Tuesday, March 28, 2017

C-Job to Provide Basic Design for DEME’s Orion

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Having recently supplied the concept design for DEME Group’s new offshore installation vessel Orion, C-Job Naval Architects said it will now provide COSCO OFFSHORE CO. Ltd (Qidong) with the vessel’s basic design package. Orion will be built at COSCO SHIPPING HEAVY INDUSTRY in China for delivery in 2019. The technical specs of the vessel, to be operated by DEME subsidiary GeoSea, will service offshore wind installation, oil and gas and decommissioning activities. While working on this next phase of ship design…

Commodities Trader Trammo Shedding East Coast LPG assets

Commodities trader Trammo Inc is continuing to shed its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) assets, putting its Newington, New Hampshire, propane terminal on the block and selling a Tampa, Florida, facility, the company told Reuters on Friday. The shakeup comes as the large energy and fertilizer trader is winding down its LPG trading desk following steep losses last year, sources familiar with the matter have said. The New-York based firm in November said it would seek to maximize the value of its waterborne propane terminals across the United States…

As Trump Targets Energy Rules, Oil Companies Downplay their Impact

President Donald Trump (Official White House photo)

President Donald Trump’s White House has said his plans to slash environmental regulations will trigger a new energy boom and help the United States drill its way to independence from foreign oil. But the top U.S. oil and gas companies have been telling their shareholders that regulations have little impact on their business, according to a Reuters review of U.S. securities filings from the top producers. In annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 13 of the 15 biggest U.S.

Yaskawa Invests In Large-capacity Kinetic Energy Storage Company, Teraloop

Team picture: left to right: Mikko Järvinen (legal advisor), Philippe Pépin (COO), Edward Ridgway Watt (CEO), Petri Saarinen (CDO), Marco Tatti (Board Director) (Photo: Yaskawa)

Yaskawa Electric Corporation has completed a strategic investment in Helsinki-based Teraloop, a startup grid- and utility-scale kinetic energy storage company. This equity investment aims to help Teraloop accelerate the steps needed to bring its patent-pending storage solution to the market within the next two years. The financing will allow the prototype to be finalized for a complete simulation in commercial working conditions. This latest equity investment supports Yaskawa’s continued focus to achieve its long-term “Vision 2025” business plan in its chosen Clean Power business area.

SOLV Deploys QOS Energy’s O&M Management Platform

PHOTO CREDIT: Construction Contractor, RES America Construction Inc.

SOLV, an independent solar O&M service provider in America and a division of EPC contractor Swinerton Renewable Energy, has begun deployment of QOS Energy’s Qantum software to monitor and support the operations and maintenance of more than 1 GW of solar PV plants in the United-states. Qantum is an innovative cloud-based analytics platform that allows SOLV to harness the power of the data generated by the multiple PV installations they manage on behalf of leading renewable energy project owners.

James Fisher Acquires Wind Turbine Specialists Rotos 360

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James Fisher and Sons plc has announced the acquisition of Rotos 360, a specialist wind turbine inspection, repair and installation company. The acquisition further enhances James Fisher’s existing offshore renewables capabilities, Rotos 360’s innovative and uniquely efficient blade curing repair techniques have been proven to significantly reduce wind turbine downtime. The expanded service offering from James Fisher enables customers to achieve further supply chain optimisations and reduce contractual interface risks.

DONG Energy Wins Order to Sell Onshore Wind Power in the UK

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Danish utility and wind farm developer DONG Energy has signed an agreement with Britain's Banks Renewables, in what would be its first move into distributing onshore wind in the UK, the company said on Tuesday. The 15-year order includes buying power from three onshore wind farms under development by Banks Renewables, a unit within UK land developer Banks Group, and reselling it on the UK's power market. "This is the first time DONG will manage the production of onshore wind farms and the biggest PPA (Power Purchase Agreement), we've entered...

