Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Europe Invests $30bln in Wind in 2018

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Europe invested a total of EUR27bn (USD 30.34bln) in new wind farms in 2018, allowing it finance a record amount of new wind energy capacity, according to European trade body WindEurope.Europe invested EUR 10.3 billion in new offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 4.2GW in 2018.Investments in new offshore wind projects increased by 37% from 2017 but were still some way off the record EUR 18.2 billion seen in 2016, according to the report. The capacity financed in 2018 is also the second highest after 2016.The total amount invested in wind power is similar to previous years.

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Wind is “the tech of choice,” the International Energy Agency said recently, just as a new report by the University of Delaware outlined the opportunity in U.S. offshore wind: 5,000 miles of offshore cabling and 1,700 turbines, it turns out, are bundled into current state-side plans. Yet, serious observers of the first U.S. offshore wind installations saw inefficiency: unwieldy lifts; few specialist vessels on-hand; and cables were “just cables.” Supply chain innovation, people say…

A New York State of Mind

New York Bight call areas.  "Call" is a short-hand term referring to calls for proposals or calls for interest in an area. (Image: BOEM)

“A new industry is being established in New York, with the primary stimulus being a state-driven procurement process.”New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), July 12, 2018.To a great extent, this PSC comment provides direct insight into the dynamics behind New York’s pace-setting moves to establish offshore wind. First, this new energy development is deliberate – not left to chance or laissez faire markets. Second, state officials are in control, from choosing a contractor to securing money for payment.

Tennet Relocates Submarine Cable from Borssele

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The transmission system operator Tennet has moved the first submarine cable from the Dutch wind farm zone "Borssele" to the transformer station."TenneT has laid the first sea cable to connect the Alpha platform to the transformer substation in Borssele. In the morning of Friday 12 April, VBNK started withdrawing the sea cable on land and early Saturday morning the cable reached the newly built transformer substation," said a press release.The cable-laying vessel, Giant 7,…

India, Denmark Forge Offshore Wind Alliance

Indian PM Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Photo: PIB

India’s Union Cabinet has given its approval for a cooperation agreement between India and Denmark on strategic sector cooperation in the field of renewable energy with a focus on offshore wind.According to a government release, the Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for a Cooperation Agreement between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India and Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate of the Kingdom of Denmark on strategic…

Aus Upstream Capex Touches at US$10bln pa

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The Australian renewable energy pipeline is surging above 100GW of solar, wind and utility storage projects. Investment is currently matching upstream capex, at US$10 bn per annum.Only 1GW is currently owned by Upstream companies – the majors, said Rystad Energy, the energy research and business intelligence company.By the end of the decade, upstream companies will be the dominant renewable developers in country and regionally. The driver will be economics as much as an increasing…

Macquarie Kicks off Sale of Wind Assets in Italy and France

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Infrastructure fund Macquarie has kicked off the sale of its Renvico wind farm portfolio located in Italy and France worth around 400 million euros ($450 million), four sources familiar with the matter said.The Australian fund, advised by Rothschild, has sent out teasers and information memoranda will follow at the end of the month, two of the sources said.Non-binding bids are expected by the end of May, one source said, but another said no time-frame had yet been set."The equity value of the deal is around 150 million euros…

New Jack Up Fitted with Huisman Crane

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Huisman has been awarded a contract for the design, engineering, construction and delivery of the main crane on Jan De Nul’s newest offshore wind turbine installation vessel ‘Voltaire’.The crane will be unique in its size, capacity and novel features to allow efficient installation of the next generation offshore wind turbines. The vessel will be built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in China and the Huisman crane will be built in Huisman’s own production facility in Xiamen, P.R. of China and installed at the shipyard.

NOIA Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi has issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior:“I congratulate David Bernhardt on his confirmation as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Highlighted through his bipartisan confirmation, his unparalleled depth of experience at the Department and knowledge of energy and conservation policies will serve our nation’s public lands and resources well. It is no surprise to see this bipartisan vote of confidence in Secretary Bernhardt’s ability to lead Interior.

