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13 May 2016 Ports & Logistics

Work has started at ABP’s Port of Lowestoft for the Galloper offshore wind project, as the port is housing offshore construction coordination. Over the next two years, 40 personnel from the Galloper Windfarm Ltd (GWFL) and their contractors will be based at the port while the construction phase of the project is underway. ABP Short Sea […]

14 April 2016 Business & Finance, Training & Education

The former university library of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is set to become a Dutch offshore energy knowledge hub following the opening of the De Oude Bibliotheek Academy (DOB-Academy). DOB-Academy is described as the new education centre and meeting place for professionals in the offshore energy industry. The academy offers training sessions, workshops, seminars for the […]

11 April 2016 Business & Finance, Vessels

Bibby Line Group has appointed Stephen Bolton to the position of operations director for Bibby Marine Services Limited, a newly formed company serving the marine needs of the offshore renewables market. Bolton will oversee the build and ongoing operation of Bibby WaveMaster 1, the new walk to work (W2W) service operations vessel (SOV) that will serve offshore wind farm operators. The […]

7 April 2016 R&D

Wind turbines that could be spinning off the coast of North Carolina in the future would affect the state's tourism, despite the fact that people generally support wind energy as a clean source of power. According to a study by economists at North Carolina State University (NCSU), nearshore wind farms are likely to negatively impact […]

4 April 2016 Business & Finance

As of today (4 April), Dutch consultancy and engineering company Grontmij goes under the name Sweco Nederland. Grontmij was acquired by Sweco on October 1, 2015. ''We were already part of the Sweco family and are proud that we now carry the name," said Ton de Jong, CEO of Sweco Nederland. Sweco said that, through the acquisition, it can […]

15 March 2016 Vessels

Seajacks Scylla had her maiden call in IJmuiden on 14 March. The 139m long installation vessel, dedicated to the offshore energy market, can be adjusted to any project, which is the reason of Scylla's visit to IJmuiden. The first project for the vessel is the installation of monopiles for German Veja Mate offshore wind farm, where […]

14 March 2016 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Horizon Geosciences has recently used its 200kN Seabed CPT system to complete a geotechnical site investigation for Vattenfall's 400MW Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in the Danish part of the North Sea.   Horizon’s scope of work centered around turbine locations and infield cable routes. The programme of work included downhole sampling and CPT testing, seismic CPT […]

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 […]

1 March 2016 Environment, R&D

Climate researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are coordinating a research project to study the interaction between wind farms and their potential effect on local climate in the North Sea. So far, mutual interactions of wind farms and their potential effects on local climate have been approximated with models only. Thanks to their wide installation, however, it […]

1 March 2016 Business & Finance, Ports & Logistics

After Port of Ardersier Ltd went into administration in November 2015, the property has gone on the market, according to the offer on JLL's website. In 2014, the Port of Ardersier secured the full backing of the Scottish Government for plans to turn the former oil fabrication yard on the Moray Firth into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore […]

22 February 2016 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Heinen & Hopman has secured a five-year contract from Eneco to supply 24/7 service and maintenance for the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system at the 129 MW Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm. The company also supplied the HVAC system for the wind farm. The HVAC is especially important for the Offshore High Voltage Station […]

19 February 2016 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

National Grid has started installing the cofferdams for the subsea cables which will connect the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in US waters, developed by Deepwater Wind, with Block Island. The next step involves a process called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), which creates a boring through which a conduit, and ultimately the submarine cables, […]

15 February 2016 Business & Finance

Dalby Offshore and The Gardline Group have joined forces to create a new joint venture company - Trinity Marine Services. The company will be based around the Trinity Quay facilities in the port of Great Yarmouth, and will primarily  serve the emerging East Anglia Offshore Renewables Industry. The company has dedicated office facilities, warehousing, office space, 60 seat […]

5 February 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland or RVO.nl) has invited tenders for the collection of meteorological and oceanographic data obtained through real time field measurements at the Wind Farm Zone Hollandse Kust (Zuid). The objective of this tender is to conclude an agreement with 1 or 2 suppliers to provide the metocean data by means of 2 […]

1 February 2016 Business & Finance

JDR, a UK based supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry, has appointed Rob Hastings and Alan Wilson as Non-Executive Directors. Rob Hastings is currently Executive Director of the corporate management board at The Crown Estate. He is directly responsible for the Energy & Infrastructure portfolio, constituting the Crown Estates’ property […]

27 January 2016 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

DONG Energy has signed a lease for construction base facilities at the Cammell Laird site in Birkenhead to serve as the focal point for the construction of the 288 MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. It is expected that the site will employ up to 50 people, with the UK supply chain further boosted by […]

25 January 2016 Authorities, Operations & Maintenance

An investigation into the death of a diver, who was working on German Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm in 2012, when the fatal accident happened, has been reopened. Danish authorities, which had initially said that an undiagnosed heart condition was the cause of death, will review the case again after a UK coroner's inquest last year has shown the […]

18 January 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Germany connected 546 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts to the grid in 2015, a record unlikely to be beaten any time soon as it was based on ''the catch-up effects of grid connections,'' the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) said in a release. Further 41 wind turbines with 246 megawatts […]

14 January 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IWES) expects to receive a EUR 10 million financial investment from German federal authorities to further develop a new method of rotor blade testing, as well as improve its test infrastructure in Bremerhaven. At present, rotor blade prototypes are tested by moving them separately both in and […]

8 January 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance

Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont and one of the national presidential candidates, has introduced a bill that would permanently extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for advanced clean energy property and expand the 30% credit to offshore wind facilities.  The American Clean Energy Investment Act of 2015, introduced in Senate on 10 December, would also […]

21 December 2015 Operations & Maintenance, R&D

DNV GL is launching a joint industry project (JIP) to improve risk assessment of offshore helideck turbulence through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The project's aim is to bridge the gap between advised and actual hazardous flight conditions, ensuring cost-effective designs and helicopter operations without compromising safety. CFD is widely used in high-level analyses of […]

21 December 2015 Authorities

The UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned the Government that its proposed privatisation of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) must not go ahead unless Ministers can ensure that the Bank’s guiding green objectives are protected and strengthened. GIB invests on a commercial basis primarily in areas such as non-domestic energy efficiency, waste, and […]

15 December 2015 R&D

The Crown Estate has published a study by the British Geological Survey (BGS) summarising the geological conditions of the Irish Sea, thus providing a valuable resource for the development of offshore infrastructure in the region. The study follows the Crown Estate’s publication of a wide range of data collected for the discontinued Celtic Array offshore wind […]

14 December 2015

Aberdeen Harbour has appointed Pinsent Masons as legal adviser for its proposed Harbour Expansion Project. Pinsent Masons will advise on procurement, construction, funding, planning, environmental and property issues relating to the £410 million proposed project located south of the existing Aberdeen Harbour. The Nigg Bay facility is included in the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 3 […]

10 December 2015

On 1 July the Dutch offshore wind farm Eneco Luchterduinen became fully operational. On 21 September this milestone will be celebrated with an official opening ceremony in IJmuiden, the port town from where the main construction activities have taken place and from where the wind farm will be maintained throughout its lifespan. The wind farm […]

4 December 2015 Authorities, Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) and WindMW have obtained approval for the site surveillance concept, VENTUSmarine, from the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) and the Waterways and Shipping Board (WSV). EMO offers site surveillance to a pool of windfarms in the German EEZ. All watchkeeping coordinators are STCW mariners with a nautical license and a GOC radio license […]