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17 April 2019 Vessels

DNV GL has presented China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a wind turbine shuttle design. Unlike other wind farm installation vessels, the WTS has a small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) design, DNV GL said. This results in very low resistance at the design draught (16m) and excellent […]

17 April 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

DNV GL has awarded the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany with the project certificate that confirms safe and reliable power supply. The certificate confirms all relevant safety features and validates the technical and quality compliance with the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH – Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie) standard requirements, DNV GL said. […]

17 April 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

Six French coastal regions and the offshore wind industry have called on the French government to increase offshore wind ambitions in the Multiannual Energy Program (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE)). As reported earlier, France plans to tender up to 6GW of offshore wind and floating wind capacity from 2019 to 2028. The country’s operating capacity is expected to […]

5 April 2019 Business & Finance

A Norfolk County Council project to alert SMEs in the region to supply chain opportunities in the offshore wind industry has been approved for GBP 22,000 funding from New Anglia LEP’s first revenue fund. Delivered in conjunction with Vattenfall and Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, this project seeks to build the skills and capabilities of SMEs […]

29 March 2019 Business & Finance

France-based Akrocean has received stage 2 validation for its WINDSEA floating LiDAR (FLD) under the OWA Carbon Trust Roadmap. According to Akrocean, the validation was granted by DNV GL and marks commercial acceptance for the floating LiDAR. Offshore trials that began earlier in 2018 were performed in the English Channel and have been independently reviewed by DNV […]

27 March 2019 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), NOAA Fisheries and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fisheries and offshore wind coordination. Under the 10-year agreement, the parties will collaborate on the science and process of offshore wind energy development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. RODA, a coalition of fishing industry […]

21 March 2019 Business & Finance

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has issued the federal consistency concurrence for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. The news follows Vineyard Wind’s submission of a commercial fisheries mitigation proposal and a commercial fisheries biological assessment monitoring plan summary to CRMC. The Massachusetts office of coastal zone management is expected to issue […]

7 March 2019 Authorities, Grid Connection

The King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have reviewed the concept and plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) as part of the German-Dutch trade delegation meeting. At the meeting, held on 6 March in Bremerhaven, TenneT CEO Manon van Beek presented the vision and current plans for the hub based on an interactive virtual model. […]

21 February 2019 Vessels

Ulstein Verft has installed a helideck on board Acta Marine’s new walk-to-work vessel Acta Centaurus at its yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, thus completing the topside equipment installation process. According to Ulstein, Acta Centaurus will be completed and ready for operation in a little more than two months. “The main topside equipment, including tower, gangway and crane, has been […]

20 February 2019 Vessels

Danish company MH-O&C has held a naming ceremony for the crew transfer vessel (CTV) MHO Gurli. The 39m long Fast Supply Cat vessel was ordered by Ørsted for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK and is expected to enter service shortly. MHO Gurli has a 10.3m beam, a max draft of […]

13 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

A consortium composed of funds managed by Commerz Real, wpd invest, KGAL, and the Ingka Group has acquired an 80% stake in the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The consortium acquired the stake in the project from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), Highland Group Holdings, and Siemens Financial Services. Siemens Financial Services […]

6 February 2019 Technology

Siemens Gamesa has secured a Provisional Type Certificate for the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. The new direct-drive offshore wind turbine has a rotor diameter of 167 metres, with its B82 blades allowing for an 18% greater swept area compared to the SWT-7.0-154 unit, Siemens Gamesa said. The first prototype was installed in Østerild, Denmark in September […]

5 February 2019 Grid Connection

German transmission system operators (TSOs) have issued the first draft of the Grid Development Plan (GDP) 2030, which includes expanded offshore wind capacity scenarios. According to 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW, the expansion targets have been increased to 17GW in scenarios B and C 2030, 20GW in scenario A 2030 and 23.2GW by 2035, compared to the 15GW by […]

4 February 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH by Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, part of the Siemens group. Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH operates the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the German North Sea and is currently owned and controlled by […]

30 January 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

France Energie Eolienne (FEE), the country’s wind energy association, has expressed concerns that France’s offshore wind targets proposed in the Multiannual Energy Programme (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE)) are not ambitious enough. As reported earlier, France plans to tender up to 6GW of offshore wind and floating wind capacity from 2019 to 2028. The country’s […]

22 January 2019 Business & Finance

Boralex, Eneco, Diamond Generating Europe Limited (DGE) and Van Oord have established a consortium with an aim to submit a bid for the Dunkirk offshore wind project in France. The Vents de Dunkerque consortium will feature Eneco’s experience in developing and building large-scale offshore wind farms, as well as Boralex’ local roots in Hauts de France and […]

22 January 2019 Environment

Ørsted is the most sustainable energy company in the world and the fourth most sustainable company overall in Corporate Knights’ 2019 index of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Toronto-based Corporate Knights analysed more than 7,500 companies, mainly from the industrials, financial IT, consumer and health care sectors, against their global industry […]

17 January 2019 Business & Finance, Vessels

The German MV WERFTEN has begun the acquisition of Neptun Ship Design as an independent subsidiary with an aim to expand its design capacities. The purchase agreement was signed on 16 January and will become effective after the cartel authorities grant approval. According to MV WERFTEN, the acquisition will increase its workforce by 120 experts and the new […]

15 January 2019 Vessels

Classification and technical advisory services provider ABS has granted an Approval in Principal (AIP) to Neptun Ship Design for its Wind Turbine Transport Vessel design, said to be the first to support transporting parts for turbines greater than 9MW. The 178m long Blue Azurit design allows wind turbine manufacturers to produce full length welded towers […]

8 January 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Ports & Logistics

The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) has reached an agreement with Gateway New London LLC for the long-term operation of State Pier in New London.  Under the terms of the 20-year agreement, Gateway assumes operation of State Pier on 1 May 2019, with an option at the end of the term for the CPA to extend […]

26 December 2018 Business & Finance

G-Octopus, a Cathie Associates company, is rebranding in order to bring into focus its piling solutions for the renewable energy and oil & gas industries.

21 December 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted US Offshore Wind has received approval from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for its Revolution Wind offshore wind farm.

19 December 2018 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has unanimously voted to reject the proposal to install the 25MW Nautilus offshore wind demonstration project off the coast of Atlantic City.

18 December 2018 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

The Japan-based Nippon Life Insurance has executed a GBP 200 million syndicated loan for the Race Bank offshore wind project in the UK.

10 December 2018 Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

Subsea services company Rovco has secured additional funding from Innovate UK to develop the next stage of its 3D vision and Artificial Intelligence (AI) survey technology.

5 December 2018 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

EDF Renewables UK has received consent from the Scottish Government for an improved design of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.