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  • 24 July 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has set up a new task force aimed at helping increase the number of skilled people working in the UK’s offshore wind sector. The Investment in Talent Group is developing a passporting system to ensure all parts of the energy sector recognize transferable skills and training, to enable offshore workers to move […]

  • 23 July 2019
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    Massachusetts has passed legislation which would allow an easement for a part of Covell’s Beach to be used for the construction of an interconnection for the Vineyard Wind project. According to Vineyard Wind, the bipartisan legislation authorizes the Barnstable Town Council to grant the easement that will allow the construction of the interconnection between the 800MW wind […]

  • 5 July 2019
    Authorities

    SSE has called on the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Minister Chris Skidmore to increase the 6GW cap on new offshore wind in the UK. According to SSE, the current Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction includes a limited capacity of offshore renewables set before the Committee on Climate Change published its report and the government passed the […]

  • 27 June 2019
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    Senator of Delaware Tom Carper and Maine Senator Susan Collins have introduced a bill expected to initiate investments in the U.S. offshore wind market by extending tax credits. The Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act would extend the investment tax credit (ITC) at 30% for offshore wind farms that begin construction by 1 January 2027 or the year […]

  • 14 June 2019
    R&D

    The US National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium has announced the availability of funding for additional offshore wind R&D topics. The new funding is set aside for offshore wind plant technology advancement, which includes optimizing the performance of wind plants; reducing the costs of turbine support structures; developing innovative mooring and anchoring technologies for floating wind; and […]

  • 11 June 2019
    Contracts & Tenders

    Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has secured a contract to supply a multi-mode pre-lay plough to Boskalis. The 200Te pre-lay plough comes with SMD’s latest surface control equipment which will be mobilized on the bridge of a Boskalis specialist trenching vessel. It will feature a 2.1m share suitable for trenching in sands and hard clays up to […]

  • 24 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    Danish engineering consulting group COWI has opened a branch office in Taipei to accommodate ongoing and recently won offshore wind projects in Taiwan, and to grow its wind business in the region. “The appetite for wind energy and more specifically offshore wind farms has been increasing exponentially especially in East and South East Asia,” Jan Rønberg, COWI’s Senior […]

  • 17 April 2019
    Contracts & Tenders

    The UK-based Granada Material Handling has secured a contract to provide 100 davit crane units for the turbine jacket foundations of the Moray East offshore wind project. Granada is in charge of designing, manufacturing and commissioning Python crane units that will be fitted to each of the project’s 100 jacket foundation platforms. According to the company, each […]

  • 18 March 2019
    Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance

    DHSS has won a contract by Van Oord for call-off helicopter services for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in Germany. Helicopter flights will take off from Den Helder Airport in the Netherlands, while the Eemshaven heliport is also an option if required since DHSS has a vessel and helicopter support base in the vicinity. […]

  • 8 March 2019
    Business & Finance

    ScottishPower is actively pursuing future offshore wind projects in England and Scotland as part of its GBP 6 billion investment plan, to ensure one third of the UK’s electricity can be produced by wind by 2030. The energy company said it plans to engage with The Crown Estate and The Crown Estate Scotland on seabed […]

  • 27 February 2019
    Authorities

    California Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham has called on the U.S. Interior Department’s Acting Secretary David Bernhardt to lease parts of the state’s coastline for offshore wind development. In his letter, Cunningham explained that due to the expected closing of San Luis Obispo County’s largest private employer, the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, in 2025, around 1,500 […]

  • 15 January 2019
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will postpone public meetings on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project originally scheduled for 15-17 January. The public meetings were scheduled to take place in Hyannis, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The postponement is due to the government shutdown, BOEM said. The […]

  • 3 January 2019
    Authorities

    When it comes to emerging offshore wind markets, Taiwan, India and the U.S. have been in the spotlight over the last few years and especially in 2018. Nevertheless, a few new areas made the offshore wind map over the last year, beyond those already well known and ready for takeoff. Offshore wind is not only expanding as new markets emerge globally, but also as the countries with existing offshore wind farms and those under development already eye earmarking further areas where offshore wind turbines could be installed.  

  • 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
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Bladt Industries has secured a contract to build additional 24 transition pieces for Ørsted’s Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.

  • 29 November 2018
    Contracts & Tenders

    Ørsted has awarded Atlas Professionals with a contract to supply personnel for the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

  • 16 November 2018
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    EDP Renováveis has, through its subsidiary EDPR UK Limited, closed the sale of a 13.4% stake in equity shareholding and outstanding shareholder loans on Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited to Diamond Generating Europe Limited.

  • 5 November 2018
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    Ireland is the only European Union country with an Atlantic coastline that is not developing its offshore wind resource, which is not only placing the country at an economic and competitive disadvantage, but also results in missing out on a large number of associated economic and social benefits, according to the latest report from KPMG.

  • 1 November 2018
    Jobs & Recruitment, R&D

    The requirement for workers in the UK offshore wind market is expected to increase from the current 10,000 to 36,000 by 2032, according to the Skills and Labour Requirements of the UK Offshore Wind Industry 2018 to 2032 report by Aura Wind Energy and partners. 

  • 22 October 2018

    Taxation of electricity produced by offshore wind and other renewables, as well as taxing these technologies, is something the industry needs to stand up against if it wants to see even lower costs and accelerate the energy transition, according to Ditlev Engel, CEO at DNV GL Energy. 

  • 16 October 2018
    Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

    Following Alpha Offshore’s recent announcement on achieving a 56% increase in blade inspection operations this year, the company said the rise was mostly due to it now doing business under the umbrella of Sparrows Group, along with offshore wind sector’s progress and Alpha Offshore’s experience and know-how that are increasingly in demand. This is according […]

  • 5 October 2018
    Authorities

    The regional council of Pays de la Loire in France is opening consultations for new offshore wind areas.

  • 4 October 2018
    Business & Finance, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    Offshore wind O&M specialist Ziton has completed the decommissioning of the Utgrunden offshore wind farm off the east coast of Sweden on behalf of Vattenfall.

  • 3 October 2018
    Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, R&D

    The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) has awarded Fugro with a contract to supply metocean data for the Hollandse Kust (Noord) offshore wind farm zone.

  • 12 September 2018
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection

    Siemens Offshore Grid Access Service has secured a contract extension with TenneT TSO for the provision of its platform supply vessel (PSV).

  • 6 September 2018
    Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) has secured more work for the Nordsee One offshore wind farm in Germany, with the crew transfer vessel (CTV) Windea Four obtaining a charter extension and the recently-christened Windea Six beginning its first deployment.