Monday, January 20, 2020

Fire-Damaged Philadelphia Oil Refinery Heads for Auction

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The fate of the largest East Coast oil refinery is set to be decided on Friday in an auction that could determine whether the Philadelphia plant is restarted or used for a different purpose for the first time in over a century.The refinery's owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, is scheduled to reveal the winning bidder on Wednesday during a hearing at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, which will need to approve the sale.PES fell into bankruptcy on July 21…

Nordex Wind Energy Orders Top 6.2GW in 2019

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The turbine manufacturing and installation company Nordex Group booked turbine orders totaling 6207MW in 2019, up 31% on the 4754MW in 2018.The German manufacturer secured deals with a combined capacity of 1477MW in the fourth quarter of last year, which was down on the 1679MW in the last three months of 2018.Overall, the Nordex Group received orders to deliver 1,616 wind turbines with a total output of 6,207 MW in 2019, representing a 31 percent increase on the previous year (2018: 4…

Floatgen Output Doubles in H2 2019

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The 2 MW Floatgen floating wind turbine, the first wind turbine installed offshore France, more than doubled its power production in the second half of 2019 compared to the first semester, reaching an annual total of 6GWh.According to the developer Ideol, which installed floating foundation on the Sem-Rev test site (Atlantic Coast of France), the number was achieved because of a time availability exceeding 94.6% in the second semester and an above-average capacity factor.During the second half of 2019…

Germany’s biggest OWF Operational Now

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Germany’s biggest wind farm has been fully connected to the grid. According to EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG  (EnBW), its  Albatros offshore wind farm is  located roughly 100 km off the coast of Germany."The Hohe See offshore wind farm has already been in operation since October 2019. Now its smaller neighbour Albatros is also producing electricity," it has informed.The Albatros project features 16 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SWT-7.0-154  turbines. Albatros is located near the 497 MW Hohe See project which consists of 71 SWT-7.0-154 turbines.

SGRE Completes Senvion Purchase

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The renewable energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has finalized the acquisition of Senvion's European onshore service assets and intellectual property (IP).The German-Spanish manufacturer said in a press release that it has a “robust integration plan” for the assets, which will add 9GW of machines in 13 countries to its service book, bringing the total to 69GW.The addition of the Senvion assets marks an important step in the company’s growth strategy, part of the company’s L3AD2020 strategic program…

Tecade Ships Out First Moray East TP

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The first transition pieces manufactured by the Spanish steel fabrication company Tecade for the 950MW Moray East offshore wind project in Scotland have departed from the Port of Seville.The pieces are sent by sea from Seville to Navantia in Puerto Real, where the assembly with the upper part of the jacket will take place, said a press note from the metal heat treating service provider in Spain.In total there will be 20 TPs that once assembled, will finally be destined to Newcastle (UK) for the complete assembly of the structure.In this way…

Equinor Targets Zero Emissions

The Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norwegian oil producer Equinor aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions generated at offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by about 40% in the coming decade and to near zero by 2050, it said on Monday.The cuts could allow Norway, western Europe's top oil and gas exporter, to continue to pump millions of barrels of oil even as the country seeks to fulfill obligations under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to slash domestic emissions.Equinor and its partners plan to invest…

SGRE Reaches $1.9Bn Green Guarantee Lines

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced that in less than a year, and aligned to its commitment to sustainability it has accumulated €1.72 billion ($1.9Bn) in green guarantee lines."SGRE is moving forward in its strategy of making sustainability a key element of all aspects of its business, including its funding strategy," said a press statement.Siemens Gamesa recently extended a guarantee line from Danske Bank to €150 million from an initial €100 million and included Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) criteria.

