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Diverse Marine to upgrade Iceni Courage
Diverse Marine to upgrade Iceni Courage

Diverse Marine to upgrade Iceni Courage

Diverse Marine Ltd has signed a contract with Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) operator Turner Iceni Ltd. for the modification and upcycling of Iceni Courage

Vessels
Alfa Lift construction progresses
Alfa Lift construction progresses

Alfa Lift construction progresses

The construction of Offshore Heavy Transport's 48,000dwt semi-submersible offshore wind farm foundation installation vessel, Alfa Lift, is progressing at CMHI Shipyard in China.

Vessels
ProCon and EEW start Coastal Virginia TP construction
ProCon and EEW start Coastal Virginia TP construction

ProCon and EEW start Coastal Virginia TP construction

ProCon Wind Energy started the electrical construction of two transition pieces for the Coastal Virginia offshore wind project together with EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH.

General
Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act passes hurdle
Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act passes hurdle

Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act passes hurdle

The House Natural Resources Committee has passed a bipartisan bill (H.R. 3068 'Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act') which seeks to educate and train a workforce for the offshore wind sector in the United States.

General
GE and ORE back EchoBolt project
GE and ORE back EchoBolt project

GE and ORE back EchoBolt project

GE Renewable Energy and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult are backing the development of a new technology which aims to reduce manual working at offshore wind farms.

Corporate
More info on ScotWind supply-chain rules
More info on ScotWind supply-chain rules

More info on ScotWind supply-chain rules

ScotWind Leasing is planned to launch later this year. It will be the first offshore wind leasing round in Scotland for a decade, and the first by Crown Estate Scotland.

General
GE, HSM, IV-One to deliver Neart na Gaoithe substations
GE, HSM, IV-One to deliver Neart na Gaoithe substations

GE, HSM, IV-One to deliver Neart na Gaoithe substations

A consortium of GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business, HSM Offshore BV and IV-One has been commissioned to deliver substations for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm

Windfarms
DEA set to greenlight Kriegers Flak
DEA set to greenlight Kriegers Flak

DEA set to greenlight Kriegers Flak

The Danish Energy Agency expects to grant Vattenfall’s Kriegers Flak project final approval before the end of the month.

Windfarms
EDP backs offshore wind robot development centre
EDP backs offshore wind robot development centre

EDP backs offshore wind robot development centre

A European real-time maritime robot testing centre is being set up on the coast of Viana do Castelo to develop offshore wind inspection and maintenance solutions.

Windfarms
EDS HV Group provides training for Formosa 1
EDS HV Group provides training for Formosa 1

EDS HV Group provides training for Formosa 1

EDS HV Group, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has completed electrical safety commissioning and consultancy work at the Formosa 1 (Phase 2) offshore wind farm.

Corporate
RWE stretched to limit with Germany's coal phase-out plans
RWE stretched to limit with Germany's coal phase-out plans

RWE stretched to limit with Germany's coal phase-out plans

German electric utility company RWE has announced that is had agreed to conform to the German government's plans to phase out coal power production however, it claims that the compensation it will be paid by the government falls nearly €1bn shy of the financial damage it will suffer as a result.

Corporate
Scottish Government enacts supply-chain commitment rule
Scottish Government enacts supply-chain commitment rule

Scottish Government enacts supply-chain commitment rule

Under a new agreement between the Scottish Government and Crown Estate Scotland, offshore wind developers will have to agree on supply-chain commitments when applying for offshore wind leases. It comes following criticism from local unions and companies in the supply chain that claimed it was not enough offshore wind contracts were staying in Scotland.

Windfarms
Fugro to survey Dutch wind zone
Fugro to survey Dutch wind zone

Fugro to survey Dutch wind zone

Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation contract for the Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden Wind Farm Zone.

Windfarms
Galloper opens Harwich O&M facility
Galloper opens Harwich O&M facility

Galloper opens Harwich O&M facility

The Galloper offshore wind farm's new multi-million-pound Operations & Maintenance (O&M) facility has been opened at Harwich International Port in Essex.

Windfarms
fos4X supports Veja Mate monitoring system
fos4X supports Veja Mate monitoring system

fos4X supports Veja Mate monitoring system

German wind farm operator Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH and fos4X GmbH are jointly executing a monitoring campaign project in the German North Sea.

General
Poland publishes draft Offshore Wind Act
Poland publishes draft Offshore Wind Act

Poland publishes draft Offshore Wind Act

The Polish government has issued its draft act for the promotion of offshore wind electricity generation which looks to pave the way for development of the technology in the Baltic Sea.

Windfarms
JERA and Shimizu join forces
JERA and Shimizu join forces

JERA and Shimizu join forces

JERA Co., Inc. and Shimizu Corporation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding concerning collaboration in the offshore wind power generation business.

Corporate
Bladt and Semco net Mayflower bounty
Bladt and Semco net Mayflower bounty

Bladt and Semco net Mayflower bounty

Bladt Industries and Semco Maritime have secured a contract for the fabrication and delivery of the Mayflower offshore wind project’s offshore substation.

