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COWI secures Atlantic Shores design contract
COWI secures Atlantic Shores design contract

COWI secures Atlantic Shores design contract

COWI has been commissioned to undertake the concept design of the electrical transmission infrastructure for the Atlantic Shores offshore wind project off the coast of New Jersey.

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Offshore wind lifts Fugro's results
Offshore wind lifts Fugro's results

Offshore wind lifts Fugro's results

Fugro has secured two geophysical survey contracts for offshore wind farms off the U.S. east coast. The news was reported in the company's full year results 2019.

Corporate Windfarms
EDS HV finishes Horns Rev 3 work
EDS HV finishes Horns Rev 3 work

EDS HV finishes Horns Rev 3 work

EDS HV Group has completed its scope of high voltage consultancy work during the installation phase of the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm.

Windfarms
Alphabet cuts the cord on Makani
Alphabet cuts the cord on Makani

Alphabet cuts the cord on Makani

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has rescinded support for its California-based subsidiary Makani, which has been developing energy kites to be deployed in the offshore energy sector.

Corporate
New chief named for GE Grid Solutions
New chief named for GE Grid Solutions

New chief named for GE Grid Solutions

GE Renewable Energy has appointed Heiner Markhoff as vice-president and CEO of Grid Solutions, effective March 20, 2020.

Corporate
BEIS backs renewable energy hydrogen project
BEIS backs renewable energy hydrogen project

BEIS backs renewable energy hydrogen project

A total of £7.5 million funding has been awarded for the next phase of Gigastack, a new renewable hydrogen project, as part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Hydrogen Supply Competition.

Corporate
MHI Vestas targetting Taiwan
MHI Vestas targetting Taiwan

MHI Vestas targetting Taiwan

After being selected as preferred wind turbine supplier for 300 MW Zhong Neng offshore wind project, MHI Vestas has revealed it is preparing to announce noteworthy industrial announcements for the Taiwanese offshore wind market.

Windfarms
New name for Porth Nefyn
New name for Porth Nefyn

New name for Porth Nefyn

Crew transfer vessel Porth Nefyn has been renamed Mareel Ocean Blue and repainted in the company colours.

Vessels
Fraunhofer IWES launches 20 MW simulator
Fraunhofer IWES launches 20 MW simulator

Fraunhofer IWES launches 20 MW simulator

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems has launched a mobile test facility for grid compliance tests research project, also known as “Mobil-Grid-CoP” in German. It is designed to allow the testing and optimisation of the grid compatibility of very large wind turbines with an output of up to 20 MW.

Windfarms
Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR form research collaboration
Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR form research collaboration

Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR form research collaboration

Sembcorp Marine and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research have signed a research collaboration agreement to jointly pursue innovation in digital design and advanced manufacturing.

Corporate
ABB to deliver Triton Knoll transformers
ABB to deliver Triton Knoll transformers

ABB to deliver Triton Knoll transformers

ABB’s Power Grids business has been selected by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to deliver its WindSTAR transformers.

Converters Substations Windfarms
Promontory to support Yulin construction
Promontory to support Yulin construction

Promontory to support Yulin construction

Promontory has been commissioned to provide project based contracts and commercial management during the construction of the Yunlin offshore wind farm project.

General
NABU objects to Gennaker
NABU objects to Gennaker

NABU objects to Gennaker

A German non-governmental conservation organisation has filed an objection to the building permit for the Gennaker offshore wind farm.

Windfarms
Statkraft seeks foreshore license
Statkraft seeks foreshore license

Statkraft seeks foreshore license

Statkraft has applied to the Irish Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for an investigative foreshore license for an offshore wind farm.

Windfarms
Kaskasi gets capacity boost
Kaskasi gets capacity boost

Kaskasi gets capacity boost

Innogy has received approval to increase the capacity of its Kaskasi offshore wind farm, located 33km off the coast of Heligoland in the German North Sea.

