Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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…

3sun Bags Vattenfall Contract

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UK-based wind energy installation and maintenance company 3sun Group has won Vattenfall  contract to carry out statutory inspections across its offshore and onshore wind farms in five countries.The deal, which will result in the creation of up to 30 new jobs, will cover 50 onshore and offshore wind farms in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden.3sun Group, which already employs 200 technicians, will carry out statutory inspections across the Swedish energy group’s 50 onshore and offshore windfarms in five countries…

Prince Frederik to Address WindEurope Event

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will deliver the opening address at the WindEurope Offshore 2019, which is claimed to be the world’s largest event dedicated to offshore wind.The event, which will take place in Copenhagen from 26 to 28 November, will gather 9,000 participants and more than 400 exhibitors as the industry gears up to help deliver Europe’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.After Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark the Prime Minister of Denmark on 26, November, Mette Frederiksen, will address the event.

SGRE Wins Hai Long 2 OWP

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Spanish global renewable energy company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been selected as the preferred supplier of turbines for the 300MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan.The agreement is subject to contract and final investment decision from the consortium partners, Canadian independent power producer Northland Power Inc. and Taiwan-based developer Yushan Energy.The 300 MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind power plant project was awarded through the 2018 grid allocation mechanism in Taiwan.

E.ON, RWE Renewables Sign Clean Power Deal

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Global energy company E.ON has signed an agreement to purchase clean energy from British wind farms of RWE Renewables.The 2.5-year agreement is on purchasing the output of more than 20 British wind farms, supplying sustainable power to the grid and supporting E.ON’s commitment to provide 100% renewable power for its UK customers.With this power purchase agreement (PPA) E.ON buys around 3TWh of power annually from wind farms around Great Britain which are operated by RWE. It covers a capacity of 892MW of onshore and offshore wind generation and includes a proportion of the London Array…

Ørsted Inaugurates Historic Taiwanese OWF

Formosa 1 offshore wind farm. Image: Ørsted

Global offshore wind solutions provider Orsted inaugurated the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm in Taiwan, the first offshore wind farm built by Ørsted in Asia-Pacific.In the past three years, Ørsted has worked closely with joint venture partners, secured NTD 18.7 billion in project finance and constructed the offshore wind farm on time.The Formosa 1 offshore wind farm is a joint venture between Ørsted (35%), JERA (32.5%), Macquarie Capital (25%) and Swancor (7.5%). Located approx two to six kilometres off the coast of Miaoli County…

Global Offshore Wind Market Grows 30%

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The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018, benefiting from rapid technology improvements and about 150 new offshore wind projects are in active development around the world.Europe in particular has fostered the technology’s development, led by the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark, but China added more capacity than any other country in 2018, says 'Offshore Wind Outlook 2019',  a report funded by the governments of Denmark and Germany.Yet…

Poland Preps Offshore Wind Bill

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Polish Ministry of Energy has finished internal work on draft 'offshore wind act'. The draft is to be further proceeded now by Government on the legislative path through public consultations.Dedicated offshore wind act is one of the most awaited key drivers for opening and boosting of Polish offshore wind energy sector development.The ministry said that the draft is the result of “intensive work and consultations with many partners” and is now ready for “further legislative…

Orsted Breaks Ground for Taiwan OWP

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Construction of Taiwan's Formosa 2, an offshore wind power (OWP) development project, officially broke ground in Miaoli County.Orsted Taiwan said in a statement that it held a ground-breaking ceremony for the onshore substation works for the 900MW Greater Changhua 1&2a offshore wind farm off Taiwan.Ørsted awarded an onshore substation EPC contract to TCC last November. TCC will build two onshore substations, cable corridors, and transition joint bays for the first 900MW Greater Changhua projects.

GE's Haliade-X Produces First Power

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GE Renewable Energy has generated first power from its 12MW Haliade-X prototype - the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine - located at Maasvlakte, the Port of Rotterdam.According to GE, local teams will now proceed with the testing phase, during which different types of measurements will be performed to obtain a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020.John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “This first kWh is a critical achievement for our whole team, bringing to fruition our vision and all the hard work put in place.

