Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Netherlands News

Airborne Oil & Gas Hires New Director

Mark Stokes (Photo: Airborne Oil & Gas)

Manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipelines (TCP), Airborne Oil & Gas (AOG) announced new operations director Mark Stokes has joined its management team.The appointment is part of the company’s continued investment strategy to increase productivity and capability at its Netherlands based plant in order to deliver larger quantities of TCP to its customers in both onshore and offshore applications, it said.Stokes joins the firm from the executive team at BHGE (formerly Wellstream). During his 18 years with the company, he held various senior positions.

ABS, MARIN Launch Wind Propulsion Project

The classification society ABS and Netherlands based research institute MARIN have launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to investigate transparent and validated methods to assess performance of wind-assisted shipping propulsion technologies.The wind propulsion technology is a key driver in owners/operators investment decision-making.The JIP focuses on the majority of all marketed wind-assisted ship propulsors, while also aims to overcome the challenge to the uptake…

Offshore Wind Hubs Feasible in the N. Sea

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The international consortium partners of the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) has found that the proposed Hub-and-Spoke concept is technically feasible. A gradual roll-out of 10 to 15 gigawatts hubs is the next logical step towards a large offshore wind build-out, it said.Over the past months, NSWPH has been analyzing the possibility and conditions required to build one or several wind power hubs in the North Sea.The consortium has conducted a wide range of studies, investigated a number of different scenarios and conducted intense engagements with policy makers…

Buss Acquires SSC Wind

Martin Schulz, Managing Director.  Photo: Buss Offshore Service

Hamburg-based Buss Group has acquired SSC Wind from Wildeshausen with an aim to expand its services in the offshore and onshore wind markets.In future, the company will operate on the market under the company name Buss Wind Services GmbH.With this strategic step, Buss completes its portfolio in the wind sector. To date, Buss had focused on port logistics for offshore wind farms in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.Buss offers this service both in its own offshore terminals in Eemshaven (Netherlands)…

Petrofac Wins HKZ Offshore Grid Project

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TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission grid operator, has awarded the oilfield services provider Petrofac work on the Beta high voltage alternate current (HVAC) substation platform in the North Sea for the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) wind farm.Petrofac was already awarded the contract for HKZ platform Alpha in July 2018 and subsequent confirmation of HKZ platform Beta option.The HVAC offshore grid connection platform, to be installed in the North Sea, will be operational in 2022.

Poland Employs New Seismic Tech

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The Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG said that its geophysical services provider Geofizyka Toruń SA became the first company in Europe to employ new seismic data acquisition technologies in searching for hydrocarbon deposits.The Polish oil and gas company said in a press release that the company is replacing the hitherto used cabled geophone networks with ultra-lightweight wireless nodal sensors. Their small size and low weight allow to conduct exploration…

Offshore Wind – A Brief History

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Happy 80th birthday Maritime Reporter & Engineering News! Eighty years is a significant publishing and business accomplishment!Birthdays always cause a look back. An 80-year review starts in 1939, the close of one very challenging decade, the start of events still reverberating today. History’s most important history is contained in the last 80 years.Energy dominated every one of those decades. Consider energy use, say, starting after World War II, from 1950 to 1975. There was power for everything…

Ammonia as Marine Fuel ?

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Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry according to new research published today (12 June) by C-Job Naval Architects, the largest independent ship design and engineering company in the Netherlands.The ground-breaking research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping.

GMM Project Shortlists Nine Ships

Pic: Green Maritime Methanol consortium

The Green Maritime Methanol (GMM) consortium announced that it has selected nine ships for research on the application of renewable methanol as a marine fuel.New designs, newbuildings as well as existing ships of Boskalis, Van Oord, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Wagenborg Shipping were selected.The vessel sizes vary in length from between 40 - 160 meter, with tonnage ranging from 300 - 23.000 dwt and in installed power from 1 - 12 MW. Research for these ships will start with determination of the cost for implementation and use of methanol fuel systems.