Britain's Zero-carbon Power Outstrips Fossil Fuels in 2019

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Britain, the birthplace of coal power, produced more electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear than from fossil fuel plants for the first time in 2019, National Grid said on Wednesday.Having built the world's first coal-fired power plant in the 1880s, coal became Britain's dominant electricity source and a major economic driver for the next century. But last year Britain became the first G7 country to commit to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and in November will host the United Nations' international climate talks in Glasgow."As we enter a new decade…

Shareholder base Expands on Fortum's Nordic Wind Portfolio

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Finnish state-owned energy company Fortum and Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) have today signed an agreement whereby funds advised by CSEIP will acquire an 80% stake in Fortum’s Nordic wind portfolio.Fortum will retain a 20% minority ownership in this wind power portfolio, continue to manage the construction, and serve as long-term asset manager for the wind portfolio.The portfolio consists of the operational Nygårdsfjellet (32 MW, Norway), Ånstadblåheia (50 MW…

Estonia Mulls OWF in Gulf of Riga

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The Estonian government's decision to initiate the construction permit procedure for the Gulf of Riga offshore wind farm allows Eesti Energia to continue its research and search for partners for the construction of an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Riga.Eesti Energia, the state-owned international energy company that operates in Baltic countries, said that the Gulf of Riga offshore wind farm has the potential to become the first joint Estonian-Latvian renewable energy production project…

WindFloat Atlantic Platform Heads Offshore

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The second of the three platforms for the WindFloat Atlantic project has left the Port of Ferrol for its final destination 20 kilometers offshore Viana do Castelo, Portugal.Upon arrival to the project site, it will be installed next to the first floating platform, which has the exact same dimensions: 30 meters in height and with a 50-meter distance between each column. The third and final platform, once it arrives to the site, will complete the first floating offshore wind…

Vestas Wins Chinese Orders

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Danish wind turbines manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received a 55 MW order in China that includes supply of 25 V120-2.2 MW wind turbines as well as a 2-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020, while commissioning is planned for the third quarter in the same year. Customer and project names are undisclosed.Meanwhile, in a separate development, Vestas has won a 51 MW order in China…

Offshore Energy Outlook for 2020

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project will use floating wind turbines to provide power to the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas production facilities.  (Image: Equinor)

The “new normal” is a phrase tossed around often in offshore energy circles today as those servicing and operating in the sector grapple with the harsh realities of the prolonged industry downturn. Operators, service companies and equipment suppliers have been forced to adjust to oil selling at prices well below the $100+ per barrel mark seen in years past. As of this writing, Brent oil was hovering around $62 per barrel, and analysts expect prices will remain in this range for some time into the future.On top of this…

Allseas Suspends Nord Stream 2 Work

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Swiss-Dutch company Allseas said last week it had suspended its pipe-laying activities in the Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a defense policy bill."In anticipation of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Allseas has suspended its Nord Stream 2 pipelay activities," the company said in a statement dated Dec.

Acta Marine, MHI Vestas Pact on Borssele

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The maritime support provider with a versatile fleet of over 40 owned vessels Acta Marine and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind signed the Charter Party (CP) for deployment of the Acta Centaurus on the Borssele III and IV Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) Project.The charter party was signed by Flemming Ougaard, Chief Operations Officer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Rob Boer, Managing Director Acta Marine on Acta Marine’s stand at the exhibition.After the formalities, a toast was made and Acta…

China’s Wind Repowering Market to Boom from 2023

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State-owned enterprises to dominate wind repowering marketChina’s wind repowering market is expected to take off from 2023, finds a new report by Wood Mackenzie. More than 21 gigawatts (GW) (cumulative capacity) of China’s wind turbine fleet is expected to be repowered over the next 10 years (2019-2028).Repowering refers to complete dismantling and replacement of old wind turbines at the original wind site. Wind farms older than 15 years are generally ideal candidates for…

Ørsted Secures Funding for Hydrogen Pilot

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Offshore wind developer Orsted has secured funding for a demonstration project using offshore wind power to produce renewable hydrogen to power.Seven industrial partners have been awarded funding for a demonstration project in Denmark using offshore wind power to produce renewable hydrogen for road transport.Within energy, Avedøre is best known for housing Ørsted's large biomass-fuelled CHP plant, Avedøre Power Station, but in the future, the area might become home to more than heat and power production.

