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  • 9 June 2016
    Wind Farm Update

    Twenty-four monopiles have been installed at the Veja Mate offshore wind farm, thus crossing a milestone of having one third of its 1300T monopiles in their respective positions. The construction phase began in April 2016, and the contractor Offshore Wind Force (OWF) has managed to install 24 monopiles at the site in the German North […]

  • 23 May 2016
    Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    Germany’s 8.2 Consulting AG has won a three-year extension of a contract for periodic inspections at the 288MW Meerwind Süd | Ost offshore wind farm. The contract extension follows the successful completion of the first periodic inspections at the wind farm last year. The contract was extended by WindMW GmbH, the operator of Meerwind. The extension puts WindMW in […]

  • 17 May 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    Baltimore County, located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Maryland, has applied for a USD 26 million federal grant to support infrastructure upgrades at the former Sparrows Point shipyard to accommodate assembly, fabrication and shipping for the offshore wind industry. The grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation makes the case […]

  • 26 April 2016

    Royal Dutch Shell, the oil and gas company and one of the owners of the Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm, has given the Dutch government something to think about ahead of the general election in 2017, asking the country’s leaders to boost offshore wind ambitions. Shell emphasised the importance of developing the large-scale offshore wind potential in […]

  • 15 April 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    The Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER), a French renewables lobby, will ask for more ambitious targets for offshore wind capacity planned post-2023 during the review of the country’s new energy investment plan scheduled for Friday, 15 April. The French government’s plan calls for the development of 3GW of offshore wind capacity by 2023, with further […]

  • 8 April 2016
    Environment, R&D, Wind Farm Update

    APEM will complete a final survey over Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard East site this month, as part of an eight month project to gather data on birds and marine mammals in the area. Eight surveys were flown out from Norwich International Airport at monthly intervals between September 2015 and April 2016 and the resulting images were […]

  • 31 March 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    Wind farms offshore the UK generated 17.4 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in 2015, a 30% increase compared to 13.4 TWh of power generated by offshore wind in 2014, according to a report released today by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). The 30% leap in power generated by offshore wind farms was attributed […]

  • 24 March 2016
    R&D

    A research by the University of Cape Town and Plymouth University suggests there is an appetite for renewable energy projects within island communities, but public and private sector bodies could face opposition if they fail to take local distinctiveness into account at the beginning of the planning process. The study, published in the International Journal of Marine […]

  • 14 March 2016
    Operations & Maintenance

    The next phase of offshore wind farms in the UK will drive increased use of helicopters offshore, according to Douglas-Westwood (DW). The research and consultancy company expects helicopters to become an integral part of the offshore wind industry’s O&M mix and forecasts steady growth in helicopter demand to 2025, primarily in Western European markets. In Germany and Denmark, […]

  • 11 March 2016

    The long term employment prospects within the offshore wind industry lie with the Operation and Maintenance work that will keep the turbines producing electricity for the next 20+ years.  Hundreds of men and women will be climbing up the towers from boats, or down from helicopter dropping areas, into the nacelles for a long time […]

  • 26 February 2016
    Business & Finance

    Fugro posted a revenue of EUR 2.36 billion in 2015, down from EUR 2.57 billion in the previous year, due to the high volatility of the oil and gas market, on which 74% of the company’s business is focused. Nevertheless, Fugro managed to decrease its net loss to EUR 372.5 million, compared to EUR 458.9 million in 2014. Fugro’s Seabed Geosolutions division […]

  • 18 February 2016

    UK consumers could save more than £2 billion if the Government’s planned renewable energy auctions are opened up to include a wider mix of technologies, according to a report published by Drax on 16 February. Drax, an electricity production and sales company also focused on biomass, informed that it commissioned NERA Economic Consulting and Imperial College […]

  • 17 February 2016
    Business & Finance

    Statoil has awarded an additional scope to the contract with Aibel. This week, an amendment giving Aibel responsibility for procurement of material and equipment to the project was signed. In the summer of 2014 Aibel was awarded a contract for a FEED study, Engineering, and Management Assistance for the Statoil project. Since then, detailed engineering […]

