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  • 20 July 2017

    The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a bill amendment that obstructs installing offshore wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (approx. 44 kilometres) from the coast of the State of Maryland, endangering the US Wind and Skipjack projects which were recently awarded Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits from the Public Service Commission.

  • 13 July 2017
    Vessels

    GustoMSC, the company behind the design of a number of vessels deployed on offshore wind projects, recently introduced a new self-propelled jack-up with a telescopic leg crane and has also used its expertise to develop a floating wind foundation. 

  • 6 July 2017
    Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Technology

    wpd Offshore Solutions GmbH has become the latest European wind farm operator to take James Fisher Marine Services’ Mermaid as its tool for assessing the weather risk on its offshore construction and O&M activities.

  • 5 July 2017
    Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Technology

    James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is providing equipment and personnel to VBMS for several concurrent offshore wind projects.

  • 3 July 2017
    Operations & Maintenance

    With the sector now largely moving into the operations and maintenance phase – in addition to construction – even more space for employment is being created and it is a win-win-win situation, with the skilled workforce, recruiters and the industry players all benefiting from the industry’s progress.

  • 3 July 2017
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Some 1,500 offshore wind turbines have come out of their warranty and, as the offshore wind farm developers/ owners are now responsible for keeping them up and running, this is a whole new era for the industry, according to Bert van Dijk, Business Advisor Offshore Wind from Van Dijk E-Projects. 

  • 20 June 2017
    Environment, R&D, Training & Education

    Swedish utility company Vattenfall has announced the first successful projects for its EUR 3 million research programme aimed at examining the environmental and socio-economic impacts of offshore wind farms.

  • 9 June 2017
    Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    The offshore wind industry should abandon the practice of awarding separate leases for offshore wind farms of up to 1GW each and instead start developing large, integrated projects of up to 10GW to lower cost, create value across the supply chain, and stimulate economic growth, Mark Gainsborough Executive Vice President, New Energies, Shell Gas and Power Development B.V., said.

  • 26 May 2017
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    Deepwater Wind and US Wind have notified the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on their acceptance of the conditions set out by the PSC earlier this month upon approving offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two projects to be built off the state’s coast, according to The Baltimore Sun.

  • 19 May 2017
    Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    Swedish energy company Vattenfall and Danish consultancy C2Wind have signed a two-year framework agreement covering design inputs for Vattenfall’s offshore wind projects.

  • 18 May 2017
    R&D, Wind Farm Update

    DONG Energy has awarded Lloyd’s Register with a second contract to support offshore survey work on DONG’s two projects in the United States – the Bay State Wind and Ocean Wind.

  • 16 May 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Wind Farm Update

    The Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court, has overturned the ruling which halted further development of four wind projects with a total capacity of 2,284MW in the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay.

  • 11 May 2017
    Wind Farm Update

    The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) today awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two projects to be built off the state’s coast, enabling US Wind and Deepwater Wind (Skipjack Offshore Energy) to install 368MW of capacity.

  • 23 March 2017
    Business & Finance

    The first projects DORIS Renewables – a recently set up renewable energy division of the DORIS Engineering group – will handle include Provence Grand Large and EolMed floating wind projects in France, the company informed in its latest press release.

  • 14 March 2017
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    German energy company innogy SE is preparing to participate in two offshore wind auctions, in Germany and in the UK, in 2017 with two projects which have a combined capacity of nearly 1.2GW.

  • 28 February 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    Maryland’s Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings on two offshore wind farm projects proposed by US Wind and Deepwater Wind in March.

  • 17 February 2017
    R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    Floating Power Plant (FPP), on behalf of the project companies jointly owned by FPP and DP Energy, has appointed Marine Space and Aquatera to provide Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening reports for the Dyfed and Katanes projects.

  • 15 February 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education

    The European Commission has selected two new projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) which will tackle the corrosion on offshore platforms and look into the development of multi-use offshore platforms. The first project, the North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy (NeSSIE), seeks to deliver new business and investment opportunities […]

  • 14 February 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    The UK government has set a cap of 1.5GW for phased offshore wind projects in the allocation of Contracts for Difference (CfDs), starting from the allocation round due to begin on 3 April.

  • 13 February 2017
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    Iberdrola has awarded Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC), part of Aqualis, with a framework agreement to provide engineering and project management services for the developer’s East Anglia offshore wind projects.

  • 10 February 2017
    Business & Finance, Technology

    EOLOS, the developer of autonomous floating LiDARs, has secured a project portfolio of more than EUR 2 million in 2016, its first year as a commercial entity.

  • 6 February 2017
    Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    SeaRoc Group has provided what the company calls ”a unique communications and logistic data solution” for DONG Energy Wind Power, with its first deployment on the UK-based Race Bank offshore wind farm.

  • 31 January 2017
    Contracts & Tenders

    Vattenfall is expected to participate in the first competitive offshore wind tender in Germany with three projects.

  • 26 January 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, R&D, Technology

    European offshore wind projects attracted a record EUR 18.2 billion of investments in 2016, according to WindEurope. Eleven projects reached Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2016. This represents 4,948MW of new capacity across five countries, half of it in the UK. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, said: “It’s good to see the high level of […]

  • 25 January 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, R&D, Technology

    UK’s Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry Nick Hurd announced GBP 28 million in funding for a series of energy innovation projects. The funding boost will be invested in smart systems, industrial energy reduction and offshore wind, Hurd said. A portion of the funds was set aside for the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub […]

  • 5 January 2017
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    China plans to invest CNY 2.5 trillion (USD 361 billion) in renewable energy projects by 2020, according to the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA). The announced investment is part of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan for Renewable Energy Development which is expected to ensure that renewable energy projects contribute to half of the country’s electricity generation by […]