Ørsted Expands Rapidly in US

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Denmark-based Ørsted A/S, offshore wind giant, is expanding rapidly in the US within the development and construction of offshore and onshore wind power as well as solar PV.The growing portfolio enables Ørsted to increasingly trade the green power generated by the wind and solar farms. Therefore, Ørsted is now setting up a trading office in Chicago which will be trading power in the wholesale markets."With a trading office in the US, we'll be able to reduce risks and ensure higher transfer prices on the power generated by our solar and onshore wind farms…

SGRE Powers Google in Sweden

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured an order to supply its turbines for a 254MW wind farm in Sweden that will power Google’s Hamina data centre in Finland.The Stavro wind farm, SGRE's largest ever onshore wind order in Sweden,  will use 62 turbines with a 4.1MW rating. It is expected online by the end of 2021.Stavro is located in the northern part of Sweden, northwest of Umeå, and divided into two sub-sites: Blodrotberget, with 40 turbines, and Blackfjället…

Equinor Sells Eagle Ford Asset for $325 Mln

Eagle Ford production site in Texas. (All photos: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Norwegan energy company Equinor said it  has signed an agreement to divest to Repsol its 63% interest in, and operatorship of, its onshore business in the Eagle Ford in the US state of Texas.The transaction is effective October 1, 2019, and covers all of Equinor’s interests in the Eagle Ford Joint Venture with Repsol, covering 69 000 net acres. Following this transaction Repsol will have a 100% interest in the asset.The total consideration is $325 million.“This transaction supports Equinor’s strategy to optimise our onshore US portfolio…

Goldwind Wins Certification LiDAR Tech

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Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind is the world’s first OEM to receive DNV GL’s Component Certification for its LiDAR Assisted Control system.The certificate is issued according to DNV GL’s own Type and Component Certification Service Specification in conjunction with the Recommended Practice for new Technology Qualification.LiDAR, which stands for “Light Detection And Ranging”, is a technique where a laser source is used to sense the incoming wind field in front of a wind turbine rotor.

World’s Biggest Floating Wind Turbine Readies

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The largest floating wind turbine in the world, an 8.4-megawatt (MW) ABS-classed offshore wind turbine, is about to be installed.ABS has classed the semi-submersible floating wind turbine is the first of three classed by ABS and designed by Principle Power housing MHI Vestas turbines that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. The turbines are to be installed 20 km off the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal.“ABS has supported innovation in offshore energy since 1958.

Shell to Buy French Wind Farm Firm

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Royal Dutch Shell is buying French renewable power company EOLFI as part of its plans to ramp up the oil major's electricity business.EOLFI has largely focused on solar and wind projects, including offshore wind farms.

COLI, GRS Form Japanese Offshore Team

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Germany's offshore broker Global Renewables Shipbrokers (GRS) has formed a strategic partnership with break bulk and project cargo consultancy COLI Schiffahrt & Transport to target the offshore renewables market in Japan.The aim of the cooperation is to provide fast and first-class project development of offshore wind farm projects in Japan.“With COLI a competent and experienced partner in the field of break bulk and project cargo – especially between Europe and Far East – is by our side,” explains Matthias Mroß, GRS Managing Partner. “With CPC Consolidated Pool Carriers (Asia) Co. Ltd.

Nexans Wins Seagreen OWF Gig

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French global player in the cable and optical fiber industry, Nexans said that it has received a contract from SSE Renewables, a renewable energy arm of Airtricity, for 1075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm (OWF) project.Nexans will be  the preferred supplier to design, manufacture and install the onshore and offshore export cables for the Phase 1 development of the Seagreen offshore wind farm project.Currently under construction off the Angus coast, Phase 1 comprises the Seagreen Alpha and Bravo wind farms…

Mayflower Wins 800MW Massachusetts OWF

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Mayflower Wind Energy, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US and EDPR Offshore North America, has been chosen by Massachusetts for an 804-MW offshore wind farm (OWF), located 20 miles south of Nantucket.“Mayflower Wind is proud to have been selected to provide low cost renewable energy to Massachusetts,” said Mayflower Wind President John Hartnett. He added, “Development of the Mayflower Wind project will contribute to the building of an offshore supply chain on the South Coast and across the Commonwealth, helping to launch a new clean, safe and innovative sector of our economy.