Tekmar Bags Windpark Fryslân Gig

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Tekmar Energy, the developer and manufacturer of sub-sea cable protection systems for the renewable energy industry, announced that international marine contractor Van Oord has selected the patented Tekmar Cable Protection System (CPS) TekLink Mechanical Latch for Windpark Fryslân.According to a press note from the Tekmar Group Company, said Windpark Fryslân is a 382MW near-shore windfarm comprising 89 wind turbines. It is located six kilometers off the Frisian coast in the Netherlands.Once constructed it is expected to power around 500…

UK Affirms 40 GW Offshore Wind Goal

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The British Queen, in her speech to both houses of  United Kingdom (UK) parliament, revealed that the UK’s target for installed offshore wind energy has been raised to 40 GW by 2030, and that the UK government will support the development of floating wind turbines.The announcement follows a pledge by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his pre-election campaign to boost offshore wind ambitions from the previously set target of 30 GW by 2030 in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.This commitment…

US Renews Waiver on COSCO's Dalian Tanker Unit

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The Trump administration on Thursday renewed a waiver for companies to wind down transactions with the Dalian unit of a Chinese tanker company on which it had imposed sanctions in September for allegedly transporting Iranian oil.The waiver, good until Feb. 4, 2020, allows activities and transactions "ordinarily incident and necessary to the maintenance or wind down of transactions" including offloading of non-Iranian crude oil involving COSCO's Dalian Shipping Tanker Co, the U.S.

Eneco Buys Power from GE Haliade-X 12

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Dutch energy company Eneco is set to purchase all the electricity generated by GE Renewable Energy's 12MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype.The announcement was made during a ceremony to inaugurate the prototype that was recently installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam in the Netherlands.The prototype set a new world record this past weekend by being the first wind turbine ever to generate 262 MWh of clean energy in 24 hours, enough energy to power 30,000 households in the region.Over the next five-year period…

Boskalis Wins Two Offshore Projects

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Dutch engineering company Royal Boskalis Westminster  has been awarded two offshore contracts with a combined value of approximately EUR 85 million.For a new offshore windfarm in Taiwan, Boskalis will carry out the scour protection of the turbine foundations and in Denmark a four-kilometer-long gas pipeline will be installed in the seabed. The execution of both projects is scheduled to take place in 2020.In Taiwan, Boskalis was awarded a contract for the scour protection for the Yunlin offshore windfarm. The award was made by Yunneng Wind Power Co. Ltd.

New Testing Facility for Renewable Energy

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Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch announced a unique facility in Lappeenranta, Finland, enabling the testing and serial production of a new breed of large multi-megawatt-class drives for customers in the wind, marine and turbo industries.The large drive test center, set to open during spring 2020, will be capable of testing drives up to 15 MW from the start, with an advanced assembly line and lifting capacity of up to 80 tons. It will be one of the largest renewable energy test centers in the world…

DEME Unveils First SOV for Offshore Wind

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Belgium-based offshore wind installation specialist Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) has started building its first service operation vessel (SOV), which will be chartered by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for work at three Belgian offshore wind farms (OWF).Concepted by DEME and further designed in close cooperation with Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam and Marin , this innovative vessel  significantly improves safety, comfort and workability for wind farm technicians even in the roughest sea conditions.

Offshore Wind: Decisions Needed Sooner, not Later

AOT is working to develop a new port, specifically configured to serve Atlantic Ocean wind projects, on 30 acres along the Arthur Kill tidal strait between Staten Island and New Jersey. 
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On September 26, the State University of New York Maritime College hosted a conference on the emerging east coast offshore wind industry. “Offshore Wind Power, Planning for America’s Ocean Energy” focused on four fundamental topics:• East Coast Wind Farm Overview – Status of the Industry.• Jobs and Supply Chain Technical Working Group.• Wind Farm Port Development.• Offshore Wind Maritime Operations.In some ways, actually clocking in for a day’s work on an offshore wind turbine is tantalizingly close. Ditto for power flowing from an offshore substation to a mainland interconnection.

