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Public Workshops, Offshore Renewable Energy

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior will host 12 public workshops this month to discuss the newly-issued regulatory program for renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. “The offshore renewable energy framework we have created for the Outer Continental Shelf will create new opportunities for clean power off our coasts, while providing certainty to industry and investors," said Secretary Salazar.  "As we implement this new framework, we want to ensure that everyone with an interest in the future of offshore renewable energy has opportunity to learn about this program, gather the information they need, and participate in their government.” The Final Framework for Renewable Energy Development on the OCS was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2009.  The new program establishes a process for granting leases, easements, and rights-of-way for offshore renewable energy projects as well as methods for sharing revenues generated from OCS renewable energy projects with adjacent coastal States.  The program becomes effective June 29, 2009. Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency charged with regulating renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), is organizing and conducting the workshops, which will begin with a detailed presentation and then open the floor to a question and answer session


NOIA Applauds New Offshore Wind Consortium & Office

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) strongly supports the responsible development of all offshore energy sources and applauds the announcement by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of the establishment of both the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium and the new Atlantic Offshore Renewable Energy Office in Virginia.    “All forms of energy are important to our economic and energy security,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi


Coast Guard Submits Wind Farm Assessment

The U.S. Coast Guard announced on Jan. 15 that it completed and delivered its recommendations for the offshore renewable energy installation proposed for Nantucket Sound to the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Coast Guard is a cooperating agency providing input in its areas of expertise to the MMS, which is the lead permitting agency for the proposed installation and has approval authority for that project. The report, "U.S


NOIA Hopeful Cape Wind Project Proceeds

The following is a statement by NOIA President Tom Fry regarding the Interior Department’s final review of the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound: "When it comes to the fate of the complex and long-planned Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) agrees that after nearly a decade of multiple reviews and seemingly endless legal challenges, it is indeed time for a final permitting decision on the project. 


Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for North Carolina

PRESIDENT’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it completed an important environmental review, allowing BOEM to move forward with its process for considering a renewable energy lease sale offshore North Carolina. BOEM’s revised environmental assessment (EA)


BOEM Approves Virginia’s Offshore Wind Research

Plan makes way for first wind energy research facility in federal waters   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its approval of the first wind energy Research Activities Plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S. federal waters, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution.   Last year, BOEM awarded a research lease to the Virginia Department of Mines


Global Offshore Industry Capex – Key Sectors ($ million)

source: Douglas-Westwood Ltd & Infield Systems Ltd The offshore industry should enjoy steady growth over the next five years and the longer-term prospects are looking even better as the potential for higher oil prices grows. Addressing delegates at a special meeting of the Society of Underwater Technology at London’s Imperial College today speakers from leading energy analysts Douglas-Westwood and offshore industry data specialists Infield systems painted a picture of long-term growth.


Testing Breaking Waves vs. Offshore Wind Turbines

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More than 60 representatives of the international offshore wind industry gathered last week at the Offshore Wind Seminar, organized by the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) and the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). This seminar included a visit to unique model tests in the MARIN facilities of breaking waves against an offshore wind turbine. This pilot series of model tests, with a special model of an offshore wind turbine with realistic flexibility


Maersk Training Program Addresses the Human Error Factor

Photo: Maersk Training

A new training program has been launched by Maersk Training that aims to minimize incidents through human error in marine environments. The course is designed to help offshore workers understand the impact of the human error in marine incidents, and enhance their leadership and management skills to prevent them. This course meets the latest mandatory requirements for approved training in the Human Element, Leadership and Management at Management level as directed by the STCW2010 convention


SMC to Provide Marine Coordination for Siemens

Photo courtesy of Siemens

Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) have been working with Siemens, providing offshore marine coordination for a fifth Siemens Wind Power construction project. The Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea began construction in early 2014, and is due for completion mid-2015. SMC, based on the UK Yorkshire coast, have been working offshore undertaking marine coordination for the 80 turbine site. SMC provides specialist services to the offshore renewable and oil and gas sectors


Statoil Buys Half Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Stakes

Illustration from the Amrumbank West Wind Farm. (Photo E.ON)

Statoil today enters the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announced the final investment decision on the 385 megawatt project. The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of EUR 1.2 billion.


Ulstein Verft's First Wind Service Vessel Launched

(Photo: Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

Shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has launched its first vessel within the renewable energy segment, and also the first with the newly-developed X-STERN hull line design.   The service operation vessel (SOV) for the offshore wind industry is one of two being constructed for Bernhard Schulte Offshore


Wind-powered Oil Recovery Project Green-lighted

Image: DNV GL

The DNV GL-led WIN WIN Joint Industry Project (JIP), which melds offshore wind with offshore oil and gas, shows that for suitable fields,finds that  wind-powered water injection is technically feasible, capable of meeting performance targets and offers a cost-competitive alternative to


ABB Transformers for the Most Powerful Wind Turbines

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ABB will deploy 40 special transformers to equip wind turbines for an offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. The MHI Vestas Offshore Wind turbines are 195 m (640 ft) tall - around two-thirds the height of the Eiffel Tower - and weigh 1000 metric tons


Jan De Nul Acquires Jack-up Heavy Lift Vessel

Photo: Jan De Nul Group

 The dredging and maritime management company Jan de Nul Group signed the acquisition of the offshore facility vessel Vidar, which previously worked for the German company Hochtief.   The facility vessel Vidar, which is less than two years old


US to Sell Offshore Leases for New Jersey Wind Farms

Interior to auction 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for wind energy development; 13 energy companies qualified to bid in lease sale   As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy resources, cut carbon pollution and create American jobs, U.S


Riding Waves & Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

The European Way The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind.  For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the


Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first


Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind


NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease


Vattenfall: Subsidy-free Offshore Wind by 2025

Sweden's Vattenfall expects to be able to build offshore wind power projects, one of the most expensive sources of renewable energy, without subsidies by the middle of the next decade, a senior company official said on Thursday. The state-owned utility plans to boost its wind power portfolio in


Global Marine Takes Majority Stake in CWind

File photo: CTruk

Global Marine Systems Limited has acquired a majority interest in offshore renewables specialist CWind Limited. According to Global Marine, the purchase demonstrates its commitment to the offshore renewable sector and adds a diverse range of construction and O&M services to its current


Largest Investment in Dundee Port

New quayside to prepare port for North Sea oil & gas Courtesy Port of Dundee

Forth Ports Limited announced today that it plans to make the largest investment in the history of the Port of Dundee. The port owner is to invest more than £10 million to create a new quayside with an industry-leading “heavy lift” capability


Statoil Debuts Batwind

Signing of the Batwind MoU. Photo Statoil

A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in co-operation with Scottish universities and suppliers


ABB to Link Offshore Wind Farm to UK Grid

Image - Hornsea Project One Courtesy ABB

High-voltage cable system to enable renewable energy supply from Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm to around one million households     ABB has won an order worth more than $250 million from the Danish energy company DONG Energy to deliver a 220-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage






 
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