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Ørsted has taken a concrete step towards protecting marine flora and fauna at its offshore wind farm sites with its offshore wind biodiversity policy, announced on 13 December.
Ørsted North America has awarded Seaway Offshore Cables (SOC) with a contract for the supply and installation of inter-array cables at the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project in the U.S.
“Ecology and offshore wind power plants have the potential to go hand in hand,” Peter Eecen, Program Development Manager Wind Energy, ECN/ TNO, said at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2018.
Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine has signed an agreement with Ørsted’s subsidiary Optimus Wind Limited for engineering, procurement, construction, hook-up and commissioning works on two substation topsides, to be deployed at the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm.
Offshore wind has taken one of the leading roles in James Fisher & Sons’ results for the first half of 2018, as the group’s Marine Support business division marked revenue growth of 21% – the highest of all James Fisher divisions – mainly powered by activities in the UK offshore wind market.
In 2018, the first subsidy-free tender was won. What will this mean for the future of offshore wind farms?
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has appointed John Price from JDR Cables and Peter Godfrey from Siemens as key account directors, and promoted Ben Hooker to the same post, as the company decided to strengthen its client services in the offshore oil & gas and renewable energy markets.
Crown Estate Scotland today (21 May) unveiled its proposals for leasing seabed for new offshore wind projects that would be built in Scotland’s waters from late 2020s onwards.
APEM has completed the sixth digital aerial survey carried out as part of a three-year study involving twelve such surveys of offshore wildlife off New York’s Atlantic Coast. The campaign has been commissioned by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is being performed by Normandeau Associates and APEM.
On 23 April, University of Limerick (UL) launched a EUR 2 million Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), delivered by Forum Energy Technologies and fine-tuned by researches from UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems. The ROV will be used for inspection, repair and maintenance of underwater parts of offshore renewable energy structures.
UK consultancy MarineSpace Ltd has won a contract from London Array Limited for the provision of consent and licensing services at the 630MW London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary.
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the helicopter services provider NHV to develop and commercialise integrated packages for the offshore wind sector.
Offshore wind is expected to account for 27% of total offshore (oil & gas and wind combined) capital expenditure (capex) by 2022, compared to just 4% in 2013, according to a new report by Westwood Global Energy Group.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), based at the University of Delaware, released a new video that features never-before-seen underwater footage of fish feeding at America’s first offshore wind farm, as well as testimonials from local recreational fishermen and charter captains.
Ørsted has sent an application to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate to reduce the maximum number of offshore HVAC collector substations permitted under the Hornsea Project Two Development Consent Order (DCO).
Marine Renewables Canada, the national association for wave, tidal, and river current energy, has added offshore wind energy to its mandate.
Aon is currently involved in several developments of offshore wind projects. Peter van den Brink, Aon Risk Solutions’ Industry Director for Energy and Marine Logistics in the Netherlands, sees challenges and opportunities in this fast-evolving market.
Engie Axima is planning to enter new markets, including offshore wind, as part of its acquisition of German-based Noske Kaeser, the company said.
Chinese engineering company Land Marine Engineering has awarded Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments with a contract to build a jack-up offshore wind platform.
Red Nine, a company providing solutions in the inhospitable and remote locations for the oil and gas sector, has set up an office at the OrbisEnergy hub at Lowestoft in Suffolk, UK, in order to offer its services to the offshore wind sector.
Wavecraft’s crew transfer vessel (CTV) Umoe Rapid has won a 12-month charter to provide crew and cargo transfer during turbine installation work at an offshore wind farm in Germany.
Global Marine Group (GMG) has completed the acquisition of Fugro’s trenching and cable lay services business.
Deepwater Wind is pledging funding for the establishment of a new Blue Economy Initiative at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) to investigate how offshore wind farms can coexist with other ocean-based industries.
On the morning of 15 November, a fire broke out in the engine room of the crew transfer vessel (CTV) World Calima that was operating at the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm. Eight wind farm technicians and five crew members were aboard the CTV at the time and nobody was hurt during the incident.
A consortium of five UK universities, working with 31 industrial and innovation partners, will deploy up to GBP 36 million of support to advance robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.