Windfarms
€1 trillion EU investment through Green Deal
€1 trillion EU investment through Green Deal

€1 trillion EU investment through Green Deal

Offshore wind will benefit significantly from today as the European Union committed to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. The European Green Deal's Investment Plan looks to mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Corporate
Shanghai Electric installs 8 MW prototype
Shanghai Electric installs 8 MW prototype

Shanghai Electric installs 8 MW prototype

Shanghai Electric has completed the installation of its prototype 8 MW offshore wind turbine at Shantou Haojiang Wind Power Industrial Park in Guangdong.

Windfarms
Floatgen breaks production record
Floatgen breaks production record

Floatgen breaks production record

Ideol has reported that the 2 MW Floatgen floating wind turbine exceeded production and availability expectations in the second half of 2019.

Foundations
NKT inks East West Interconnector service contract
NKT inks East West Interconnector service contract

NKT inks East West Interconnector service contract

NKT has been awarded a five-year service agreement by the Irish power grid operator EirGrid for cable related services, including repair works for the East West Interconnector.

Cables Interconnectors
TenneT bolsters transmission capacity to over 7GW
TenneT bolsters transmission capacity to over 7GW

TenneT bolsters transmission capacity to over 7GW

In 2019, transmission system operator TenneT exceeded the German government’s 2020 expansion targets for North Sea wind power transmission capacity.

Windfarms
Rovco Raises £5 Million investment
Rovco Raises £5 Million investment

Rovco Raises £5 Million investment

Subsea technology firm, Rovco, has announced a £3.9 million Series A investment from Foresight group via the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund and Foresight VCTs.  The investment was part of a larger round totalling £5 million which included funds from existing shareholders.

General
TMA Logistics to support Windpark Fryslân
TMA Logistics to support Windpark Fryslân

TMA Logistics to support Windpark Fryslân

TMA Logistics has been commissioned by Siemens Gamesa Renewables Energy to provide the storage and transhipment of wind turbines for Windpark Fryslân.

Ports
Seatools scores piling system contract
Seatools scores piling system contract

Seatools scores piling system contract

Seatools has secured a contract to design and deliver a piling system to be used in the installation of a Taiwanese offshore wind farm.

Foundations
Industry heavies spearhead renewable energy coalition
Industry heavies spearhead renewable energy coalition

Industry heavies spearhead renewable energy coalition

An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy and mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change.

Windfarms
SGRE completes Senvion acquisition
SGRE completes Senvion acquisition

SGRE completes Senvion acquisition

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has closed its acquisition of the European Service assets and intellectual property of German headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Senvion.

Corporate
Ørsted begins Borssele 1&2 installation
Ørsted begins Borssele 1&2 installation

Ørsted begins Borssele 1&2 installation

Ørsted has started constructing its first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, installing the first foundations at the Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm.

General
Shell New Energies executive steps down
Shell New Energies executive steps down

Shell New Energies executive steps down

The Executive Vice President at Shell New Energies has revealed that he is stepping down from his role after being involved with the company for 39 years.

Corporate
Cathie supports Saipem on Neart na Gaoithe
Cathie supports Saipem on Neart na Gaoithe

Cathie supports Saipem on Neart na Gaoithe

Geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy Cathie has been contracted by Saipem to interpret geotechnical conditions encountered at the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

Grid Windfarms
Albatros begins operations
Albatros begins operations

Albatros begins operations

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) has revealed that the Albatros offshore wind farm, located roughly 100 km off the coast of Germany, has entered operations.

Windfarms
Construction kicked off for Saint-Nazaire substation
Construction kicked off for Saint-Nazaire substation

Construction kicked off for Saint-Nazaire substation

The first steel sheet of the electrical substation for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm was cut today (9 January 2020) at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Substations
Governor Cuomo reinforces wind efforts
Governor Cuomo reinforces wind efforts

Governor Cuomo reinforces wind efforts

New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, yesterday (8 January 2020) delivered his 2020 State of the State address. It includes prerogatives to tackle climate change and boost offshore wind development.

Windfarms
Triton Knoll poised for offshore construction
Triton Knoll poised for offshore construction

Triton Knoll poised for offshore construction

The vessel fleet that will carry out foundation installation has already begun to mobilise and will look to install the first foundations as soon as weather conditions are favourable.

Foundations Vessels
Belgium breaks renewables records
Belgium breaks renewables records

Belgium breaks renewables records

Renewable power generation in Belgium enjoyed a record breaking year in 2019, according to electricity transmission system operator Elia.

Windfarms
TECADE loads out Moray East transition pieces
TECADE loads out Moray East transition pieces

TECADE loads out Moray East transition pieces

The first transition pieces manufactured by TECADE for the Moray East offshore wind project in Scotland have departed from the Port of Seville.

General
MHI Vestas picks Port of Roenne for pre-assembly
MHI Vestas picks Port of Roenne for pre-assembly

MHI Vestas picks Port of Roenne for pre-assembly

MHI Vestas has selected the Port of Roenne at Bornholm for pre-assembly and shipment of the company’s offshore wind turbine components for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm.