K2 Advices Creyke Beck A & B OWFs

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Renewable energy consultancy K2 Management announced it is working as Lender’s Technical Advisor (LTA) on the Doggerbank Creyke Beck A and B Wind Farms, two of the three projects which make up the Doggerbank development.In September, all three wind farms were selected in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round 3 by the UK Government.The projects will have a combined capacity of up to 3.6 GW, making Doggerbank the largest wind farm in the world. The next project milestone is financial investment decision (FID)…

SGRE Raises $1.6Bln in ‘Green’ Credit

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced that, in less than a year, it has accumulated €1.48 billion ($1.6Bln) in green guarantee lines.The turbine maker has just completed a deal with Societe Generale to convert a 230 million euro guarantee line to "green”. This is the third green guarantee line that Siemens Gamesa has arranged so far this year, in addition to 1.25 billion euro arranged with two other banks.Siemens Gamesa will use this line for its worldwide business…

Cable Protection System for WindFloat Atlantic Project

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First Subsea has delivered a beach landing Cable Protection System for the export cables on the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic project.The project is located 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal.Hengtong Group was contracted through its Submarine Business Units to deliver the export cable for the beach export system which was installed on schedule by its contractor DeepOcean at the end of June 2019. The cable protection system is designed to suit the export cable and consists of clamps, bellmouth and cable protection.

Electrifying Norway's Offshore Production

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According to Rystad Energy, Norway has taken several steps to reduce its upstream emissions through electrifying offshore platforms, reducing flaring volumes, installing carbon capture and storage (CCS), and other energy efficiency measures.It said that power from shore to offshore platforms already started in 1996 when Troll East (A) came on-stream, with the Johan Sverdrup field as the latest addition in 2019.The latter infrastructure will also supply power to other developments located on the Utsira High and Sleipner area during the Johan Sverdrup Phase II development.In fact…

Timeline: Saudi Aramco's Winding Road to IPO

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State-run oil giant Saudi Aramco has priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the top of its indicative range, making it the world's biggest flotation by raising more than Alibaba's $25 billion listing in 2014.Here are key events in the Saudi state oil giant's planned stock market debut.Dec 5, 2019 - Saudi Aramco announces the offering generated subscriptions of $106 billion by institutional investors and together with the total demand from individual Investors, the order book hit $119 billion.Dec 4…

Prysmian Wins Equinor's Empire Wind Gig

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Norwegian energy company Equinor has contracted Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian to supply the submarine inter-array cable system for the 816-MW Empire Wind project off the coast of New York.Prysmian will provide the 66kV insulated array cables and ancillaries that will transmit power from the wind turbines which will have a capacity in the range of 10-15MW.The cable system will undergo continuous fabrication at Prysmian’s centres of excellence in Montereau (France) and…

SGRE's 1,000th Offshore Wind Turbine Up

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Spanish-based manufacturer of wind turbines Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has reached a milestone with the installation of its 1000th offshore direct drive wind turbine as it embarks on the 10MW-plus era.The company reached the milestone by recently installing turbine 51 on Iberdrola's 714MW East Anglia One project off the UK – eight years after predecessor Siemens Wind installed its first direct drive machine at sea.Since being launched in 2011, the 1,000 units of…

Engie Buys Renvico's Wind Farm Portfolio in Italy

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Engie's Italian unit said on Thursday it signed a deal to buy Renvico's wind farm portfolio in Italy from Macquarie-run infrastructure fund MIRA.The portfolio includes eight wind farms in the central and southern regions of Italy, with a total capacity of 142 megawatts."This important operation confirms that Engie Italia is continuing to invest in non-carbon energy generation," Engie Italia's CEO Olivier Jacquier said in a statement.(Reporting by Giancarlo Navach, writing by Giulia Segreti, editing by Giulio Piovaccari)

North Sea Countries to Boost Offshore Wind

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Energy Ministers from North Seas countries met yesterday (December 04) in Brussels and agreed their 2020 Work Program on offshore wind deployment as a means of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.The 10 North Seas Energy Cooperation countries – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK – agreed at their Ministerial meeting in Esbjerg in June 2019 to broaden the scope of their cooperation. Their 2020 Work Program now elaborates what they intend to do together on maritime spatial planning…

