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A project to create a network of excellence that will dynamize a pool of specialized research professionals and trainees in support of emerging offshore wind industry in Portugal has secured funding under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. The TWIND project is coordinated by the Portugal-based WavEC Offshore Renewables and gathers three other internationally recognized research […]
The Denmark-based Peter Madsen Rederi (PMR) has won a contract by 50Hertz to provide boulder clearance at the Ostwind 2 grid connection project in the German Baltic Sea. The project comprises boulder clearance and extensive survey works at the three cable routes which will connect the Arcadis Ost 1 and Baltic Eagle offshore wind farms to the German […]
Boskalis and NKT have secured export cable contracts by 50Hertz for the Ostwind 2 offshore grid connection in Germany.
Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and Norway's Statoil have signed a collaborative agreement to analyse data from the Batwind battery system designed to store energy generated by the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm.
The installation of the Ostwind 1 offshore cable system that will link the 385MW Arkona and the 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farms in the German part of the Baltic Sea to an onshore substation in Lubmin is progressing as planned, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH reports. The UK-flagged cable lay vessel Cable Enterprise laid a 27-kilometre segment of […]
Amrumbank MPI Adventure installed the last turbine blade at the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in early September. The installation work started in February, with the vessels operating in water depths of approximately 25m. Amrumbank West is located approximately 35km north of Helgoland and 37km west of Amrum in the German part of the North Sea. The wind […]
50Hertz held a starting ceremony for the Ostwind 1 offshore cable construction project earlier this month. The Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Erwin Sellering, attended the ceremony in the company of 80 other guests active in politics, administration, industry and media. "At over one billion euros, the grid connection of the offshore wind farm in the Westlich […]
50Hertz has received an approval for its Ostwind 1 offshore cable project within the EEZ from Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH). "We are greatly pleased with the permit for this last 20 kilometre section in the EEZ. This means that the entire cable route is now approved," said Uwe Gyßer, Ostwind 1 project leader […]
50Hertz has reached another important milestone in the approval procedure for the Ostwind 1 offshore cable project. The public hearing for the submarine cable route in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the grid connection of the Westlich Adlergrund cluster (project Ostwind 1) was held last week. The competent authority for the approval of this […]
The 3 month process for the Examining Authority to write a recommendation for SMartWind's Project One in the Hornsea Zone concluded last month. The report from the Examining Authority sets out their conclusions on the application, including giving reasons for those conclusions. The report will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and […]
Following SMartWind's Phase 2 consultation, the offshore wind developer has made some minor changes to the underground onshore cable route and associated infrastructure. Therefore, the company is carrying out further consultation with its onshore stakeholders to provide a final opportunity to comment on minor changes to the proposed onshore cable route before it submits its application to the Planning Inspectorate at […]
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has selected Vattenfall as the winner of the zero-subsidy Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV offshore wind tender. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) opened the tender to develop the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV site without government subsidies on 1 March. Besides Vattenfall, the call attracted bids from […]
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy is set to reveal the winner of the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV tender on 10 July. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) opened the tender to develop the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III and IV sites without government subsidies on 1 March. The zero-subsidy round, which closed on 14 March, […]
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) has extended the decision period on the zero-subsidy Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV tendering round by up to 13 weeks as the agency ''needs more time to assess the applications''. The initial legal period of 13 weeks for the evaluation of the received applications expired on 13 June and […]
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 […]
The Dutch Council of State has made final wind farm site decisions for the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm sites III and IV irrevocable after rejecting appeals from three parties. The Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV tender comprises two wind farms with an individual capacity of between 342MW and 380MW. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) […]
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Minister Kjell-Børge Freiberg have officially opened the Arkona wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. The commissioning comes after transmission system operator 50Hertz connected the Arkona and Wikinger offshore wind farms to its transmission grid. The projects were connected via the Ostwind 1 grid connection. “I […]
The transmission system operator 50Hertz has connected the Wikinger and Arkona offshore wind farms in the German Baltic Sea to its transmission grid ahead of their official commissioning. The wind farms were connected to the grid via the Ostwind 1 grid connection below the originally calculated budget, 50Hertz said. After three years of construction and […]
Engie has submitted a bid in the subsidy-free tender for the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust Zuid 3 & 4 offshore wind project in the Netherlands. A spokesperson from the company confirmed to OffshoreWIND.biz that Engie has joined Vattenfall, Ørsted and the Witwind consortium of Shell, Van Oord and Eneco in the 750MW tender. To […]
The Witwind consortium of Shell, Van Oord and Eneco has submitted a bid in the subsidy-free tender for the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The consortium plans to start the operation of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV sites in 2023. The […]
The offshore wind and cable activities delivered a substantially lower contribution to Boskalis' Offshore Energy division in 2018, which was attributed to project-specific operational and contractual issues on certain projects, the company said. EBITDA from the Offshore Energy segment amounted to EUR 111.3 million in 2018, with an operating result of EUR 5 million. In 2017, […]
Crown Estate Scotland has decided it will launch the next round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters in July 2019 at the earliest. The decision comes despite the announcement in November 2018 that the leasing round will be launched in April at the earliest. According to Crown Estate Scotland, the final timing of the […]
Boskalis and German SPIE SAG Group have entered an agreement under which Boskalis will acquire the offshore cable installation activities and assets of Bohlen Doyen.
Crown Estate Scotland has published an update on proposals for new offshore wind leasing in Scotland’s waters which could start in April 2019 at the earliest.
By Jon Harman, Head of Renewable Energy and Portfolio Director, New Energy Update Germany’s first offshore wind auction, in April 2017, was a watershed for the industry. Anticipating fierce competition, Ørsted and EnBW both pitched projects that would not require subsidy support, a concept undreamt of at the time. Since then, more than 2.5 GW […]
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has contracted ABB to deliver its WindSTAR transformers specifically designed for floating wind turbines for the WindFloat Atlantic project offshore Portugal.