Sunday, February 17, 2019

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates First Power

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The first turbine of the 1,218-MW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm in the North Sea, the world’s biggest such facility, has been installed and is now generating power.Matthew Wright, UK managing director of Danish energy group Ørsted A/S, described the installation of the first turbine as "a globally significant milestone".Ørsted co-owns the project with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) after selling a 50% stake to the latter in November 2018. Ørsted began offshore construction just over a year ago…

SeaMade Consults Waves Group on Offshore Wind Farms

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Belgian offshore wind developer SeaMade NV has selected Waves Group to provide Marine Warranty Surveyor services for the construction of two Belgian sector offshore wind farms, Mermaid and Seastar."We are currently providing Marine Warranty Surveyor services for the installation of foundations, infield cables, WTG, export cables and two offshore substations. Associated operations include; loadouts, installations and pulling in cables to both foundations and substations," Waves Group…

Welcon to Build World's First TetraSpar Foundation

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Denmark’s Welcon has received the order to produce the first TetraSpar floating offshore foundation for a consortium comprising Shell, Innogy and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies.We are very proud to be involved in this exciting project, which can be a game changer in offshore foundations for wind turbines,” Welcon said.Earlier, Innogy, Shell and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies A/S (SOT) have signed an investment and cooperation agreement to build a demonstration project using…

Equinor Lines Up Floating Wind in S.Korea

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind turbines. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Equinor)

Equinor and South Korea's state-owned National Oil Corporation (KNOC) will explore opportunities to develop commercial floating offshore wind farms in South Korea, the Norwegian company said on Friday.South Korea aims to reduce its dependence on nuclear and coal power, targeting an increase in the share of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2030, compared with 7.6 percent in 2017, the country said last year.Equinor says this translates to a target of 49 gigawatts (GW) of new generation capacity.KNOC plans to develop a 200 MW floating offshore wind project 58 km off the coast of Ulsan City,

India, China to Lead Rapid Growth in Energy

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The major chunk of global energy supply growth is expected to come from renewables and natural gas over the next two decades, but steep investment in oil exploration and production will be needed to meet crude demand in 2040.The global energy demand is set to rise by around a third by 2040, driven by improvement in living standards, particularly in India, China and across Asia.- These are the key highlights of BP Energy Outlook 2019.It shows how rising prosperity drives an…

Offshore Wind Players Bid to Supply NY

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Several offshore wind players have submitted separate bids to supply New York with power from planned projects off the coast of Long Island.The proposals from Norway's Equinor and three joint ventures come in response to New York’s 800 MW procurement, its first formal solicitation targeted the developing U.S. offshore wind industry. The state is expected to choose a supplier this spring.Four proposers submitted a total of 18 bids, with projects up to 1200 MW, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said.The three joint ventures that bid are Vineyard Wind…

As Renewables Soar, BP sees China Hitting Brakes

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Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China's energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows.Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long stretch into 2040 although India should overtake it in terms of demand growth beginning in the next decade, the British oil and gas giant said in its 2019 Energy Outlook.China's energy demand rose by 5.9 percent over the past 20 years…

Consortium Buys Veja Mate Offshore Wind

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A consortium led by asset manager Commerz Real AG, WPD Invest, KGAL and IKEA franchisee Ingka Group will acquire an 80% stake in the 402-MW Veja Mate offshore wind park in the German North Sea.Veja Mate offshore wind park in the North Sea  is the second-largest German offshore wind farm with 67 turbines and a capacity of 402 megawatts. The total investment comes more than two billion eurosCommerz Real and Ingka Group said in a joint statement today that they will each invest…

Europe Offshore Wind Capacity Up 18% in 2018

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Europe installed a total of 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind capacity in 2018, an 18% increase which takes the region to a total capacity of 18.5 GW.According to new figures published this week by the region’s wind energy trade body, WindEurope, 15 new offshore wind farms came on line. The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the new capacity: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.Europe now has 105 offshore wind farms across 11 countries with a total capacity of 18.5 GW. This…

Slufterdam Doubles Wind Power

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Eneco and Vattenfall have completed repowering of the Slufterdam wind farm in the Netherlands, boosting output to 50MW from around 25MW.The 17 existing wind turbines in the farm, which has been supplying renewable energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 wind turbines that are much more efficient. As a result, the power has nearly doubled from 25.5 MW to 50.4 MW. The 14 wind turbines generate 180 GWh of electricity every year, enough to cover the annual consumption of around 60,000 households.The energy companies started preparations to replace the wind turbines in mid-2017.

