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16 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Eolien Maritime France (EMF) have signed a framework agreement with the objective of supplying and servicing offshore wind turbines with a capacity of approximately 1,000MW for two of EMF’s three French offshore wind projects currently under development. Both projects are expected to use SWT-7.0-154 DD offshore wind turbines and are […]

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 […]

16 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus has completed the installation of 36 out of 44 turbines at the Norther offshore wind project in Belgium. The vessel began installing the first MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines at the site some 23km offshore Zeebrugge at the beginning of February. The 370MW offshore wind farm delivered first power to the Belgian grid at the […]

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. […]

21 March 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment, Training & Education

Offshore wind developers Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall have partnered with the University of East Anglia, Nautilus Associates and The Bridge Trust to improve learning and career opportunities in East Anglia, the UK. The parties have joined forces to form the STEM Coordination Hub dedicated to developing a solution to improve the learning experience […]

21 March 2019 Business & Finance, R&D

UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and China’s Tus-Wind have officially opened the TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC) for offshore wind in China. The GBP 2 million center opened today, 21 March, in Yantai City following a trade mission of 11 UK companies eager to explore offshore wind opportunities. TORC will act as a renewable energy […]

20 March 2019 Business & Finance, Vessels

MMS Offshore Renewable Services Ltd has expanded its fleet with the addition of a new multi-purpose support vessel set to service the offshore wind market. MMS invested in the new 26m long fast crew vessel MMS Supreme by taking a GBP 2.3 million lending package from the Yorkshire Bank. “Our investment in this state-of-the-art vessel signals the next […]

19 March 2019 Business & Finance, Grid Connection

Anbaric has filed a request with ISO-New England for a 1,200MW HVDC interconnection to a substation in Brayton Point, Massachusetts, that would collect energy produced by offshore wind projects. According to Anbaric, the proposal will offer expanded wind generation procurements off Massachusetts resulting from the recent federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions of offshore […]

7 March 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

The UK has launched the new joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal which will see offshore wind reach the connected capacity of 30GW and deliver one-third of the UK’s electricity by 2030. Under the new deal, the number of jobs in the industry is expected to rise to 27,000 by 2030, up from 7,200 today. The deal […]

15 February 2019 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders

Equinor Wind US has submitted a bid to provide New York state with renewable energy from its Empire Wind lease site located offshore New York and New Jersey. Equinor’s bid comes in response to the 800MW New York State Offshore Wind Power Procurement, the state’s first formal solicitation targeted to the newly developing US offshore […]

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

The Danish Energy Agency has initiated a new environmental impact assessment (EIA) process for Vattenfall’s Vesterhav Syd offshore wind farm due to a cancelation of a part of its license for the project construction. According to the Danish Energy Agency, the Energy Board of Appeal canceled the part of the license after completing the processing of […]

6 February 2019 Business & Finance, R&D

A growing disparity between the turbine megawatt growth and units deployed will impact component suppliers as price pressure percolates down the supply chain, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report – Global wind turbine supply chain trends – estimates that global turbine supply chain potential sits at USD 540 […]

1 February 2019 Jobs & Recruitment

FairWind is sending the first group of prospective Taiwanese wind turbine technicians to Europe this month to train at European Wind Academy ahead of their deployment on the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind power project. Under the terms of a Letter of Intent signed between FairWind and Siemens Gamesa to collaborate on pre-assembly work for the […]

30 January 2019 Business & Finance

Ørsted has reported a record operating profit of DKK 30 billion (some EUR 4 billion) in 2018, which is 33% more than the year before. The news comes as the company’s Board of Directors approved the all-time-high EBITDA today, on 30 January, as part of the approval process for the annual report for 2018. Ørsted […]

24 January 2019 Environment

Vineyard Wind has signed an agreement committing to implement protective measures for North Atlantic right whales during construction and operation of its 800MW offshore wind project in Massachusetts. The U.S. company signed the deal to protect the critically endangered species with the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Conservation Law Foundation. Among a […]

31 December 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

Ørsted has submitted a bid to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) for the construction of its Ocean Wind offshore wind project in response to the state’s request for proposals.

7 December 2018 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Jobs & Recruitment, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The Morro Bay City Council has approved an exclusive Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with Castle Wind LLC to support the development of the planned 1GW Castle Wind Offshore floating wind project off the coast of Central California.

23 November 2018 R&D, Technology

Floating Power Plant (FPP) has commenced the testing of the power take-off (PTO) system of its wave energy converter at Aalborg University, FPP told our sister site MarineEnergy.biz.

13 November 2018 Contracts & Tenders, Jobs & Recruitment, Wind Farm Update

UK-based recruitment company Light Source People has won a contract for the supply of temporary staff for Ørsted’s Borssele 1 + 2 offshore wind project in the Netherlands.

9 November 2018 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has issued a solicitation seeking 800MW or more of new offshore wind projects, which will lead to the state having its first large-scale offshore wind development contracts in place in the spring of 2019.

31 October 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Jobs & Recruitment

Shell New Energies has selected Taylor Hopkinson as the preferred recruitment partner for global offshore wind activities.

30 October 2018 Technology, Wind Farm Update

The floating wind turbine installed on the Kincardine wind farm offshore Scotland has started delivering power to the grid, Spain’s Cobra Group, the majority owner of the 50MW project, said.

19 October 2018 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted and Naikun Wind Energy Group have decided not to pursue further a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia, Canada, and to end partnership discussions.

12 October 2018 Business & Finance

The Netherlands-based Eagle-Access BV is developing its first offshore access system prototype for the transfer of personnel and cargo.

11 October 2018 Grid Connection

The BorWin gamma topside has been installed onto its jacket foundation at the offshore site in the German North Sea.

27 September 2018 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

The six largest European offshore helicopter airports have officially established the North Sea Heliports Alliance (NSHA) dedicated to servicing the offshore wind market.