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  • 25 June 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    Smulders has loaded the first two jacket foundations for the Moray East offshore wind farm onto a barge and dispatched them from its facility in Newcastle upon Tyne. The foundations are being sent to the Port of Nigg, from where DEME Offshore will transport them to the Moray East site and install the jackets at […]

  • 24 June 2020
    Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    EWE has won a contract by Ørsted for maintenance work on the two substations of the Gode Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind project in Germany. The company’s offshore subsidiary EWE OSS will take care of the low-voltage areas and the sub-systems of the substations over the next twelve months. “By working with EWE Offshore […]

  • 23 June 2020
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) has applied for a rehearing and reconsideration of Ohio Power Sitting Board’s ”fatal May 21 ruling” on the Icebreaker Wind project, arguing that the ”board stepped outside its statutory authority and violated Ohio law.” Back in May, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approved the construction of the […]

  • 23 June 2020
    Business & Finance

    Iberdrola has entered into an agreement with Swedish renewables company Svea Vind Offshore, which will allow the Spain-headquartered company to take a majority stake in up to eight offshore wind projects in Sweden. The eight projects are in various stages of development, with the first of them planned to begin operating from 2029. This could […]

  • 22 June 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    Siemens Gamesa has signed a preferred supplier agreement with innogy to deliver 100 of its new SG 14-222 DD turbines for the Sofia offshore wind project in the UK. The Sofia project will, therefore, be the first European project to install the 14 MW model that will be market-ready by 2024, on time for installation at the […]

  • 22 June 2020
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Virginia-based DLBA Naval Architects has developed a concept Service Accommodation and Transfer Vessel (SATV) for the US offshore wind market. The 120’ SATV is conceived as a possible alternative to traditional North Sea crew transfer vessel (CTV) designs, specifically developed for the US market and concept of operations. According to DLBA Naval Architects, the US […]

  • 18 June 2020
    Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

    Markus Tacke is stepping down as CEO of Siemens Gamesa, effective immediately. According to the company, the Board of Directors and Tacke mutually agreed to terminate the CEO contract. Andreas Nauen, who was head the company’s offshore activities, has been appointed the new chief with immediate effect. A new CEO for the offshore division is […]

  • 16 June 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    EEW Group is producing the steel pipe components for the 47 jacket foundations to be installed on the Formosa 2 wind farm offshore Taiwan. The production of the steel pipes for the jackets started in January at EEW Korea, EEW KHPC, and EEW Malaysia and is expected to be completed in October 2020. With a […]

  • 15 June 2020
    Business & Finance

    Aker BP is planning to explore the opportunity of using offshore wind energy at new oil & gas development areas offshore Norway. Aker BP and Equinor recently entered into an agreement in principle on commercial terms for the coordinated development of the licenses Krafla, Fulla, and North of Alvheim (NOAKA) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. […]

  • 12 June 2020
    Business & Finance

    The Offshore Industry Group is urging the UK Government to exempt all offshore energy sector workers from the recently introduced 14-day quarantine restrictions. The group, comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA, is calling upon governments to recognize offshore energy sector workers as “key workers”. This allows regular crew movements during mobilization and demobilization and […]

  • 10 June 2020
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    China’s MingYang Smart Energy has agreed to sell a minority stake in a special purpose company developing a 300 MW offshore wind project to Poly Changda Engineering. Once the transaction is completed, Poly Changda Engineering will hold a 49 per cent stake in Yangjiang Mingyang Offshore Wind Power Development, with MingYang controlling the remaining 51 […]

  • 9 June 2020
    Ports & Logistics, Vessels

    Offshore Heavy Transport’s (OHT’s) vessel Albatross arrived at the Port of Nigg on 6 June with the second load of Moray East jacket foundations, after more than 40 days of sailing to transport the six jackets from the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, OHT Hawk is en route to Scotland, carrying the next batch of foundations […]

  • 9 June 2020
    Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    Eversendai Offshore cut the first steel for the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) Beta offshore substation platform on 28 May. The United Arab Emirates-based company, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s Eversendai Corporation Berhad, is in charge of manufacturing athe jacket foundation and accompanying piles for the platform to be installed at the Hollandse Kust Zuid […]