Ørsted, Covestro Ink World's Largest Offshore Wind PPA

Borkum Riffgrund 1 Offshore Wind Farm adjacent to the planned Borkum Riffgrund 3 project. (Photo: Ørsted)

Polymer materials supplier Covestro has signed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted to buy the output of 100MW from the planned Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm, expected to be fully commissioned in 2025, subject to Ørsted's final investment decision (FID).Covestro will offtake 100MW of the planned wind farm's 900MW total capacity for 10 years, which makes it the world's largest corporate PPA for offshore wind. The PPA will be effective from 2025.Covestro…

EDF Begins Construction on 450 MW OWF

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French utility EDF Group announced that its subsidiary EDF Renewables has launched the construction of the Scottish Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project along with the new partners, the Irish electricity company Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which is taking a 50% stake in the project.The 450MW Neart na Gaoithe will consist of 54 turbines and will be located in the North Sea approximately 15 kilometers off the coast of Fife in south-east Scotland.When fully operational…

Tekmar Wins OWP in Taiwan from Seaway 7

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Tekmar Energy, a provider of protection systems for subsea cable, umbilical and flexible pipes and offshore engineering services, has secured an award in Taiwan from a repeat client Seaway 7 for wpd’s 640MW Yunlin project.The developer and manufacturer of sub-sea cable protection systems for the renewable energy industry said that under the contract, it will be supplying 150 of their patented CPSs (cable protection systems) which protect the subsea power cables as they transition from the offshore structures into burial.Russell Edmondson…

Saitec Installs Prototype BlueSATH

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Spanish engineering company Saitec it will deploy its first medium-scale offshore wind prototype, called BlueSATH, near Santander, Spain, in the first quarter of 2020.The project is scheduled to go online during the first quarter of 2020 in the open sea waters, said the company.Testing will take place in real sea environment with the deployment of a 1:6 scaled prototype of a 10 MW wind turbine using SATH floating technology, acronym of Swinging Around Twin Hull, an innovative…

Orsted Raises $660m Green Finance

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Denmark-based energy giant successfully issued green hybrid capital securities for €600m ($660m) to refinance existing securities issued in 2015.The latest issue will have a maturity in 3019 and first call option after eight years, the Danish energy company said.Investments undertaken by Ørsted A/S in green renewable energy projects will be allocated to the new issue corresponding to the amount issued in accordance with Ørsted’s Green Finance Framework, which has received a second opinion with a Dark Green shading from Cicero.Ørsted A/S is rated Baa1…

Huge Potential for Asian Offshore Wind

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Offshore wind industry is set to gain a foothold in new markets in the next five years, with the Asian markets playing a significant role.China has significant ambition for the build-out of offshore wind – and added more capacity in 2018 than any other country. However, what is less known, is that markets such as Korea, Japan, Vietnam and India – have made plans to incorporate offshore wind into their energy mix.While much of the capacity being installed today is coming from…

Jan De Nul orders Offshore Installation Vessel

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Six months after the offshore installation vessel Voltaire, Jan De Nul Group orders Les Alizés, a floating installation crane vessel from the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China.Together with the Voltaire, this new vessel will be in a super-size class of its own, capable of building the newest generation of offshore wind farms. Les Alizés, that will be ready in 2022, is equipped with a crane having a lifting capacity of 5,000 tons and equally impressive lifting heights. Les Alizés will be able to load out…

EU Targets 450 GW Offshore Wind by 2050

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The EU Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning, said a report.According to the WindEurope report examines where 450 GW of offshore wind could be deployed most cost-effectively around Europe, bearing in mind there is only 20 GW today. 450 GW of offshore wind is part of a European Commission scenario to deliver…

US Nearing Energy Independence

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In just a few months, the U.S. will be fully energy independent and by 2030, the country's total primary energy production will outpace primary energy demand by 30 percent.According to the Norwegian market research consultancy Rystad Energy, this milestone follows a strong period of growth in both hydrocarbon and renewable resources."We forecast that the US will have primary energy surplus – and not a deficit – by February or March 2020, depending on the intensity of the winter season…