Windfarms
NIRAS reviews Danish bird activity
NIRAS reviews Danish bird activity

NIRAS reviews Danish bird activity

Consultancy firm NIRAS has reviewed the effect of two offshore wind farms on bird populations at the request of the Danish Energy Agency.

Windfarms
TenneT takes over BorWin3
TenneT takes over BorWin3

TenneT takes over BorWin3

The BorWin3 grid connection project has been handed over to TenneT by general contractors Siemens and Petrofac.

Converters
Port of Blyth welcomes Freeports consultation
Port of Blyth welcomes Freeports consultation

Port of Blyth welcomes Freeports consultation

Officials at the Port of Blyth and their partners in Energy Central have released a statement welcoming the announcement from the UK Government of a 10 week consultation on its Freeports vision.

Ports
PGE Baltica completes wind measurements
PGE Baltica completes wind measurements

PGE Baltica completes wind measurements

PGE Baltica, a subsidiary of a state-owned Polish public power company PGE Capital Group, has completed a two-year wind measurement campaign in the Baltic Sea.

Windfarms
Virginia ups renewable energy goals
Virginia ups renewable energy goals

Virginia ups renewable energy goals

The Virginia House and Senate passed new energy legislation earlier this week which sets requirements for 30% clean energy by 2030 and 73% by 2035, with the end-line of 100% renewables by 2050. The Act includes a commitment to 5.2 GW of offshore wind by 2034.

Corporate Windfarms
Mayflower to deliver at $58.47/MWh
Mayflower to deliver at $58.47/MWh

Mayflower to deliver at $58.47/MWh

According to documents filed by Electric Distribution Companies Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil, the Mayflower offshore wind project will deliver power at a price of $58.47/MWh.

Windfarms
Mammoet reveals new regional structure
Mammoet reveals new regional structure

Mammoet reveals new regional structure

Following the recent acquisition of ALE, Mammoet has confirmed details of an expanded regional structure and the appointment of its Regional Managing Directors.

Corporate
EDF Group enters Irish market
EDF Group enters Irish market

EDF Group enters Irish market

The EDF Group has bought from Hazel Shore a 50% interest in an offshore wind farm in Ireland.

Windfarms
DEME and Herrenknecht ink drill agreement
DEME and Herrenknecht ink drill agreement

DEME and Herrenknecht ink drill agreement

DEME Offshore and Herrenknecht have signed an agreement for the fabrication of a subsea drill to be deployed at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France.

Vessels Windfarms
Vineyard Wind delivery date pushed back
Vineyard Wind delivery date pushed back

Vineyard Wind delivery date pushed back

Developers of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm have revealed that the permitting process for its project has been delayed following a notice from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Windfarms
Final agreement reached for New London State Pier
Final agreement reached for New London State Pier

Final agreement reached for New London State Pier

Governor Ned Lamont has announced that the State of Connecticut and its partners Gateway Terminal, Ørsted, and Eversource have reached a final agreement on a harbour development plan for State Pier in New London.

Ports
Teesside University and Sofia ink skills partnership
Teesside University and Sofia ink skills partnership

Teesside University and Sofia ink skills partnership

Teesside University and innogy’s Sofia offshore wind farm have signed an agreement with the aiming of working together to build local skills and capabilities to equip students for careers in the offshore wind sector.

General
BOEM budget: $26.5m for offshore renewables
BOEM budget: $26.5m for offshore renewables

BOEM budget: $26.5m for offshore renewables

U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed a $188.8 million Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to manage offshore energy resources. Of the $188.8 million FY 2021 budget, approximately $26.5 million has been earmarked to advance offshore renewable energy development.

General
A second Formosa UXO survey for Deep
A second Formosa UXO survey for Deep

A second Formosa UXO survey for Deep

Deep BV is performing an unexploded ordnance (UXO) geophysical survey at the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm, off Taiwan

Windfarms
Haliade-X generates a new world record
Haliade-X generates a new world record

Haliade-X generates a new world record

The Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam has set a new world record as the first ever wind turbine to generate 288 MWh continuously in a 24-hour period.

