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  • 18 April 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection

    Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Olaf Lies, has called for an increase in Germany’s offshore wind targets following historically low bids in the first auction round in Germany.

  • 11 April 2017
    Wind Farm Update

    US Wind sent a letter to the Ocean City Council on 7 April, offering to discuss the potential relocation of its proposed Maryland offshore wind project further eastward to address the Council’s desire to lessen the visibility of the project.

  • 7 April 2017
    R&D

    For Europe to contribute to limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C, as set out in the Paris Agreement, it will need a fully decarbonised electricity supply by 2045, something that could be significantly contributed by offshore wind. However, to achieve this, the offshore wind installation rate would have to double to some 7GW per year, according to Ecofys and Navigant.

  • 22 March 2017
    Business & Finance, Environment

    Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has initiated the fundraising process for its new fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure III K/S, which has already received commitment of DKK 8.8 billion (around 1.2bn EUR).

  • 2 March 2017
    Technology, Vessels

    Liebherr’s maritime manufacturing plant in Rostock, Germany, has been awarded a contract to supply a heavy-lift crane for the Orion, a new wind farm installation vessel ordered by DEME from COSCO (QiDong) Offshore in China.

  • 23 February 2017
    Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

    The Netherlands-based oil and gas giant, Shell, is looking to get on board further projects across Europe as it aims to dive deeper into the offshore wind market.

  • 21 February 2017
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    Fred. Olsen Ocean, part of Norway’s Bonheur Group, recorded NOK 264 million in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 20.5% rise compared to NOK 219 million in revenues recorded in the same period a year earlier.

  • 14 February 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection

    The House of Representatives of the Netherlands has voted in favour of carrying out further research to determine if new offshore wind farms can be added to increase the country’s target of having a total of 4.45GW of offshore wind generation capacity commissioned by 2023.

  • 10 February 2017
    Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Vessels

    Offshore WIND spoke to James Strong, Business Development Director at Reflex Marine, a company looking for new ways of personnel and cargo transfer between wind turbines and vessels, and one of the developers of a guidance document for personnel crane transfer, released this summer.

  • 20 January 2017
    Contracts & Tenders, R&D, Technology

    The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has recommended more emphasis to be placed on floating foundations in order to access the best offshore wind resources in the UK and pave the way to subsidy-free offshore wind farms in 2050 energy mix. Floating platform solutions should be further derisked, as at the moment, investors and developers still favour […]

  • 8 December 2016
    Vessels

    ZITON’s self-propelled jack up vessel J/U Wind Server has returned to the Holyhead port from Morecambe Bay, where the vessel has been working in an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) role, helping to keep the 500+ wind turbines operating 24/7. ZITON, formerly known as DBB Jack-up Services, has been appointed by DONG Energy, Siemens and Vattenfall to carry out […]

  • 8 November 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

    Maryland-based offshore wind developer US Wind, Inc. partnered with Tradepoint Atlantic (TPA), the firm overseeing the 3,100-acre redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point steel mill, to host offshore wind supply chain manufacturers at TPA’s Port of Baltimore facility on 2 November. Representatives from turbine, electrical cable and steel manufacturing, vessel construction and local marine support services […]

  • 1 November 2016
    Business & Finance

    Negative interest rates in Japan have pushed two of the country’s biggest banks, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, to adding more project finance loans for, primarily European, renewable energy as infrastructure such as offshore wind farms brings strong yields.  Spanish Banco Santander was the largest loan provider for renewable energy assets last year, Bloomberg writes, […]

  • 21 October 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, R&D, Wind Farm Update

    The government of Ontario, Canada, will keep its moratorium on offshore wind projects imposed in 2011 as it still does not have enough data to make an informed decision on whether to lift the ban, local media reported the province’s energy minister Glenn Thibeault as saying. Thibeault did not completely rule out the possibility of lifting the […]

  • 20 October 2016
    Business & Finance

    “Challenging oil and gas market” has somewhat become an inevitable reference point in financial reports of companies working in the offshore energy sector. Still, those involved in the offshore wind market usually have positive figures to report. This is also the case with Fugro, whose revenue declined by 20.4% in Q3 2016 due to the oil and gas downturn, […]

  • 28 September 2016
    Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    Dutch utility Nuon, part of Vattenfall, has started dismantling the four turbines at the 2MW Lely wind farm in the IJsselmeer. The wind farm, located some 800 metres offshore, was built in 1992 and was in service for 22 years. It is the first offshore wind farm operated by Nuon to be dismantled. Lely made the news […]

  • 8 September 2016
    Authorities, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D

    Generation from the UK’s offshore wind farms rose by 10 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, from 4.7 TWh in the first quarter of 2015 to 5.1 TWh , with the impact of increases in capacity exceeding that of lower wind speeds, according to the data published by the UK government. Despite higher […]

  • 6 September 2016

    Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has awarded Ardmore Craig with a contract for the design of a carousel and associated spooling spread destined for cable storage activities. The order has been earmarked by a utility company for 40-year storage of a number of spare cable lengths. The carousel will be designed for capacities in excess of […]

  • 1 September 2016
    Business & Finance, Vessels

    Dubai-headquartered offshore support vessel owner and operator Topaz Energy and Marine has renewed its long standing contract with ABB for the cable laying vessel Topaz Installer. Under the terms of the contract, the Topaz Installer will provide ABB with cable-laying services in support of wind farms in the North Sea. The contract was renewed for […]

  • 30 August 2016
    Business & Finance, Technology

    UK-based engineering company Ardmore Craig has been awarded numerous contracts for detail design and seafastening work associated with summer campaigns in the offshore wind sector over the past few months. Projects include vessels destined for Burbo Bank, Bligh Bank, Race Bank, Rampion, Wikinger and Kriegers Flak, the company said. Work has included design of vessel specific grillages, […]

  • 19 August 2016
    Business & Finance

    WindEurope expects EUR 5.2 billion and 1.4GW in Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) by June 2017, compared with EUR 10 billion and 2.2GW that were achieved for the same period last year. Transactions that are now approaching financial close are Rentel (300MW), Norther (370MW), Deutsche Bucht (252MW), and EnBW Hohe See (492MW). The sector generated a total […]

  • 9 August 2016
    Operations & Maintenance

    Dutch port of IJmuiden has installed two floating jetties at the recently renovated Trawlerkade quay, thus adding 46 metres of extra berthing space for crew transfer vessels used for offshore wind farm operations and maintenance, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Port (AYOP) reports. The floating jetties will offer berths for six of Windcat Workboat’s CTVs. A wave protection barrier gives access to both pontoons […]

  • 2 August 2016
    Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

    Transmission system operator TenneT is preparing to kick off a pilot project with four partners to explore options for providing primary reserve capacity to combat fluctuations in the electricity grid and prepare the system for a larger share of energy produced from renewable sources. The increase in electricity from renewable source like wind and solar will, in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 15 July 2016
    Authorities

    The new UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has reshuffled the cabinet and shut down the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), with the issues formerly dealt with by the DECC now being part of a newly set up Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which will be led by Greg Clark. On his appointment as Secretary […]

  • 20 June 2016

    The UK engineering consultancy, Ardmore Craig, has won a contract to design and build cable handling equipment and upgrade a previously supplied lay spread for on an offshore wind farm that the company left unnamed. This marks the 150th contract award for Ardmore Craig, which said that, despite the troubles within the oil & gas market, it continues to […]