WaveRoller Tested in Portugal

WaveRoller towed in to position off the coast at Peniche in Portugal. (Photo: AW-Energy)

A first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device is soon to be completed thanks to the experts from Finnish-based wave energy technology developer AW-Energy. The team has deployed its WaveRoller device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller’s control system to maximize its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the…

Germany's RWE Eyes Japan OWP

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German utility RWE Renewables has opened its first Asian office in Tokyo, Japan and planning to invest in Japan’s offshore wind power (OWP) projectsLed by the Japanese Country Manager, the new Tokyo office will support RWE’s aim to expand its renewables business to Japan.RWE Renewables chief operating officer Sven Utermohlen said: “We expect Japan’s offshore wind industry to gain real momentum."“The Japanese government has plans to considerably increase the role of offshore wind energy in electricity production.

SGRE Lands World’s Largest Floating OWF

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Spanish-based engineering company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that the world’s largest floating wind power plant will be installed in Norway, equipped with 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines.Scheduled to be commissioned in late 2022, Hywind Tampen will be the first ever floating wind power plant to power offshore oil and gas platforms.“We are pleased to have received the firm order from Equinor to be the supplier of this ground-breaking project. Thanks to our strong collaboration and joint focus on innovation…

Ulstein Pushes Offshore Wind Vessels Segment

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Norway's Ulstein Group is aiming to become a leading player in the growing offshore wind industry designing and building vessels for some of the world’s toughest areas and demanding operations."The knowledge of how to integrate technical, operational and commercial aspects in a vessel design is paramount when contributing to the LCOE (Levelised Cost Of Energy) reduction in future offshore wind projects," said a release from the shipbuilder.New offshore wind farms are being developed further from shore, in rougher seas and deeper waters.

Offshore Wind: a Freshening Breeze?

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July brought news about offshore wind. There was something for everyone: optimism, disappointment, and construction, too.Finally, starting with Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, a joint venture with Danish wind developer Orsted is underway. True, this is a small project – just two wind turbines to be installed 27 miles east of Virginia Beach. But considering all the preceding hurdles, news about Dominion blew in as proverbial, hopeful fresh air. Surely…

ABB to Connect World’s Largest OWF

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Swiss technology company ABB ABB has won a big contract to connect the world’s largest offshore wind farm (OWF) to Britain’s electricity grid.ABB has been selected by energy companies SSE Renewables of the UK and Equinor of Norway to supply its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter systems to connect wind farms in the Dogger Bank region of the North Sea to the UK transmission network.In the first ever use of the HVDC technology in the UK’s offshore wind market, ABB will supply technology with one of the smallest environmental footprints…

WASP Sets Sail on its 3-Year Voyage

WASP kick-off: From the kick-off meeting of the WASP project in Rotterdam recently. Photo: Nord University

The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe program, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €3.4 million has been officially approved and launched.The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration…

OP/ED: Offshore Wind

Nicolette Nye, Vice President of Communications and Member Development of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in Washington, DC.

Set to Soar, Taking Offshore Support Industry With it.Offshore energy development is opening a new front in the United States -- the Atlantic seaboard, with strong winds, a shallow continental shelf and a proximity to dense population centers is driving strong interest in offshore wind development. The offshore oil and gas supply chain stands to benefit in a big way from billions in coming investment. In fact, it is already playing a role. Companies in the Gulf of Mexico, which traditionally support the offshore oil and gas sector…

Oilfield Services Firms Moving Beyond Oil

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Heavyweight oilfield service providers like Saipem and Baker Hughes are moving past just oil and gas projects and embracing more renewable energy projects going forward.In 2014, non-upstream oil and gas activities accounted for 22% of revenues among service suppliers. This share grew to 27% in 2018.According to Rystad Energy, the trend to accelerate in the next decade.“If pure-play contractors within drilling, well services and seismic – which don’t have much to offer outside the upstream oil and gas industry – are removed from the equation…

Boskalis, Hwa Chi Win CFXD OWF Project

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Netherlands headquartered Royal Boskalis Westminster together with Taiwanese partner Hwa Chi Construction have been awarded the foundation scope for the Taiwanese Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm (CFXD OWF) project owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).The project includes the transportation and installation of sixty two three-legged jacket foundations and the accompanying 186 pin piles. The contract value for Boskalis is above EUR150mln and is subject to…