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11 November 2016

Since the last time we looked at the status of Germany's offshore wind industry only two years ago in July 2014, the number of operational offshore wind turbines has jumped from just 141 capable of producing 616MW to 835 grid connected turbines capable of 3,552MW in July 2016 and another 54 installed turbines not yet […]

8 November 2016 Business & Finance

Denmark's DONG Energy recorded DKK 4.8 billion (EUR 645 million) operating profit (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2016, a 7% improvement compared to the third quarter of 2015 driven by a 19% increase in the company's Wind Power and a lump sum payment received in connection with the completed renegotiation of a gas purchase contract. The results […]

3 November 2016 Business & Finance, Technology

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) is to invest up to GBP 3 million in developing a water-jetting tool which could potentially ''double trench production rates in seabed trenching operations.'' The subsea and engineering technology company has awarded a contract to Northumberland-based Osbit to be the lead detail design and development provider for the SCARJet subsea vehicle […]

21 October 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

A consortium led by French energy company Engie will submit permit applications for the development and operation of two offshore wind farms in French waters totalling close to 1GW in capacity at the beginning of 2017, Raphaël Tilot, Engie's offshore wind power project director told Le Figaro. In May 2014, a consortium comprising Engie, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine and […]

18 October 2016 Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

Belgian corrosion protection systems designer Elsyca has created a cathodic protection system for the self-installing concrete gravity based wind turbine foundation structures to be used for the first time at the 41.5MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project. Royal BAM Group has been awarded a contract by EDF Energy Renewables via SPV Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Ltd, to design, fabricate and install five full-size […]

1 September 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

USA Just Got Its First Offshore Wind Farm “The Block Island Wind Farm is now fully constructed,” Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind’s CEO, informed via social media on 18 August. Bilfinger Exits Offshore Wind Foundations Business Germany’s VTC Group Munich has bought Bilfinger’s share in Bilfinger Mars Offshore, a Poland-based manufacturer of steel foundations for offshore […]

30 August 2016 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

James Fisher Subsea has completed the location and excavation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the 111MW Nordergründe offshore wind farm located 16 kilometres off the North Sea coast of Germany. Of the 224 targets identified, 72 were deemed to be UXO’s and had to be detonated with minimal impact to sea life, JF Subsea said. “Due to the […]

25 August 2016 Business & Finance

Dutch foundation components manufacturer Sif Holding N.V. plans to load out the first monopiles from its new facility at Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam in the last quarter of this year. The production of the first monopiles in Rotterdam is expected to start in the second half of September 2016, the company said in its financial […]

24 August 2016 Operations & Maintenance, R&D

A paper proposing a novel computational tool for the reliability-based assessment of wave, tidal and offshore wind farms was published yesterday in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. The paper presents the new tool to identify typical decision problems and to shed light on the complexity of optimising a wave power farm. Nevertheless, the […]

22 August 2016 Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

Danish engineering, design and management consultancy, Ramboll, improved its financial results in the first half of 2016 largely due to a solid performance in the company's Nordic business units and in the global energy business unit which helped offset adverse conditions in the oil & gas related markets. The company's gross revenue of DKK 5.4 billion (EUR 727 million) was […]

15 August 2016 Grid Connection, R&D

The Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs), Svenska kraftnät, Statnett, Fingrid and, have launched a report on challenges and opportunities affecting the Nordic power system in the period leading up to 2025.  The main drivers of the changes are climate policy, which stimulates the development of more renewable energy, as well as technological developments and a common […]

14 August 2016

DONG Energy Bins AMEP Offshore Wind Hub Project DONG Energy has decided not to invest in a GBP 450 million offshore wind hub at the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) in the Humber after a recent report showed that UK east coast ports have the capability to support the pipeline of offshore wind projects which […]

1 August 2016 Grid Connection, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Balfour Beatty and subcontractor LMR are getting ready to perform marine works nearshore Peterhead, Scotland, for Statoil's 30MW Hywind Scotland Pilot Park, Kis-Orca reports. The marine works will be carried out in the period of approximately 8 to 20 August 2016, and will involve drilling of a 660 metre borehole from Barclay Park in Peterhead out to an […]

