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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 […]

16 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Abu Dhabi-based Plambeck Emirates LLC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding as well as an exclusive agreement with Saipem for the development and realization of a 500MW floating wind farm offshore Saudi Arabia. The next steps in the development of the project will start in the following weeks via Plambeck Emirates entity Plambeck Saudi, located […]

16 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Vattenfall has contracted the Aberdeen-based Rigmar to inspect and maintain subsea structures and cables as well as foundations, turbine transition pieces, subsea cabling, and boat landings at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). This is Rigmar’s first win as a main contractor in offshore wind, having built up experience as a sub-contractor, Vattenfall said. “Having completed […]

16 July 2019 Vessels

Taiwan's CSBC Corp has launched the CSBC No. 15, the first locally-built barge for offshore wind. On its maiden voyage, the barge carried 15 large construction sections from Keelung to Kaohsiung. The barge, which meets international sailing requirements, was fully brought forward by CSBC, from the vessel design and investment to construction itself. CBSC says […]

16 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

James Fisher and Sons plc has secured a number of contract awards in the offshore renewable energy sector with a combined value of circa GBP 30 million. James Fisher has been awarded phase 2 of the unexploded ordinance work and boulder clearance, as well as met mast decommissioning at the East Anglia One offshore wind […]

16 July 2019 Grid Connection

German offshore wind farms delivered 11.64 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity to the grid in the first half of 2019, a 28.8% increase compared to the same period last year when the wind farms delivered 9.04TWh of electricity. The wind energy transmitted from the North Sea to land by the transmission grid operator TenneT rose to […]

15 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

Jan De Nul's offshore installation vessel Taillevent is en route to Eemshaven in the Netherlands to start loading the first turbine components for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) offshore wind farm. Located in the German North Sea, the 200MW TWBII wind farm will comprise 32 Senvion 6.2M152 wind turbines installed at the site some 40 […]

15 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind will request a superseding order from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to overturn denial of the project’s application before the Edgartown Conservation Commission. As reported earlier, the Edgartown Conservation Commission denied the permit for cables that would connect the first large-scale US offshore wind farm to the grid in […]

12 July 2019 Operations & Maintenance, R&D

GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind factory at Jieyang’s offshore wind cluster in the Chinese province of Guangdong and will establish a new Operation and Development Center in the city of Guangzhou. The new GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet Chinese growing demand for offshore wind energy and […]

12 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Dutch Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has won a contract to transport and install foundations for the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, U.S. Under the contract, Heerema said it is in charge of the (offshore) transport and installation of 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and ESP platforms at the 800MW project. "We […]

12 July 2019 R&D

EnBW Asia Pacific has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea’s Chonbuk National University to support the creation of an International Offshore Wind Research Center. 26 other institutions and companies are participating in this project including Korea Shipbuilding & Ocean Engineering Research Institute, Hyundai Global, JY Heavy Industries, among others. The center will support the Seamangeum offshore […]

11 July 2019 Wind Farm Update

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) has installed the first wind turbine on the 400MW CGN Yangjiang Nanpeng Island offshore wind farm. The installation of the first 5.5MW turbine off Guangdong Province in the South China Sea was completed on 27 June, CGN said. Also, 16 wind turbine jacket foundations have so far been installed […]

11 July 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has postponed the issuance of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts. BOEM informed Vineyard Wind that it is not yet prepared to issue the final Environmental Impact Statement for the 800MW offshore wind project. According to the U.S. developer, changes to the schedule […]

11 July 2019 R&D

A project to create a network of excellence that will dynamize a pool of specialized research professionals and trainees in support of emerging offshore wind industry in Portugal has secured funding under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. The TWIND project is coordinated by the Portugal-based WavEC Offshore Renewables and gathers three other internationally recognized research […]

11 July 2019

Xodus Group is working with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International (SDI) to create a directory of Scotland-based suppliers for the offshore wind market. The new Scottish Industries Directories platform will include a directory and gap analysis which are expected to help local suppliers capture a greater share of the offshore wind market by advertising their experience […]

11 July 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

Danish investment company A.P. Møller Holding A/S has agreed to acquire the compatriot KK Group A/S from SoLix Group AB. KK Group's main activities are realized through KK Wind Solutions, a supplier of power electronics solutions to OEMs such as SiemensGamesa, Vestas, MHI Vestas, and GE Renewables. Approximately 65% of the installed offshore capacity worldwide […]

11 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Sif Holding has secured a contract to manufacture 114 monopiles for three out of four zones of Vattenfall's 1.4GW Hollandse Kust (Zuid) offshore wind project in the Netherlands. Under the contract, Sif will use 113KTon of steel for manufacturing the monopiles and will store them at the MV2 facility in Rotterdam in 2020-2021. “Our manufacturing facilities […]

10 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has selected Vattenfall as the winner of the zero-subsidy Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV offshore wind tender. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) opened the tender to develop the Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV site without government subsidies on 1 March. Besides Vattenfall, the call attracted bids from […]

10 July 2019 R&D

European researchers have launched the New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) which is expected to support the identification of optimal sites for new wind farm projects. Thirty partners from academia and industry from eight European countries worked on developing and validating new methods for the assessment of wind conditions as part of the NEWA R&D project. The main aim […]

10 July 2019 Business & Finance, Jobs & Recruitment

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has appointed a veteran regulatory attorney to lead policy and regulatory efforts for the offshore wind sector in the U.S. As Senior Director of Offshore Wind Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Laura Smith Morton will lead AWEA efforts in coordination with member companies to resolve permitting and regulatory challenges impacting offshore wind […]

9 July 2019 R&D

The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) is technically and economically feasible, according to the consortium proposing to develop the project. The announcement comes as the consortium gathered the results of the project assessment phase which included analyzing the possibility and conditions required to build one or several wind power hubs in the North Sea. […]

9 July 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Vessels

CWind Taiwan has secured two crew transfer vessel (CTV) charters for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan. CWind Taiwan secured a 90-day extension with Formosa Offshore Wind for the Taiwan-flagged Ocean Surveyor 3 in support of the project's ongoing phase 1 maintenance requirements. The second contract was secured with Jan De Nul for […]

9 July 2019 Technology

South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) has received a type certificate for its 5.56MW offshore wind turbine from the international certification agency UL DEWI-OCC. A type certificate is issued after a comprehensive evaluation of the system’s design, performance test of both the parts and the finished product, and evaluation of the related manufacturing […]

9 July 2019 Jobs & Recruitment

ERSG has appointed Chris Stupack as Head of Offshore Wind in the United States. Stupack will be leading ERSG's office in Boston, which opened in November last year, where the company will be focusing on supporting the development of the offshore wind market. "I am delighted to be heading up the Boston office, ERSG have fantastic […]

8 July 2019 R&D, Technology

Japanese industrial and engineering corporation Hitachi Zosen and French offshore renewable energy technology developer Naval Energies have agreed to cooperate in the field of floating wind energy. The project between the two companies is based on a feasibility study to jointly design and build floating wind turbines with a capacity of several hundred megawatts using Naval […]

8 July 2019 Business & Finance

Equinor, the Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) and Korea East-West Power Corporation have established a consortium to develop a 200MW floating offshore wind project in South Korea. The Donghae 1 offshore wind farm would be developed near KNOC's existing Donghae gas platform located 58km off the coast of Ulsan City. In February, Equinor and KNOC signed a […]