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8 April 2019 Grid Connection

TenneT is set to deploy two 2GW direct current connections for the IJmuiden Ver offshore wind zone in the Netherlands, the first ever time this capacity is to be used. The connection will see two 525kV cables used, which allows lower costs, smaller space requirements and fewer routes on land, TenneT said. According to the […]

4 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Teesside-based EEW Offshore Structures Britain has rolled out the first of the 35 transition pieces (TPs) built for Ørsted’s Borssele 1 + 2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The first TP was photographed on its way to the blast shed, EEW OSB said. EEW SPC, the parent company of EEW OSB, is […]

1 April 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

DNV GL is set to undertake a third-party verification study of Equinor’s Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in Norway, the world’s first expected to power oil platforms. The independent verification study will ensure that the wind turbines comply with the applicable codes and standards for floating offshore wind, DNV GL said. In addition, the study […]

25 March 2019 Business & Finance

RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables have launched a new industry group to set out the strategy for large-scale deployment of floating offshore wind in the UK. The Floating Wind Steering Group will meet with the aim of producing a consensus vision for the future of floating wind and the business case for its continued development in the UK. According to the […]

22 March 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The first onshore electrical cables destined for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm have rolled out from production and are heading towards the Port of Boston, the UK. The High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cables will make up the onshore cable network, connecting power from the 860MW offshore wind farm to the new onshore substation […]

18 March 2019

The first edition of the Offshore WIND magazine in 2019 is now out and you can get your hands on it by subscribing! This edition features a rare double interview with BOURBON and Vryhof on all their floating endeavors. The new magazine also features the global outlook for offshore wind, which includes insights into emerging […]

13 March 2019 Grid Connection, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

The topside for the offshore substation of the Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm has been loaded on the pontoon at the Damen Shiprepair yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The topside was loaded out on Sunday 24 February, Smulders said. The accompanying jacket was loaded on the pontoon earlier that week. The topside will […]

11 March 2019 Business & Finance

WestBridge Capital has backed the management buyout of APEM Limited, an independent environmental consultancy specialising in the aquatic environment and remote sensing. The deal has seen WestBridge invest GBP 9.8 million in a combination of equity and loan notes, which is expected to support the company’s growth ambitions as it develops complementary service lines to support […]

11 March 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

EDS HV Group has completed the connection and testing during a planned outage at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm in the UK. EDS was in charge of re-connecting and testing the inter-array cable on the IG substation during the planned outage. The company said it worked with four contractors, who completed planned works at […]

6 March 2019 Business & Finance

The UK’s new Offshore Wind Sector Deal will be issued on Thursday, 7 March, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said. As reported earlier, the new Sector Deal has established a target of reaching the connected offshore wind capacity of 30GW and delivering one-third of the UK’s electricity by 2030. Through a new skills […]

27 February 2019 Vessels

Aging crew transfer vessel (CTV) fleets may no longer be suitable for requirements of modern offshore wind projects, driving market demand for vessel upgrades and repurposing, according to Chartwell Marine. While offshore wind is a young sector, with the majority of large-scale European projects no more than ten years old – and expected to continue […]

27 February 2019 Grid Connection

Cable laying vessel Cable Enterprise has arrived at Prysmian Group’s factory in Pikkala, Finland, to load the first batch of cables for the IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre) interconnector project. Over a ten-day period, over 100 kilometres of ± 320 kV DC submarine cables will be loaded onto the vessel. The IFA2 interconnector is a 1GW high voltage direct […]

26 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

FoundOcean has completed grouting operations at the Norther offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea. Norther is currently being built within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Belgium, approximately 23 kilometers from the port of Zeebrugge. The 370MW wind farm consists of 44 MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbines and one Offshore High Voltage Substation (OHVS). The average depth […]

21 February 2019 Vessels

Ulstein Verft has installed a helideck on board Acta Marine’s new walk-to-work vessel Acta Centaurus at its yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, thus completing the topside equipment installation process. According to Ulstein, Acta Centaurus will be completed and ready for operation in a little more than two months. “The main topside equipment, including tower, gangway and crane, has been […]

21 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

Smulders has loaded out the jacket foundation for the Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht offshore substation in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The jacket, weighing more than 1,700 tons, will be transported to the German North Sea at the beginning of March, weather permitting, Smulders said. The substation topside, which was assembled at the Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen yard, […]

18 February 2019

Two of the largest and heaviest monopiles in the world have been fabricated in China. Weighing in at 1,600 tons, the monopiles are the first of 500 to be manufactured for SPIC Guangdong Offshore Wind Power’s offshore wind projects in the Guangdong province. According to Ramboll, the designer of the foundations, the monopiles are installed at 37m, […]

15 February 2019 Business & Finance

Equinor and the state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for floating offshore wind in South Korea. Under the MoU, the two parties will jointly explore the opportunities of developing commercial floating offshore wind, Equinor said. According to KNOC’s Senior Vice President Jae-Heon Shim, executing the agreement will become a […]

13 February 2019 R&D, Technology

Ørsted has developed a novel digital solution for designing the cable layout of offshore wind farms said to result in cost reductions. The OptiArray tool, developed using the FICO Xpress Optimizer, is dedicated for designing the cable layout connecting the turbines to the substations. The company added that the tool has helped in achieving savings while reducing the overall design time. […]

12 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

The first 75-metre blade for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm has been produced at Siemens Gamesa’s facility at Green Port Hull, ScottishPower Renewables said. The fibre glass blade is the first of 306 which will be manufactured at the site for the 714MW East Anglia ONE project located 43km off the Suffolk coast. Inspection […]

5 February 2019 Wind Farm Update

All of Norther wind farm’s 44 turbines are expected to be installed in the Belgian North Sea by late April, Van Oord, the project’s Balance of Plant contractor, said. Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus started installing the first batch of MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbines at the site some 23 kilometres offshore Zeebrugge over the […]

30 January 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has set out the new feed-in-tariff (FiT) at TWD 5.5160/kWh (EUR 0.156731/kWh) for the 20-year offshore wind Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed in 2019. The wind projects that sign their PPAs in 2019 will receive TWD 6.2795/kWh during the first ten years of operation, and TWD 4.1422 for the remaining ten years. The […]

28 January 2019 Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Jobs & Recruitment, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

The City of Ulsan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four domestic and foreign partnerships and investors to build and maintain floating wind farms, as well as to create a local supply chain in South Korea. The four developers include a partnership between Royal Dutch Shell and CoensHexicon, which is a joint venture between […]

22 January 2019 Business & Finance

Cathie Associates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Blue Wind Engineering (BWE) to cooperate on expanding within the offshore wind industry in South Korea. According to Robin Comrie, Co-Managing Director of Cathie Associates, the company hopes to play a role in the growth of offshore wind in the region as South Korea aims to […]

18 January 2019 Business & Finance

Ørsted is holding a series of community information events about the onshore cable route for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind project in the UK. According to the Danish company, the aim of the events is that local people in North East Lincolnshire and East Lindsey find our more about the onshore cabling works for the […]

10 January 2019 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Technology

Blue Water Shipping (BWS) has put into operation the world’s strongest reachstacker at the port areas in Esbjerg, Denmark. According to BWS, the reachstacker has a lifting capacity of 152 tons and is a result of the targeted development work with the Danish supplier N.C. Nielsen. The new machine is an alternative to cranes and […]

19 December 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Technology

OutSmart has contracted Whiffle to provide weather and production forecasts for a portfolio of wind energy projects, including the 600MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.