Kvaerner to Pay First Dividend Since 2015

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Oil platform builder Kvaerner on Tuesday unexpectedly proposed its first dividend since 2015 and said it may make another such payment later this year, sending its shares soaring.The company said it expected to compete for contracts worth 30-50 billion Norwegian crowns ($3.5-5.7 billion) over the next five years, with larger deals likely in 2020 and 2021.Despite lower core earnings in the fourth quarter, the company said its "strong financial position" allowed it to propose a dividend payment of 1 crown per share…

Kvaerner to Study Floating Wind Structures

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Norway based Kvaerner said it has signed a contract with Norwegian energy company Equinor to study how floating concrete substructures for offshore wind turbines can be designed and constructed for the planned Hywind Tampen project in the North Sea.The objectives of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) assignment are to further mature the design of the concrete substructures, to identify appropriate construction site(s), and to develop a plan for construction, method and cost for production of 11 floating concrete substructures…

High-tech Buoy Launched in New York Bight

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A high-tech, specialized buoy has been launched to collect useful information for developing wind farms offshore the U.S. East Coast.Equinor Wind US said it deployed the cutting-edge buoy as it works to develop its offshore wind lease site in the New York Bight.The Floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) device will measure wind speed, wind direction, wave conditions and several other marine characteristics that help inform critical decisions in regard to the resource potential and eventual development of the wind farm.

Equinor Launches High-Tech Buoy

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Equinor Wind US has announced deployment of a cutting-edge, specialized buoy designed to gather information, an important step in the development of its offshore wind lease site in the “New York Bight,” which will provide wind energy to New York and the region to help achieve the renewable energy goals recently set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo.The Floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) device will measure wind speed, wind direction, wave conditions and several other…

The Offshore Winds for Territories Act: Lifeline for U.S. Territories

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NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement after Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón re-introduced H.R. 1014, the Offshore Winds for Territories Act:"NOIA applauds Representative González Colón’s reintroduction of the Offshore Wind for Territories Act. This bill enables U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam to develop their rich wind resources and power new jobs and economic growth for their residents. There is a longstanding need to strengthen the energy security of the U.S.

HHLA Support Energy Transition

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German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and its partners began research and development work on the publicly funded FRESH  project at its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).FRESH stands for flexibility management and control reserve provision of heavy goods vehicles in the harbour, said the firm which operates three container terminals at the Port of Hamburg: Altenwerder, Burchardkai and Tollerort, as well as cargo handling and transport services by rail…

Sulzer Schmid’s New Tech Autonomous Drone Inspections

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Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories AG has announced that it has launched a new inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition blade inspections.Based on the compact and flexible DJI M-210 drone, Sulzer Schmid’s latest innovation delivers high performance and fully autonomous drone inspections at a significantly lower cost compared to its existing 3DXTM Ultra-HD product based on the DJI’s M-600 drone.Thanks to the new capabilities offered by unmanned aerial vehicles…

NOIA Statement on Trump’s SOTU Address

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi

Increase Access to All Offshore Energy Sources for American Energy Greatness.National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address:“In his second State of the Union address, President Trump reiterated his bold vision for American energy dominance in conjunction with facilitating new energy infrastructure. NOIA applauds the Administration’s efforts to date toward achieving American Energy Dominance and supports the hard work that remains to be done to continue our American energy revolution.

Offshore Wind Energy Market to Grow 20%

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Global offshore wind energy market was valued at $2,727 thousand in 2019, and is expected to reach $11,334 thousand by 2025, registering a CAGR of +20% from 2019 to 2025, said a study.The global offshore wind energy market has been set blazing with a number of schemes that have recently began power production, according to Researchnreports. For instance, following the installation of its first 7-MW turbines, Scotland's biggest offshore wind farm has sent power for the first…

McDermott Winds FEED for Scarborough FPU

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McDermott International, Inc. on Tuesday announced it has signed a contract with Woodside Energy Ltd. to undertake a front-end engineering and design (FEED) activities for a floating production unit (FPU) for the Scarborough field natural gas development in Western Australia.McDermott’s center of excellence in The Hague, Netherlands, will lead the study and early engineering. Upon completion, the contract includes the option to progress to an engineering, procurement, construction…