1 August 2016 Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

SeaRoc Group's marine management and monitoring system, SeaPlanner, has managed a record quantity of project data as the construction phase of the 600MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea draws to a close. Gemini has been supported by SeaPlanner since the beginning of 2015 when it was confirmed as the proprietary […]

29 July 2016 Authorities, Environment, R&D, Wind Farm Update

A 496MW wind farm project proposed to be built off the French Vendée islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier has exited the risk addressing and consultation phase which resulted in a new layout plan for the wind farm.  Following a series of consultations and public debates, it was decided to extend the space between the wind turbines to 1,600 […]

27 July 2016 Business & Finance

EDP Renewables, part of EDP, posted total revenue of EUR 889 million in the first half of 2016, a 15% increase compared to the same period a year earlier, on the back of the increase in installed capacity and a higher load factor, both offsetting a 7% drop in average selling price during the first six months. However, […]

20 July 2016

The new German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) means troubled waters for the German offshore wind industry, according to a press release jointly issued by AGOW (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Offshore-Windenergie), Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE, VDMA Power Systems, BWE (Bundesverband WindEnergie) and WAB. The number of new offshore wind installations in Germany was relatively moderate in the first half of the year, […]

3 July 2016

Vattenfall’s Offshore Hotel Finds Its Sea Legs (VIDEO) Vattenfall has shared a video of its offshore wind farm accommodation platform, the future home for the service teams working at the 288MW DanTysk and the 288MW Sandbank offshore wind farm, being installed some 90 kilometres off the German North Sea coast. Siemens Freezing New UK Investments […]

1 July 2016

TenneT Presents ‘Hub and Spoke’ Offshore Wind Concept (VIDEO) TenneT has presented a ‘hub and spoke’ concept to set up a large European offshore electricity system that incorporates building of an island in the middle of the North Sea. Where Does Brexit Leave Offshore Wind? With the UK referendum result to leave the European Union, […]

30 June 2016

Uncertainty triggered by the UK's decision to leave the European Union has made Siemens, one of the biggest offshore wind players, rethink its strategy and put all new wind energy investments in the country on ice, according to The Guardian. The wind turbine maker is also halting long-term export plans at its UK-based blade factory in Hull, Bloomberg reports. The […]

30 May 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Wind Farm Update

Dominion Virginia Power is assessing options for its proposed 12MW offshore wind demonstration project off Virginia in light of an announcement that the US Department of Energy is withdrawing USD 40 million in funding. "Naturally, we are disappointed in the DOE's decision because we still believe that offshore wind has a great potential to deliver clean, […]

24 May 2016 Business & Finance

Regen SW published an article titled "UK Offshore wind: Who actually owns it?" today. You can read the article below. Recent weeks have seen mixed news for the offshore wind sector in the UK, including the positive announcement of the final investment decision for 588 MW Beatrice and the more disappointing news that the Neart na Gaoithe […]

24 May 2016 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

London-headquartered law firm Linklaters has advised SSE Renewables, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power on the construction and financing of the GBP 2.6 billion Beatrice offshore wind farm. Linklaters advised on all aspects of the project, including on the GBP 1.9 billion debt financing, which involved 13 commercial lenders, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Danish export […]

19 May 2016

Aibel AS and Reach Subsea have agreed to enter into a formal cooperation agreement for projects within subsea oil and gas, renewables, ship and rig repairs, and decommissioning of existing platforms/subsea structures and other offshore installations. Aibel AS and Reach Subsea operate within the same market segments, but have different client bases and contracting approaches, […]

18 May 2016 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Scottish energy company SSE plc expects to reach the financial close for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm by the end of May. Beatrice, planned for the outer Moray Firth, will be project financed with non-recourse debt, SSE said. Subject to financial close, onshore construction activities will begin in 2016 with offshore construction planned for 2017. The […]

4 March 2016

Sea Worker Capsizes off Denmark Due to harsh weather, the offshore installation vessel Sea Worker has capsized during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday... VIDEO: How Big is Hornsea Project One? After reaching the Final Investment Decision for the 1.2 GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, Dong Energy has published this short video to […]