  • 9 June 2020
    Business & Finance

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 450 million credit line for co-financing the construction of the Fécamp offshore wind project in France. According to EIB, this is the first such operation it is financing in France, reinforcing the objectives set by its shareholders to make it the EU climate bank. The financing will […]

  • 8 June 2020
    Contracts & Tenders

    Subsea 7’s renewables business unit Seaway 7 has chosen Lamprell for the delivery of 30 foundations for the Seagreen 1 offshore wind farm. Under the contract, yet to be finalised and to be executed on a lump-sum basis, the UAE-based company will manufacture jackets, transition pieces and suction caissons. Lamprell will deliver the jackets to […]

  • 5 June 2020
    R&D

    A European project coordinated by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has been completed with a new tool introduced to reduce the impact of crew transfer in rough waters on wellbeing of offshore wind workers. Along with the sail/no sail decision-support tool for marine coordinators, the project also resulted in a new understanding of seasickness […]

  • 5 June 2020
    Business & Finance

    DNV GL has signed a contract with Sing Da Marine Structure (SDMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Steel Corporation (CSC), to provide support for jacket foundation manufacturing for offshore wind projects in Taiwan. DNV GL will provide SDMS with risk mitigation advice around technical, logistical, and quality during its jacket fabrication process. The deal also […]

  • 4 June 2020
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    SSE Renewables has taken a final investment decision to proceed with the Seagreen 1 offshore wind project which will now be taken forward together with the French energy major Total. Total and SSE Renewables have now entered into an agreement through which Total will take a 51 per cent stake in the GBP 3 billion […]

  • 1 June 2020
    Technology

    Shenzhen Quant-Cloud Energy Network Technology, a subsidiary of MingYang Smart Energy Group, has installed its energy storage system at a wind farm for the first time, following demonstration on MingYang’s turbine at the Xinghua Bay offshore wind farm. The system has been commissioned and put into operation at the 43.2 MW coastal Huian Quanhui wind […]

  • 1 June 2020
    Grid Connection

    The project team working on the jacket foundation for the Hollandse Kust Zuid Alpha offshore substation has completed all the major lifts for the jacket, Petrofac said. The jacket is now getting ready to depart the United Arab Emirates and head to the Dutch North Sea. In September 2019, Eversendai Offshore cut the first steel […]

  • 29 May 2020
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Iberdrola’s Ailes Marines and Siemens Gamesa have signed a contract for the supply of 62 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project. The contract marks the final investment decision on the EUR 2.4 billion project, Ailes Marines said. The Saint-Brieuc wind turbines will be built in France, at Siemens Gamesa’s […]

  • 28 May 2020
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Austrian crane specialist Palfinger has won a contract to deliver 33 fixed boom cranes for Japan’s first large-scale commercial offshore wind farm project. The 139 MW Akita Noshiro offshore wind farm project comprises two wind farms extending across 730 hectares. Both will be located in the Akita Prefecture coastal zone, one at Akita port, the […]

  • 27 May 2020
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) and SEA O.G. Offshore have established a joint venture to operate crew transfer vessels (CTVs) in the U.S. offshore wind industry. The agreement will see the two parties providing marine services and CTV operations for the offshore wind market in the United States. “We are excited to partner with N-O-S and […]

  • 26 May 2020
    Business & Finance

    The decision of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) that turbines at the Icebreaker offshore wind farm in Lake Erie must be shut down during nighttime hours “may well be fatal to the entire project”, according to developer Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo). As reported, OPSB recently approved the construction of the 20.7 MW […]

  • 22 May 2020
    Wind Farm Update

    The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has approved the construction of the Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie, but with certain conditions. Under the terms of the conditioned certificate, Icebreaker must comply with 33 conditions prior, during, and after project construction, as well as during operations. Among the conditions, the 20.7 MW project must […]

  • 21 May 2020
    Business & Finance

    TenneT is supporting the possibility of Germany taking a minority stake in the organization. In a letter to the Dutch Lower House of Parliament, Finance Minister Wopke Bastiaan Hoekstra presented his preferred scenario for meeting TenneT’s capital requirement as a result of rising investments, due to the energy transition, and low-interest rates. Germany’s participation in […]