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Dong & Siemens Collaborate on German OWT Projects

DONG Energy & Siemens AG sign up to supply and service a total of 154 offshore wind turbines (OWT) of 6 megawatt each. The agreements give DONG Energy the option to install the turbines on its Gode Wind projects in Germany from 2015. Utilisation of the potential supplies and services under the agreements is subject to official approvals for the specific projects and DONG Energy making a positive investment decision for the projects. Following the acquisition of the ownership interest in the Gode Wind projects in August 2012, DONG Energy invited tenderers for the supply of offshore turbines in accordance with EC tender rules. The agreements signed with Siemens AG are a result of the tender procedure. The agreements concern Siemens’ 6 megawatt offshore wind turbine based on gearless direct drive technology and with a 154-metre rotor. ”With these agreements we are stepping up our commitment to the German offshore wind market. We are already building our first wind farm in Germany and maturing a number of other projects, including the Gode Wind projects on which we plan to use the supplies under these agreements,” said Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President in DONG Energy Wind Power and continued, “By 2020 we want to have installed 6,500 megawatt of offshore wind power compared to the 1,700 megawatt we have already built. The agreements with Siemens AG are an important step towards meeting that target


Statoil Awards Siemens Wind Farm Service Contracts

The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo: Alan ONeill)

As operator, Statoil has awarded two contracts to Siemens plc for the engineering, supply, assembly, commissioning and service of 67 wind turbine generators for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project. The wind turbine generator (WTG) supply contract will cover engineering, procurement, assembly and offshore commissioning. Each turbine (6 MW) consists of a tower section, a nacelle and three separate rotor blades (154-meter rotor diameter).


Bureau Veritas Guidance, Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

International classification society Bureau Veritas has issued guidelines for the Classification and Certification of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines. The guidelines specify the environmental conditions under which floating offshore wind turbines may serve, the principles of structural design, load cases for the platform and mooring system, stability and the structural division and design criteria for the top structure


New GL Garrad Hassan Representative in India

GL Garrad Hassan has appointed Mr Rajsekhar Budhavarapu as the new Country Manager of GL Garrad Hassan India. Mr Budhavarapu will be based in Bangalore, India and will develop local services and support for designers, manufacturers, developers and investors of renewable energy projects. Budhavarapu has 19 years of experience providing technical, operational and strategic leadership for the renewable energy industry. Before joining GL Garrad Hassan he worked for TERI


Metro Handles Wind Turbine Blades in Galveston

Metro Ports provides stevedore and terminal handling services for Siemens Energy Inc.’s export wind turbine blade projects through the Port of Galveston. Siemens plans to export 246 53-meter blades between May and July 2013. These wind turbine blades, manufactured by Siemens in Fort Madison, Iowa, and destined for three wind projects in Brazil, are being transported via the BNSF Railway. Inherent in the movement of these longer blades is a complex transportation and logistics process


Offshore Wind Sees New Capital Investments

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With the support of technical due diligence advice from GL Garrad Hassan, Sumitomo Corporation and its subsidiary Sumitomo Corporation Europe last week agreed to invest significant amount of equity in two Belgian offshore projects. The Belwind 1 operational wind farm and Northwind project together account for 127 wind turbines and 381 MW of generating capacity with total project cost of about €1,550 million. The investment by Sumitomo is further evidence that offshore wind is


GL Garrad Hassan Winner of Two DOE Grants

Hamburg, Germany – GL Garrad Hassan, part of the GL Group, has been awarded grants by the US Department of Energy (DOE) of $500,000 and $200,000 to fund two studies to identify optimal strategies for the installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms and to assess the readiness of US ports to meet the needs of the industry. To meet the renewable energy targets of the next century, offshore wind projects hold great promise with steady, strong winds


North Sea Wind Farm Review Data Published

Roughly 90% of global offshore wind capacity comes from Europe, with the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany at the forefront After interviewing over 100 offshore wind experts working in the North Sea and surrounding oceans, Wind Energy Update has collated the results to give the industry the latest market data. It is well known that the North Sea and Baltics all provide excellent conditions for offshore wind projects


Offshore Wind Turbines: Shaving Costs on the Foundations

In a recent survey conducted by Wind Energy Update (WEU), five sub-areas of wind power plant installation were selected for cost reduction. The sub area selected by the senior executives with most potential for cost reduction was foundations, with almost twice as many responses as the next closest. Foundations make up 19% of an offshore wind power plant’s LCOE according to Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center [LORC]


SMC to Provide Marine Coordination for Siemens

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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


International Windship Association Launched

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An international association has been created to facilitate and promote wind propulsion for commercial shipping worldwide. The founding members of a new association for the shipping industry have announced the establishment of the International Windship Association (IWSA)


Van Oord to Acquire Activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore

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Van Oord has reached agreement on the acquisition of the activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore. The acquisition consists of the assets of Ballast Nedam Offshore, the dedicated EPCI staff (Engineering, Procurement, Contracting and Installation)


Kenyan Wind Project Wins Financing

Kenya's delayed Lake Turkana Wind Power project is expected to start generating power by 2017 after the African Development Bank backed financing to build a transmission line to connect it to the national grid, the project's director said.


Nordic Yards Delivers 'Wind Server'

Wind Turbine Service Jack Up Vessel

  Nordic Yards officially handed over the offshore service vessel to the Danish company DBB Jack-Up Services A/S. During the handover ceremony, the ship was named ‘WIND SERVER’. “We are proud that with this innovative offshore vessel for DBB Jack-Up we have today


Wind Energy Components Bound for Duluth Port

Arrival of the BBC Peter Roenna in the harbor this morning (Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge in background)

Minnesota Power and the Duluth Port said they will reach a milestone this weekend when the 15th ship bearing wind generation equipment destined for Minnesota Power’s growing renewable energy installation in North Dakota sails into the harbor beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge.


St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Shipments Return

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Over 15 million metric tons of cargo moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway during the month of July, down just 4 percent over last year, marking a sustained comeback after the slow start to the shipping season. "The month of July was extremely busy for our ports on the Great Lakes-Seaway


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

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  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.


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.


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


Security Concerns Prevent Taiwan Firm's Use of Chinese Vessels

A Taiwanese company has withdrawn notice to use Chinese vessels on a renewable energy project off the island, the port authority said on Thursday, after opposition lawmakers cited security concerns about the joint operation. The last-minute decision to drop the vessels underscores the island's


Investors Warm up to German Offshore Wind

German offshore plants attract new investment; offshore energy a key component in switch from nuclear. Start-up costs high, but returns are attractive. Germany's offshore wind parks, once seen as only for brave investors because of high costs and operational risks


DNV GL Pledges to Help Reduce Offshore Wind Costs by 25%

Cost reduction manifesto

  DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts today share the findings of its latest report “Offshore wind: a manifesto for cost reduction” at WindEnergy Hamburg 2014. Industry action on reducing offshore wind costs is widely regarded as essential


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


Autonomous Technology for Offshore Wind Farm

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  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


Experimental Floating Wind Farm Nears Installation

Towing the three-column semi-sub at Nagasaki port

Launched in March 2012, the Fukushima experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is nearing the installation phase as preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub






 
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