Ports
Mammoet completes ALE buy
Mammoet completes ALE buy

Mammoet completes ALE buy

Mammoet has confirmed that as of today (8 January 2020) its acquisition of ALE is complete.

Corporate
Maryland PSC schedules hearing for two projects
Maryland PSC schedules hearing for two projects

Maryland PSC schedules hearing for two projects

The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled a public comment hearing as part of its inquiry into impacts related to changes in the turbine sizes for two offshore wind projects.

Windfarms
Formosa 1 commercially operational
Formosa 1 commercially operational

Formosa 1 commercially operational

Phase 2 of the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm off the coast of Taiwan has officially started commercial operations.

Windfarms
SGRE scores 2.6 GW supply agreement
SGRE scores 2.6 GW supply agreement

SGRE scores 2.6 GW supply agreement

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been named as the preferred turbine supplier for the 2,640-MW Dominion Energy Virginia Offshore Wind project in the USA.

Windfarms
China Three Gorges and Mingyang forge alliance
China Three Gorges and Mingyang forge alliance

China Three Gorges and Mingyang forge alliance

Wind turbine manufacturer Ming Yang Smart Energy and state-owned power and wind farm development company China Three Gorges have forged an offshore wind alliance.

Windfarms
Seaway Strashnov arrives on Triton Knoll
Seaway Strashnov arrives on Triton Knoll

Seaway Strashnov arrives on Triton Knoll

Seaway Heavy Lifting's crane lift vessel Seaway Strashnov has arrived on the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm for foundation installation work.

Vessels Windfarms
Final SeaMade foundation touches down
Final SeaMade foundation touches down

Final SeaMade foundation touches down

The last foundation has been installed at the SeaMade offshore wind project in the Belgian North Sea.

Foundations Windfarms
Virginia to produce master plan
Virginia to produce master plan

Virginia to produce master plan

A bill which would require the state of Virginia to develop an Offshore Wind Master Plan has been introduced to the state committee.

Windfarms
Taiwan cuts offshore wind Feed-in-Tariff
Taiwan cuts offshore wind Feed-in-Tariff

Taiwan cuts offshore wind Feed-in-Tariff

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs has set a new Feed-in-Tariff for offshore wind farms. Rates have dropped by as much as 7.64 percent compared to 2019 prices.

Windfarms
Denmark sets wind energy record
Denmark sets wind energy record

Denmark sets wind energy record

Wind energy in Denmark set a new power production record during 2019 covering 46.9 percent electricity demand from Danish households. 

General
Companies to pay £10.5 million for August blackout
Companies to pay £10.5 million for August blackout

Companies to pay £10.5 million for August blackout

The Office of Gas and Electricity Market (Ofgem) has announced that, following an investigation into to power cuts of 9 August 2019, a number of companies have agreed to pay a combined £10.5 million to its consumer redress fund. This includes Hornsea One Ltd, RWE and UK Power Networks.

Corporate Grid Windfarms
First power for WindFloat Atlantic
First power for WindFloat Atlantic

First power for WindFloat Atlantic

Developers of WindFloat Atlantic have taken another step towards completion with the production of first power.

Windfarms
Senator aims to unionise offshore wind jobs
Senator aims to unionise offshore wind jobs

Senator aims to unionise offshore wind jobs

Senator for Massachusetts Edward J. Markey sent letters to offshore wind developers Vineyard Wind and Ørsted calling on them to enter into Project Labor Agreements for all projects off the Massachusetts and the larger East Coast. The agreements aim to implement a local union workforce.

Windfarms
Estonian government kicks off permit process
Estonian government kicks off permit process

Estonian government kicks off permit process

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure has started the permit process and environmental impact assessment for an offshore wind farm proposed by Eesti Energia to be located off the Gulf of Riga.

Windfarms
TouchWind secures € 2.8 million funding
TouchWind secures € 2.8 million funding

TouchWind secures € 2.8 million funding

TouchWind and its partner have received a grant from the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs to support a three year validation programme for a floating offshore wind turbine concept.

General
SEAI awards grant for foundation research
SEAI awards grant for foundation research

SEAI awards grant for foundation research

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has awarded a €348,950 grant to support a research project exploring the dynamic interactions between the foundations and soils for offshore wind turbines.

Foundations
Sif enters negotiations in Japan
Sif enters negotiations in Japan

Sif enters negotiations in Japan

Sif Holding n.v. has entered into exclusive negotiations for the delivery of foundations to an offshore wind project in Japan.

Foundations Windfarms
Trump tirade: wind turbines cause pollution
Trump tirade: wind turbines cause pollution

Trump tirade: wind turbines cause pollution

U.S. President and self proclaimed environmentalist Donald Trump spoke at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend (22 December 2019) which he took the opportunity to reinforce his stance against wind energy. Among other things, he accused wind turbines of being noisy, loud and detrimental to the environment.

General

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