The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring

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DONG Energy has decided to retire “Vindeby”, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry. Today, offshore wind is a recognised and proven renewable energy technology, and the offshore wind turbines harvest the energy from the wind, transforming it into green power for millions of households. But it is actually only some 25 years ago that the world's first offshore wind farm was constructed close to shore in the low waters off Vindeby near Lolland in the south east of Denmark.

Nordex CEO Resigns Following Drastic Outlook Cut

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Nordex Chief Executive Lars Bondo Krogsgaard will step down at the end of March, taking responsibility for a loss of confidence among investors after the wind turbine maker slashed its financial targets last month. Weaker expectations for business in Brazil, India and South Africa caused Nordex to significantly lower its sales and profit outlook for 2018. It said in February it now expected revenues of 3.4 to 3.6 billion euros ($3.7-3.9 billion), down from previous guidance for 4.2 to 4.5 billion.

IEA Finds CO2 Emissions Flat for Third Straight Year

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy. Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1 gigatonnes last year…

Statkraft Eyes Distressed Assets After Offshore Wind Exit This Year

* Says still sees high interest for renewable energy in California and other state of the U.S. and willingness to continue putting up investment schemes, despite lack of clarify from the new U.S.

First Turbine Installed at Rampion

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The construction of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has entered into its final phase, as the first of 116 wind turbines was installed for the project based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex. For the installation each tower with a length of 80 meters, weighing approximately 200 metric tons, is positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, each measuring 55m in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time. During spring, offshore cabling work will continue.

Singapore’s Survivability

New business: Keppel has begun building dredgers like the Cristobal Colon, seen hear outside Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: copyright Jan de Nul Offshore)

Singapore’s shipyards are looking to recent investments in capacity, design and newly acquired technology to combat order declines after a decades-long offshore buildup. Sembcorp and peer Keppel are making the most of partnerships in FLNG and showing signs they’ll be okay through the downturn, helped by their gas-hungry Australasian backyard and renewed ties with old charterer parties and suppliers. With drilling contractors unable to pay for the offshore rigs they’ve ordered, Singapore’s heavyweight yards have had to defer deliveries and become defacto rig owners.

Offshore Wind: BOEM Fields Pair of Unsolicited Bids

Map of the unsolicited offshore New York bid. (Source: BOEM)

BOEM has received unsolicited lease requests from two companies seeking to develop offshore wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These requests are for areas located offshore New York and Massachusetts and are not in response to a formal call for interest. BOEM has finished its review of the unsolicited lease requests and deemed the requests complete. Moreover, BOEM has reviewed the applicants' qualification materials and determined that the applicants are legally, technically, and financially qualified to pursue offshore wind energy leases.

Britain to Review Tax to Speed up North Sea O&G Deals

Britain will look at ways of making it easier to sell North Sea oil and gas fields by changing tax rules in order to keep them producing for longer, the finance ministry said. The move, which is due to be announced in finance minister Philip Hammond's budget on Wednesday, follows a call by the industry's oil lobby group for a change to decommissioning tax rules that have prevented deals in the North Sea. Owners of oil and gas assets get tax relief on the future costs of dismantling them, but as assets are sold the relief cannot be passed on to new owners.

What does Trump's Presidency Mean for the Power Industry?

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Donald Trump has promised numerous changes, many of which impact the sectors that NES Global Talent operates in. Although he has only been in office for 39 days at the time of writing, he has already made numerous policy adjustments. In a recent NES survey, 63% of oil and gas professionals felt Trump’s government will have a positive effect on the oil and gas industry and 64% from the U.S. felt more confident about their job prospects as result, but we also wanted to get an expert opinion on how Trump's government may effect the power market.

A Case for LNG-fueled Mobile Offshore Units

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GustoMSC, a Dutch design and engineering company focused on offshore energy, says the offshore industry has much to gain from examining the feasibility of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel mobile offshore units such as construction vessels, drillships, jack-ups and semi-submersibles. GustoMSC has been monitoring the development of LNG as a marine fuel for several years, culminating in a recently finished R&D project into LNG for its design portfolio. The firm’s associated report…

New Offshore Installation Vessel for GeoSea

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COSCO will build a new offshore installation vessel in China for DEME subsidiary GeoSea, to be used for offshore wind farm construction, oil and gas industry services and decommissioning work. The vessel, Orion, is due to be delivered in 2019. With a total installed capacity of 44,180kW Orion will be equipped with a high-tech crane with lifting capacity of 3,000t at more than 50m. The loads can be lifted to an unrivalled height of more than 170m. Deck space has been maximized to provide exceptionally high transport and load capacity.

