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16 April 2019 Vessels

Huadian Wenqiang, the Chinese self-elevating jack-up vessel, has installed its first turbine at an offshore wind project. According to Hengtong Group, the vessel installed the turbine at the project site offshore Zhanjiang in the Guangdong Province on 9 April. The company said the construction site is located in a typhoon-prone area with complex geological sea conditions, extreme working […]

15 April 2019 Grid Connection

The first cable that will connect the Borssele Alpha offshore high voltage substation in the Dutch North Sea to the transformer station at Borssele has made landfall, TenneT said. On Friday, 12 April, Boskalis started to pull in the sea cable on land and early Saturday morning the cable reached the newly built transformer station. […]

8 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has installed the first turbine at the 497MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm in Germany. According to EnBW, the first Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbine was put in place on Friday, 5 April, at the offshore site some 95km north of Borkum and 100km northwest of Helgoland. The 132m long vessel […]

5 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has departed the Port of Esbjerg carrying the first turbines destined for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm in Germany. According to the Danish port, the 132m long vessel sailed out yesterday morning with the first batch of Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier won the contract for the transport and […]

4 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Teesside-based EEW Offshore Structures Britain has rolled out the first of the 35 transition pieces (TPs) built for Ørsted’s Borssele 1 + 2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The first TP was photographed on its way to the blast shed, EEW OSB said. EEW SPC, the parent company of EEW OSB, is […]

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, 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 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The first wind turbine nacelles built by Senvion for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II wind farm have started their journey to the Buss Terminal Eemshaven in the Netherlands. The first of the 32 Senvion 6.2M152 wind turbines are expected to be installed at the site some 40 kilometres north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea […]

28 March 2019 Business & Finance

AgileTek Engineering has completed the acquisition of Ryder Geotechnical Ltd, a provider of geotechnical design and consulting services in the offshore wind and subsea oil & gas sectors. Ryder Geotechnical will be run as a subsidiary and will remain a separate legal entity continuing to trade under the same name from its headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. […]

22 March 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The first onshore electrical cables destined for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm have rolled out from production and are heading towards the Port of Boston, the UK. The High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cables will make up the onshore cable network, connecting power from the 860MW offshore wind farm to the new onshore substation […]

18 March 2019 Wind Farm Update

The 5MW Elisa prototype, Spain’s first offshore wind turbine, has officially been put into operation. According to the Canarian Association for Renewable Energy, the turbine was commissioned yesterday, 17 March, at the Plocan test site. To remind, the installation of the full-scale Elisa prototype was completed at the site offshore Gran Canaria at the beginning of July last year. […]

15 March 2019 Vessels

Huadian Wenqiang, a self-elevating offshore wind platform, has set sail to Zhanjiang in China’s Guangdong Province to start its first construction project. In December 2017, Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments received the order to build the jack-up from Jiangsu Lande Offshore & Engineering. The vessel was delivered to the owner on 15 February. The platform is […]

13 March 2019 Ports & Logistics

The Port of Taichung has completed renovation works on the first of the five wharves dedicated to offshore wind, the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), said. Renovation work on Wharf No. 2 was completed at the beginning of the year and the wharf is now ready to support ongoing private contractor efforts to install wind […]

12 March 2019 Wind Farm Update

E.ON is set to decommission the two-turbine Blyth offshore wind project, the first wind farm built in UK waters. The work is expected to begin in April and take place for some four to six weeks off the Northumberland coast, E.ON said. According to the company’s Offshore Technical Specialist, Patrick Rainey, wind farms usually have a lifespan […]

6 March 2019 Vessels

The first steel of the OHT semisubmersible offshore wind farm foundation installation vessel was cut on 1 March at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) yard in China. The Ulstein-designed Alfa Lift vessel is developed for operations in the offshore renewables and installation market. The vessel has the ability to perform heavy lift crane operations […]

28 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted has signed a long-term agreement with Northumbrian Water that will see the water company take almost a third of its renewable energy demand from Race Bank offshore wind farm. The 10-year deal is the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of its kind in the UK and is an expansion of a renewable electricity supply […]

27 February 2019 Grid Connection

Cable laying vessel Cable Enterprise has arrived at Prysmian Group’s factory in Pikkala, Finland, to load the first batch of cables for the IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre) interconnector project. Over a ten-day period, over 100 kilometres of ± 320 kV DC submarine cables will be loaded onto the vessel. The IFA2 interconnector is a 1GW high voltage direct […]

26 February 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The 370MW Norther offshore wind farm has delivered first power to the Belgian grid. The project’s first four MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines were connected to Stevin, Elia’s new high-voltage station in Zeebrugge today, 26 February. Half of the generated wind energy will be sold to Engie and the remaining half to Eneco, Norther NV said. Van […]

26 February 2019

Beleolico Srl, part of the Toto Group, has reached a final investment decision on the 30MW Beleolico wind farm in the Italian Mediterranean. EY assisted Natixis in financing the construction of the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean. The transaction is the first of its kind in Italy. Natixis SA Paris acted as the financing […]

21 February 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

Development of Australia’s first offshore wind farm, the 2GW Star of the South, has been stalled by Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s failure to sign off on an exploration license allowing a detailed assessment of the wind resource to commence, according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). The Department of the Environment and Energy confirmed […]

21 February 2019

Now more than ever offshore wind is showing true global potential. Join the celebratory tenth edition of the Offshore Wind Conference on 7 and 8 October in Amsterdam to discover how offshore wind is powering the energy transition. We can already share a look at the Offshore Wind Conference programme with you. Tickets will be […]

19 February 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Siemens Gamesa has started producing the blades for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan. The company said the blades were cast at its Aalborg factory in Denmark using Swancor resin and hardener. Siemens Gamesa won the contract to supply 20 SWT-6.0-154 turbines, which will produce a capacity of 120MW, for the project in April last […]

18 February 2019 Business & Finance

Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Development Bank of Japan have established their first fund dedicated to overseas offshore wind projects. Established through the fund management company Spring Infrastructure Capital, the fund will acquire the assets Sumitomo Corporation holds in the Race Bank and Galloper offshore wind farms in the UK as seed assets. […]

14 February 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Denmark’s Welcon has received the order to produce the first TetraSpar floating offshore foundation for a consortium comprising Shell, innogy and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies. ”We are very proud to be involved in this exciting project, which can be a game changer in offshore foundations for wind turbines,” Welcon said. ”The way this foundation is designed fits perfectly […]

14 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

The 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm has produced its first power. The turbine F18 is the first of the 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW units to be installed at the site some 120 kilometres offshore Yorkshire, UK, and the first to start producing power. The unit was transported from the pre-assembly site in Hull […]

11 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Bold Tern has installed the first turbine at the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK. Bold Tern arrived at the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm site last week carrying the first batch of Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines. The vessel is in charge of transporting and installing half of the […]