FoundOcean, contracted to SubSea 7, has completed member infill grouting services to strengthen a tubular member of the DPPA Platform situated within Morecambe Bay in the Irish Sea.
A horizontal steel member at elevation -7m on the platform was filled with ordinary Portland cement grout to give it additional residual strength. The member was 27m long with an inside diameter of 0.6m, resulting in a total grout volume of 7.6m3.
The contract follows an upsurge of inspection, repair, and maintenance contract wins in the past quarter, due to the increasing numbers of European offshore assets undergoing structural upgrades as part of life extension programmes.
Jim Bell, Managing Director for FoundOcean commented, “We expect to see more of this type of contract over the coming years as operators address declines in production due to the impact of their ageing infrastructure.” .
FoundOcean Morecambe Bay
RWE Innogy UK, which is developing Triton Knoll, is running a month-long consultation to understand local priorities for the funding, the sorts of initiatives which could be supported and who might be involved in making decisions about applications. Up to £500,000 will be available during the onshore construction of the wind farm and up to a further £40,000 for communities living close to the above ground electrical infrastructure.
VBMS has been awarded a contract to assist dredging and marine contractor Van Oord with the export cable installation for the Gemini Offshore Wind Farm.
EV Wind Power Projects Director, Alastair Gadney, was among the energy industry leaders to be hand-selected to meet with the RT Hon Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at a recent roundtable discussion.
DONG Energy are set to remove the blades from the 91 2.3MW turbines installed at Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm, once removed they will be repaired and upgraded to then be reinstalled.
DONG Energy has signed a contract for the supply of foundations for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm under which a significant amount of the production will be undertaken in the UK. The agreement signed today with EEW SPC covers the supply of 32 monopile foundations and the associated transition pieces for the 258MW wind farm project to be built in Liverpool Bay.
Utilities, developers and asset owners remain at significant threat from ‘munitions migration’, says specialist risk consultancy practice.
RenewableUK is highlighting today’s announcement of more than £45 million of Government money for 63 seaside towns in England and Scotland, creating over 3,000 jobs and 1,500 apprenticeships, from a fund partially financed by the UK’s offshore wind industry.
DONG Energy awards offshore substation transportation and installation contracts for Burbo Bank Extension, Race Bank and Walney Extension to Seaway Heavy Lifting.
The Alstom’s Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine installed on the Carnet site in France has secured its final certification from the certification body DNV-GL.
In accordance with regulation 23(2) of the Tender Regulations, the Authority hereby gives notice that it has determined to grant an offshore transmission licence to Gwynt y Môr OFTO plc,
Views are being sought from stakeholders on the approach the government would take if it decides to enter into Contract for Difference (CFD) negotiations for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in South Wales.
Northland Power Inc are pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced bought deal offering (the "Offering") of $150,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 4.75% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures, series C (the "Debentures"). The Debentures commence trading on the TSX today under the symbol NPI.DB.C.
MPI Offshore’s wind-turbine-installation vessels are enjoying a positive start to 2015, supported by the newly acquired Tees Base. MPI Adventure recently completed her mobilisation and left the Tees Base earlier this week.
Today TenneT announced that the converter station HelWin 1 has been fully commissioned. Full commissioning of HelWin 1 means electricity produced by Nordsee Ost (288MW) and Meerwind Ost/Sud (288MW) can be successfully transported 90km back to shore.
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting a potential lease sale for more than 300,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of North Carolina for wind energy development.
Hughes SSE has received another safety award for its work on the world’s second largest wind farm - Gwynt y Môr. Colin Christian of RWE presented the award to Managing Director Ian Hughes at the O&M Base in Mostyn. After Ian Hughes accepted the award, he commented
South Boats IOW, a UK manufacturer for Wind Farm Service Vessels (WFSV), has launched its first of class South Cat 22m named ‘Iceni Venture’ for Iceni Marine Services Ltd.
The Rt Hon Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, today (22 January) joined Siemens global executives to mark ground-breaking on wind turbine manufacturing and assembly facilities in Hull. With its partner, Associated British Ports, Siemens is investing £310m in the development. The Siemens facilities will create 1,000 direct jobs and many more during the construction phase and in the supply chain.
ANTS Offshore has opened a 24/7 available Cargo Run service to the North Sea wind clusters. This service will start with a DP II ship in the spring of 2015.
Suzlon Group today signed a binding agreement with Centerbridge Partners LP,USA to sell 100% stake in Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group. The deal is valued at EUR 1 billion (approx Rs. 7200 Crs) equity value in an all cash transaction and future earn out of upto an additional EUR 50 million (approx Rs 360crs).
The number of offshore related seagoing vessels that docks at the port of Den Helder has increased in 2014 to 2776, a growth of 7% compared to 2013. An increasing economic growth in the offshore industry (oil, gas and renewables), defence industry, fisheries and maritime industry knowledge also occurred.
