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19 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Offshore wind developer Parkwind and marine contractor Jan De Nul have kicked off offshore seabed preparation works in the Belgian North Sea for the 219MW Northwester 2 wind farm. Jan De Nul has just finished the offshore scour protection works on the wind farm's 23 turbine locations. At each location, the subsea rock installation vessel Simon […]

16 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Japan's Sumitomo Corporation and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) have begun an offshore ground investigation around Hirashima and Enoshima islands off the coast of Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture, to explore the possibility of developing an offshore wind farm. The Japanese government is currently in the process of determining areas to be designated as offshore […]

15 July 2019 Vessels

DEME Group's DP3 offshore installation vessel Orion has left the COSCO Qidong shipyard in China to start the first series of sea trials. During the sea trials the vessel's performance will be measured and her dual fuel engines will be tested to their maximum power, DEME said. The 216.5-metre Orion will have the capacity to accommodate a […]

3 July 2019 Business & Finance

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is inviting input for the environmental impact report (EIR) which will be prepared for the Frederikshavn offshore wind project. Denmark's Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt gave permission to European Energy at the end of last year to conduct surveys at the project site offshore Frederikshavn. All survey data […]

1 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the 300MW Dalian Zhuanghe II offshore wind project. The wind farm is located on the east side of Shicheng Island in the Zhuanghe area of ​​Dalian City, Liaoning Province. The project will feature 60 5MW variable pitch wind turbines installed […]

21 June 2019 Wind Farm Update

DEME Offshore's jack-up vessel Sea Installer has arrived at the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm carrying the first load of wind turbine components. Sea Installer departed from Great Yarmouth at around noon, Thursday, 20 June, and arrived at the East Anglia ONE wind farm some four hours later, AIS data shows. Located 43 kilometres […]

21 June 2019 Business & Finance

The Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm has begun receiving Contract for Difference (CfD) payments. The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) began allocating the payments for the first phase of the 1.2GW offshore wind project as it passed the required tests for its Operational Conditions Precedent (OCP). The first project phase, with a capacity of 400MW, achieved a […]

28 May 2019 Ports & Logistics, Vessels

Invergordon-based PSG Marine & Logistics Ltd has started loading in and loading out the jacket prepiles and the related equipment from the Port of Cromarty Firth as part of the port marshalling contract awarded by DEME Offshore in support of the Moray East offshore wind project. As reported earlier, DEME's installation vessel Apollo is carrying out […]

27 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

The 950MW Moray East wind farm has entered the offshore construction phase with the start of piling operations earlier this month. The piling operations started on 19 May and are expected to take place over a period of approximately eleven months, a Notice of Operations said. Moray East contracted GeoSea NV Geotechnical & Offshore Solutions, […]

24 May 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies have, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of up to 800MW of offshore wind capacity. This is the second offshore wind solicitation in Massachusetts and is part of a staggered procurement schedule developed to ensure that the distribution […]

24 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Hydrographic and geophysical surveys on the proposed 520MW Arklow Bank wind farm in the Irish Sea are scheduled to start in June. The start of the surveys off the Ireland's Wicklow coast is weather dependent. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by the end of September 2019, a marine notice said. The […]

23 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Rostock-based EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH has started manufacturing the monopiles for Vattenfall's 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. The first pipe for the Danish offshore wind farm was made in the Rostock production site this May. By September 2019, all 72 monopiles will have been produced and coated, according to the company. In spring […]

17 May 2019 Grid Connection

The first cable to connect Elia's Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) plug to the Belgian grid made landfall in early May, with the second cable expected to reach the shore later this month, the Belgian offshore grid operator said. The first cable was connected to the mainland, where it was then connected to the existing onshore underground […]

16 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

The construction of the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe wind farm offshore Scotland is planned to begin later this year, EDF Renewables in the UK said. The company has opened an extension to its existing office in Edinburgh to accommodate 60 new jobs created on the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm project. Derek Mackay MSP, […]