Contract Awarded for Hywind Tampen

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Gulen Industrial Harbour in Sogn og Fjordane county has been awarded the contract for assembly site for the floating Hywind Tampen wind turbines before they are transported to the field in the North Sea.No work will commence prior to an investment decision for Hywind Tampen.Hywind Tampen could become the world’s first project to use wind turbines for electrification of oil and gas installations. Reduction of CO2 emissions from the five oil and gas platforms at the Snorre and Gullfaks fields is estimated at more than 200…

CWind Digitizes with CrewSmart

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CWind, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), a provider of topside, splash zone and subsea engineering services to the offshore renewables and utilities market, it has implemented CrewSmart’s management support service across its fleet of 21 crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and team of offshore wind technicians. The cloud-based CrewSmart system provides CWind with control over personnel and fleet administration, optimizing the overall efficiency of the operations team.In a rapidly expanding offshore wind market…

DOE: $28M Available for Floating Offshore Wind

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $28 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS). ATLANTIS projects will develop new technologies for floating, offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the discipline of control co-design (CCD).“The United States has 13,000 miles of shoreline, which is a huge opportunity to lead the world in capitalizing offshore wind,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a press release.

Pfisterer Wins Moray East Offshore Windfarm Deal

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The global manufacturer of high-voltage cable accessories and a system provider Pfisterer has won a contract for the supply of the 220kV land cable accessories for the grid connection of the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm in Scotland."In cooperation with the cable manufacturer TELE-FONIKA Kable and the international cable and pipeline installation contractor VolkerInfra, Pfisterer has been awarded the contract for the supply of the 220 kV land cable accessories for the grid connection of the new Moray East Offshore Windfarm…

New York Launches Metocean Surveys

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The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) unveiled two contracts with Ocean Tech Services and DNV GL for using floating lidar technology to study the metocean conditions off New York’s coast.The meteorological and metocean survey work off the coast of New York are being carried out as part of the US state's offshore wind plans.Executing this multi-year project advances and supports Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy…

Husky Restarts White Rose

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Husky Energy said that it has received approval for the limited restart of oil and gas production from White Rose field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.SeaRose FPSO project was shut down after a spill of about 250,000 litres after a heavy wind storm a couple of months ago.“We have worked with our certifying authority to satisfy ourselves the SeaRose FPSO and associated equipment is ready to safely operate the Central Drill Centre (CDC). The operations at the CDC will be restarted in a phased approach…

BP to Expand Emissions Disclosure

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BP has agreed to broaden its disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions to show how it thinks future investments in oil and gas align with U.N.-backed climate goals, it said on Friday.Following talks with a large group of investors, BP also agreed to back a shareholder resolution on the measures at its annual general meeting (AGM), further evidence of the way the energy industry and investors are engaging on climate issues.The agreement with a group of investors with $32 trillion under management…

Siemens Gamesa to Suppy 270 Turbines in India

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)  has won a new order in India from ReNew Power, India's large largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP), for the supply of 270 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines with a total capacity of 567 MW.The agreement is one of the largest announced in India and will see Siemens Gamesa provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate two wind power facilities, 127 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Bhuj, Gujarat and 143 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Davanagree…

Becker Intros New Sail Tech

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Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems is now taking another step forward – wind operated vessels."We will see different hybrid systems on board vessels in the future. There will be ships and services where sailing provides a real option for supporting propulsion," said Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems.Becker is developing a highly efficient wing sail, which will generate significant forward thrust on commercial vessels. The operational profile of the vessel will have to be adapted and weather routing is an important part of it…

Seasight Davits Bags First Siemens Gamesa Order

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Spanish manufacturing company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has placed an order with Danish outfit Seasight Davits for 58 davit cranes for the SeaMade offshore wind farm in Belgium."As it is the first Siemens Gamesa order received, we are very excited and hopes it is the beginning of a continuing cooperation," the platform crane supplier for the international offshore wind industry said in a press release.The davit cranes, which have been ordered with an outreach of 3,2 meters and a lifting capacity of 1 ton…

Record Year for US Wind Energy

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American utilities signed contracts for 4,304 megawatts (MW) of wind power in 2018 that, when combined with non-utility purchases, reached the highest level on record for overall Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) activity with 8,507 MW in 2018.In total, the industry commissioned 7,588 MW of wind power capacity in 2018. There are now 96,488 MW of cumulative installed wind capacity in the United States, with more than 56,800 wind turbines operating across 41 states.According to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)…

US Natural Gas Demand Nears Record High

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U.S. homes and businesses will likely use record amounts of natural gas for heating on Wednesday as an Arctic-like freeze blankets the eastern half of the country, according to energy analysts.Harsh winds brought record-low temperatures across much of the Midwest, unnerving even residents accustomed to brutal winters and keeping them huddled indoors as offices closed and mail carriers halted their rounds.That brutal cold could also temporarily reduce gas production by causing freeze-offs in the Marcellus and Utica shale…