New boat landings have been commissioned in the Port of IJmuiden for construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms Offshore wind farms in the North Sea
IDEOL, a leading design and engineering firm specialized in
floating substructures for the offshore wind industry, has secured over 10M€ in funding this last
December in order to finance its accelerated domestic and international growth.
After an initial four months working at the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm, Siemens has already extended its charter contract for Tidal Transit's Kitty Petra passenger transfer vessel (PTV) from the end of January 2014 to the end of April 2015.
Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that a Paris office team has advised the private equity arm of EFG Hermes, the leading investment bank in the Middle East, and its investment vehicle Vortex Energy Investments, in relation to the €160 million acquisition of a 49% stake in EDP Renewables France.
Osiris is extremely pleased to announce its recent success in becoming a contractor member
with the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) diving division. Improving
performance in the marine contracting industry is a core purpose of IMCA.
Forewind's initiative to use remotvely operated aerial vehicles to carry out bolt and structural inspections on its two meteorological masts has been named as a finalist in this year's Renewable Energy Health & Safety Award 2015, with voting now open to choose the winning entry.
The first turbine has been finished at the newly opened production facility in Rudong, Jiangsu province. Rudong Production Facility is a subsidiary of HZ Windpower, specialized in assembly of offshore wind turbine.
The walk to work system will be mounted during early 2016 on their new build windturbine service operation vessel (SOV). This is the first dedicated wind farm vessel with an adjustable pedestal, which enables the walk to work system to land at several heights with a high operability.
At the third meeting of the Scottish Island Renewables Delivery Forum, the UK and Scottish Governments reaffirmed their continued support and joint endeavour towards delivering the huge renewable energy potential of the Scottish islands.
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission), a subsidiary of SSE plc, has confirmed that it will accept Ofgem’s proposals for the funding of the new Caithness-Moray electricity transmission link at a cost of £1,118m. The Caithness-Moray project will enable the connection of 1.2GW of new renewable electricity generation following completion in 2018.
56% of the UK’s gas supplies and 79% of coal were imported in 2013. Without wind energy, import levels would have been higher. Wind is increasingly displacing the need for coal and gas, helping to reduce Britain’s dependence on foreign fossil fuels.
DEME has ordered two new vessels serving the offshore energy market. Contracts have been signed with shipyards La Naval in Spain and Uljanik in Croatia to build respectively the multipurpose vessel “LIVING STONE” and the self-propelled jack-up vessel “APOLLO”. Both vessels will be delivered in 2017.
EMEC is hosting a session at the Atlantic Stakeholder Conference in Porto, Portugal next week (Tuesday 20th January 2015). Bringing the key players from European open-water ocean energy test sites together.
Specialist Energy recruitment company ERSG have renewed their supply agreement with E.ON Climate and Renewables for a further three years to supply staff to their portfolio of offshore wind farms throughout Europe.
DONG Energy has joined forces with Maersk Training to ensure the booming UK offshore wind sector has the skills it needs for the future. As more and more offshore wind farms are being constructed around the UK coastline, it is vital that technicians with the right skills and experience are available to maintain the turbines.
A collaboration between the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and GnoSys Global Ltd is supporting the development of a new insulation material for power cables to improve their performance in the onshore and offshore renewable energy industries and drive down whole life network costs.
ABPmer, a leading marine consultancy headquartered in the UK, was contracted by Cathie Associates Ltd to assess sediment mobility along the export and infield cable routes of two sub-projects within the Hornsea offshore windfarm zone.
Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has successfully completely a major boulder clearance and seabed preparation campaign on behalf of one of the leading energy groups in northern Europe, DONG Energy.
By the end of 2014, wpd AG had increased its own range of wind farms to a total capacity of 1,061 megawatts. This makes the mid cap company with its head office in Bremen one of the leading wind farm operators in the German and European markets. The wind farms are mainly in Germany and selected European countries, in particular, France, Croatia, Poland, Finland and Belgium.
Siemens has signed a chartering agreement with ship owner Bernhard Schulte for two new service operations vessels (SOV) to be purpose-built for the long-term service and maintenance operations of the Gemini and Sandbank/Dan Tysk offshore wind power plants in the North Sea.
Dalby Offshore Services is working with Scarborough Borough Council to promote the Borough - and the ports of Whitby and Scarborough in particular. Following an open tender process, Dalby Offshore Services Limited were identified as the Councils preferred tenderer for the development of Endeavour Wharf, Whitby.
The Energy Department today announced $8 million in available funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) control and component technologies. In the United States, waves, tides, and ocean currents represent a largely untapped renewable energy resource that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country's coastal regions.
After acquisition of equipment and agreements with the former owners of Nordic Offshore Marine A/S, NT Offshore expands its current activities with a new activity in the offshore the cable industry.