EDP Renovaveis Sees Profit Growth Picking Up

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Portugal's EDP Renovaveis , the world's fourth-largest wind energy producer, expects its earnings growth to accelerate to 10 percent this year from just 3 percent reported on Tuesday in a weaker than expected performance. EDPR said that it expected its "strategy implementation to deliver solid and profitable growth" this year, pointing specifically to increased capacity and technical innovation. However, it projected the selling price to slip again to around 58 euros from last year's average of 61 euros per megawatt-hour.

Vitol Launches JV for UK Battery Project

Vitol owned VPI Immingham and renewable investment fund Low Carbon Ltd have launched a joint venture to invest up to 250 million pounds ($311 million) in energy storage and distributed power generation in Britain, the companies said on Tuesday. The VLC Energy joint venture will initially build two battery storage plants, one in Cleator, Cumbria and one in Glassenbury, Kent, to be connected to Britain's electricity grid by the end of the year. The two plants have already won contracts with Britain's National Grid to provide super fast balancing services…

MOL Invests in Self-Elevating Platform Vessel Operator

One of the world’s largest Self-Elevating Platform vessels, the Seajacks Scylla, owned and operated by Seajacks Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced a plan to acquire a 5% share in Seajacks International Limited (Seajacks) Group, which owns and operates five Self-Elevating Platform vessels(*1), from Marubeni Corporation. This is a new offshore business for MOL, following FPSO(*2), FSRU (*3), shuttle tanker (*4), and subsea support vessel (*5). It is also the first step to move into the renewable energy business field through involvement in installation of offshore wind power generation systems, which is expanding in Europe and other areas around the world.

Vattenfall Seeks to add Turbines to Scottish Wind Farm

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Swedish utility Vattenfall is seeking to add 16 more turbines to a 36.9-megawatt onshore wind farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the company said on Thursday.   Vattenfall is consulting technical experts and the public prior to submitting a planning application for the Clashindarroch Wind Farm extension, near Huntly, it said in a statement.   The wind farm started generating electricity in 2015.   Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic 

Australia says clean energy fund could underwrite new coal plants

Minister Josh Frydenberg and a helmeted honeyeater. Photo from Offical Australian Government Website

Australia is considering altering legislation to enable funds slated for clean energy developments to be used to bankroll construction of new low emission, coal-fired power plants. The suggestion by Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg comes after a major power outage during a heat wave in South Australia state worsened a row with the national government over energy security and the state's heavy reliance on wind and solar power. Frydenberg said current laws governing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) prevented it from investing in the high-energy, low emission (HELE) coal plants.

VBMS awarded EnBW Hohe See cabling contract

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that its subsidiary VBMS has been awarded an inter-array cabling contract with a value of approximately EUR 80 million by EnBW Hohe See GmbH & Co.KG for the 500 MW EnBW Hohe See Offshore Wind Farm. The contract includes the supply, installation and burial as well as termination and testing of seventy nine (79) 33kV inter-array cables. The project execution will commence in 2017 with cable installation activities scheduled for 2018 and 2019.

Saudi Arabia Debating Shape of Aramco Ahead of IPO

Saudi Arabia is considering two options for the shape of Saudi Aramco when it sells shares in the national oil giant next year: a global industrial conglomerate, and a specialised international oil company, industry and banking sources said. The listing of Aramco <IPO-ARMO.SE>, expected to be the world's biggest initial public offer and raise tens of billions of dollars, is a centrepiece of the government's ambitious plan - known as Vision 2030 - to diversify the economy beyond oil.