  • 5 January 2016
    Grid Connection, R&D

    HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited (HiDef) will carry out aerial surveys for one of National Grid’s latest projects.  National Grid will provide a connection to the electricity transmission network for the proposed new 3.4GW nuclear power station, Moorside, in West Cumbria and export energy produced by a number of offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea. Following an […]

  • 16 December 2015
    Business & Finance

    Statkraft AS will no longer invest in new offshore wind projects, the Norwegian utility said in its adjusted investment plan today. The Oslo-listed company said that the new investment plan was adjusted ”to balance the goal of profitable growth within renewable energy with Statkraft’s financial solidity.” “Offshore wind power is capital intensive. The reduced financial terms […]

  • 25 November 2015
    Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment, Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Training & Education

    Siemens has advertised 135 vacant posts at its new facilities in Hull, the largest number of opportunities made available so far, Green Port Hull reports. The bulk of the newly-advertised jobs are 120 roles for production operatives within the wind turbine blade factory that is now taking shape at Hull’s Alexandra Dock. There are also […]

  • 25 November 2015
    Business & Finance

    More than six out of ten (61%) institutional investors in Europe expect to increase their exposure to renewable infrastructure, with nearly half of them (48%) expecting further investments into offshore wind, according to a new study commissioned by alternative investment firm Aquila Capital. A further 30% of investors plan to maintain their exposure to renewables over the next three […]

  • 17 November 2015

    As EWEA 2015 opened its door in Paris, the Chairman of EWEA and CEO of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables, Markus Tacke, sent out a clear message to the industry and political leaders to raise wind energy ambitions, as it could bring numerous economic and environmental benefits.  “Our political leaders must take important decisions in the weeks and months […]

  • 11 November 2015
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    Scotland will miss its 100% renewable electricity target set for 2020 without further investments in offshore and onshore wind, according to a new report published by Scottish Renewables. The study shows Scotland is on course to generate the equivalent of 87% of its annual demand for power from renewables by 2020, and highlights the need for further support […]

  • 21 October 2015
    Business & Finance, Ports & Logistics

    JDR has expanded its service footprint with PD Ports in Hartlepool to support its continued growth in the oil and gas and renewables sectors, the company reported today.  JDR has been a tenant at the Port of Hartlepool since first acquiring 97,000 square foot (sq.ft.) of warehouse space in 2008 and subsequently transformed it in […]

  • 13 October 2015

    More than 200 people involved in the offshore wind industry gathered yesterday at the Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) 2015 to help build an industry without borders. With this year’s theme, Building an industry without borders, the aim of the OWC 2015 was not only to exceed international borders, but also to break down the barriers in […]

  • 9 October 2015
    Business & Finance

    Louisiana-based Keystone Engineering Inc. has announced the opening of its newest office located in Baltimore. This news follows the announcement that the company was awarded the contract to design the meteorological mast tower foundation for US Wind’s Maryland offshore wind development lease. Ben Foley, General Manager of Keystone’s Offshore Renewables Group, stated: “We are excited to […]

  • 9 September 2015
    Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

    DBB Jack-Up Services A/S and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S have extended their framework agreement for offshore wind operations and maintenance services until the end of 2017. The companies signed a framework agreement for offshore wind O&M services in December 2014. “During 2015 we have experienced the benefits of the framework agreement, which enables us to cut […]

  • 13 July 2015
    Operations & Maintenance

    Last week, Danish wind turbines hit a new record by producing enough electricity to cover not only Danish needs but to supply three more countries with wind power.  Thanks to strong winds blowing from Thursday night to Friday morning, wind farms in Denmark produced 140% of the country’s electricity demand, with surplus power exported to Norway, Sweden and Germany. Carsten Vittrup, an energy strategy adviser, told […]

  • 8 July 2015
    Business & Finance, R&D

    A new study from Totaro & Associates identifies a total investment of US$424.8B required to develop the first 80GW of utility-scale offshore wind in the US. However, there are three critical path areas which will be essential to future growth including foundation production, port infrastructure, and domestic shipbuilding of purpose-designed installation and service vessels. Newer […]

  • 22 June 2015
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    At the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) Westminster reception, East Anglia ONE Project Director Charlie Jordan has announced that the £2bn project was too big for just one port. The work would be spread between more than one of the main east coast ports, he told EEEGR’s 200 guests, including members, MPs, government ministers and […]