The visit, hosted by EMEC and the Orkney-based environmental consultancy firm Aquatera, comes as Japan looks to establish its own marine energy test centre sites.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million.
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 20.01%. Boskalis stresses that this is not a step towards making an offer. Boskalis views Fugro as an interesting company with strong market positions in its core activities.
Global Wind Service (GWS) has recently completed a contract with AREVA supporting the cold commissioning of the 5MW wind turbines on the Global Tech I offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The scope of work covered the mechanical and electrical completion works.
The 22nd of December saw the delivery by Damen of an innovative new DOC 8500 cable laying vessel to international offshore contractor Van Oord. Named Nexus, the 126-metre vessel is intended for the installation of electricity cables for offshore wind farms. Van Oord is currently making preparations for the Gemini offshore wind farm which will be constructed 55 kilometres to the north of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and the cable-laying vessel will be deployed initially at that site.
A passenger from cruise ship Boudica was taken ashore by Turbine Transfer vessel Port Dinllaen when she was found to be seriously ill just 30 minutes into the voyage.
Utiligensia are pleased to announce a further contract award with Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd.
RXPE is proud to announce that they have won a design & build contract from DONG Energy for supply of their market leading Utility grade STATCOMs.
Perpetuus Tidal Energy Center (PTEC) has applied to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Isle of Wight Council (as Local Planning Authority) for permission to construct and operate a tidal energy demonstration site off St Catherine’s Point to the south of the Isle of Wight. If consent is granted, PTEC will be the first of its kind in the world.
Ampelmann, the global leader in specialised gangway systems, is celebrating another significant achievement in the operation of their systems: one million safe transfers. The milestone was reached within 6 years after the start of Ampelmann Operations B.V. and reasserts their slogan: making offshore access as easy as crossing the street.
The Cape Wind Offshore wind project, located in the US has taken a small fall back as a deal with Northeast Utilities and National Grid has said to have been 'terminated'. According to the Northeast and National Grid, Cape Wind has missed deadlines which were set on 31st December to attain financing and begin construction on the 101 - 130 turbines.
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG has sold 49.89 percent of its shares in the offshore wind farm EnBW Baltic 2 to Macquarie Capital, the principal investment, advisory and capital markets arm of Macquarie Group The purchase price for the shares, which will be transferred to Macquarie Capital after antitrust approval and the full commissioning of the offshore wind farm (expected next summer), is 720 million euros.
According to Watson Farley & Williams advised a joint enterprise of STRABAG and The Norderland Group to sell the Albatros Offshore windfarm, to EnBw Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (first reported on 4C web site 19th December 2014.)
Subsea connector specialist, First Subsea, has supplied cable connectors for the second phase of the Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration, offshore Japan. Two First Subsea connectors have been used to connect 22kV cables to the facility’s floating 66kV power substation, in preparation for the arrival of a 7MW wind turbine in Phase 3, and another floating wind turbine in Phase 4 of the Fukushima project.
DAVID CURRIE APPOINTED AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF JDR - After just over a year with Aker Solutions David Currie will become CEO from 12th January 2015.
MPI Offshore has announced the acquisition of Victoria Mathias from RWE Innogy. Victoria Mathias is a 2011-built wind-turbine-installation vessel designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations. Key features include a 1,000-tonne-capacity main crane, a maximum operating depth of 45 metres and the ability to jack with 4,350 tonnes of cargo on board.
Van Oord has ordered two trailing suction hopper dredgers with a hopper volume of approx. 17,000 m3. Spanish Construcciones Navales del Norte S.L., LaNaval, will build the ships at its yard in Bilbao. Both vessels
will be delivered in 2017.
The aerial surveys, which may continue into the operational phase of the Burbo Bank Extension, have been designed to determine how Red Throated diver, an important seabird species, may interact with the project.
Wind generated enough electricity to supply the needs of more than 6.7 million UK households last year; a 15% increase on the amount generated in 2013 (up from 24.5 terawatt hours to 28.1TWh in 2014) - just over 25% of all UK homes all year round.
Construction work is under way on the first of two substations to be built at Spittal. The works, which began in November, sees SHE Transmission investing £39 million as part of the Caithness to Moray Transmission Project. The new link will feature over 100 miles of underground and subsea cable.
Coastal Chariot has successfully finished two cone penetration testing (C.P.T.) projects in U.K. and Germany. Coastal Chariot assisted a well-known geophysical services company in Liverpool waters and she has assisted a Swedish survey company in German waters.
MarineCo UK has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for a Multi Cat 2712. The vessel will be delivered in April 2015. Mr. Mike Conafray, Managing Director at MarineCo stated that, "after a long evaluation, with alternative builders, Damen came through with the right vessel at the right cost. The new vessel will comfortably sit alongside our existing all-Damen Fleet.
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