Senate Set to Approve Trump's EPA Pick

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and green groups worried he will gut the agency, as the administration readies executive orders to ease regulation on drillers and miners. Trump's nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is likely to pass the vote scheduled for midday with the support of nearly all the Republicans in the Republican-controlled Senate. The vote could take place earlier in the day.

Former EPA Employees Oppose Trump's Nominee

Despite nearly 800 former Environmental Protection Agency officials urging the U.S. Senate to reject President Donald Trump's nominee to run the agency as the chamber moved closer on Thursday to approving his pick, Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of oil-producing Oklahoma is likely to be confirmed. The 773 former officials signed a letter organized by the nonprofit group Environmental Integrity Project that said Pruitt's record and public statements suggest he does not agree with underlying principles of environmental laws.

Statoil to Close Mongstad Power Plant from 2019

Statoil will shut down its loss-making Mongstad gas-fired heat and power plant in Norway from the start of 2019, it said on Wednesday, as Nordic power prices are set to remain low for a decade. The 270-megawatt (MW) capacity plant supplies power and heat to Statoil's nearby Mongstad refinery, the biggest in the country. The refinery can also get power from the national grid. The plant will be closed as its agreement to purchase gas from the Troll field will be terminated at the end of 2018, Statoil said in a statement to the Nordic power exchange Nord Pool.

California Wind Demand Energizes Transmission Firms

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A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals. The $5 billion project, however, will be constructed 700 miles away in Wyoming, a state better known for coal mines and oil fields. The vast distance between the two states provides a different Anschutz-owned firm with another big opportunity…

Siemens to Shutter Danish Wind Blade Factory

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Siemens will close a factory making blades for wind turbines in Engesvang in Denmark and cut 430 jobs, as it is unable to expand the site to meet demand for bigger blades, the company said on Wednesday.   Siemens will instead focus on production of blades for wind turbines at two other plants in Denmark, spokesman Rasmus Windfeld said.   After the job cuts, Siemens will employ around 6,500 people in Denmark, which is more than the company employed a year ago, he said.   Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen 

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for U.S. Electricity

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Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Wind power in the SPP region has grown significantly to over 16,000 MW currently from less than 400 megawatts in the early 2000s and is expected to continue growing. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

Cairn Energy is Frontrunner for DONG Energy Assets

Independent oil exploration company Cairn Energy has emerged as the frontrunner for North Sea oil and gas assets put up for sale by DONG Energy, sources familiar with the matter said. Interest from Cairn Energy and several other potential buyers could put pressure on shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, after talks with DONG Energy to buy the oil and gas assets stalled at the end of last year. The two Danish firms had failed to agree on a price. Final bids for the assets, which could be worth around $2 billion, are due by the end of February, the sources said.

Ingeteam Takes Wind Converter Supplier Top Spot

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Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, has announced that it achieved a new record year for the deliveries of its wind power converters worldwide. With nearly 5 GW of new capacity added in 2016 alone, a total of 36,414 MW of wind turbines have been equipped with Ingeteam’s technology since 1995, making the Spanish company the world’s number one supplier of wind power converters. Ingeteam’s record performance was particularly impressive in large emerging wind markets, despite intense competition.

Coal Shortfall Buoys Miner Bottom Line

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Coal prices have surged, topping oil, LNG, copper gains in 2016. Many a swan song has been sung for thermal coal markets as renewable power generation and a push towards using more natural gas have gained traction. Yet a coal price spike last year, driven by a Chinese change in regulation that capped local mining operations, has shown how easily markets can swing from oversupply to shortfall. While many analysts and investors see the long-term outlook for coal as bleak due to policies and technological advances that favour cleaner natural gas and renewable in power generation…

Vestas Leaps to Top of U.S. Wind Market

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Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has leapt to the top of the U.S. wind market, overtaking General Electric in new capacity installed last year, although slower demand growth and doubts over political support could threaten its position. Vestas came back from the brink of bankruptcy just four years ago. Now the wind industry is entering a new phase with slower growth and more steady demand for turbines, prompting producers to turn to servicing and replacement of older turbines to grow revenue.