Turbines
Massachusetts to host technical conference on transmission
Massachusetts to host technical conference on transmission

Massachusetts to host technical conference on transmission

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) will host a technical conference in Boston on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

Grid Windfarms
Sofia kicks off site investigations
Sofia kicks off site investigations

Sofia kicks off site investigations

Site investigations at the 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind farm are underway. The six-month survey kicked of this week with multi-purpose vessel Fugro Pioneer departing the Port of Sunderland, to survey the project’s export cable corridor.

Windfarms
Isle of Man launches Climate Action Plan
Isle of Man launches Climate Action Plan

Isle of Man launches Climate Action Plan

The government of the Isle of Man (Tynwald) has approved a Climate Action Plan that would see an increase in renewables in an effort to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Windfarms
2019 was a good year for Vattenfall
2019 was a good year for Vattenfall

2019 was a good year for Vattenfall

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported a strong year, with increased success in the offshore wind industry.

Corporate Windfarms
DEME and CSBC to build installation vessel
DEME and CSBC to build installation vessel

DEME and CSBC to build installation vessel

CSBC and DEME will jointly invest in the construction of a floating installation vessel, with a total investment of TWD 2.1 billion (EUR 63.1 million).

Vessels
Mazu Land and Marine Works gets HDD work in Taiwan
Mazu Land and Marine Works gets HDD work in Taiwan

Mazu Land and Marine Works gets HDD work in Taiwan

Mazu Land & Marine Works (MLM) has been awarded a contract by Hung Hua Construction (HHC) to install horizontal directional drilling (HDD) conduits at an offshore wind farm cable installation in Taiwan.

Windfarms
Able Seaton Port transforming for Triton Knoll turbines
Able Seaton Port transforming for Triton Knoll turbines

Able Seaton Port transforming for Triton Knoll turbines

Preparatory works are underway to transform Able Seaton Port (Able) for its role at the heart of turbine installation for 90 turbine, 857 MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, off the British east coast.

Ports Windfarms
Armada of robots to survey the seas
Armada of robots to survey the seas

Armada of robots to survey the seas

Ocean Infinity has launched a new marine technology and data company, Armada, providing the offshore industry with a fleet of 15 unmanned surface vessels. Currently under construction, the fleet could be delivered by the end of the year.

Vessels
Principle Power refreshes its brand
Principle Power refreshes its brand

Principle Power refreshes its brand

Principle Power, which is known for pioneering floating wind developments, has unveiled a new logo and brand identity.

Corporate
Ofgem explores new UK grid solutions
Ofgem explores new UK grid solutions

Ofgem explores new UK grid solutions

Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, has published its Decarbonisation Action Plan. The document sets out plans to grow the renewables market and support development of an offshore grid, which Ofgem claims will ‘enable a four-fold increase in offshore wind generation by 2030.’

Japan’s first offshore wind farms to enter construction
Japan’s first offshore wind farms to enter construction

Japan’s first offshore wind farms to enter construction

Akita Offshore Wind Corporation (AOW) has reached financial close for offshore wind farms at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Japan and is to commence construction this month.

Windfarms
Polish projects gain environmental permits
Polish projects gain environmental permits

Polish projects gain environmental permits

PGE has received the environmental permits for its Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 offshore wind farms, which have a combined capacity of up to 2.5 GW.

Windfarms
Parkwind seeks approval for Baltic project
Parkwind seeks approval for Baltic project

Parkwind seeks approval for Baltic project

Parkwind has applied for approval of changes to the original 2014 consents for the Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm from the State offices for agriculture and environment for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Windfarms
Revolution Wind goes local with Groton-based seabed surveyors
Revolution Wind goes local with Groton-based seabed surveyors

Revolution Wind goes local with Groton-based seabed surveyors

Ørsted and Eversource, who have a joint venture in the United States, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Groton-based marine automation and monitoring outfit ThayerMahan.