Orsted Full-year Profit Beats Expectations

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Danish offshore wind developer Orsted reported full-year profit above expectations on Wednesday and said it would consider restarting its activities in Taiwan following a new proposal from the local government.Orsted earlier this month put two new major projects in Taiwan on hold and said it was "very concerned" about a proposal for a production cap and lower feed-in tariffs, but said on Wednesday it would review new proposals from the local government."We will now collaborate…

Kongstein, Green Shipping Join Force for US Offshore Wind Market

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Kongstein, the European service provider focused at offshore engineering and maritime logistics, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with U.S.-based Green Shipping Line to provide a complete offshore wind farm supply solution in the United States.Per the MoU, the solution provided will include consultancy services, a U.S. Jones Act compliant shuttle service as well as development opportunities at several U.S. ports."We are thrilled to be working with Kongstein – they are the best in the business in wind farm logistics and forward…

SENER, Cobra Join Force for Floating Marine Wind Farm Scotland

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European engineering and technology group SENER will be involved in a large floating offshore wind farm that COBRA is building 15 km offshore from the Scottish coast of Aberdeen.SENER's work will range from supervising the manufacture of the floating platforms to analyzing the technical feasibility of assembling the wind turbines, as well as providing technical assistance in monitoring the plant.According to Miguel Domingo, Renewables Director at SENER, "the purpose of this collaboration between COBRA and SENER is to liaise in reducing costs for future floating wind farms…

Sea Breeze Study May Aid US Wind Farm Developers

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A team of researchers at Rutgers University has used new forecasting methods to predict offshore sea breeze patterns on the Jersey Shore — data that could be useful for companies hoping to build wind farms off Atlantic City."The proposed, multimillion-dollar offshore wind farms industry may benefit from a Rutgers-led study that used sophisticated forecasting to understand sea breezes and make them a more predictable source of energy," said a press release from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.The behavior of offshore sea breezes…

France to Double Renewables Capacity Under Energy Plan

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France plans to double its renewable energy capacity with a system of regular tenders under a draft 10-year energy strategy plan published on Friday.The so-called PPE plan, which lays out capacity targets for various energy sectors over the 2019-2023 and 2024-28 periods, also confirmed that four to six nuclear reactors - including two in Fessenheim - will be closed by 2028, as announced late last year.France aims to boost electrical renewable energy capacity - including hydropower - from 48.6 gigawatt (GW) end 2017 to 74 GW in 2023 and 113 GW in 2028…

Parkwind, ESB Partner on Irish Offshore

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Belgian developer Parkwind has reached an agreement with Irish state-owned utility ESB to collaborate on the 330MW Oriel and 500MW Clogherhead wind farms off the coast of Ireland.The Irish utility has agreed to acquire an interest of up to 35% in the Oriel windfarm, which is 22km off the coast at Dundalk. The windfarm will have up to 330MW capacity and feature 55 large turbines.Once operational, the Oriel Windfarm will generate enough capacity to cover the needs of approximately 280,000 households - most of the population in counties Louth and Meath.

Wartsila Bags Energy Storage Contract from ContourGlobal

The Wärtsilä Energy Storage System will enable increased use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Image courtesy of ContourGlobal.

Wartsila has won a 6 MW energy storage project contract for the Caribbean island of Bonaire from ContourGlobal Bonaire, a subsidiary of London based ContourGlobal.The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) hybrid energy project includes both the hardware, consisting of batteries and inverters, as well as GEMS, the energy management software from Greensmith Energy, a Wartsila company."The energy storage system will enable Bonaire, part of the Netherlands Antilles, to increase its use of renewable energy such as wind and solar.

Vestas Unveils New Wind Power Platform

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Danish wind power company Vestas presented a new platform on Thursday it says will enable customers to produce cheaper energy through turbines tailored for different wind conditions and locations.The move is a response to a more competitive industry that is moving away from governments guaranteeing utilities generous fixed subsidized tariffs for power towards an auction-based system that favors those who can bid at the lowest price."This is a more market-oriented approach," Chief Executive Anders Runevad told Reuters in an interview.

