10,000 offshore professionals and more than 550 exhibiting companies. Offshore Energy is unique in bringing together the various offshore industries: oil and gas, offshore wind […]

25 June 2019 Wind Farm Update

The Oriel offshore wind project in Ireland is getting ready for the start of site surveys after having secured a license by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The investigation works are scheduled to commence in August at the site off the coast of Dundalk in dialogue with the stakeholders and the local […]

25 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Crown Estate is holding a market update event in July to present the finalized tender design for the fourth round of offshore wind leasing in the UK. The event, which will be held on 18 July in the afternoon, will focus on the overview of the final tender design, including the updated tender process, bidding rules and […]

24 June 2019 Business & Finance

The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is launching a ten-year programme to support the growth of UK businesses looking to capitalise on the opportunities offered by offshore wind. The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) will be delivered by Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult which will support supply chain companies to enable their growth and increase their competitiveness. The GBP 100 […]

21 June 2019

SSE Renewables has appointed ABPmer to deliver the preliminary site condition report for the Arklow Bank offshore wind project in Ireland. ABPmer will also manage the associated metocean survey which will be used in conjunction with new numerical modeling to refine the preliminary results and inform a final site condition report. According to SSE, the […]

20 June 2019 Ports & Logistics, R&D, Technology

The four tower sections that will be part of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype have arrived in Rotterdam. The four segments left GRI’s site in Seville, Spain, earlier this month. After unloading the tower segments, a series of pre-assembly works will take place, including the installation of some tower segments, GE Renewable Energy said. The […]

20 June 2019 Vessels

Siemens Gamesa has on behalf of ScottishPower Renewables contracted the service offshore vessel Island Crown to provide support during commissioning works on the 714MW East Anglia One offshore wind farm. Island Crown will provide living conditions adjacent to the site located 43km off the Suffolk coast by enabling some 40 personnel involved in the commissioning of […]

19 June 2019 Grid Connection

The power cable of the NordLink high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea interconnector has been pulled in on the German coast, according to NKT. NKT is in charge of designing, manufacturing and installing more than 400km of the 525kV mass impregnated cable system in the German part of the project connecting Norway and Germany. "The impressive […]

19 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland. As the sole offtaker, Danske Commodities will take over balancing and trading of Hywind Scotland’s total volume of 30MW. Hywind Scotland is owned by Equinor (75%) and Masdar (25%). The wind farm, […]

19 June 2019 Business & Finance

The Crown Estate has appointed ABPmer to support the quality assurance of its Marine Data Exchange (MDE), which is focused on sharing survey data to inform the future development of offshore renewable energy projects. ABPmer will prepare, validate and upload data in compliance with the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) Data Guidelines, The […]

17 June 2019 Operations & Maintenance

DHI and LICengineering have designed the scour protection systems for three Vattenfall's Danish offshore wind farms, which is expected to save 30% in installation costs. The companies provided the systems for the Vesterhav Syd and Nord nearshore wind farms and the Kriegers Flak offshore wind project, which together have 113 turbines producing a combined capacity of […]

17 June 2019 Wind Farm Update

"Almost" half of Ming Yang Smart Energy's turbines have been installed at the Datang Jiangsu Binhai offshore wind farm in China, the turbine supplier reported. According to Ming Yang Smart Energy, nearly 25 out of 50 MySE3.0-135 turbines have been installed at the project site until 15 June. The 300MW project will also comprise 46 3.3MW turbines provided by Jinfeng Technology. CCCC […]

12 June 2019 Ports & Logistics

CS Wind has ordered three offshore wind tower production lines from the Denmark-based Blaaholm for its first manufacturing facility in Taiwan. According to CS Wind, the production lines will provide a high welding capacity on a defined production area and will be optimized for existing crane capacity and height. The factory is currently being established, with […]