Wind Surpasses Hydro as Largest US Renewable Energy Source

Block Island Wind Farm (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

Wind energy has surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the United States following the sector's second-biggest quarter ever for new installations, a wind industry trade group said on Thursday. Wind installations totaled 82,183 megawatts at the end of 2016, enough to power 24 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association said in its fourth-quarter market report. By comparison, U.S. hydroelectric capacity stands at about 80,000 megawatts, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

Electricity from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Starts

Sea Challenger from A2Sea installing turbines at Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo Roar LindefjeldWoldcam - Statoil)

Up to 6,000 homes in UK are now receiving electricity from the first producing wind turbine on Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. When fully operational later in 2017 the offshore wind farm will provide electricity to over 400,000 homes. After a successful installation of the first wind turbine in early January, operator Statoil and partners Masdar and Statkraft were able to set the first turbine in production on the 7 February delivering electricity to UK National Grid. "This is a significant milestone for one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe.

Global Study into use of Wind, Solar Power on Ships

EnergySail Test Station Photo Eco Marine Power

In co-operation with several shipping companies and technology partners, Eco Marine Power (EMP)has begun a detailed study focused on the practical applications of its patented EnergySail and Aquarius MRE technologies. The study will cover the engineering aspects of installing an EnergySail or Aquarius MRE based solution on a variety of ships and the expected Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and CO2 savings that can be achieved in an operational environment. Energy storage options will also be studied including the possible use of fuel cells.

103 Cranes Ordered for East Anglia ONE Wind Farm

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Aberdeen-based Sparrows Group said it has signed a contract to supply 103 cranes for installation at ScottishPower Renewables’ 714 megawatt East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Located off the coast of Suffolk, the wind farm will be capable of producing enough electricity to power around 500,000 homes and is anticipated to generate first power in 2019 and be fully-operational by 2020. All the offshore wind turbine cranes will be designed and manufactured at Sparrows facilities in Aberdeen for Granada Material Handling on behalf of ScottishPower Renewables.

High Flying Vestas Sees Softer 2017

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Vestas says revenue could decline this year; market seen moving into more mature phase. Wind turbine maker Vestas warned on Wednesday that rapid growth in demand in the industry could be coming to an end after the market leader enjoyed a strong end to last year. Vestas posted record revenue and order intake for 2016 as the Danish company extended its global reach and saw rising demand in the key U.S. market. Vestas and its rivals have been benefiting from a new focus on renewables, encouraged by the Paris Agreement on climate change in Dec. 2015 and a five-year extension of a U.S.

Siemens, Voest and Verbund to Build Largest Green Hydrogen Site

Siemens, steel maker Voestalpine and hydropower firm Verbund are planning to build a cutting-edge plant to make green hydrogen more suitable for industrial use, the companies said on Tuesday. Utilities and industrial firms are under increasing pressure to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and they hope to use excess power generated by renewable sources such as wind or solar to create hydrogen from water with electrolysis. The hydrogen can then be stored for reconversion into power or for direct industrial use.

German Onshore Wind Turbine Installation up in 2016

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Germany installed 4,625 megawatts (MW) worth of onshore wind turbines in 2016, up about a quarter, industry groups said on Tuesday, warning that future growth would slow as the sector moves away from subsidies and towards a tender-based system. Engineering group VDMA and wind energy association BWE expect installations of 4,500-5,000 MW this year, before dropping to 3,000-3,500 MW in 2018. In 2019, they could drop to below 2,800 MW, the industry groups said, bringing it more in line with government targets of 2,500 MW.

DONG Faces Tough Year as Offshore Wind Returns Drop

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DONG Energy, the world's biggest offshore wind farm developer, on Thursday reported its first full-year net profit since 2011, but will face tough competition for projects in Europe and the United States from new players that are pushing down margins. The Danish company, whose listing in Copenhagen in June was one of the biggest globally last year, has profited from being a pioneer in offshore wind for two decades and has build more than a quarter of the world's wind farms at sea.

