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17 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Ørsted has posted a photo showing the first wind turbine components destined for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm lined up at the Taichung Port in Taiwan. The first 75m long blades, 378t nacelles and 37m long tower sections began their journey to Taiwan from Aalborg, Denmark, and Cuxhaven, Germany, on board three vessels. Formosa 1 Phase 2 will […]

17 April 2019 Business & Finance, Grid Connection

The Carbon Trust has revealed the five winners of its dynamic export cable competition, part of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP). The winners are the Norwegian Aker Solutions, Japan’s Furukawa Electric Co., Greek Hellenic Cables, the UK-based JDR Cable Systems and China’s Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable. Supported by BPP Cables, the competition was launched to address the […]

15 April 2019 Industry Contribution

The Jones Act in US offshore wind: challenge or opportunity? The Jones Act, long seen as a challenge for the US offshore wind industry, could potentially be an opportunity for the sector, experts have said. “I like to look at the Jones Act as an incentive for shipyards, not an impediment,” said Joan Bondareff, chair […]

8 April 2019 Grid Connection

The Netherlands-based WIND has completed the transport of high-voltage subsea cable destined to connect an undisclosed offshore wind farm in Europe to its substation. WIND said it transferred 26km of 155kV subsea cable from China to the Port of Eemshaven, the Netherlands, and delivered it to a large European transmission system operator (TSO). The 2,300t cables were loaded […]

4 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

Grimsby’s Royal Dock has been confirmed as the home for Triton Knoll’s offshore construction and operations and maintenance facility after the project signed a port lease with ABP in Grimsby. A new construction and longer-term Operations and Maintenance base will be constructed across nearly four acres. Tendering for a contractor to build the facility is […]

1 April 2019 R&D

GBM Works, a TU Delft spin-off, is set to conduct pilot tests of a new method for installing turbine monopile foundations in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Together with project partners, GBM will conduct the pilot at Maasvlakte beginning in May or June by using a vibro drill method in which foundation piles are […]

27 March 2019 R&D

The U.S. offshore wind industry represents a circa USD 70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the local supply chain, according to a new white paper by Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW). The analysis, provided by Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), offers a road map for states and a menu for suppliers to build new offshore wind […]

26 March 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Nexans will supply pre-terminated and factory-tested turbine cables as well as the full scope of T-connectors terminating the dynamic inter-array cables for the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic floating wind farm. WindFloat Atlantic will be the world’s first large-scale commercial floating wind project operating at 66 kilovolts (kV). Nexans has been selected to supply its WINDLINK pre-terminated factory-tested […]

21 March 2019 Business & Finance, Ports & Logistics

U.S. port developer Atlantic Offshore Terminals LLC has acquired a port site in the state of New York which would be used for the offshore wind industry. Atlantic Offshore Terminals is proposing to develop the Arthur Kill Terminal, the first offshore wind pre-assembly port facility in New York State, said law firm Sive, Paget & Riesel […]

18 March 2019 Industry Contribution

Pioneering companies within the Oil and Gas sector are adopting Wind Lidar to provide them with valuable wind data to vastly improve their operational efficiency. Lidar is an established tool that provides sophisticated wind assessment and measurements within the wind energy industry. An infrared laser exploits the Doppler effect to provide horizontal and vertical wind […]

13 March 2019 Ports & Logistics

The Port of Taichung has completed renovation works on the first of the five wharves dedicated to offshore wind, the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), said. Renovation work on Wharf No. 2 was completed at the beginning of the year and the wharf is now ready to support ongoing private contractor efforts to install wind […]

12 March 2019 Business & Finance

Okeanus Science & Technology LLC has provided equipment to TerraSond in support of recent survey work at a wind farm offshore the U.S. East Coast. Okeanus provided slip ring winches and over-the-side pole and adapter for USBL mobilization, among other equipment, for the launch and retrieval of the A-Frame onboard TerraSond’s chartered vessel Gerry Bordelon. “Okeanus […]