Windfarms
O&M software for Formosa 1
O&M software for Formosa 1

O&M software for Formosa 1

Formosa 1, off the coast of Taiwan, has engaged Renewable Strategy Limited to deploy computerised maintenance software.

Windfarms
Taillevent permitted to work in Taiwan
Taillevent permitted to work in Taiwan

Taillevent permitted to work in Taiwan

The Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs has permitted jack-up vessel Taillevent to be used for the installation of turbines on the Changhua Demonstration project

Vessels
FRS Windcat wins 50Hertz five year contract
FRS Windcat wins 50Hertz five year contract

FRS Windcat wins 50Hertz five year contract

FRS Windcat Offshore Logistics (FWOL) has been awarded a five-year contract providing crew transfer services in the Baltic by Transmissions Systems Operator (TSO) 50Hertz. The TSO has had Windcat 28 on charter since October 2012 and will continue to operate the vessel from the Port of Rostock. Windcat 42 has also been under contract for them since the summer of 2018 working from the Port of Sassnitz.

General
Jack-up Buzzard to return to offshore wind
Jack-up Buzzard to return to offshore wind

Jack-up Buzzard to return to offshore wind

UK-based Jackup GB Limited’s latest jack-up acquisition, Buzzard, is to re-enter the offshore renewables operations and maintenance market in early March.

General
Vattenfall moves Vesterhav turbines
Vattenfall moves Vesterhav turbines

Vattenfall moves Vesterhav turbines

Vattenfall has unveiled its new design for the 350 MW Vesterhav Nord & Syd offshore wind project, with turbines to be positioned further from the coast.

Windfarms
Van Oord and Saare Wind partner in Estonia
Van Oord and Saare Wind partner in Estonia

Van Oord and Saare Wind partner in Estonia

Van Oord has partnered with Saare Wind Energy to mutually develop the Saaremaa offshore wind farm, located south-west of the Estonian island Saaremaa in the Baltic Sea. Saare has been developing the project since 2015

Windfarms
Ørsted signs lease with Port of Virginia
Ørsted signs lease with Port of Virginia

Ørsted signs lease with Port of Virginia

Danish energy giant Ørsted has entered into an agreement with the Port of Virginia to lease a part of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for offshore wind staging materials and equipment.

Windfarms
Funding success for 7 UK companies
Funding success for 7 UK companies

Funding success for 7 UK companies

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has unveiled the seven winners of its first ever funding call.

General
Japan seeks developer insights
Japan seeks developer insights

Japan seeks developer insights

Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), has released a questionnaire requesting information from offshore stakeholders.

General
MRE to bring Borssele 1&2 power
MRE to bring Borssele 1&2 power

MRE to bring Borssele 1&2 power

Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) is to provide temporary power to the Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm, during the turbine commissioning phase

Windfarms
Swordfish spotted at Scottish wind farm
Swordfish spotted at Scottish wind farm

Swordfish spotted at Scottish wind farm

A swordfish was seen at the Seagreen offshore wind farm site; this is the second swordfish ever seen in Scottish waters.

Windfarms
Offshore trio developing drone delivery service
Offshore trio developing drone delivery service

Offshore trio developing drone delivery service

ESVAGT, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Ørsted are developing a drone-based solution for the delivery of spare parts and tools from vessel to offshore wind turbine.

General
Damen launches new OSV concept
Damen launches new OSV concept

Damen launches new OSV concept

Following calls for great vessel versatility offshore Damen has developed a new concept vessel – the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 9020. The vessel features a stable platform with lots of accommodation, good station-keeping capability, low carbon emissions and lots of flexibility to add mission-specific tools.

General
Axpo markets Global Tech I power
Axpo markets Global Tech I power

Axpo markets Global Tech I power

Axpo's German subsidiary has been made responsible for the overall marketing of the power produced at the Global Tech I wind farm in the North Sea.

