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19 April 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

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) […]

18 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Vattenfall has contracted Seaway 7, part of Subsea 7, for work on the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 offshore wind project in the Netherlands. Seaway 7 is in charge of the transport and installation of 76 monopile foundations and the laying of the inter-array cables. The company has also been selected as one of the partners for […]

17 April 2019 Business & Finance, Grid Connection

The Carbon Trust has revealed the five winners of its dynamic export cable competition, part of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP). The winners are the Norwegian Aker Solutions, Japan’s Furukawa Electric Co., Greek Hellenic Cables, the UK-based JDR Cable Systems and China’s Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable. Supported by BPP Cables, the competition was launched to address the […]

16 April 2019 Business & Finance

The UK-based CWind is relocating its headquarters to Grimsby with effect from 1 July. The company, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), has also announced the restructuring of the business. The decision is said to have been made to position the UK company closer to customers and to refocus on key service areas. At the […]

15 April 2019 Industry Contribution

The Jones Act in US offshore wind: challenge or opportunity? The Jones Act, long seen as a challenge for the US offshore wind industry, could potentially be an opportunity for the sector, experts have said. “I like to look at the Jones Act as an incentive for shipyards, not an impediment,” said Joan Bondareff, chair […]

10 April 2019 Business & Finance

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore wind development. Dutch Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruikshank signed the agreement on 8 April at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New York.  The Netherlands and […]

9 April 2019 Business & Finance

Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) is launching an advisory service to help U.S. offshore wind developers navigate the project regulatory frameworks and permitting processes. The regulatory and permitting advisory service is expected to assist developers through processes at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the efficient approach to project approval, the company said. OWC’s team is […]

9 April 2019 Business & Finance

Decisions on how US offshore wind farms will be financed are needed quickly to ensure smooth sailing for a growing number of offshore wind projects, according to a white report released by the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW). “We may hit some windy financing turbulence with the loss of tax equities and safe harbor provisions […]

8 April 2019 Vessels

Acta Marine’s offshore wind service vessel Acta Centaurus left Ulstein Verft in Norway on Saturday, 6 April, to start her sea trials. The tests carried out so far have been successful, according to Ulstein’s project manager. The 93-metre vessel has a 3,200t load capacity, a 6m draft, and will provide accommodation for up to 120 persons. The […]

4 April 2019 Environment, Wind Farm Update

Pondera Consult has won a contract to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for lots VI and VII in the Hollandse Kust (west) offshore wind energy area in the Dutch North Sea. Pondera will manage the environmental impact assessment, the appropriate assessment, and the assessment for the protection of species in the context of […]

4 April 2019 R&D

The implementation of U.S. offshore wind targets will not be as simple or, potentially, as green as it may seem since certain issues can “cause a bottleneck in the supply chain”,  according to research by Yale University. Researchers from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies challenged the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) offshore wind plans, focusing specifically […]

3 April 2019 Training & Education

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Stockton University that will support research, academic programs, and events at the New Jersey-based university. The agreement could also provide Stockton students and faculty with opportunities to assist with the development of Ørsted proposed Ocean Wind project, should that project receive state approval. Ørsted has […]

2 April 2019 Industry Contribution

Everyone who is interested or curious about a career in the maritime, offshore and energy sector can register for free to visit the Navingo Career Event on 23 May 2019 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At the Navingo Career Event career and development in this innovative sector come together. Visitors meet leading employers, participate in case […]

2 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Italy’s Renexia SpA has awarded Spain’s Haizea Wind Group with a contract to manufacture ten monopiles for what will be the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean Sea. Renexia has also awarded Italy-based Nautilus Srl with a contract ”to install and deploy the 30kV medium tension network as well as the scour protection for monopiles […]

2 April 2019 Grid Connection

The Flemish government and the Belgian transmission system operator Elia have jointly proposed plans for Ventilus, a new high-voltage project in West Flanders to connect additional offshore wind capacity. Wind energy is Belgium’s biggest source of renewable generation (8% of the total energy mix) and there are specific plans to expand wind capacity with a second […]

2 April 2019 Industry Contribution

Executive summary The development of offshore wind represents an interesting technology opportunity for the US. On one hand, offshore wind is a European invention, and early technologies will have to be almost exclusively imported from Europe. On the other, though, the rapid pace of technology development in offshore wind offers significant potential for the US […]

1 April 2019 R&D

GBM Works, a TU Delft spin-off, is set to conduct pilot tests of a new method for installing turbine monopile foundations in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Together with project partners, GBM will conduct the pilot at Maasvlakte beginning in May or June by using a vibro drill method in which foundation piles are […]

1 April 2019 Authorities

The European Court of Justice has annulled the Commission’s decision that feed-in tariffs, as provided by the German 2012 renewables law EEG, constitute state aid. The World Wind Energy Association explains that the European Commission pressured Germany and other governments to wrongly notify feed-in legislation as state aid, which caused feed-in legislation to be substituted […]

1 April 2019 Business & Finance, R&D

The U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium is allocating up to USD 7 million in funding for offshore wind technology projects. The announcement represents the consortium’s first comprehensive solicitation for offshore wind technology projects as called for in its Research and Development Roadmap. Under the solicitation, the consortium seeks proposals that foster reductions in the […]

29 March 2019 Authorities

The Massachusetts distribution companies have jointly submitted a request for approval of a new request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy generation to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The new RFP was developed by the distribution companies in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and in consultation with the Massachusetts Attorney […]

29 March 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Australian Government has approved a deed of licence to allow Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) to undertake resource exploration for the Star of the South, the country’s first offshore wind farm. The licence will allow the developer to undertake exploration in Commonwealth waters about eight to 13 kilometres off the Gippsland coast in Victoria, […]

28 March 2019

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28 March 2019 Business & Finance

EnBW has reported a 10.3% decrease in the operating result of its renewables division in the 2018 financial year, said to be partly due to poor wind conditions which had a negative impact on the output of offshore wind farms. EnBW also attributes the EBITDA drop to low water levels which negatively influenced the output from run-of-river […]

28 March 2019 Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

A survey commissioned by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has revealed that more needs to be done when it comes to adopting and sharing new data and digital technologies. 94% of the participants in the Digital Innovation Priorities Survey said there is a gap between the way in which the offshore wind industry currently operates, and […]

27 March 2019 Technology, Vessels

Offshore service vessel Seazip 3 has performed the first-ever autonomous maneuvering trials in the Dutch North Sea as part of the Autonomous Shipping joint industry project. The fast crew supply (FCS) vessel was outfitted with collision avoidance technology and took part in 11 nautical scenarios on 19 and 20 March offshore Den Helder to determine how it would […]

27 March 2019 R&D

The U.S. offshore wind industry represents a circa USD 70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the local supply chain, according to a new white paper by Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW). The analysis, provided by Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), offers a road map for states and a menu for suppliers to build new offshore wind […]