12 March 2019 R&D, Technology

The increasing penetration of wind and solar power in the years to come will make the hydrogen produced from renewable energy an affordable alternative by 2035, according to DNV GL’s new research paper. According to the report titled ”The economically viable use of green hydrogen”, green hydrogen will become an economic energy carrier to complement electricity and […]

11 March 2019 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

Emden-based Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring Beteiligungs (epas) has secured a contract to provide the complete handling of port logistics during the operating phase of the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms. EnBW, the owner and developer of the two wind farms, awarded the contract to epas following a competitive tendering procedure. The five-year contract is expected […]

8 March 2019 Ports & Logistics

UK ports are well placed to support the offshore wind industry, but a versatile and flexible planning system is needed to help ports prepare for the new opportunities presented in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne said. ”This will be vital to ensure that ports remain agile and responsive […]

5 March 2019 Ports & Logistics

Swan Hunter has executed the final work scope of the Norther offshore wind farm export cable storage project at the storage and spooling yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The last sections of spare array and export cables were transpooled from the Van Oord CLV Nexus, and the DOC-Swan Hunter 4750Te onshore basket carousel, to long […]

5 March 2019 Business & Finance

Offshore wind is well positioned to play a major role in the long term UK energy mix even in the case of hard Brexit, according to a joint report by Wood Mackenzie and Verisk Maplecroft. With more than 19GW of new capacity forecast by 2028, a hard Brexit is expected to have limited impact on this […]

27 February 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The prefect of the Normandy and the Seine-Maritime and the prefect of the Somme region have authorized the construction of the 496MW Dieppe-Le Tréport offshore wind farm and the accompanying grid link. The decision follows the period of public discussions on the application, which were held from 16 October to 29 November last year. Both Departmental […]

26 February 2019 R&D

More than 69GW of new offshore wind capacity is expected to be installed by 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030, according to a new report by Navigant Research. In its Market Data: Offshore Wind Market and Turbine Vendor Assessment report, Navigant writes that offshore wind will play an increasing role in the global energy transition to […]

20 February 2019 R&D

With 112GW of technical resource potential, floating offshore wind in California could produce 1.5 times as much electricity as this US state uses in one year. That’s according to The California Offshore Wind Project: A Vision for Industry Growth, a new report from the American Jobs Project in partnership with the Schatz Energy Research Center […]

6 February 2019 Business & Finance, R&D

A growing disparity between the turbine megawatt growth and units deployed will impact component suppliers as price pressure percolates down the supply chain, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report – Global wind turbine supply chain trends – estimates that global turbine supply chain potential sits at USD 540 […]

1 February 2019 Business & Finance

The UK government should announce clear targets for offshore wind and commit to an extended pipeline of bi-annual Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions of more than 2GW of capacity a year, a new report commissioned by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) suggests. “The UK Offshore Wind Industry: Supply Chain Review”, by the former McLaren Group […]

29 January 2019 Business & Finance

Global offshore wind power demand will increase almost sixfold over the coming 10 years with projects deployed commercially across 18 countries by 2027, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables. The deployment of next-generation turbines will double average turbine ratings globally over the next 10 years and in turn subdue growing demand […]

28 January 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Ports & Logistics

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has won a contract by Ørsted to provide a heliport base to support the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Under the GBP 1.8 million contract, Jones Bros is in charge of the design and construction of the base in Barrow-in-Furness, which will support helicopters traveling to and from the 659MW project. […]

25 January 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Ports & Logistics

Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) has awarded Tai-Shing Engineering and Construction Company Ltd. with the lease rights for a site at the Port of Taichung, where the company will build a factory to produce transition pieces for offshore wind turbines. TIPC announced the winner of the public tender for lease rights for around 12 Ha. at […]

15 January 2019 Vessels

Classification and technical advisory services provider ABS has granted an Approval in Principal (AIP) to Neptun Ship Design for its Wind Turbine Transport Vessel design, said to be the first to support transporting parts for turbines greater than 9MW. The 178m long Blue Azurit design allows wind turbine manufacturers to produce full length welded towers […]