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22 November 2017 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics

Commercial Development Company (CDC), a U.S. commercial real estate and brownfield redevelopment company plans to buy the retired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, identified as having big potential to serve the offshore wind industry. 

6 November 2017 Technology

A component damaged during installation within the converter module of MHI Vestas V164 prototype in Østerild had led to the turbine catching fire on 4 August, the company informed, adding that this was a standard industry component with a solid track record.

31 October 2017 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

On 25 October, French Council of State rejected the motion put in place by three organisations against the authorisation of construction of the 480MW Parc du Banc de Guérande wind project under the French Water Act.

25 October 2017

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has published an assessment of 18 Massachusetts ports and waterfront sites, and a supply chain directory of 320 state and regional small businesses that can contribute to the offshore wind industry.

23 October 2017

DONG Energy has awarded Robertson Facilities Management a one-year contract for hard and soft facilities management services at the new O&M base in King’s Wharf, Birkenhead, which will serve both Burbo Bank and Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farms.

20 October 2017

UK-based Wessex Archaeology and U.S. company Coastal Environments Inc. (CEI) have partnered to provide a suite of marine archaeological and cultural resource services designed to meet the needs of offshore renewable projects in the United States.

21 September 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

A group of fishing organizations, businesses, and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has moved forward with its lawsuit to halt the leasing of a planned wind farm off the coast of New York.

23 August 2017 Vessels

Esbjerg Shipyard in Denmark will build the first ordered ESNA Sea Puffin Surface Effect Ship (SES) Daughter Craft, to be delivered in early 2018 to WindPartner, an independent shipowner and ship manager based in Kristiansand, Norway.

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.

6 July 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to General Electric (GE) alleging the company breached EU merger rules by providing incorrect or misleading information in connection to the takeover of LM Wind Power. In the Statement of Objections, the Commission has informed GE of its preliminary conclusion that the company provided incorrect or […]

28 June 2017

By Emma Anderson, Ecosse Subsea Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd. (ESS), based in Aberdeenshire, are delighted to announce the award of U.S.Pat.Nos. 9422690 and 9657455 for their SUST (SCAR Uninterrupted Soils Testing) plough technology. The ESS Over-the Stern Plough System is protected under patents pending in the EU (13728243) and in the U.S.(2014/0150303 A1). This proprietary […]

19 June 2017

Ridderflex & Plastics B.V. Ridderflex supplies amongst others parts to construction and installation companies of wind turbines and components. Our product range include components for: Use in and around wind turbines; Installation; During transport; Storage of components; Maintenance and repair. Polyurethane specialist  As a polyurethane specialist, Ridderflex’s strength is developing and producing PU products. Polyurethane is a unique material. We can adapt the […]

16 June 2017 Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Training & Education

Scotland's Fife College has opened an Immersive Hybrid Reality lab which provides ultra-realistic training environments for offshore wind turbine technicians.

14 June 2017 Business & Finance

Following media reports from April saying ASM Industries (ASMI) had been planning to boost its involvement in the offshore wind sector and had pinpointed the port of Aveiro as a location for its new plant, the Portuguese company confirmed to Offshore WIND that it had decided to invest in the new facility, specialised in bigger products – mostly for offshore application.

23 May 2017 Environment

Three minke whales washed up dead on the UK’s east coast during the weekend, with another two reported as distressed, Mirror reports. According to John Cresswell from the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service, offshore wind farms off Suffolk coast may have affected the sonar whales use to navigate.

16 May 2017 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

The Nantes Administrative Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal filed by three environmental organisations which contested the environmental permit granted to the 480MW Parc du Banc de Guérande wind project located some 12 kilometres off the coast of Saint-Nazaire.

8 May 2017

Hempel has launched two new coatings specifically developed to protect the “splash zone” areas of offshore structures such as oil & gas platforms or wind turbines, which suffer from the dual impact of atmospheric and immersion-type corrosion, as well as physical damage such as abrasion and impact, especially in areas around boat landings.

27 March 2017

Following last week's reports that DORIS Engineering's recently set up division, dedicated to renewable energy, is starting its operations with floating offshore wind projects in France, the company told Offshore WIND that the works DORIS Renewables has been in charge of have already been completed.

21 February 2017 Authorities, Technology

MasterFlow 9800 from Master Builders Solutions, a brand of BASF, has achieved Type Approval Certification (TAC) from DNV GL after a validation of this offshore grout according to the applicable DNV GL Offshore Standard.

15 February 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has awarded Ramboll Environ and team partners a contract to study untapped offshore wind energy potential within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

10 February 2017 Authorities, Environment, Wind Farm Update

U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is expected to deliver a ruling on a motion for a preliminary injunction against the lease sale of 127 square miles of ocean off the coast of Long Island, New York, for wind energy development.

29 January 2017

Choosing the best deck layout is crucial to the efficiency of the operational and service quality of any offshore installation vessel. Therefore, IHC IQIP is becoming increasingly involved in the handling of structures and piles on deck of installation vessels.

6 January 2017 Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

French energy specialist DCNS and a fund managed by Bpifrance have formed DCNS Energies, a turnkey constructor of marine renewable energy (MRE) plants for the French and export markets. DCNS Energies, majority owned by DCNS and 36% by the SPI fund (“Société de Projets Industriels” / Industrial Projects Company) of Bpifrance, will devote its activity to […]

4 January 2017

The Scottish Government today launched a 12-week consultation on the long term framework for the devolved management of the Crown Estate in Scotland. The Scottish Government is taking a phased approach on devolution of the management of the Crown Estate and this consultation, which will run until 29 March, will inform the second phase of […]

23 December 2016 Authorities, Environment, R&D

The government of Canada's province of Ontario has extended the moratorium on offshore wind projects imposed in 2011, according to local media. The province's environment ministry said that after recently receiving results of two studies, one on the decommissioning requirements and the other on the above-water noise produced by offshore wind farms, it was decided that […]

4 December 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Germany Confirms Offshore Grid Development Plan by 2025 German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has confirmed a plan for the offshore grid development by 2025 (Offshore-Netzentwicklungsplan 2025), which regulates the connections of wind farms in the North and Baltic Seas to the German transmission network. Portugal Okays 25MW WindFloat Atlantic The Council of Ministers in Portugal […]