China, France to Develop OWP Project

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China Energy Investment Corporation (CHN Energy) and Électricité de France Group (EDF Group) have signed a deal to jointly develop an offshore wind power project in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, Chinese official media reported.As per the agreement, CHN Energy and EDF Group will build the offshore wind power project with a capacity of 500,000 kilowatts in the city of Dongtai, said sources with Guohua Energy Investment Jiangsu company, a subsidiary of CHN Energy.The project is the first of its kind with both domestic and foreign investment in China.

Europe Offshore Fleet has 105 Wind Farms

Giles Dickson. Photo: WindEurope

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

Shell Faces Lawsuit From Environmentalists

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

AMS Wins Hornsea Two Gig

AMS NoDig drill site for Hornsea One at Horseshoe Point. Image: Ørsted

AMS Trenchless Specialists, North Lincolnshire-based engineering company, has won a huge contract for part of the onshore cable works for Hornsea Two, an offshore wind farm being constructed 89km off the Yorkshire Coast.AMS Trenchless Specialists, based in Scunthorpe, will undertake Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), a method of installing ducting and cables beneath existing infrastructure without disruption, at the landfall site in Horseshoe Point where the offshore cables…

NPD Report on High North Offshore

Director Bente Nyland presents the report "Petroleum Activity in the High North" in Hammerfest. Photo: NPD

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), Norwegian government agency responsible for the regulation of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, has presented a report on petroleum activity in the High North at the Barents Sea conference.The report titled "Petroleum activity in the High North" aims to place petroleum activity in the High North into a technological, historical and international context, showing how exploration and production of oil and gas take…

DNV GL Invites Partners for Turbine Project

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DNV GL calls on industry stakeholders to join a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop Recommended Practice on wind turbine design methodologies for cyclones and earthquakes.The world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body said in a press release that the ACE (Alleviating Cyclone and Earthquake Challenges for Wind farms) Joint Industry Project is aiming to gather experiences from cross-industry players to align wind turbine design methodologies for…

Energy Demand Rose at a Record Rate

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Global energy demand grew 2.3% last year, marking its fastest pace in a decade, amid a robust global economy and stronger heating and cooling needs in many regions, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).Natural gas emerged as the fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45% of the rise in energy consumption. Gas demand growth was especially strong in the United States and China.Demand for all fuels increased, with fossil fuels meeting nearly 70% of the growth for the second year running.

Nordex Gives Strong Sales Outlook

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Wind turbine maker Nordex on Tuesday forecast higher-than-expected sales for the current year, pushing its shares up 5.6 percent in early trade.The group expects revenues of 3.2 billion to 3.5 billion euros ($3.62-$3.96 billion) in 2019, an increase of up to 42 percent from last year and also beating the Refinitiv estimate of 2.94 billion.($1 = 0.8842 euros)(Reporting by Christoph Steitz Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

Van Oord, SGRE Win Windpark Fryslân Job

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

GoM Lease Bids Hit $244mln

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Oil and gas Lease Sale 252 generated $244.3 million in high bids for 227 tracts covering 1,261,133.85 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). According to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management data, that’s still way below the $405 million generated by the December Massachusetts offshore wind sale, but considerably better than the $178 million generated by the August 2018 GoM lease sale.A total of 30 companies participated in the lease sale, submitting $283,782,480 in all bids.

