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ABB to Provide UK Wind Farm Subsea HV Cable Link

Image courtesy of ABB

ABB, the power and automation technology group, inform they have won an order worth around US$55-million to supply a submarine AC (alternating current) power cable system for a new wind farm, located off the coast of Norfolk, England. The order was received from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a company owned by Statoil and Statkraft. The underwater cables will feed the electricity generated by the 400-megawatt (MW) Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm into the UK national grid. ABB will design and supply two 132-kilovolt (kV) three-core AC submarine cables, each 42 km in length, running from the wind farm’s offshore substation to Weybourne Hope, where they will connect to the onshore cables. The submarine cables will be manufactured at ABB’s high-voltage cable factory in Karlskrona, Sweden, and delivery will commence in 2016. ABB explain that the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will be capable of producing enough electricity to power more than 400,000 UK homes annually. The turbines will be located in waters 18-25 meters deep on a 55-square-kilometer site situated 32 kilometers (km) off the coast of the seaside town of Cromer in north Norfolk. With an installed capacity of about 400 MW, the wind farm will produce enough ‘green’ energy to displace emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 19 million tonnes over its 25-year lifetime.


Germany's First Operations Centre for Wind Farms

OutSmart plans to open Germany’s first independent operations centre for offshore wind farms towards the end of this year The 24/7 centre’s first customer is municipal utility Trianel who will use the base for the under-construction 200MW Borkum West 2 wind farm in the North Sea inform '4C Offshore'. The centre, to be based in Emden, will be equipped with tailored IT solutions for offshore wind operations, maintenance and logistics.


Master Fined After Wind Farm Collision

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations. Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm on November 21, 2012. Whinfrey had been requested by the wind farm operator - Scira Offshore Energy Ltd - that the Island Panther take off duty employees ashore due to the worsening weather


Video: Tuco Marine Debuts Wind Farm Service Boat

Image: Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine Group of Denmark discloses the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats, Daughter Crafts and Workboats; The New 13m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT. The new design is a dedicated service boat and crew transfer vessel for offshore wind farms. The boat has been developed in close collaboration with Norwegian operators and experts in Wind Farm Services. A video presentation of the new vessel design is available here.


Europe & China Offshore Wind Power Report Available

A new report looks at opportunities in the developing Sino-European offshore wind energy market. Offshore wind is the means of a reliable, intensive and abundant renewable energy. This relatively new source of electricity generation, which is capable to meet much of the populated coastal areas need for power around the world, has been also stimulating the development of marine economies with thousands of new jobs. Recently


Japan: Experimental Floating Wind Farm Project

2MW Downwind-type Floating Wind Turbine                                          Fukushima Mirai                                                      (Floater: 4 Column Semi-Sub)tence with the fisheries

A consortium comprising of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu and Mizuho Information & Research have been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012.


Maritime Craft Services takes delivery of MCS Pampero

MCS Pampero

A Scottish maritime company has taken delivery of a second Twin Axe Design offshore wind farm support vessel.   MCS Pampero, sister vessel to MCS Sirocco which joined the fleet in June, was handed over to Maritime Craft Services in Singapore and will go straight to work in NW Europe from mid-December. They join crew transfer vessels MCS Zephyr and MCS Maestro South Boat catamarans which were acquired last year.


Six CTruk Cats Head for Irish Sea Wind Farm

CTruck Catamaran: Image credit CTruk

CWind wins contract for 6 CTruk 20T multi-purpose cats to provide crew & load transfer services at Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm. Cwind say that this is their largest vessel contract win, and the six workboats will arrive on site over the next two months as construction activity picks up. The two most recent additions to CWind’s charter fleet, 'CWind Adventure' and 'SC Buzzard', are the first vessels to join the Siemens team at Gwynt y Môr


UK Subsidises 8 Renewable Energy Contracts

Wind farm file photo

The British government on Wednesday awarded investment contracts under a new subsidy regime to eight renewable energy projects, including five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants. The projects together are worth 12 billion pounds ($20 billion) and will support 8,500 jobs in Britain's energy sector, adding up to 4.5 gigawatts (GW) in new electricity generation capacity, the government said. The contracts were awarded on Wednesday under Britain's new contracts-for-difference scheme


Offshore Germany EPCI Contract for Ulstein

Upend Device: Image credit Ulstein

The contract is for the engineering, procurement, construction & installation (EPCI) of a complete pile upend, plus a lifting tool for the wind farm installation project. ArGe Baltic 2 foundations, a joint venture between Hochtief and GeoSea, has awarded Dutch Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions BV, the contract for work on the Baltic 2 wind farm installation project. The upend frame provides increased safety during pile upending operations by ensuring a balanced


Autonomous Technology for Offshore Wind Farm

ASV Ltds C-Worker

  ASV Ltd in association with Planet Ocean Ltd, have received funding from the GROW:OffshoreWind initiative to investigate how the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) could reduce the costs of offshore wind farm support. The project will look at using ASVs to reduce the cost of


A2SEA Signs for Dudgeon

A2SEA is said to have installed more than half of the Northern Europes offshore wind farms.

  Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited has awarded the Charter for WTG transport and installation to A2SEA A/S. A2SEA shall provide the jack-up vessel Sea Installer including 24/7 marine crew and crane operators for transport and installation of the 67 Siemens 6


UK Approves Dong Energy Wind Extension

Britain's energy ministry on Friday approved the expansion of Dong Energy's Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in the Liverpool Bay of northwest England, paving the way for the Danish company to build on its leading position in the UK market. Britain's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate


CWind Launches German Subsidiary

Photo: CWind

CWind announced the launch of its wholly-owned subsidiary in Germany. CWind Germany will be headquartered in Hamburg and will be responsible for the sales and marketing of CWind’s services in Germany. The company has also said it has won the license to lease employees under German law


Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

SeaZip 1 (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels, to be named SeaZip 3 and SeaZip 4, will be mobilized in transporting personnel and small quantities of freight to North Sea offshore wind


Kongsberg/Ricardo in Wind Farm Bearing Collaboration

Offshore/Onshore WF: Image Koningsberg

Ricardo and KONGSBERG say that they have signed a framework agreement that will see Ricardo support the development of the Kongsberg Wind Farm Management System (WFMS) as well as related condition monitoring systems for a range of other industrial sectors.


Ricardo to Support Kongsberg WFMS Development

Framework agreement sees Ricardo support the development of the Kongsberg Wind Farm Management System (WFMS).

Ricardo and Kongsberg have signed a framework agreement that will see Ricardo support the development of the Kongsberg Wind Farm Management System (WFMS) as well as related condition monitoring systems for a range of other industrial sectors.


Damen Building Walk 2 Work Vessel on Speculation

Image: Damen

After making final touches to the Damen Walk 2 Work vessel, a completely new and innovative design for the offshore support vessel market, Dutch shipbuilder Damen decided to start building the vessel on speculation, marked with the start of the basic and consequently detailed engineering of the


Nordex Wins Turkish Turbine Contract

Turbine

  Nordex has received a further contract from the Turkish customer Erdem Holding. The manufacturer will deliver of 20 N117/2400 turbines for the “Bagarasi” wind farm. The order also includes a premium-service contract for a minimum period of five years.  


OSV Master Fined Following Wind Turbine Allision

Island Panther: Photo courtesy of the owners

The master of a wind farm support boat has been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after breaching maritime collision regulations, informs the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the


CWind Wins 3-year O&M Services Contract

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, have signed a three-year contract to provide crew and equipment transfer for DONG Energy and Scottish Power at the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm. The contract, which includes an optional extension for a further two-year period


OWS Christens Damen Fast Crew Supplier

Attendees pose for a photo with OWS’ new Damen FCS 2008 vessel, Offshore Waddenzee, during the christening ceremony at Damen Oranjewerf Amsterdam, on August 22 (Photo: Damen)

Offshore Wind Services’ (OWS) latest Damen vessel – the Fast Crew Supplier 2008 Offshore Waddenzee - was officially named at Damen Oranjewerf Amsterdam, on August 22. The FCS 2008 is the second Damen vessel ordered this year by the Dutch company


First ‘round 3’ Wind Turbine Installed at Westermost Rough

Westermost-Rough Wind Turbine

  The UK’s first commercial 6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine has been installed at the Westermost Rough wind farm, in a new landmark for renewable energy. The next generation machine, designed by Siemens and erected by DONG Energy, is the first of 35 at the 210MW North Sea project.


Dutch Team Installs Huge Power Socket in the North Sea

Photo courtesy of Mammoet

A combination of three Dutch offshore companies realized a unique operation in the North Sea, installing a giant ‘power socket’, the SylWin alpha platform. Siemens commissioned Seaway Heavy Lifting to perform an unusual operation that in turn called in the assistance of maritime


ABB to Supply Cable for Offshore Wind Farm Extension in the UK

 Location of the farm

  ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $30 million from DONG Energy, a leading wind power development company, to supply a high-voltage export cable system that will transmit power from the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.






 
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