Windfarms
Damen delivers HST Euan
Damen delivers HST Euan

Damen delivers HST Euan

Swansea-based High Speed Transfers Ltd has taken delivery of its fourth Fast Crew Supplier 2710.

Vessels
Trio forges green hydrogen alliance
Trio forges green hydrogen alliance

Trio forges green hydrogen alliance

Port of Oostende, DEME Concessions and PMV have formed an exclusive partnership to establish a plant that produces 'green' hydrogen.

Corporate
MHI Vestas installs V174-9.5 MW prototype
MHI Vestas installs V174-9.5 MW prototype

MHI Vestas installs V174-9.5 MW prototype

Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas has announced that a V174-9.5 MW prototype has been installed at Østerild National Test Centre in Denmark.

Turbines
Pacific Osprey awaits new crane
Pacific Osprey awaits new crane

Pacific Osprey awaits new crane

Swire Blue Ocean has contracted Blue Water Shipping to transport Pacific Osprey’s new crane boom for installation.

Vessels
France ups offshore wind ambitions
France ups offshore wind ambitions

France ups offshore wind ambitions

The French Government has increased its offshore wind ambition in the latest draft of the programmations pluriannuelles de l’énergie, which sets out the country’s energy strategy for the period 2019-2028.

Corporate
Saint-Nazaire steams ahead
Saint-Nazaire steams ahead

Saint-Nazaire steams ahead

In the past few weeks, the Saint-Nazaire project reached two important milestones: the finalisation of the financing and the signing of tier one contracts.

Windfarms
EDP Renewables and Engie ink joint-venture agreement
EDP Renewables and Engie ink joint-venture agreement

EDP Renewables and Engie ink joint-venture agreement

EDP Renewables and have officially signed an agreement to create a co-controlled 50/50 joint-venture targeting fixed and floating offshore wind development.

Corporate Windfarms
Unmanned Surface Vessel surveys Greater Gabbard
Unmanned Surface Vessel surveys Greater Gabbard

Unmanned Surface Vessel surveys Greater Gabbard

An Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) was deployed off the coast of Suffolk to undertake survey work for Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, owned by SSE Renewables and innogy.

Equipment Vessels
Chinese SOV on five-day sea trials
Chinese SOV on five-day sea trials

Chinese SOV on five-day sea trials

SOV Xiong Cheng Tianwei 1 has undergone sea trials in China. The 50m vessel was designed by FKAB Shanghai. It has a Direct Current electric propulsion system and a class 2 dynamic positioning system. A Walk 2 Work system with six-degrees of movement is installed on the aft deck.

General
NAVA Launches new CTV design
NAVA Launches new CTV design

NAVA Launches new CTV design

NAVA Ship Design Office has developed a new CTV design, specifically targeting the Baltic offshore wind market.

General
Orion LNG fuelled for the first time
Orion LNG fuelled for the first time

Orion LNG fuelled for the first time

The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel has supplied DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion.

Vessels
Ørsted forms whale watch partnership
Ørsted forms whale watch partnership

Ørsted forms whale watch partnership

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind has formed a partnership with Rutgers,the State University of New Jersey, the University of Rhode Island, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to launch the Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring project.

Corporate
NKT qualifies 525 kV HVDC power cable
NKT qualifies 525 kV HVDC power cable

NKT qualifies 525 kV HVDC power cable

NKT has completed the qualification of its 525 kV HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) underground power cable.

Cables Grid
Ørsted cuts the ribbon for Borssele 1&2 base
Ørsted cuts the ribbon for Borssele 1&2 base

Ørsted cuts the ribbon for Borssele 1&2 base

Ørsted cut the ribbon for its new operations and maintenance base in Vlissingen yesterday (21 January 2020) which will support the Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm located off the Dutch coast.

Windfarms

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