Jan De Nul Orders Floating Installation Vessel

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Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul has ordered a second mega offshore installation vessel, Les Alizés, from the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China.Together with the Voltaire, the new floating installation crane vessel will be in a super-size class of its own, capable of building the newest generation of offshore wind farms.Les Alizés, that will be ready in 2022, is equipped with a crane having a lifting capacity of 5,000 tons and equally impressive lifting heights. Les Alizés will mainly be used for the construction of offshore wind farms…

Europe's Wind Industry Needs More Sea Space

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The European offshore wind industry needs an area equivalent to the size of Ireland to install enough turbines to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, a target for most EU members, a leading industry group said in a report.Fighting climate change is a top priority for the European Commission's new head Ursula von der Leyen, who has set out a "European Green Deal" intended to achieve "climate neutrality" - adding no greenhouse gases to the atmosphere beyond what can be absorbed - by 2050."Today we have 20 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind in Europe and the European Commission…

Mitsubishi Beats Shell to Buy Eneco

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A group led by Japan's Mitsubishi Corp will buy Eneco in a deal valuing the Dutch energy firm at 4.1 billion euros ($4.52 billion), Eneco said on Monday, beating off rival bids from Shell and private equity firm KKR.Eneco, a company owned by 44 Dutch municipalities and with a strong focus on renewable energy, said it had been swayed by Mitsubishi's plans to allow the company to continue its strategy and retain its corporate identity.The deal, backed by Eneco's boards and a committee representing shareholders…

Anbaric Plans 16GW US Offshore Wind Grid

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US offshore transmission developer Anbaric has applied to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to develop a 16GW grid off the north-eastern coast to connect the region's planned offshore wind projects.Named as the Southern New England OceanGrid, the new offshore grid is expected to maximize the region’s offshore wind resources. Once approved by BOEM, the transmission network on the outer continental shelf will link the existing wind lease areas via a common system and will deliver power to the onshore grid."Benefits will include greater efficiency…

Belgium Players Join Forces Hydrogen Transportation

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The climate target to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels is a major challenge. Hydrogen has an important role to play in the mix of solutions to achieve results.That is why Deme, Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet are joining forces. A joint study serves as a basis to coordinate delivery of concrete projects that shape the production, transport and storage of hydrogen.In a hydrogen economy, hydrogen is an important carrier for renewable energy to be used for electricity and heat production…

Japanese Trio Orders Wind Turbine Installer

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Penta-Ocean Construction, Kajima Corporation, and Yorigami Maritime Construction have agreed to jointly construct a wind farm installation vessel capable of installing foundations and turbines with a capacity of between 10MW and 12MW.The three Japanese companies have ordered a jack-up vessel with a 1600-tonne lifting capacity for work in the domestic offshore wind sector.The multipurpose self-elevating platform (SEP) ship holding company will be established as a subsidiary of Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd.

Hutchinson to Provide Platforms for Hornsea 2

Each Suspended Internal Platform (SIP) towers at 12m in height. Image: Ørsted

Offshore wind specialists, EEW Group has contracted has contracted UK outfit Hutchinson Engineering for the fabrication and on-site assembly of 30 suspended internal platforms (SIPs)  for Orsted's 1386MW Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm off eastern England.The SIPs are highly complex steel components, each weighing 10 tonnes and towering 12m high, that will be suspended inside the bright yellow transition pieces, which form part of the foundations for offshore wind turbines.Once…

NJ Governor Doubles Offshore Wind Goal

Governor Phil Murphy, alongside First Lady Tammy Murphy and former Vice President Al Gore, signs an executive order more than doubling New Jersey’s offshore wind goal on November 19, 2019, at Liberty Science Center. (Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office)

As New Jersey steps up efforts to eliminate fossil fuels over the next three decades, the state is more than doubling its target for offshore-wind energy production under an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.The order would increase the goal to 7,500 megawatts by 2035, from 3,500 set for 2030.Murphy made the announcement with former Vice President Al Gore, a clean energy advocate, at a news conference in Jersey City at Liberty Science Center.The Executive Order will deliver the clean…