EnBW Open to Partnerships in U.S. Offshore Wind Expansion

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German utility EnBW could seek more partners in its planned push into the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind sector, its chief executive said.EnBW has already formed a joint venture with project developer Trident Winds to cater the U.S. west coast but is so far working alone on the booming east coast, where it has set up a subsidiary in the fourth quarter."We're open to partnerships also in the offshore business," Frank Mastiaux told Reuters at the annual Handelsblatt energy conference in Berlin."At the moment…

Innogy Likely to Sell Stake in Sofia Wind Project

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Germany's Innogy is likely to sell a stake in its Sofia offshore wind project in Britain, once a subsidy is secured, the company's chief operating officer for renewables said.Innogy plans to enter the 1,200 megawatt Sofia project into Britain's next offshore wind subsidy auction in May, and once built in the mid to late 2020s, it could generate enough electricity to power around 1 million homes."We would take it certainly though the CfD (contracts-for-difference) bidding process and towards financial investment decision … then potentially bring in partners," Paul Cowling, UK managing dire

Carbon Trust to Make Offshore Wind Vessels Greener

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The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA)  issued a Request for Information (RFI)  on the potential to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in offshore vessels. OWA plans to start a new industry competition next month.The RFI is the first stage in the competition that will have an estimated funding envelope of circa GBP 400,000.The results from the RFI will help gauge the current interest and development levels, and assist efforts to tailor the competition to best suit industry needs.The initial focus will be on systems…

China OKs 6.7GW Offshore Wind

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The Chinese province of Jiangsu has approved 24 offshore wind power projects with a total capacity of 6.7 gigawatts (GW).The country's state press agency Xinhua reported citing sources with the State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Company that the newly approved projects, with total investment of 122.29 billion yuan (around 18 billion U.S. dollars), are part of Jiangsu's 10 GW-level offshore wind power plan known as "Three Gorges on Sea."All the projects have been given the greenlight and are expected to be completed before the end of 2020.According to the report…

New Jersey Opens Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that companies making a capital investment in offshore wind-related facilities in New Jersey can now apply for tax credits through the state’s Offshore Wind Tax Credit Program.According to NJEDA, the Offshore Wind Tax Credit is a financial tool designed to spur private capital investment and employment growth in major land-based projects related to offshore wind. It provides reimbursement for eligible capital…

RWE Could Spend up to $2.8 bln a Year on Renewables

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RWE, which will become the world's No.2 offshore wind player following a deal to break up its Innogy unit, could spend about 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) a year to expand its renewables business, its chief executive said."We can fund about 1.5 billion euros from our own funds, we could assume some debt which would bring it to about 2.5 billion," Rolf Martin Schmitz said at an energy conference in Berlin on Tuesday.RWE, which last week said it had earmarked 1.5 billion euros per year to expand its renewables business, aims to add an annual 2-3 gigawatts of green energy capacity, Schmit

Ørsted, Tepco Join Forces for Japan Offshore Push

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Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Danish energy business Orsted to work together on offshore wind projects.In a press release, TEPCO said that it had been “exploring offshore wind business opportunities” in both Japan and overseas. Orsted is a world leader in wind energy and built the world’s first offshore wind facility in 1991. Ørsted has constructed more than 25 offshore wind farms in Europe and has several large-scale offshore wind development projects in Europe…

GE to Test 12MW Turbine in Netherlands

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Rotterdam's skyline will soon feature what is claimed as the world's largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine.GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind announced today that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019.The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement, said the JV between between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands.This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing.

Siemens Gamesa Launches First 10MW Offshore Turbine

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Spanish offshore industry player Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled a giant new 10+ MW wind turbine it claims will boost yields by 30 per cent, paving the way for a new generation of super-charged offshore wind farms.The turbine maker said in a press release that the new SG 10.0-193 DD is set to hit the market in 2022.Based on the experience of its previous generations, the newest wind turbine in the SGRE offshore product portfolio builds on proven technology for maximum energy yield at all wind speeds.

Ingeteam Joins Spain's First Offshore Wind Turbine

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Spanish power technology giant Ingeteam is participating in the first bottom-fixed foundation offshore wind turbine prototype to be installed in Spain and the first of its kind in southern Europe.At the request of Estyco, the project leader, the Ingeteam business unit specializing in energy plant operation and maintenance, through its High Voltage department, was responsible for the supervision and analysis of the electrical work on the wind turbine.Specifically, Ingeteam…