UK Subsea Sector Set to Increase Exports in 2017

Neil Gordon (Photo: Subsea UK)

British subsea companies are expecting to increase overseas activity in the next 12 months, according to a survey conducted by industry body, Subsea UK. Of the 300 member companies surveyed, 27% are predicting increasing exports by 50% or more in 2017. More than half (56%) expect overseas sales to increase between 1% and 49% with only 17% not expecting any increase in export revenues. A third of companies surveyed do not yet know what effect Brexit will have on their export plans, with 49% believing that it will have no impact on their plans.

Allianz, MFUG Invest in EDF-owned Wind Deal

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Allianz and Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) have invested in a U.S.-based wind park owned by French utility EDF , Allianz said, as the German insurer expands its renewables portfolio. Allianz, which gave no further financial details, said the 225 megawatt (MW) Great Western wind project is about 200 km (125 miles) north-west of Oklahoma City and can power about 70,000 households. Renewable assets in the United States have attracted billions of euros from foreign investors in recent years, banking on stable and guaranteed returns helped by tax incentives.

New Standard for Technical Training in the Wind Industry

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The wind industry offers technicians the possibility of working in a fast-growing sector with a sustainable character. Those wishing to undergo training courses can now choose from various certified courses that comply with national, European and international standards. The new courses were presented on Thursday, January 26 to representatives from the wind industry under the leadership of the chairperson, Helga van Leur. Courses can be followed by people for various professions. These functions together cover the entire range of technical activities within the wind industry.

Germany's EnBW mulls 200 MW of wind power addition

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG  - restructuring of their business portfolio Photo ENBW

German energy utility EnBW plans this year to install 64 new wind turbines across 16 sites with a total generating capacity of more than 200 megawatts (MW), having doubled its wind power capacity in 2016, a top executive said in a newspaper interview due to be published on Saturday. Following are details from the interview with EnBW's head of generation portfolio development, Dirk Guesewell, due to be published in southwestern German newspaper "Heilbronner Stimme". * EnBW commissioned 200 MW of wind power capacity in 2016 and acquired four wind parks with 55 MW of capacity, he said.

The Switch set to boost marine growth

Marine Drive - Next generation permanent-magnet based technology Photo The Switch

The Switch is targeting growth of 200% within the marine segment in the next five years, building on the momentum of a flurry of recent orders, its acquisition of Wartsila Drives, and the financial muscle of its parent company, the EUR 3.3 billion turnover Yaskawa Electric Corporation. The Finnish headquartered business, a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions, believes its permanent magnet (PM) and frequency converter technology can have the same transformational effect on marine as it has had in wind.

VBMS Bags Anglia ONE OWF cabling Deal

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that its subsidiary VBMS has been awarded a cabling contract with a value of approximately EUR 100 million by ScottishPower Renewables, for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The scope of work for VBMS consists of the supply, installation and burial, as well as termination and testing of 102 66kV inter-array cables. The project execution will commence in the first quarter of 2019 with completion scheduled for mid-2020.

Global Oil Demand to Grow into 2040s

Global oil demand will keep growing into the 2040s due to higher consumption of plastic goods even as the electric vehicle fleet expands rapidly and technology revolutionises transport, BP said in its annual Energy Outlook on Wednesday. The forecast of sustained demand growth for the fossil fuel comes as other oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell brace for demand to plateau by the early 2030s while countries gradually shift to less-polluting energy. In its industry benchmark report…

Sembcorp’s Chongqing Power Plant Achieves Full Operation

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Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) power plant in Chongqing has successfully commenced full commercial operation following the completion of its second 660-megawatt unit. The 1,320-megawatt coal-fired plant comprises two units of 660 megawatts each, with the first unit completed in November 2016. Located in Anwen, Qijiang district, the 1,320-megawatt power plant utilises supercritical technology and is one of the most efficient power plants in Chongqing. With the successful completion…

Innogy Forges Ahead with U.S. Wind Plan

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Innogy, Germany's largest energy group, sees no reason to scrap plans to enter the U.S. onshore wind market, its chief executive said, unimpressed by worries over future support of renewables in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency. "We are not in waiting mode in the United States. We are relatively advanced," Peter Terium told journalists at the annual Handelsblatt energy conference. "We do it because wind is a competitive technology in the United States," he said, adding that Innogy…

