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  • 21 September 2020
    Business & Finance

    A recent analysis from Rystad Energy has shown that using 14 MW wind turbines can reduce overall costs of large-scale offshore wind farms, even though these wind turbines themselves are more expensive. Rystad Energy looked at using next-generation turbines of various sizes for a 1 GW offshore wind farm, and the effect wind turbine choice […]

  • 16 September 2020

    When it comes to cable damage it is crucial to get the cable up and running again quickly. Any downtime caused by external cable failure or other damage to grid infrastructures carries a number of risks, especially economic ones. Costs in terms of revenue losses, penalties and fines may run into millions. NKT has equipment […]

  • 16 March 2020
    Business & Finance

    Pict Offshore has received a GBP 250,000 Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise to expand production of the Get Up Safe (GUS) ladder-less access system at its site in Inverkeithing, Fife. The Get Up Safe system is a motion-compensated hoist solution that enables technicians to transfer between small moving vessels and offshore wind turbines […]

  • 23 September 2019
    Business & Finance

    Ørsted has acquired a 22.5% share in the Scotland-based Pict Offshore with an aim to mature a new ladder-less access system for the offshore wind sector. The Get Up Safe (GUS) system is a motion-compensated hoist solution that enables technicians to transfer between small moving vessels and offshore wind turbines without turbine boat landing and ladders. […]

  • 19 September 2019

    Figure 1. Submarine cable overboarding during repair operations Given the inherent risks associated with submarine power cables, it is essential for their operators to have a rock-solid contingency plan for dealing with the rare event of a cable failure. As those plans become increasingly common and repair timelines are condensed, the criticality of flawless execution […]

  • 6 September 2019
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection

    TenneT has entered into agreements with Ørsted and EnBW to use a grid connection concept on future wind farms in the German North Sea which will link the turbines directly to the converter platforms. Under the deals, Ørsted’s Borkum Riffgrund West 1 & 2 and OWP West, as well as EnBW’s He Dreiht offshore wind projects will […]

  • 2 April 2019
    Contracts & Tenders

    Ørsted has contracted AMS Trenchless Specialists to conduct part of the onshore cable works for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK. AMS Trenchless Specialists will conduct Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) at the landfall site in Horseshoe Point where the offshore cables meet the onshore cables under the more than GBP 1 million worth contract. Using […]

  • 23 August 2018

    The Norther offshore high-voltage station (OHVS), which was installed at the offshore wind farm site on 22 August, has been equipped with an nCentric system providing wireless access for monitoring the substation from land.

  • 21 June 2018
    Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    While Vattenfall’s Danish nearshore wind farms – Vesterhav Syd and Nord – will power numerous light bulbs, the developer has requested permission from the authorities to reduce the night-time light markings on the wind turbines themselves.

  • 21 May 2018

    Following Crown Estate Scotland’s recent proposals to lease seabed for new offshore wind projects that would be built in the Scottish waters from the late 2020s, the UK offshore wind industry has shown its support emphasizing the positive impact the new sites would have on the country.

  • 8 March 2018

    Cathie Associates have performed a study which enabled the reduction of noise in the water column created by monopile driving at the Arkona offshore wind farm site in Germany, the company informed after all the 60 foundations were installed.

  • 31 January 2018
    Business & Finance

    SSE informed that it expects its 2017/2018 capital and investment expenditure to be around GBP 1.6 billion, instead of previously anticipated GBP 1.7 billion. From 1 April to 31 December 2017, SSE’s capital spend totalled GBP 1.1 billion and has included, among other things, around GBP 355 million investment in on- and offshore wind. 

  • 18 December 2017
    Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Wind Farm Update

    SGS Germany has awarded the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm with the project certificate, marking the wind farm’s final milestone.