Australia: Ren. Energy to Reach 100GW Soon

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Australia’s renewable energy pipeline will reach 100 gigawatts (GW) before May, which is a milestone in the country's energy sector.In January and February 6.65 GW of new capacity from 62 assets were added, said Rystad Energy, the energy research and consulting firm. This is more than double the capacity and number of assets that were added in the same period last year.“This clearly shows the confidence investors have in Australia’s renewable future and possibly where the renewables sector sees the election outcome going…

Tennet: EIA for Offshore Wind Farm

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

DEME Names Moray East Jacket Suppliers

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DEME Offshore has selected tier one suppliers to supply jackets for the foundations of Moray Offshore Windfarm East (MOWEL),  located in the Outer Moray Firth, 22km off the coast of Scotland.According to DEME,  formerly GeoSea, Smulders will carry out a major part of the fabrication works on 55 of 100 jackets in Newcastle, including all final assembly, with Lamprell producing the remaining 45.The balance of the jackets will be supplied by Dubai-based Rig Metals LLC (part of the Lamprell Group) and then shipped and offloaded to northern Scottish ports.

Shell Bids to Build Dutch Offshore Wind Farms

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Royal Dutch Shell has teamed up with energy company Eneco and builder Van Oord in a bid to build two wind farms in the Dutch part of the North Sea, the companies said on Wednesday.The tender for the wind farms, with total capacity of 750 megawatts (MW), is open until March 14 for bids that require no subsidies on electricity prices.The Dutch were among the first to offer a 'zero subsidy' tender for wind power in 2017, with Sweden's Vattenfall winning the right to build a 700 MW wind farm without price support.Vattenfall has said it would also bid in the latest tender, which is the fourth

Orsted Seeks Ways to Avoid Brexit Tariffs

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Denmark's Orsted is looking at ways to avoid potential tariffs on imports of components for its multi-billion pound British offshore wind farms in the event of a disorderly Brexit, the company's UK chief told Reuters.With only 16 days before Britain is due to leave the European Union, there is still no ratified divorce deal, leading business to fear a "no-deal" exit that could see World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs applied to some goods.Analysts at Wood Mackenzie say around…

Large Oil Firms Invest in Shale

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Oil majors are readying themselves for the energy transition by investing in shale and waiting for renewable technology to be economical, said Rystad Energy, energy research and business intelligence company.A recent review of 2019 capital budgets reveals that oil majors are the only group to increase shale expenditure from 2018 to 2019.Big companies such as Chevron and ExxonMobil recently announced plans to significantly ramp up production in prolific shale basins, such as…

Partners Group invests in Greenlink

Marine survey work starts for Greenlink interconnector. Image : MV Franklin ( © MMT Sweden)

Private markets investor Partners Group has provided equity financing for the 500-MW Greenlink interconnector,  the subsea connection between Wales and Ireland in exchange for a stake in the scheme.To-date, Greenlink has been developed by Element Power, an independent renewable energy developer, which, together with funds managed by Hudson Sustainable Investments, is the other major shareholder in Greenlink.Greenlink will use a subsea high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to connect the power markets of Ireland and Great Britain…

Fred Olsen Windcarrier Debuts in Taiwan

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The offshore wind parks specialist Fred Olsen Windcarrier won its first major deal in the Asian market after being picked to install the 8MW Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) turbines at the Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan.Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilise one of its special purpose-built jack-up installation vessels in Europe during the spring of 2020 which will head to Asia to start working in this emerging market.“This is a very exciting project as it is the first large transport and installation project in Asia for us.

OWC, TCE Targets Offshore Wind in India

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UK-based Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) and Tata Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE) have signed an agreement to partner up for upcoming projects in the Indian offshore wind sector.Under the agreement, OWC and TCE will combine its powers to deliver engineering and project management services to Indian offshore wind developments, said the  globally focused specialised consultancy providing independent services to the offshore wind industry.OWC, which is part of Oslo-listed energy consultancy group Aqualis ASA…

VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

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Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations. The State’s big picture is ambitious: developing 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028.As currently envisioned, VA’s offshore wind development will likely start this year with two 8-megawatt wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. This is a Dominion Energy pilot undertaken in partnership with the Danish wind company Orsted.

