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18 July 2019 Environment, Wind Farm Update

US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind has warned that it would be very challenging to move forward the Vineyard Wind 1 project in its current configuration if the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not issued within the next four to six weeks. As reported earlier, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) postponed the issuance of the […]

17 July 2019 Grid Connection, Technology

Visser & Smit Hanab has completed the cable connection which will link the prototype Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine at Maasvlakte 2 in the Port of Rotterdam to the Stedin high-voltage station. The 1.5-kilometre, 66kV connection was tested on 16 and 17 July, after which it was put into operation, Visser & Smit Hanab said. GE Renewable […]

17 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

German offshore wind industry associations have called on the government to launch a special tender before the end of the year and offer up to 2GW in capacity to be developed. The industry representatives from BWE, BWO, Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE, VDMA Power Systems, and WAB said that ''the industry now needs reliable, long-term framework conditions. This involves […]

17 July 2019 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The installation of the first WindFloat Atlantic turbine on its floating platform will begin on Wednesday, 17 July in the outer harbor of Ferrol, Spain. The fabrication and load-out of this first WindFloat platform, developed by Principle Power, was completed last week in Fene, and the platform has been moored to the quayside in Ferrol, […]

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 […]

15 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind will request a superseding order from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to overturn denial of the project’s application before the Edgartown Conservation Commission. As reported earlier, the Edgartown Conservation Commission denied the permit for cables that would connect the first large-scale US offshore wind farm to the grid in […]

12 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

South Korea's LS Cable & System has won a contract to deliver submarine cables for Ørsted's Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The cables are to be delivered by 2021, the company said. The Greater Changhua 1 & 2a wind farm will feature 112 Siemens Gamesa 8MW wind turbines installed on jacket foundations 35-50 kilometers off the […]

11 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) has installed the first wind turbine on the 400MW CGN Yangjiang Nanpeng Island offshore wind farm. The installation of the first 5.5MW turbine off Guangdong Province in the South China Sea was completed on 27 June, CGN said. Also, 16 wind turbine jacket foundations have so far been installed […]

11 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Sif Holding has secured a contract to manufacture 114 monopiles for three out of four zones of Vattenfall's 1.4GW Hollandse Kust (Zuid) offshore wind project in the Netherlands. Under the contract, Sif will use 113KTon of steel for manufacturing the monopiles and will store them at the MV2 facility in Rotterdam in 2020-2021. “Our manufacturing facilities […]

10 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

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 […]

10 July 2019 Vessels

Sleipnir, Heerema Marine Contractors’ new semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV), is set to depart for its maiden voyage this week. According to Heerema, Sleipnir will set course from Indonesia to Spain on a trip expected to take about 45 days rounding South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Bunkering of LNG took place for the last two days some 12 […]

10 July 2019 Business & Finance, Training & Education

Ørsted is giving out scholarships for UK and EU students which are starting an energy master's program at the Durham University this October. The scholarships are available up to GBP 6,000 and are valid for the MSc Energy and Society and MSc New and Renewable Energy programs at the UK university. Ørsted emphasized it is already a key strategic […]

9 July 2019 Business & Finance, Vessels

Bibby Marine Services and Resolve Marine Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Jones Act compliant vessel solutions for the U.S. offshore wind sector. The partnership will see the provision of Jones Act compliant Walk-to-Work (W2W) vessel solutions for offshore wind operators and turbine suppliers, Bibby Marine said. The cooperation will also target a wider range of […]

5 July 2019 Technology

Mita-Teknik has launched a new blade pitch system for offshore and onshore turbines with a capacity of up to 12MW. The Mita Pitch System boasts a design life of 30 years and is designed to reduce O&M costs and downtime, Mita-Teknik said. According to the company, the system features a modular pitch design with integrated drives, as well […]

3 July 2019 Business & Finance

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is inviting input for the environmental impact report (EIR) which will be prepared for the Frederikshavn offshore wind project. Denmark's Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt gave permission to European Energy at the end of last year to conduct surveys at the project site offshore Frederikshavn. All survey data […]

3 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Shanghai Development and Reform Commission plans to issue a tender for the development of 200MW of capacity at the Fengxian offshore wind farm by the end of the year. Located in the north side of Hangzhou Bay some 12 kilometres off the coast, the 400MW Fengxian offshore wind farm comprises four blocks. This tender covers the […]

3 July 2019 Jobs & Recruitment

GE Renewable Energy plans to recruit more than 200 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. 60 out of the additional employees were recently recruited and just began intensive training at the factory’s ‘Center of Excellence’. Opened in April 2018, the Cherbourg facility became the first wind turbine […]

3 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

MHI Vestas has signed a conditional contract with Swancor for the supply of blade materials for offshore wind projects in Taiwan. The scope of the contract covers more than 50% of the direct materials value of blade manufacturing, including carbon tow and pultrusion, resin, and bonding glue, MHI Vestas said. The agreement also includes the possibility […]

3 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance

WindEurope, Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (European Composites Industry Association) have joined forces to advance recycling of turbine blades. The parties have created a cross-sector platform with an aim to advance novel approaches to the recycling of wind turbine blades. Learnings are then expected to be transferred to other markets to enhance the […]

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 Vessels

Windcat Workboats has placed an order with the Norway-based Servogear to provide gear and propulsion packages for two new offshore wind farm support vessels (WFSVs). According to Servogear, the Ecoflow Propulsors will be supplied for the WC45 and WC46 vessels. The company will also deliver shaft brackets, effect rudders and intermediate shafting system, as well as HD220UL/UR reduction […]

2 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project has entered the construction phase as onshore works kick off. The groundbreaking took place on 1 July, marking the first onshore construction work on the two-turbine 12MW offshore wind project. “The Virginia offshore wind demonstration project is another powerful example of the Commonwealth’s position as a leader […]

1 July 2019 Business & Finance

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched an international competition focused on improving offshore wind resource models. The competition will enable modelers to access six validation cases from operational offshore wind farms in the North Sea, owned by OWA’s industry partners, to improve and strengthen their wake models. According to the Carbon Trust, this open source, […]

28 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

K2 Management has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taean Wind Power and Dohwa Engineering for the Taean offshore wind farm in South Korea. K2 Management will work as the owner’s engineer and consult on the financing and construction of the offshore wind project located in the Yellow Sea. The company has also entered a service contract […]

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 […]

27 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection

German transmission system operator 50Hertz Offshore GmbH is seeking geotechnical survey services for a project in the German Baltic Sea. 50Hertz has issued a tender for a geotechnical investigation and an accompanying report for an offshore transformer platform. The duration of the contract would be ten months, 50Hertz said. The value of the contract is undisclosed. […]