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19 July 2019 Business & Finance

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported an 18.4 percent increase in wind power generation in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier, mainly due to the addition of new capacity. During the last twelve months, Vattenfall has commissioned the 97MW Aberdeen Bay (EOWDC) offshore wind farm in Scotland, the […]

18 July 2019 Business & Finance

Offshore wind industry must quickly respond to a changing global risk profile in order to avoid large-scale financial losses, GCube Insurance said. As the offshore wind sector expands globally, prices fall, and technology evolves, asset owners and investors are becoming increasingly exposed to technical and supply chain risks, alongside natural catastrophe and extreme weather, the renewable […]

16 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance

Oteac Ltd, part of Nucore Group, has delivered fire system maintenance services to an offshore transformer platform supporting a 42-turbine wind farm in the Belgian North Sea. The integrated fire and safety services provider performed testing and inspection across a range of fire detection and suppression systems located on the offshore transformer platform. The 1,200 […]

16 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Abu Dhabi-based Plambeck Emirates LLC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding as well as an exclusive agreement with Saipem for the development and realization of a 500MW floating wind farm offshore Saudi Arabia. The next steps in the development of the project will start in the following weeks via Plambeck Emirates entity Plambeck Saudi, located […]

15 July 2019 Business & Finance

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), the owner of the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm, has achieved a financial close on a refinancing of its senior debt facilities. The refinancing comprises primarily commercial bank debt and also includes an institutional tranche. Several of the project’s original lenders have remained in the refinancing and the project has […]

8 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Siemens Gamesa has taken over operational control of the scheduled maintenance and troubleshooting of turbines at the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the UK, according to the project's latest Weekly Notice of Operations. Siemens Gamesa has engaged crew transfer vessels (CTVs) Seacat Mischief and Seacat Magic, as well as WIKING Helicopter's Airbus H145 to assist in the […]

5 July 2019 Authorities

SSE has called on the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister Chris Skidmore to increase the 6GW cap on new offshore wind in the UK. According to SSE, the current Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction includes a limited capacity of offshore renewables set before the Committee on Climate Change published its report and the government passed the […]

4 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

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, […]

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 […]

1 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Avangrid Renewables is conducting geophysical surveys at the Kitty Hawk offshore wind lease area off the coast of North Carolina, U.S. The work is being carried out in and near the wind lease area and proposed cable corridor from Sandbridge, Virginia, to the east of Corolla, North Carolina. The purpose of the surveys, scheduled for […]

27 June 2019 Grid Connection

Petrofac and TenneT have confirmed the award of the contract to build the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) offshore grid connection Beta HVAC substation in the Dutch North Sea. This follows the award of the contract for HKZ platform Alpha in July 2018 and subsequent confirmation of HKZ platform Beta option. A total of eight 700MW […]

24 June 2019 Wind Farm Update

The installation of foundations has kicked off at the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan. The installation began in early June, a spokesperson from COWI, who designed all the steelwork for the 20 monopiles and transition pieces, told Offshore WIND. Seaway Yudin is installing the foundations, which comprise monopiles produced by Germany's EEW SPC and transition pieces manufactured by […]

18 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is inviting expressions of interest from parties interested in using the Homeport Pier for offshore wind activities. The request for expressions of interest is aimed at offshore wind companies, service providers, manufacturers and developers wishing to locate, develop and use the Homeport Pier in Staten Island or a part […]

18 June 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

A new eight-kilometer cable link between Horns Rev 2 and Horns Rev 3 wind farms in the Danish North Sea has recently been used for the first time while one of the export cables was undergoing scheduled maintenance, Vattenfall said. Energinet recently shut down the export cable connecting Horns Rev 2 to the grid for […]

14 June 2019 Wind Farm Update

German offshore foundations manufacturer Steelwind Nordenham has received an order to provide monopiles and monopile sections for the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Following its selection as the preferred supplier in December 2018, Steelwind Nordenham received the firm order from YunNeng/wpd-Taiwan at the end of May 2019. The order includes the supply of […]

3 June 2019 Business & Finance

The Limburg investment holding company Nuhma has launched a cooperative through which Belgian citizens and partnerships can now invest in offshore wind projects Nuhma is involved in. The first company in which the general public can invest via the ECO2050 cooperative is Z-Kracht. Z-Kracht, a division of Nuhma, holds shares in and has financed the operational […]

31 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

The Beatrice offshore wind farm has produced 587.9MW of capacity, which represents the highest output from renewable sources in Scotland to date. According to Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL), the 588MW project reached the double milestone this week. To remind, the last of 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines at the Beatrice wind farm was commissioned in the […]

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, […]

23 May 2019 Authorities

Maryland's Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), recently passed by the state's General Assembly, is set to become law, but without the signature of governor Larry Hogan. In a letter to President of the Maryland Senate Thomas V. Miller Jr., Hogan states that Senate Bill 516 is not clean and affordable enough and will not produce the […]

17 May 2019 Grid Connection

The first cable to connect Elia's Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) plug to the Belgian grid made landfall in early May, with the second cable expected to reach the shore later this month, the Belgian offshore grid operator said. The first cable was connected to the mainland, where it was then connected to the existing onshore underground […]

15 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

The last of 84 offshore wind turbines was commissioned at the 588MW Beatrice, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, on Wednesday, 15 May. This marks the end of offshore construction on the project in the Outer Moray Firth which has been completed on time and under budget after three years of construction, SSE said. The final […]

14 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Swire Blue Ocean’s jack-up vessel Pacific Orca has installed the last of the total of 84 turbines at the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the UK. According to the project's latest Notice to Mariners, 78 of the 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines have so far been commissioned. Commissioning works are being carried out using a combination of […]

14 May 2019 Grid Connection

Offshore WIND brings you a video showing the sail out of the jacket foundation for the 700MW Borssele Beta offshore platform. As reported earlier, the jacket is currently being installed in the Dutch North Sea, after completing the journey from HSM Offshore's yard in Schiedam to the project site.

14 May 2019 Grid Connection

The jacket foundation for the 700MW Borssele Beta offshore platform has been transported to the installation site in the Dutch North Sea and the installation process has begun, TenneT said. The jacket foundation departed from the HSM Offshore's yard in Schiedam on Monday, 13 May. The jacket left the yard soon after the Borssele Alpha […]

10 May 2019 Business & Finance

Lithuanian state-owned energy company Lietuvos Energija has received initial interest from ten potential partners to jointly develop offshore wind projects in Lithuania and abroad. Lietuvos Energija initiated an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in February to find an experienced partner and jointly develop offshore wind projects within the European Economic Area. The ten potential partners who responded to the call are all ''European offshore wind market […]

9 May 2019 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

Global Port Services has completed pre-assembly activities for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm at the Port of Nigg in Scotland. Siemens Gamesa awarded Global Port Services with a contract for onshore crane and logistics operations which covered the provision of heavy lift crawler cranes under contract lift, SPMTs and associated lifting personnel for all loading/offloading, […]