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  • 15 January 2021
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) is selling its 35 per cent stake in the 588 MW Beatrice offshore wind farm to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) and funds managed by Equitix Investment Management Limited. TRIG has exchanged contracts with CIP to acquire an equity interest of 17.5 per cent in the project. Funds managed by Equitix […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    The Danish Energy Agency has pre-qualified a total of six consortia and companies to participate in the tender for the Thor offshore wind farm. The applicants include Ørsted, Vattenfall, a consortium of Total and Iberdrola, as well as Thor Wind Farm I/S, owned by RWE Wind Holding A/S and RWE Offshore Wind A/S. Other pre-qualified […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    Seagreen 1A Ltd. is seeking feedback on the onshore and offshore grid connection proposals related to the remaining 36 turbines to be installed at the Seagreen offshore wind project. The company is undertaking pre-application consultation ahead of potentially submitting applications to East Lothian Council and Marine Scotland for the onshore and offshore elements to allow […]

  • 14 January 2021
    Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

    Elia Group is set to launch its fifth Open Innovation Challenge which will focus on innovative solutions for offshore wind applications. Elia Group comprises two transmission system operators, Elia in Belgium and 50Hertz in northeast Germany. The Open Innovation Challenge aims to connect the industry to the wider ecosystem of startups and small and medium-sized […]

  • 13 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    Palfinger has secured a contract to deliver 114 cranes for the transition pieces at the Seagreen offshore wind project in Scotland. Palfinger will supply its PF20000-7 LDB fixed boom cranes which have a lifting capacity of 990 kg and a minimum hoisting height of 35 m. The company’s long-term dealer Outreach Offshore will give waterfront […]

  • 13 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders

    Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has issued a contract notice for a qualification system for offshore wind resource and metocean measurement campaigns on sites off the coast of Ireland and the UK. The wind measurement and metocean data will be utilized to enable offshore structures to be designed against both extreme and fatigue loading conditions […]

  • 13 January 2021
    Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    Cadeler has mobilized and handed over its jack-up vessel Wind Osprey for the installation of turbines at the Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK. The jack-up is now in Able Seaton Port where load out operations will take place for the duration of the project. According to Cadeler, the vessel was able to […]

  • 11 January 2021
    Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Boluda France and HST Marine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture company providing crew transfer services to the offshore wind market in France. The UK-based HST owns and operates seven crew transfer vessels and has so far carried out over 50,000 technician transfers to offshore structures across the European […]

  • 8 January 2021
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

    US offshore wind developer Mayflower Wind said that the price of electricity generated at its 804 MW wind farm offshore Massachusetts is on track to go down by around 10 per cent. This is due to the recently increased and extended federal Offshore Wind Energy Investment Tax Credit, the developer said. Mayflower Wind, a 50/50 […]

  • 8 January 2021
    R&D, Technology

    Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, ITM Power, and Element Energy have been awarded EUR 5 million in funding to demonstrate and investigate a combined wind turbine and electrolyser system designed for operation in marine environments. The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU), a public private partnership of the European Commission, has awarded the consortium behind […]

  • 7 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) has signed a contract with Ørsted for seven crew transfer vessels (CTVs) which will support offshore wind farm operations from the developer’s UK West Coast Hub. Under the three-year agreement, the CTVs will operate on Walney, Walney Extension, West of Duddon Sands, Barrow, Burbo Bank and Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind […]

  • 7 January 2021
    Business & Finance

    Acta Marine has opened an office in Saint-Nazaire, France, off whose coast a 480 MW offshore wind project is being built, for which the company’s vessel Coastal Chariot recently supported the export cable pull-in operations. Acta Marine said the move to open the office in Saint-Nazaire was in support of the growing offshore wind requirements […]

  • 7 January 2021
    Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

    Offshore wind developer Parkwind has secured a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the construction of the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm. The amount approved is EUR 450 million. Located some 19 kilometres off the island of Rugen in the German Baltic Sea, Arcadis Ost 1 will comprise 27 MHI Vestas […]