SENER Names Álvaro Lorente as MD

Alvaro Lorente. Photo: SENER

Spanish engineering and technology group SENER has appointed Alvaro Lorente, former Operations Manager in the energy division as Managing Director.He graduated in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Comillas University (ICAI), majoring in Electrical Engineering, and joined SENER in 1991. Among other posts, he has been head of SENER's Mechanics Section, Operations Manager for Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas and International General Manager at SENER.He was also appointed…

Microsoft, Eneco Sign Energy Pact

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Microsoft will purchase 90 MW from the massive 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco.Eneco will provide Microsoft’s datacenters with green power for 15 years starting in 2022, said a press release from the technology giant."This is Microsoft’s second purchase of wind energy in the Netherlands in a year, which brings its total wind energy purchases to 270 MW in the Netherlands — one of the largest corporate renewable energy portfolios in the country…

DNO Completes $400mln Bond Placement

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The Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East and the North Sea, DNO ASA said it has completed the private placement of USD 400 million of new, five-year senior unsecured bonds with a coupon rate of 8.375 percent.The bond placement received strong investor demand across international markets and was oversubscribed, said a press release from Norway's oldest oil company. The bond issue is expected to be settled on or about 29 May 2019, subject to customary conditions precedent.An application will be made for the bonds to be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Orsted Reports Positive Start to 2019

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Orsted on Wednesday reported higher first-quarter earnings from its offshore wind farms, in a positive sign for the Danish company's focus on renewables after selling its oil and gas business in 2017.Earnings from Orsted's core wind business rose 13 percent on the back of ramp-up in generation from the new farms Borkum Riffgrund 2 in the North Sea off the German coast and Walney Extension in the Irish Sea, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.Bernstein analysts said the results were "a good start to the year".Orsted's shares were up 1 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

Rhenus Commences Borssele Alpha Supply

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Rhenus Offshore Logistics has completed its first supply trip to the 700MW Borssele Alpha offshore platform  in the Dutch North Sea.Rhenus has taken over the complete supply logistics for its customer, HSM Offshore, during the installation work on the Borssele project and is supplying the Borssele Alpha offshore platform with building materials and tools as well as water, food and articles in daily use.Rhenus is providing all the logistics services that are required for the project, including the supply trips, handling at the port, customs clearance and waste disposal.

Strikes Impact Shell's Pernis Oil Refinery

Striking workers at Royal Dutch Shell's Pernis plant in the Netherlands have taken offline a thermal gasoil installation, a Dutch union said on Monday, in the first sign of any impact from industrial action on Europe's largest oil refinery.Shell said earlier in the day that the unit had been shut. It later clarified that it had only repeated what the unions had said and would not comment on the status of the refinery.The refinery, near Rotterdam, has the capacity to process 404…

Tennet: EIA for Offshore Wind Farm

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Tennet has commissioned Arcadis and Pondera to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) work and permit applications for grid infrastructure for the planned 4GW Ijmuiden Ver offshore wind farm.Arcadis and Pondera said in a joint press release that the two subsea high-voltage connections will each have the capacity to bring  2GW of energy to land.The financial details of the contract were not disclosed.The 4GW Ijmuiden Ver is one of three sites identified by the Dutch government’s Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030.

Shell Faces Lawsuit From Environmentalists

Environmentalist and human rights groups said on Friday they had started a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands to force the energy firm to cut its reliance on fossil fuels.The groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, handed over a court summons to Shell at its headquarters in The Hague, demanding it stop extracting oil and gas and cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050."Shell spends billions on oil and gas exploration each year, with current plans to invest just 5 percent of its budget in sustainable energy and 95 percent in exploi

Europe Offshore Fleet has 105 Wind Farms

Giles Dickson. Photo: WindEurope

There are now 189 GW of wind energy in Europe, making up 14% of the EU’s power demand. 18.5 GW of this is in Europe’s offshore fleet, whose 105 wind farms and 4,500 turbines now provide 40,000 jobs.According to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson, this is set to grow.Offshore wind has a proven record of rejuvenating former industrial towns in Europe. Dickson gave the UK example of the Green Port in Hull, where offshore wind has brought €400m in investment and directly created 1…

Transition to a Hydrogen Future Has Begun

There is a growing international consensus that clean hydrogen will play a key role in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future. Photograph: IEA/ Shutterstock

There is a growing international consensus that clean hydrogen will play a key role in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future, said  Noé van Hulst, who chairs the High-Level Advisory Panel for the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s forthcoming hydrogen study.Hulst, the Hydrogen Envoy for the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, The Netherlands, said that it is crucial to help reduce carbon emissions from industry and heavy transport, and also…

Van Oord, SGRE Win Windpark Fryslân Job

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The consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed a conditional contract to build the Windpark Fryslân nearshore wind farm in the Netherlands.The large-scale nearshore wind farm is to be built in the Frisian part of the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands to Zuiderzeewind.Signed in Amsterdam, the conditional contract comprises the construction of the 380-plus MW nearshore wind farm as well as service operations for at least 16 years following completion.Van Oord – Siemens Gamesa were named preferred contractor for the project on 3 August 2018.