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6 June 2019 R&D, Technology

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has held an opening ceremony in Kitakyushu City to commemorate the start of demonstration operations for the Hibiki barge-type floating offshore wind power generation system. The system, the first of its kind in Japan, was installed at a sea depth of about 50 metres and is […]

5 June 2019 Grid Connection

NKT has commissioned the 170kV high-voltage cable system at the Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution (CGS) connecting Denmark and Germany. According to NKT, the work on the CGS cable connecting the Kriegers Flak and Baltic 2 offshore wind farms was completed on schedule and on budget. The high-voltage cable system connects the Danish region of […]

31 May 2019 R&D, Technology

Spain's first floating offshore wind platform, the W2Power, has started generating first kilowatts of electricity at the Astican Shipyard in Gran Canaria. The 1:6 scale multi-turbine platform will soon be transported to its final destination at PLOCAN's test site off the Gran Canaria, project partner Ingeteam said. W2Power is a joint project of EnerOcean, Ghenova, Ingeteam, and […]

23 May 2019 Ports & Logistics

Dutch offshore foundations manufacturer Sif has expanded its offering of services to cover bolting tests. Sif added the offering after a request from DEME Group to arrange all preparations for the test as part of the work scope for the Belgian SeaMade offshore wind project. During this test, the bolted flange connection between a monopile and […]

19 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

The Chinese GD Power Development has officially commissioned its Liuheng offshore wind farm in the Zhejiang province. According to the company, the project's 63 4MW typhoon-proof offshore wind turbines were put into operation on 12 April, after two years of project construction. The 252MW project is GD Power Development's first offshore wind farm, as well as the first […]

28 March 2019 Business & Finance

Fred. Olsen Ocean has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% ownership in United Wind Logistics GmbH (UWL) through the contribution of new equity in the amount of EUR 12 million. UWL is a Hamburg-based company offering transport solutions for offshore wind turbine components from manufacturing sites to pre-assembly ports. The company has a […]

27 March 2019 Technology, Vessels

Offshore service vessel Seazip 3 has performed the first-ever autonomous maneuvering trials in the Dutch North Sea as part of the Autonomous Shipping joint industry project. The fast crew supply (FCS) vessel was outfitted with collision avoidance technology and took part in 11 nautical scenarios on 19 and 20 March offshore Den Helder to determine how it would […]

27 March 2019 Vessels

The newly built Damen FCS 2710 vessel HST Sofia has departed Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey and is en route to her first project, High Speed Transfers Ltd (HST) said.  The UK-based company did not disclose what project HST Sofia will be working on. HST Sofia, ordered in September 2018, is the second Damen FCS 2710 […]

26 March 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

French energy company EDF has signed an agreement with the Chinese utility China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI) to jointly deliver two offshore wind power projects in China. The Dongtai IV and V offshore wind farms account for a total installed capacity of 500MW and will be the EDF Group’s first offshore projects in China. Through […]

25 March 2019 Business & Finance

U.S. Berger Geosciences and Integral Consulting and France's Akrocean have established BIA Offshore Studies to deliver site characterization services for the U.S. offshore wind market. According to the parties, the global ambition of BIA Offshore is to support and accelerate U.S. offshore wind development by providing tailor-made services through a single structure. The partnership is […]

22 March 2019 Business & Finance

EOM Offshore has acquired the assets and operations of Ocean Tech Services, the New Jersey-based provider of marine monitoring systems and surveys. According to Ocean Tech, the acquisition marks an important milestone for EOM Offshore as it wants to expand its role as a key provider of oceanographic technology and marine services. "With this acquisition, Ocean […]

20 March 2019 Technology

Ørsted has implemented an O&M simulation and data analytics solution from Shoreline to support the development of its offshore wind farms. According to the Danish company, Shoreline's O&M design simulation solution enables the performance of a detailed long-term simulation of the operational logistics for any of its existing and future wind farms. With the system, Ørsted said it is […]

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. […]

4 March 2019 Industry Contribution

Offshore wind farm development and operation are by nature more challenging than onshore, with additional environmental parameters to control and design for. More than 12 years ago, floating LiDAR (lidar) devices were introduced to the offshore wind industry - to meet a specific market need. Developers in the growing, but not yet mature, offshore wind […]

25 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Swire Blue Ocean's jack-up vessel Pacific Orca is installing the 64th turbine of the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm at a record location. Swire Blue Ocean said the location holds two records for the company as it represents the furthest north spot and the deepest installation with approximately 55 meters in depth. Beatrice Offshore Windfarm […]

22 February 2019 Business & Finance

Royal Boskalis Westminster has acquired a 62.5% majority stake in the UAE-based Horizon Group, a provider of marine geophysical and geotechnical services. According to Horizon, the remaining 37.5% will stay unchanged and held by the company's management. "Through this transaction, we are adding an important strategic position to our existing marine survey and subsea geotechnical […]

14 February 2019 Business & Finance

Ingka Group, the largest IKEA franchisee with 367 IKEA stores in 30 markets, has acquired a 25% stake in the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. Ingka Group is part of a consortium which recently bought an 80% stake in Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH, the owner and operator of the wind […]

4 February 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

CWind has implemented CrewSmart’s management support system across its fleet of 21 crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and a team of offshore wind technicians. The system has been integrated with CWind’s existing vessel monitoring platform BareFLEET and is said to provide the company with a single point of access to all performance data from across the […]

31 January 2019 Grid Connection

The Nemo Link subsea interconnector between Belgium and Great Britain has become operational. The energy exchange started on Thursday, 31 January at midnight. An average of 773MW will be exchanged and a total amount of 18,559MWh will be transported for the whole day via the Nemo Link cable. The interconnector allows up to 1,000MW of […]

25 January 2019 Business & Finance

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Ltd has entered the offshore wind sector with recent involvement in a project offshore East China's Jiangsu province. The Chinese company unveiled it entered the project this month, however, details on the size or scope of the development have not been disclosed. Offshore wind aligns with CNOOC's business due to […]

22 January 2019 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

Manufacturer of plastic and clay pipes Wavin UK has contracted Ørsted to supply natural gas and renewable energy for its sites as part of a commitment to achieve more sustainable operations. Ørsted will provide the renewable electricity from its 11 operational wind farms in the UK to Wavin's sites at Hazelhead, Chippenham, Forest Works and Doncaster. The Danish […]

10 January 2019 Business & Finance

The UK-based Nautilus Associates Ltd and a group of specialist investors have established a new seabed services company dedicated to the offshore renewables and oil & gas industries. Seabed and Offshore Solutions Ltd. (Seabed Solutions) is said to be established to address a gap in the seabed services market and to bring all technical skills required […]

28 December 2018 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Japanese utility JERA has entered into an agreement with Macquarie Capital and Swancor to acquire a combined 32.5% equity interest in the Formosa 1 offshore wind power project located off the north-western coast of Taiwan.

24 December 2018 Grid Connection

Ørsted's first standalone battery energy storage system, Carnegie Road, is now operational. The 20MW battery, located in Liverpool, UK consists of three battery containers, as well as the associated power conversion system, all supplied by NEC Energy Solutions. “Climate change is a real and pressing threat to our planet and, in order to minimise its […]

30 November 2018 Business & Finance

The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc (KEPCO) and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL) have acquired stakes in the Moray East offshore wind project in Scotland.

28 November 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection

Wiking Helikopter Service has secured a contract with TenneT to provide helicopter transport to all converter platforms, offshore wind farms and installation vessels in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the North Sea.