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  • 12 April 2019
    R&D

    A team led by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is set to conduct a research project on the engineering of the jacket foundations at the U.S. Block Island offshore wind farm. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has awarded USD 608,722 for the 28-month study of the first U.S. offshore wind commercial project. […]

  • 11 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has named the University of Sheffield as the academic partner for its new research hub dedicated to offshore wind turbine powertrains. The GBP 2.5 million Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH) will focus on the development of next-generation turbines and future technologies and research solutions for improving turbine reliability and availability, ORE Catapult said. […]

  • 11 April 2019
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Vryhof has selected FMGC (Fonderie et Mécanique Générale Castelbriantaise) to provide its clump weights for the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic floating wind project offshore Portugal. WindFloat Atlantic, owned by Windplus SA, is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2019 some 20 kilometers from Viana do Castelo in Portugal at a depth of […]

  • 11 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    The UK and Scottish Governments are holding a summit in Edinburgh dedicated to looking at maximizing the offshore wind sector. The event will take place on 2 May and will bring together trade unions, offshore wind developers and supply chain companies to look at how UK companies can benefit more from the build-out of offshore wind […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    The UK Planning Inspectorate has completed the examination of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of Ørsted’s Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm. The Examining Authority will now compile a report comprising conclusions and recommendations in respect of the application. The report is then sent to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Environment

    Equinor Wind US, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have launched a joint project to expand the detection and monitoring of whale species found in the waters of New York Bight. The partners will deploy two acoustic buoys designed to provide near real-time monitoring of species such as […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Ørsted’s service operation vessel (SOV), Wind of Change, has completed her sea trials in Turkey and is now gearing for her maiden voyage to Germany. Following the commissioning, expected in May 2019, the SOV will service the Borkum Riffgrund 1 & 2 and Gode Wind 1 & 2 offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. The […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is developing an online supply chain registry for the local offshore wind market. The New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry will be a free portal where investors exploring offshore wind-related projects in New Jersey will be able to find local companies to partner with or purchase from. NJEDA is […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Authorities

    The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) which will incentivize the development of 1.2GW of additional offshore wind capacity off this US East Coast state by 2030. The assembly has subsequently sent the bill to the Governor’s desk for signature. The bill aims to accelerate Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) to […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on offshore wind development. Dutch Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruikshank signed the agreement on 8 April at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New York.  The Netherlands and […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    Senvion GmbH has filed for self-administered restructuring proceedings after refinancing discussions with lenders have so far not come to a positive conclusion. These preliminary self-administration proceedings relate to Senvion GmbH as well as its subsidiary Senvion Deutschland GmbH. The objective of the proceedings is to allow Senvion to proceed with the transformation process that was […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Business & Finance, Training & Education

    Ready 4 Offshore Wind, a project led by the U.S. Business Network for Offshore Wind, has been selected to receive a part of a USD 1.6 million funding from the Rhode Island government. The project is among 12 partnerships announced by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and Governor Gina M. Raimondo to receive implementation grants […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Business & Finance, Technology

    The Dutch IHC IQIP is investing in the BLUE Piling technology for driving the foundation piles of offshore wind turbines into the seabed. IHC IQIP has decided to join forces with Jasper Winkes, the developer of the BLUE Hammer, as it believes this technology “has a big future” and is a logical step in the further development and growth of offshore wind. […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Wind Farm Update

    All 20 foundation monopiles built for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 have left the EEW SPC yard in Germany onboard two heavy load transport vessels and are en route to Taichung port in Taiwan, Jan De Nul said. Now that these components for the offshore construction are mobilized, the actual installation operations on site can be kicked […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

    The long-term success of offshore wind is being put at risk by restrictions on access to wind turbine performance data that prevent operators from reducing operations and maintenance costs by up to 30%, according to ONYX InSight. Better access to turbine data allows operators to not only reduce their operational costs, but to also generate […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Training & Education

    JDR Cable Systems and the U.S. Tufts University have established a collaboration which includes an education office for students who wish to pursue an offshore wind career. The undergraduate Engineering Cooperative Education Office is dedicated to students who are in their junior and senior year and want to pursue a career in the offshore wind […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Vessels

    Offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has signed a multi-million-pound contract to build a catamaran for deployment in the offshore wind sector. Seacat Weatherly, designed by Southampton-based naval architect Chartwell Marine, will be constructed by Isle of Wight firms Diverse Marine and Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) in Cowes. Scheduled for completion in March 2020, […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) is launching an advisory service to help U.S. offshore wind developers navigate the project regulatory frameworks and permitting processes. The regulatory and permitting advisory service is expected to assist developers through processes at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the efficient approach to project approval, the company said. OWC’s team is […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Business & Finance

    Decisions on how US offshore wind farms will be financed are needed quickly to ensure smooth sailing for a growing number of offshore wind projects, according to a white report released by the Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW). “We may hit some windy financing turbulence with the loss of tax equities and safe harbor provisions […]

  • 9 April 2019
    Contracts & Tenders

    Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has secured a contract with EnBW to provide a temporary power package for the turbine installation phase of the Hohe See offshore wind project. MRE said it started providing a full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels in the German North Sea this month. The UK-based company is working […]

  • 8 April 2019
    Wind Farm Update

    Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has installed the first turbine at the 497MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm in Germany. According to EnBW, the first Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbine was put in place on Friday, 5 April, at the offshore site some 95km north of Borkum and 100km northwest of Helgoland. The 132m long vessel […]

  • 8 April 2019
    Authorities, Business & Finance

    The European Commission has fined General Electric (GE) EUR 52 million for providing incorrect information during the investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of GE’s planned acquisition of LM Wind Power. On 11 January 2017, GE notified its proposed acquisition of the blade manufacturer. In this notification, GE stated that it did not have any […]

  • 8 April 2019
    Contracts & Tenders, Vessels

    Innogy has contracted Esvagt to provide its service operation vessel (SOV) Esvagt Froude for the construction of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK. The contract will see Esvagt Froude support the construction of the project’s 90 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines, scheduled to be installed between the beginning of next year and the end […]

  • 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 […]

  • 8 April 2019

    Portland-based Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) Ltd. has purchased two crew transfer vessels (CTVs), the MPI Cervantes and MPI Cardenio, from Offshore Support Vessels BV for an undisclosed sum. Designed and built by South Boats in 2011 / 2012, the 17-metre vessels will be transported from Teesside to Portland in the coming two weeks, where they will be fully […]

  • 8 April 2019
    Grid Connection

    TenneT is set to deploy two 2GW direct current connections for the IJmuiden Ver offshore wind zone in the Netherlands, the first ever time this capacity is to be used. The connection will see two 525kV cables used, which allows lower costs, smaller space requirements and fewer routes on land, TenneT said. According to the […]