Oil Drops 3 pct, U.S. Supply Surges

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Oil prices fell about 3 percent on Friday and were set for a second straight week of declines after disappointing U.S. job growth revived concerns about a slowing global economy and weaker demand for oil.With surging U.S. oil supply also unsettling markets, Brent crude futures fell $1.85, or 2.8 percent, to $64.45 a barrel by 10:42 a.m. EST (1542 GMT). The international benchmark was on track to fall about 1 percent for the week.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dropped $1.75, or 3.1 percent, to $54.91 a barrel. WTI was set to fall 1.5 percent for the week.U.S.

World Bank Targets Offshore Wind Markets

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The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries and emerging markets.The World Bank and  International Finance Corporation (IFC) will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers, said a release from the  international financial institution.The offshore wind industry has grown nearly five-fold since 2011…

MHI Vestas: Brexit Will Not Deter Investment in Britain's Wind Sector

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Japanese-Danish joint venture MHI Vestas plans to continue investing in its wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Britain, despite the country's impending departure from the European Union, its chief executive told Reuters.MHI Vestas, a venture between Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, makes wind turbine blades on the Isle of Wight, off the southern English coast.Some 76 percent of the turbine blades made at the site in 2019 will…

Green Marine Grows Offshore Fleet

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The solutions provider of the offshore renewable industry, Green Marine has expanded its fleet by recently purchasing a Damen Twin Axe 26m long CTV named the “Green Storm”.The vessel will focus on servicing the Offshore Wind industry, providing safe transportation of personnel and cargo to offshore installations, said a press release from marine renewables industry player.The company has made this significant investment to meet the demands of their expanding client base in offshore wind.The company has worked on several offshore wind farms including Beatrice…

DNV GL Study on Wind Turbine Blades

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The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL released an in-depth study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which examines the challenges associated with manufacturing and deploying next-generation, increasingly larger land-based wind turbines.In the past decade, the U.S. wind energy industry has achieved significant improvements in energy production and cost efficiency, driven in part by increased turbine…

Rotor Sail gets Type Approval

Two 30mx5m Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Pelican. (Photo: Norsepower Oy)

Norsepower Oy Ltd., which provides auxiliary wind propulsion for ships, said its Rotor Sail Solution has received the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship.The type approval from DNV GL was issued in February 2019 after a design assessment of Norsepower’s 30- x 5-m Rotor Sail, two of which have been installed onboard the Maersk Pelican LR2 tanker. The certification means that vessels operating Norsepower’s…

BP Names New Head of Wind Power Business

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The head of BP's wind energy business Laura Folse will retire at the end of month, three years after taking the role, a company spokesman said on Monday.Folse, who joined BP in 1982, will be replaced by Al Vickers, currently vice president of technical functions in the operations of BP's upstream, or oil and gas, business. He will be Houston based.BP's wind division includes 11 onshore wind farms in the United States and is one the biggest renewable energy businesses among the world's top oil and gas producers.

Australia: Record Year for Renewables

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2019 is set to be the biggest year for constructed and commissioned utility Photovoltaics (PV) (2200 MW), wind (2400 MW) and storage (100 MW) in Australia, said Rystad Energy in its forecast for the utility scale PV, wind and storage to be constructed and commissioned for Australia to 2020.This follows a record year in 2018, which was the first year in which over 1 GW of utility PV, wind & storage was constructed and commissioned, it said.The news was not all good in 2018…

Vattenfall Bids for 750 MW Dutch Offshore Wind

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European energy company Vattenfall has decided to participate in the 750 MW offshore wind tender for Hollandse Kust Zuid 3 & 4, in the Dutch part of the North Sea.The yearly production is estimated to provide electricity to around 1.3 million Dutch households and thereby strengthen Vattenfall´s ambition for a fossil free living within one generation for our customers."Vattenfall is strongly committed to the Dutch market. Through the participation in the Hollandse Kust Zuid…

DNV GL Opens New Houston Facility

David Norfleet, Head of Section, Incident Investigation, DNV GL – Oil & Gas (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL announced Thursday that it has opened a new facility in Houston to provide failure analyses that support the industry in conducting effective and efficient root cause analyses.The facility will carry out the initial steps of a failure investigation, which could include visual inspection, non-destructive testing [NDT], disassembly, cutting of components, etc. The facility will interact with DNV GL’s team of experts in Columbus, Ohio who are able to carry out further analyses…