10 May 2019 Industry Contribution

  For a long time, the development of offshore wind was little contested by other sea uses in the North Sea. Whilst there were objections from fishermen due to limiting their access to sea space and tourism representatives concerned by visual impacts on the coast, few spatial conflicts were the order of the day. But […]

9 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

The 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the UK has passed the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Operational Conditions Precedent (OCPs) for its second phase. The Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) began allocating the CfD payments for the 336MW of the project's second phase on 28 April. Beatrice joins four UK onshore wind farms that have passed all […]

3 May 2019 Business & Finance

Portugal-based ASM Industries has started test operations at the company's new industrial unit dedicated to the production of offshore wind towers and foundations - ASM Offshore. The test phase has an expected duration of two months during which ASM Industries is undertaking the calibration and commissioning of the manufacturing equipment in preparation for the ramp-up of the production. […]

2 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Royal Dirkzwager has begun remote monitoring of the 730 MW Borselle III and IV construction site from their operations centre in Maassluis, the Netherlands. Vissim technologies support a centralised multi-tenant monitoring system that enables service companies to provide marine coordination services for multiple clients. In addition to dedicated marine coordination services projects, applications can include […]

15 April 2019 Ports & Logistics, Wind Farm Update

DHL Industrial Projects has delivered first wind turbine components for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm to the Taichung Port in Taiwan. The first three vessels have been loaded in Aalborg, Denmark, Cuxhaven, Germany, and Phu My, Vietnam. The vessels are carrying 75-metre blades, 378-tonne nacelles, and tower sections up to 37 metres long. The two vessels carrying blades […]

8 April 2019 Vessels

Acta Marine's offshore wind service vessel Acta Centaurus left Ulstein Verft in Norway on Saturday, 6 April, to start her sea trials. The tests carried out so far have been successful, according to Ulstein's project manager. The 93-metre vessel has a 3,200t load capacity, a 6m draft, and will provide accommodation for up to 120 persons. The […]

2 April 2019 Grid Connection

The Flemish government and the Belgian transmission system operator Elia have jointly proposed plans for Ventilus, a new high-voltage project in West Flanders to connect additional offshore wind capacity. Wind energy is Belgium’s biggest source of renewable generation (8% of the total energy mix) and there are specific plans to expand wind capacity with a second […]

15 March 2019 Vessels

Huadian Wenqiang, a self-elevating offshore wind platform, has set sail to Zhanjiang in China's Guangdong Province to start its first construction project. In December 2017, Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments received the order to build the jack-up from Jiangsu Lande Offshore & Engineering. The vessel was delivered to the owner on 15 February. The platform is […]

11 March 2019 Wind Farm Update

Bibby HydroMap has started an unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey of Vattenfall's Hollandse Kust Zuid I & II wind sites in the Dutch North Sea. Following a competitive bid process, the UK-based seabed survey company was awarded the contract in early 2019. Using a multi-vessel approach, Bibby Tethra and Bibby Athena will together acquire over 4,000-line […]

1 March 2019 Wind Farm Update

Fugro plans to commence geotechnical survey operations at the Hollandse Kust (west) site in April, the company informed after recently winning the contract for the works with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). As the agreement is expected to be finalised soon, Fugro has already started preparing to carry out the project that will run until […]

19 February 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment, Training & Education

Everyone who is interested or curious about a career in the maritime, offshore and energy sector can register for free as of 19 February to visit the Navingo Career Event on 23 May 2019. At the Navingo Career Event, career and development in this innovative sector come together. Visitors meet leading employers, participate in case […]

18 February 2019 Business & Finance

Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Development Bank of Japan have established their first fund dedicated to overseas offshore wind projects. Established through the fund management company Spring Infrastructure Capital, the fund will acquire the assets Sumitomo Corporation holds in the Race Bank and Galloper offshore wind farms in the UK as seed assets. […]