TenneT, Vattenfall Pact on Hollandse Kust Zuid

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European transmission system operator TenneT Holding and offshore and wind farm developer Vattenfall  have signed agreements for the offshore grid connection for the Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II wind farms.The agreements concern the realisation of the connection and the transmission of electricity between the 700 MW wind farm of Vattenfall and the TenneT Hollandse Kust Zuid Alpha offshore platform, the grid operator said.Vattenfall won this first subsidy free public tender issued by the Dutch government in March 2018.Marco Kuijpers…

Masdar Buys Stakes in US Wind Farms

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) said on Tuesday it was acquiring John Laing Group's stakes in two wind farms in the United States, its first North American renewable energy investment.Masdar said it was buying stakes in the Rocksprings wind farm in Texas and the Sterling wind farm in New Mexico.The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019, Masdar said.The value of the deal and the size of the stakes purchased were not disclosed.(Writing by Alexander Cornwell, editing by Louise Heavens)

Shell Joins Dutch Pension Fund to Bid for Eneco

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British-Dutch oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM are considering a joint bid for Dutch producer and supplier of natural gas Eneco, which is heavily invested in sustainable energy projects and worth an estimated USD 3.4 bln.This consortium is impressed with Eneco’s achievements in transforming the Dutch energy system through investments in sustainability and renewable energy. PGGM and Shell combine the knowledge, ambitions and financial…

Orsted Loses Political Support for Divestment

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Shares in Orsted fell on Monday after the energy company, which is 50.1 percent owned be the Danish state, on Sunday announced that there was no longer political support for the divestment of its power business.The world's largest offshore wind farm developer had put its Danish power distribution and residential customer businesses up for sale in June to focus on developing its international renewable energy operations.But as Denmark's Social Democrats, the main opposition party, on Sunday said it no longer supported the sale because it wanted democratic control over critical infrastructu

Viking Link Between UK and Denmark Gets Green Signal

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Viking Link, an electricity link between Denmark and the UK has been given the green light by the government. The  a proposed 473-mile (761km) electricity cable between Bicker Fen, near Boston, and Revsing, in southern Jutland.The cable running from the Lincolnshire coast to Denmark, uniting UK offshore wind with the sector’s pioneering nation. The GBP1.8 billion (USD 2.31 bln) project hits UK landfall between Sandilands and Anderby Creek.It will include about 40 miles of underground cables before it reaches landfall…

Eelectrification: Re-engineering a Low-carbon O&G Industry

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Cleaner and greener: Azeez Mohammed, president & CEO of GE's Power Conversion business, discusses the key role of electrification technology in decarbonizing the oil and gas value chain.The renewables revolution is in full swing. However, renewable energy alone will not be sufficient to meet EIA’s forecast[1] of a 28 percent increase in world energy use to 2040. And that’s despite its prediction in the same report that wind, solar, hydro and other clean technologies will collectively…

K2 Management Opens Beijing Office

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Offshore wind and sustainable energy consultancy K2 Management  has opened an office in Beijing to support China’s wind and solar market.Active in Asia since 2010, K2 Management has been working in China on several projects for local and international clients.Country Director for K2 Management in China, James Wu, said: “We think the time is right for us now to be present in China, especially as offshore wind is now really taking off. There is a growing demand for independent, experienced support, so we decided to put down roots in China.

German North Sea Wind Capacity Up 12.7%

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Offshore wind power operators in the German North Sea raised generation capacity by 12.7 percent to 6,232 megawatts (MW) last year, nearing a government target of 6,500 MW national offshore capacity by 2020, grid company TenneT GmbH said on Thursday.TenneT, the German arm of the bigger Dutch transmission network group, plays a key role in the sector because it is responsible for linking North Sea wind farms to onshore grids in the states of Lower Saxony and Schleswig Holstein.Its German North Sea connection capacity already outstrips that of existing wind parks, having grown by 16.9 perce

SurfWEC to Tap Ocean Wave Power

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New Jersey based marine engineering firm Martin & Ottaway together with industry partners, has formed a new company, SurfWEC LLC, that will develop Wave Energy Converters (WECs) using patented features that are expected to increase energy recovery rates by an order of magnitude over legacy WEC systems.The marine consultancy firm said in a press release that SurfWEC has broken through the barriers holding back wave energy recovery technologies from successfully and economically…

Offshore Wind Ready To Take Off in US

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Up and down the East Coast, initiatives to develop a massive and largely untapped market can make sea change in American offshore wind, says the  Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).IEEFA pointed out that the big lease sales ($405 million) last month in coastal waters off Massachusetts for three federally owned tracts that didn’t sell at an auction in 2015 signal a sea change in how U.S. offshore wind generation potential is now perceived.The winners of that auction…