  • 6 December 2016
    Business & Finance

    Royal Boskalis Westminster informed yesterday that it had reduced its holding in Fugro to 24.9%. In its 2015 annual report, Boskalis stated that it held 28.6% of Fugro’s shares per 31 December 2015. In March 2015, Boskalis acquired 25.14% Fugro’s shares, which triggered a legal dispute between the companies after Boskalis wanted to have a […]

  • 2 December 2016

    The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland submitted its consultation response to the Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration project on 30 November. Charles Nathan, Marine Conservation Planner at RSPB Scotland said: “RSPB Scotland has written to Marine Scotland in support of the ambitious Dounreay Trì floating wind demonstration project. Our own research […]

  • 2 December 2016
    Business & Finance, R&D

    Ernst & Young (EY) has found that an average power and utility megaproject is delivered 35% over budget and two years behind schedule, with offshore wind and gas-powered generation projects suffering significantly less delays and cost overruns than water, hydropower, nuclear and coal projects. In its latest research on cost and schedule overruns on big infrastructure […]

  • 25 July 2016
    Business & Finance

    GE Renewable Energy marked an 11 percent decrease in profit for the three months ended June 30, 2016,  compared to the same period a year earlier, despite significant improvements in revenue. The profit for the second quarter stood at USD 128 million, as opposed to USD 144 million recorded in the second quarter of 2015. GE […]

  • 22 June 2016
    Grid Connection

    Ofgem has approved a 650km long subsea interconnector between Norway and Scotland, planned to be installed in 2021.  On 20 June 2016, Ofgem granted an electricity interconnector licence to Norway-based company NorthConnect KS, authorising it to participate in the operation of the NorthConnect KS interconnector. NorthConnect is a joint venture between five companies, established to develop, build, own and […]

  • 9 June 2016
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education

    Cable protection systems (CPS) supplier Tekmar Energy has successfully carried out a full-scale demonstration of its products at The Underwater Centre, the subsea training and trials facility based in Fort William, Scotland. The objective of the demonstration was to prove the ability to remove a CPS without the need for divers, which is seen as key for […]

  • 6 June 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

    Eleven major energy companies have signed a declaration stating that offshore wind can be fully competitive with coal and gas by 2025, achieving a cost of EUR 80/MWh and below, but only if the industry achieves long-term stability through right policies and closer international cooperation.  Currently, an average cost of offshore wind power is EUR 141/MWh, according to […]

  • 12 January 2016
    R&D, Technology

    ECN has confirmed that the Fugro Oceanor Seawatch floating LiDAR is in the pre-commercial stage according to the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) roadmap for the commercial acceptance of floating LiDAR technology. In collaboration with RWE, Eneco and Fugro Oceanor, ECN has performed a Fugro Oceanor Seawatch floating LiDAR validation trial near the offshore meteorological mast IJmuiden, […]

  • 3 December 2015
    Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

    Siemens saw a 21% decrease in orders received through its Wind Power and Renewables division in Fiscal Year 2015, driven largely by a sharply lower volume of large orders, particularly in the offshore business, the company said in its Annual Report 2015. The orders received in FY 2015 reached EUR 6.14 billion, as compared to EUR 7.76bn worth of […]

  • 23 November 2015

    Results of a project testing vibratory method of pile driving have shown the method generates less noise and is up to ten times faster, compared to the impact hammering. The project, carried out by RWE Innogy, Bilfinger Offshore, DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON and Vattenfall under the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, involved a comparison of the conventional method of impact hammering with […]

  • 25 August 2015

    A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by an international group headed by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena evaluated the effects of large wind farms on the atmospheric flow and its implications for how much renewable energy these can generate. As every wind turbine […]

  • 6 October 2014

    Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in cooperation with Marine Scotland Science and Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences of University of Aberdeen worked on recent publication reviewing the assessments carried out for offshore wind farms. The article describes the lessons learned from recent experiences in the European offshore wind industry […]

  • 1 October 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture by the Areva group of France and the Gamesa group of Spain. Areva and Gamesa will each contribute their activities in offshore wind turbine production to the joint venture. Both groups produce and market power generation solutions. While Areva […]