Rotterdam Offshore Revamps jack-up vessel, Seajacks Scylla

Seajacks Scylla in ROG facilities in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam Photo Rotterdam Offshore

The world’s largest jack-up vessel Seajacks Scylla, has recently visited the Rotterdam Offshore Group (ROG) terminal in the Waalhaven, after her first successful assignment on phase 1 of the Veja Mate Offshore Windpark project. During the vessels stay at the Waalhaven facility, ROG performed an upgrade on the vessels mooring system. ROG worked around the clock to complete the project within strict deadlines and to the highest quality levels required by the vessel owners and to class satisfaction.

Rotterdam port mull power-to-gas-plant development

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Six Rotterdam-based parties will investigate how sustainably generated electricity, converted into hydrogen, can be used in the production of fuels. TNO, Stedin, Smartport, Uniper, BP Refinery Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam Authority will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of a power-to-gas plant in the Rotterdam port area, as well as the necessary amendments to regulations. The parties above signed a cooperation agreement to this end on 18 January 2017. The…

PBES Norway AS Announces Historic Cycle Life Milestone

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PBES Norway AS today announced the achievement of an historic milestone of greater than 15,000 discharge cycles in their high power energy storage system. With this improvement in cycle life, the PBES system delivers the industry benchmark for available performance, safety and value. The combination of the best available cell with the industry leading thermal management provides customers with the highest possible value. The constantly optimized core temperature of the advanced PBES system assures the long system life and most number of cycles.

Germany Linked Up 818 MW of Offshore Wind in 2016

A typical offshore wind farm (CREDIT: Siemens)

Germany connected 818 megawatts (MW) of newly built offshore wind capacity to power networks last year, wind energy industry group BWE said on Thursday, less than in 2015 but still leaving the industry on course to beat government targets for 2020. BWE said Europe's largest economy had 4.108 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity in total linked up with electricity networks at the end of last year. The government is targeting 6.5 GW by 2020. In 2015, the industry connected 2.26 GW of new capacity…

Trump's Energy Pick to Face Senate Questions

Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Energy Department, will face questioning by senators on Thursday on creating jobs in the industry and bolstering U.S. energy security - but also about an earlier proposal to abolish the agency. Trump, who takes office at noon on Friday, has championed increased production of oil, gas and coal. In addition to market forces, coal has suffered under President Barack Obama's executive actions to curb climate change. Trump sees Perry…

Van Oord inks Offshore Windfarm Deal

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Van Oord has been awarded the contract for East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm by ScottishPower Renewables (part of the Iberdrola Group) for the transport and installation of 102 three-legged jacket foundations. The East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm is located in the southern North Sea,  45 kilometers southeast of the town of Lowestoft, United Kingdom. The offshore wind farm will have 102 Siemens 7 MW wind turbines, with a total capacity of 714 MW. Once operational in 2020, the offshore wind farm will deliver sustainable energy to 500,000 households.

Shell Bolsters Offshore Wind Interests with Bid in U.S. Tender

Royal Dutch Shell has been shortlisted by the U.S. government to make a bid for an offshore wind project licence in the waters off North Carolina, as it comes under pressure from shareholders to diversify into green energy. Shell, as well as Norway's Statoil, qualified to participate in the upcoming leasing round offshore Kitty Hawk, the U.S. interior ministry said on Tuesday. The lease award is set for March 16. Shell's core business of producing oil and gas is reeling after more than two years of weak prices.

AXYS Metocean Buoy Supports Offshore Wind

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AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) has announced that a WatchKeeper meteorological and oceanographic data buoy has been recently deployed approximately 60km offshore along the Northern coast of Poland in the Baltic Sea. This buoy, procured by polish developer Baltic Trade and Invest (BTI), will be used as part of their upcoming Environmental Impact and Assessment campaign in the Baltic Sea. This campaign will form part of the Environmental application for the offshore wind farm development “FEW Baltic II”.