  • 7 January 2021
    Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    Innovation Norway has granted financial support to the Deep Purple project, which is developing a green hydrogen production system powered by offshore wind, with the hydrogen being stored on the seabed. A consortium led by TechnipFMC is working on a pilot project that will see a green hydrogen offshore energy system being constructed and tested […]

  • 6 January 2021
    Contracts & Tenders

    Baltic Power, a subsidiary of Polish energy company PKN Orlen, has appointed Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) as technical advisor for its 1.2 GW offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea. OWC will support PKN Orlen during the development of the project by the assurance of comprehensive technical advisory services. This includes the provision of technical information, […]

  • 1 January 2021
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    The UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) gave the development consent to the Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm on 31 December 2020. Ørsted submitted the development consent order (DCO) application for the 2.4 GW project to the UK Planning Inspectorate on 14 May 2018. The application was accepted for examination […]

  • 1 January 2021
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    As we said our goodbyes to 2020, a lot of us will look back on a challenging year, but also a year which drew resilience, agility and the power of powering through into the spotlight. The same goes for the offshore wind industry, which met its fair share of challenges, but continued delivering in the […]

  • 30 December 2020
    Training & Education

    CWind Taiwan will sponsor up to 100 Taiwanese students and local fishermen who want to participate in a Global Wind Organisation (GWO) pilot project, which will provide a general introduction into the offshore wind industry and fundamentals of the GWO working-at-height and sea survival modules. The company is organising five sessions open to individuals from […]

  • 30 December 2020
    Business & Finance

    The Kitty Hawk offshore wind farm can be expected to deliver substantial economic growth and employment to Virginia and North Carolina, according to the project’s economic impact study (EIS), with nearly 1,000 jobs to be created once the wind farm is operational. Along with the USD 2 billion in economic impact between 2021 and 2030, […]

  • 30 December 2020
    Authorities, Ports & Logistics

    U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for major investment to transform South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) in New York into a wind turbine assembly center.  The city-owned South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is one of 11 ports around the state to be pre-qualified to be considered for up to USD 200 million in loan and grant funds […]

  • 29 December 2020
    Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    Wind turbine installation at the Moray East offshore wind farm is scheduled to start in the first days of the next year, around 5 January. The wind turbines will be installed by the Bold Tern jack-up vessel, with the commissioning work to be done from Acta Centaurus, supported by two crew transfer vessels, HST Harri […]

  • 29 December 2020
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection

    Transmission system operators (TSOs) of the Baltic Sea region have agreed to strengthen their cooperation for the future of offshore grid in the Baltic Sea. The aim of the Baltic Offshore Grid Initiative is to develop common planning principles for the offshore energy network, enable the consideration of the offshore grid in the ENTSO-E Ten-Year […]

  • 28 December 2020
    Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    X1 Wind, which leads the PivotBuoy floating wind platform project in Spain, has been selected in the last round of funding in the pilot phase of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator. The company has been chosen for funding support together with 37 European start-ups and SMEs to receive between EUR 1 million and EUR […]

  • 28 December 2020
    Business & Finance

    BVG Associates has begun a new study to help pave the way for Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the offshore wind sector. The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council commissioned the research with the aim of helping SMEs win business in the global offshore wind market. The council’s Supply Chain and Clusters group and […]

  • 25 December 2020
    Technology, Wind Farm Update

    Hitachi ABB Power Grids has introduced a 72.5 kV high-voltage hybrid switchgear for offshore wind – Plug and Switch System (PASS) M00 – Wind. The hybrid switchgear will be installed at China’s first 66-kilovolt offshore wind farm, Huadian Yuhuan Phase 1, to optimize the energy landscape in the Yangtze River Delta, the company said. Hitachi […]

  • 25 December 2020
    Vessels

    Cadeler A/S, formerly Swire Blue Ocean, will open an office in Vejle, Denmark, in order to be closer to key customers and suppliers in the offshore wind industry. Many of the largest and most influential companies within the offshore wind industry are headquartered along Jutland’s eastern coast – including original equipment manufacturers, wind farm developers, […]