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23 April 2019 Vessels

Topaz Energy and Marine’s newbuild subsea vessel Topaz Tangaroa has arrived in Eemshaven, the Netherlands, after completing its first offshore wind work. According to DHSS, the vessel has just finished work on the 370MW Norther project in Belgium and is preparing for deployment on the next offshore wind farm. At the beginning of the year, Topaz Energy […]

23 April 2019 Technology

The University of Rhode Island (URI) has developed and deployed an acoustic device to detect whales near the Block Island offshore wind farm. MARIMBA (Marine Mammal Monitoring at Block Island Using Acoustics) was developed by six ocean engineering students who deployed it in close vicinity of the 30MW offshore wind project. “What we were trying to […]

23 April 2019 Training & Education

Ørsted US Offshore Wind and Eversource, owners of the Revolution Wind project, have pledged USD 4.5 million to support offshore wind education and supply chain development in Rhode Island. The funding will be invested locally, with USD 3 million dedicated for higher education around offshore wind programs led by the University of Rhode Island (URI), which […]

23 April 2019 Business & Finance

German energy company E.ON and Japan’s Kyuden Mirai Energy signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop offshore wind projects in Japan. The cooperation is focused on fixed bottom projects and starts with a study to jointly select a project for development, construction and operations in the Kyushu area, the southernmost island of Japan. The companies […]

22 April 2019

Senvion has shared a video showing the Beleolico project in Italy, the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean Sea. The German wind turbine manufacturer concluded the contract to provide ten of its 3.0M122 turbines for the 30MW project at the beginning of March. The units will be installed in front of Taranto harbor in the Apulia region, […]

19 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

The Chinese GD Power Development has officially commissioned its Liuheng offshore wind farm in the Zhejiang province. According to the company, the project’s 63 4MW typhoon-proof offshore wind turbines were put into operation on 12 April, after two years of project construction. The 252MW project is GD Power Development’s first offshore wind farm, as well as the first […]

18 April 2019 Business & Finance

Europe invested EUR 10.3 billion in new offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 4.2GW in 2018, according to WindEurope’s annual Financing and Investment Trends report. Investments in new offshore wind projects increased by 37% from 2017 but were still some way off the record EUR 18.2 billion seen in 2016, according to the […]

18 April 2019

The Offshore Wind Conference 2019 team is proud to announce that leading provider of services and solutions for the offshore energy industry DEME Offshore is the main sponsor of this year’s conference on 7 and 8 October at the Amsterdam RAI. DEME Offshore provides the most comprehensive offering to offshore energy customers. In the renewables […]

17 April 2019 Vessels

DNV GL has presented China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a wind turbine shuttle design. Unlike other wind farm installation vessels, the WTS has a small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) design, DNV GL said. This results in very low resistance at the design draught (16m) and excellent […]

17 April 2019 Business & Finance, Grid Connection

The Carbon Trust has revealed the five winners of its dynamic export cable competition, part of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP). The winners are the Norwegian Aker Solutions, Japan’s Furukawa Electric Co., Greek Hellenic Cables, the UK-based JDR Cable Systems and China’s Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable. Supported by BPP Cables, the competition was launched to address the […]

17 April 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has approved long-term contracts for 800MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth’s electric distribution companies. “The approval of these contracts is an important step toward the completion of the largest offshore wind project in the country, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide Massachusetts […]

17 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

GE Renewable Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Eolien Maritime France (EMF) to provide and service Haliade 150-6MW turbines to the first French EMF offshore wind farm to be cleared of any legal recourse. This memorandum of understanding terminates GE’s exclusive supplier status on the two other projects carried out by EMF for […]

17 April 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

Six French coastal regions and the offshore wind industry have called on the French government to increase offshore wind ambitions in the Multiannual Energy Program (Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie (PPE)). As reported earlier, France plans to tender up to 6GW of offshore wind and floating wind capacity from 2019 to 2028. The country’s operating capacity is expected to […]

16 April 2019 Business & Finance

The UK-based CWind is relocating its headquarters to Grimsby with effect from 1 July. The company, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), has also announced the restructuring of the business. The decision is said to have been made to position the UK company closer to customers and to refocus on key service areas. At the […]

16 April 2019 R&D, Technology

Offshore Wind Innovators, a community for companies active in the Dutch offshore wind industry, is launching the second edition of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge in May. The Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge aims to accelerate applied innovations in the offshore wind industry and is open for companies that are looking for an innovative solution to the technical […]

15 April 2019 Authorities

India’s Union Cabinet has given its approval for a cooperation agreement between India and Denmark on strategic sector cooperation in the field of renewable energy with a focus on offshore wind. The Cabinet has also approved a Letter of Intent to establish an Indo-Danish Centre of Excellence for renewable energy in India. The areas of […]

15 April 2019 Industry Contribution

The Jones Act in US offshore wind: challenge or opportunity? The Jones Act, long seen as a challenge for the US offshore wind industry, could potentially be an opportunity for the sector, experts have said. “I like to look at the Jones Act as an incentive for shipyards, not an impediment,” said Joan Bondareff, chair […]

15 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Vattenfall and Siemens Gamesa have joined forces to deploy the new SG 10.0-193 DD turbines at the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. Siemens Gamesa said it is in final negotiations to secure the contract for the supply of 76 of its 10MW turbines for the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 project. […]

15 April 2019 R&D

The U.S. Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) has formed an alliance dedicated to advancing regional research on fisheries and offshore wind. The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) is expected to provide for and advance regional research and monitoring of fisheries and offshore wind interactions in federal waters. The group represents a collaborative effort of fishing industry representatives, offshore wind […]

12 April 2019 Technology

The Spanish EnerOcean has launched its floating wind turbine prototype W2Power at the Astican Shipyard in Gran Canaria. W2Power, built and assembled at the Astican Shipyard, will be installed at the PLOCAN offshore test site in the coming weeks, project partner Ghenova said. According to the company, sea trials in a real environment are the next […]

12 April 2019 Business & Finance

Hitachi Zosen Corporation and the Tokyo-based Eco Power Co. Ltd. have established a joint venture company to develop an offshore wind project off the Aomori Prefecture in Japan. The Nishikita offshore wind farm will comprise up to 125 wind turbines and have a capacity of 500MW. The turbines will have an individual capacity of between 4MW […]

12 April 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved the financing for the Saint-Nazaire and Fécamp offshore wind projects in France. EIB did not disclose the amount of the approved financing. The two projects are being developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a joint venture of EDF EN and Enbridge. The 498MW Fécamp offshore wind farm will comprise […]

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 […]

11 April 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Estonian government will not issue a building permit to the developer of a 600MW offshore wind farm in the Estonian Baltic Sea, citing national security concerns as the reason for the decision. The 600MW Saaremaa offshore wind farm is being developed by Saare Wind Energy OU. The company proposes to erect 100 turbines in the 6-megawatt class off […]

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 […]