Shell to Boost Ormen Lange Field Output

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Royal Dutch Shell aims to boost output and recoverable reserves from its Ormen Lange gas field off Norway by installing subsea compressors, the head of its Norwegian operations said on Wednesday.Output from Shell-operated Ormen Lange, Norway's second-largest gas field and one of the key external gas supply sources for Britain, has been gradually declining since its 2012 peak.The company postponed plans to artificially increase the field's pressure to pump out more gas in 2014 due to high costs.With costs having fallen since…

Ustein Unveils Heavy Lift Jack-up

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With the newly developed J102 heavy lift jack-up design, Ulstein says it presents its answer to the offshore wind industry’s need for fit-for-purpose, cost efficient yet future proof wind turbine installation vessels. The new design is part of Ulstein’s X-JACK series of heavy lift jack-up designs. “This underlines Ulstein’s firm commitment to serve the offshore renewables industry,” says Tore Ulstein, COO Design & Solutions.“Floating vessels we see as the preferred solution for foundation installation…

Siemens inks $78.4 mln Wind Turbine Deal

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Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa signed a 69 million euro ($78.4 million) contract on Tuesday to supply Bosnia's biggest power utility EPBiH with wind turbines for a future 48 megawatt (MW) wind farm.Under the contract the company will supply 15 turbines and build the wind park on the Podvelezje plateau near the southern town of Mostar. The deadline to complete the project is 21 months, said EPBiH.It will also service the turbines for five years.The total cost of building the wind farm, the first in EPBiH's portfolio, was put at around 83 million euros.

France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

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The European Commission said on Monday it had authorized French subsidies to four offshore wind farm projects which are aimed at testing a new way of producing electricity from wind.The EU competition regulator said in a statement that the state aid was in line with EU rules as it was proportionate and could help develop a new type of technology to produce renewable energy.Three of the floating wind farms are in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Atlantic Ocean.The demonstration wind farms will use a particular combination of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity o

Wind Provides 14% of European Electricity

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Wind energy provided 14% of the European Union’s electricity last year, according to figures published by the region’s wind energy trade body, WindEurope, with 11.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity added, including 2.65 GW of offshore wind. Continued growth in capacity and the use of more powerful turbines are helping to drive up wind’s share in the electricity mix. Denmark had the highest share of wind in its electricity last year (41%) followed by Ireland (28%) and Portugal (24%).

Shell Shrugs off Brexit, Eyes UK Offshore Wind

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Shell plans to enter Britain’s offshore wind market by acquiring seabed leases or taking stakes in existing projects, despite the country's impending departure from the European Union, the head of the company's New Energies division said.Oil firms are increasingly building portfolios of clean energy projects to satisfy investor demands that they reduce their carbon footprint. Shell previously said it would spend $1 billion to $2 billion a year on green technology."We absolutely would like to get a position in the UK offshore (wind) market…

Coal's Uncertain Future and Glencore's Output Cap

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It's been weird in the coal world in recent days, with the world's largest shipper saying it's capping output, biggest seaborne buyer China putting restrictions on some imports, and an Australian court saying mines must factor in climate change.Throw in an executive at a major Indian coal-fired power generator saying his company won't build any new plants as coal can't compete with renewables, and it's little surprise that environmental activists may be tempted to pop champagne…

SeaOwls, Ulstein Part Ways

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein and Dutch offshore consultancy SeaOwls BV have decided to each go their own separate ways in the offshore wind industry.The jointly developed SOUL jack-up concept is geared toward the transport and installation of the world’s largest and powerful offshore wind turbines in the coming decades.The patent rights of the concept were developed under the cooperation of both companies and will continue to be held by both SeaOwls and Ulstein, but each…

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.