ABB Tests Subsea Power Technology System

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The completion of a final 3,000-hour test phase of the Swiss-Swedish technology multinational ABB’s subsea power infrastructure signals the culmination of a $100m partnership with world oil majors.The company has officially announced the completion of shallow water test proving that its subsea power distribution and conversion technology system for the offshore oil and gas industry is commercially viable.For the first time worldwide, energy companies will be able to access a reliable supply of up to 100 megawatts of power…

China to Cut Renewable Power Subsidy

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China will cut its renewable power subsidy to 5.67 billion yuan ($806.50 million) in 2020 from 8.1 billion yuan in 2019, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday, as the country will soon stop funding large solar power stations.Because of a decline in manufacturing costs, China has been scaling back the amount of subsidies to renewable power providers, who are expected to compete with coal-fired utilities and achieve "grid price parity".The subsidy for 2020 will be allocated to wind farms, biomass power generators and distributed solar power operators, as well as solar power projects for

ROVCO Completes Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Project

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Rovco completed a ROV inspection contract, a $1 million contract that resulted in completion of the baseline asset integrity survey at the newly constructed Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, a 353MW installed capacity wind farm which lies 30km off the coast of Suffolk, UK.“This project demonstrates the future of offshore inspection,” said Brian Allen, CEO and founder of Rovco. “innogy is the first of our customers to complete a whole field 3D inspection, the data they’ve obtained will go a long way to enabling and ensuring better asset integrity and knowledge of their infrastructure.

Largest Wind Turbine Tested on Maasvlakte

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The world’s largest wind turbine, Haliade-X, is being tested on Maasvlakte at Port of Rotterdam. This ‘test rig’ was realised via innovative cross-pollination between the American GE Renewable Energy, Sif Netherlands and Pondera Consult.Huge 107-meter-long blades have recently started rotating on Maasvlakte. These are part of the Haliade-X12 MW, the world’s most powerful wind turbine.It is 260 meters high and has a 12-megawatt capacity, sufficient to generate energy to supply electricity to some 16,000 households in the region.

France Plans 1 GW Offshore Wind Farm

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France wants to construct a wind farm off the coast of Normandy as the nuclear-dependent nation moves to expand power generation from renewable sources, the energy ministry said on Monday.The planned 1-gigawatt (GW) wind farm could have up to 80 wind turbines of around 12 megawatts each, in an area where wind conditions and the seabed are very favorable for offshore wind power at a competitive price, the ministry said in statement.France is racing to boost the share of renewable generation capacity in its energy mix and reduce its dependence on nuclear energy.

DEA Announces Thor OWF Tender

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The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has published detailed material concerning central elements and questions which will be discussed at a market dialogue event on 25 Nov 2019 in Copenhagen for the Thor Offshore Wind Farm(OWF).Thor Offshore Wind Farm is the first of the three offshore wind farms agreed to be established with the Energy Agreement of 2018.Thor OWF will have a capacity of 800-1,000 MW and will thus be the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark. The farm is expected to be in full operation in 2027 at the latest.Earlier…

Kim Heng Enters Taiwan’s OWP

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Kim Heng Shipbuilding & Engineering (KHSE), wholly owned subsidiary of Kim Heng Offshore & Marine (KHOM), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for offshore wind farm projects (OWP) in Taiwan.KHSE did not disclose the name of the other signatory.Singapore headquartered integrated offshore and marine value chain services provider said that its subsidiary and the unnamed subsea cable installer will collaborate with each other targeting the offshore wind farm cable…

APAC to Fuel Global Wind Power

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Global wind power market size increased from $71.6bn in 2010 to $96.4bn in 2018. During the 2019–2030 forecast period, significant capacity additions in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region are expected to drive that market, increasing the market size to $124.6bn by 2030.A report from GlobalData revealed that China is the global leader in terms of both capacity additions and in terms of cumulative wind capacity in 2018. The report also finds that offshore wind power will gain popularity and increase its share of total capacity during 2019–2030.Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham…