Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Netherlands News

EU Hydrogen Plan Splits Supporters Down Color-coded Lines

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Energy industry lobbyists and advocates of renewable hydrogen are divided over whether the bloc should support low-carbon hydrogen produced by fossil fuels ahead of a new EU strategy next month.The EU's executive Commission plans to publish its hydrogen strategy on July 8, which will form the basis for EU regulation and funding to scale up production of the fuel to replace fossil fuels in sectors including chemicals and transport.More than 30 industry groups and energy firms including ExxonMobil…

Amprion Sets Out North Sea Offshore Wind Grid Vision

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German power grid company Amprion on Wednesday unveiled long-term plans for joint European offshore wind links in the North Sea and announced a trebling of spending in the next 10 years.Amprion, with 11,000 kilometers of high voltage transmission lines in western Germany, is the second biggest of four regulated operators of grids criss-crossing the country and offshore, which fund themselves via consumer fees."If we want to have a climate-neutral energy system by 2050…

Deme Offshore Joins Neptune's Hydrogen Project

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Offshore installation contractor Deme Offshore has joined Neptune Energy's PosHYdon pilot, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project, being developed in the Dutch North Sea.Part of the Belgian Deme Group,  the company joins as a partner and will provide the hydrogen unit for installation on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform. The pilot aims to integrate three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen by producing hydrogen from seawater on the Q13a.Lex de Groot…

First Turbine Installed at Borssele III/IV Offshore Wind Project

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The first offshore wind turbine has been installed at the Borssele III/IV wind project in the Dutch North Sea, the turbine builder MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has said."The first turbine at the 731.5 MW Borssele III/IV offshore wind project has now been installed by MHI Vestas at site 55 km off the coast of the Netherlands. The first of the 77 V164-9.5 MW wind turbines was installed by the project team after setting sail from the Port of Vlissingen on the Aeolus offshore installation vessel…

Denmark Proposes Two Giant Wind Energy Islands

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Denmark on Wednesday proposed a more than tripling of its offshore wind capacity by building two energy islands linked to new wind farms in the Baltic and North seas to help to meet climate change targets.The energy islands are an important part of the Social Democratic government's climate action plan which was presented on Wednesday but still needs to be ratified in parliament.Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said the cost would amount to a three-digit billion crowns figure (100 billion crowns equals $14.7 billion).

Prysmian's Cables for Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV Offshore Wind Farm

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Prysmian Group, Italian marine cable installation company Prysmian, has finalized a contract for a project awarded by offshore wind farm developer Vattenfall.The contract is for the provision of the subsea inter-array cable systems for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV offshore wind farm in The Netherlands, following Vattenfall’s successful bid for the permit to develop these non-subsidized wind farms. The award was already announced on July 29, 2019 and the notice to proceed is expected later this year, Prysmian said.

MRE to Support SeaMade Offshore Wind Farm Turbine Commissioning

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Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the SeaMade Offshore Wind Farm, under which MRE will provide temporary power provision during the turbine commissioning phase.Located in the North Sea, around 50 km off the coast of Belgium, the SeaMade project will comprise of 58 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines, giving a total capacity of 487 MW.MRE Business Director Toby Mead said: “Following several successful European temporary power provision projects over the recent past…

Subsea 7 Scores 'Substantial' Offshore Wind Deal in Dutch North Sea

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Offshore installation contractor Subsea 7 has won a "substantial" contract for work on the first subsidy-free offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.The company has been tasked by Vatenfall to transport and install wind turbine monopile foundations and inner array grid cables for the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1-4 offshore wind farm project.Subsea 7 said the contract award was substantial, meaning its value is between $150 million and $300 million.Under the contract, Subsea 7…

Huisman, Yeager in Geothermal Collab

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Dutch company Huisman Geo has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with geothermal energy operating company Yeager Energy  to collaborate in Yeager Energy’s development plans in the Nissewaard license area in the Netherlands. Huisman said the goal was to make a significant contribution to the energy transition by efficiently developing and operating geothermal wells and innovative smart grid district heating, and cooling networks on a large scale.Huisman Geo focuses on the geothermal energy market in the Netherlands and neighboring countries.

Gasunie Joins Offshore Green Hydrogen Project

Neptune Energy’s Q13a platform, set to be home to a hydrogen production facility under the pilot project. (Photo: Neptune Energy)

Energy infrastructure firm Gasunie has joined as a partner at the PosHYdon project - the first offshore green hydrogen pilot being worked on in the Dutch section of the North Sea.PosHYdon integrates three energy systems in the Dutch North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas and offshore hydrogen and will involve the installation of the hydrogen-producing plant on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform.Gasunie, which manages and maintains infrastructure for large-scale transport and storage of gases in the Netherlands and northern Germany…

VDL Wins TenneT Gig

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European transmission system operator TenneT has awarded VDL Network Supplies a contract to support the construction of half of the wintrack pylons (high-voltage pylons) for a new 380 kV high-voltage connection from Borssele to Rilland.The new pylons, which are some 60 to 80 meters high, will be produced by VDL KTI in Mol (Belgium). The high-voltage pylons will be supplied between early 2021 and late 2022 and erected on the TenneT route between Borsele and Rilland in the…

North Sea Aims 60GW Offshore Wind by 2050

Hans Timmers, chairman of the NWEA. Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The wind turbines on the North Sea can now deliver one Gigawatt in Netherlands. 60 Gigawatts should be achievable in 2050, the target for Europe being 450 Gigawatts.This is according to Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA).Hans Timmers, chairman of the NWEA thinks that the Netherlands is facing a huge challenge. A recent report shows that when it comes to generating sustainable energy, the Netherlands is the worst performer of all European countries."In the Netherlands we now have 1 Gigawatt at sea, which should increase to 60 Gigawatt in 2050.

Venezuelan Detains More than 30 PDVSA Workers

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At least 38 workers from Venezuela's state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela’s, including the president of maritime subsidiary PDV Marina, were detained on accusations of trafficking fuel, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on Saturday, describing the accusations as "treason."The move comes just days after other state officials were detained and amid a shakeup at PDVSA after President Nicolas Maduro last month named a committee to restructure the OPEC nation’s oil industry, which is struggling under U.S.

Offshore Wind Hits 22GW for Europe

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Europe has expanded its offshore leadership by adding 3.6 gigawatt (GW) of new commissioned capacity in 2019, bringing the total offshore wind installed capacity at the end of 2019 to above 22GW.According to the recent report of GlobalData, spreading across 12 European countries, the UK holds the largest share with 9.9GW of capacity, representing around 45% of the cumulative installed offshore wind capacity in Europe, followed by Germany with 7.6GW (34%), and Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands representing 7.7%…

Wintershall Noordzee Starts Gas Production from Sillimanite Field

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Wintershall Noordzee has started gas production from its operated Sillimanite field in the North Sea area between the UK and the Netherlands.The company, a joint venture of Wintershall Dea and Gazprom EP International, said Thursday the unitized gas field, discovered in June 2015, had been brought online.The offshore gas field sits approximately 200 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder. Hugo Dijkgraaf, Chief Technology Officer and Board Member at Wintershall Dea said…

TenneT Intros 2GW Offshore Grid Plans

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European transmission system operator TenneT has announced plans to build two 2 GW offshore grid connections in the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area, having entered into a so-called 'innovation partnership' with its suppliers.Given the combination of the large distance to the coast and the size of the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area, a 2 GW direct current (HVDC) solution, based on 525 kilovolts, appears to offer most economical  advantages. It requires only one cable system per 2 GW…

Are OSVs Fit for Refit for Offshore Wind?

BEFORE: Island Clipper: Island Offshore of Ulsteinvik, Norway, has had success with conversions.  “before” and “after”.  Photos: Island Offshore

While it is generally agreed that the nascent offshore wind energy market in the U.S. will be a newbuild market, there is a repair and conversion possibility for some stacked OSVs.Though estimates on the pace of the offshore wind energy market in the U.S. vary widely, the direction is clear: offshore wind will be a huge marketplace for construction and support vessels to be deployed in U.S. waters over the next decade. The starting point for estimated vessel demand is the raft of projects along the U.S. East Coast, and to a lesser extent, in the Pacific waters, now in the pipeline.

Partners to Expand Pakistan LNG Inport Terminal

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Excelerate Energy announced it has agreed with partner Engro Elengy Terminal Ltd. (EETL) to expand the EETL liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan.Under the heads of agreement (HOA), Excelerate will exchange its existing floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Exquisite with a newbuild FSRU, Hull 2477, which is currently under construction at South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard and due to be delivered in April 2020.

Manor to Power Borssele 1&2 OWF

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UK-based marine engineering specialist Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has signed a contract with Ørsted for the Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF), under which MRE will provide temporary power provision during the turbine commissioning phase.Located in the North Sea, around 23 km off the coast of the Netherlands, the project will comprise of 94 Siemens Gamesa Renewables 8.0-167 type turbines, giving a total capacity of 752 MW.MRE Business Director Toby Mead said: “we…

TenneT Signs 5yr Contract with LR

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The maritime classification society Lloyd's Register Group Limited (LR) has secured a significant contract win with the European electricity transmission system operator TenneT.The five-year contract covers inspection and assurance services during the erection and commissioning phases of three North Sea converter platforms, with construction sites based among other in Spain, Norway and Turkey.The contract includes services on the TenneT FAST project (Framework Agreement…