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The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring

Photo: DONG Energy A/S

 DONG Energy has decided to retire “Vindeby”, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry. Today, offshore wind is a recognised and proven renewable energy technology, and the offshore wind turbines harvest the energy from the wind, transforming it into green power for millions of households. But it is actually only some 25 years ago that the world's first offshore wind farm was constructed close to shore in the low waters off Vindeby near Lolland in the south east of Denmark.   Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, consisting of 11 offshore wind turbines, was connected to the grid in 1991. After more than 25 years of service, DONG Energy – owner and operator of the wind farm – has now decided to decommission Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm. But even though the wind farm is now being decommissioned, and even though the Vindeby turbines are small compared to current standards, they have been of vital importance for the industry according to Leif Winther, responsible for DONG Energy's Danish offshore wind farms:   "Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm is almost miniature-size in comparison with the giant projects which are now being realised in Northern Europe. But without the experience gained from the world's first offshore wind farm, we wouldn't be where we are today


DNV GL Assists John Laing in Horath Onshore Wind Farm

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 DNV GL, the world largest resource of independent energy experts, has assisted John Laing, a leading international originator, investor and manager of infrastructure projects, in its investment in the onshore wind farm Horath Wind Farm in Germany.    DNV GL conducted technical due diligence on the new asset with a focus on verifying its estimated energy yield. The work follows on from a long collaboration between the two companies


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.


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.


Tuco Debuts 10m 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 10m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT.   The new design is released shortly after Tuco won the order for two 11m Wind Farm Service Boats that have been ordered for the Two Ulstein X-stern vessels that German based Bernhard Schulte affiliate WINDEA Offshore GmbH, have ordered for their contract with Siemens Wind Power.  


Østensjø Rederi Orders Another Wind Farm Vessel

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with shipyard Astilleros Gondan in Spain to design and equip a second Service Operation Vessel for ship owner Østensjø Rederi. The repeat order is for a new ship design from Rolls-Royce developed specifically to support operations in shallow waters at offshore wind farms.   The new vessel order follows on a wind farm vessel construction contract to Astilleros Gondan announced in October 2015


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.


Tuco Marine Bags Wind Farm Service Boat Order

Image: Tuco Marine Group

Tuco Marine Group of Denmark informs it has inked a new order for its 11-meter wind farm service boat from the ProZero series of fast rescue boats, daughter crafts and workboats.   Tuco said the new order is from a major, but for now undisclosed, company in the European offshore market, and marks the third sale in a row of the group’s 11-meter wind farm service boat, a vessel designed specifically to the far offshore wind farm market as a daughter craft to the SOVs that are to


DNV GL Completes Tech Due Diligence for Gaelectric

Image: DNV GL

 DNV GL has concluded vendor’s technical due diligence on a portfolio of wind farms totalling around 230 MW.   DNV GL successfully completed its vendor’s technical due diligence of a portfolio of Irish wind farms for Gaelectric Holding plc. The portfolio is to be purchased by major Chinese investors CGN Europe Energy.    CGN Europe Energy is the European renewable investment arm of China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Group – the group that holds a 33%


European Oil Majors Enter U.S. Offshore Wind Markets

File Image: CREDIT CWind

Statoil, Shell, DONG Energy turn to U.S. offshore wind; oil firms bring big budgets, offshore tech and risk experience.   Some European oil majors have made inroads into the emerging U.S. offshore wind energy market, aiming to leverage their experience of deepwater development and the


ABB’s Onboard DC Grid on Hybrid Wind Farm Vessel

Service Operation Vessel (Photo: ABB)

ABB will optimize the safety and environmental credentials of a new Louis Dreyfus Armateurs wind farm Service Operation Vessel (SOV) by installing Onboard DC Grid power distribution to enable the cost-efficient integration of batteries. As an integral part of the power system


New Wind Farm Service Vessel for ESVAGT

(Illustration: BowVision)

A 15-year contract will see a new ESVAGT service operation vessel (SOV) support MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in the Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) Wind Farm project. ESVAGT will deliver the SOV for MHI Vestas in August 2019.   The new contract is not only the longest in ESVAGT’s history


CWind Awarded TP Gate Contract

(Photo: CWind)

Offshore wind industry services provider CWind said it has been awarded a contract by DONG Energy, to install new and retrofit existing gates on the transition pieces (TPs) at the Gode Wind and Borkum Riffgrund offshore wind farms, located in the North Sea off the coast of Northern Germany. 


DNV GL Initiative to Improve Offshore Site Assessments

Photo: DNV GL

 DNV GL invites industry partners to start a Joint Industry Project (JIP) for improving the collection and assessment of site conditions data for offshore wind farms.    Aiming to increase the efficiency of collecting site conditions


Damen's First 'Renewables Service Vessel' Launched

Voe Vanguard, the first vessel of Damen’s RSV 3315 series (Photo: Damen)

Damen has launched the first of a new vessel type, the Renewables Service Vessel (RSV) 3315, which has been developed in close cooperation with Scottish company Delta Marine.   The first in the new series was officially christened Voe Vanguard at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld by Miss Akira


Seacat to Support Siemens Gamesa at Galloper

Photo: Seacat Services

Seacat Services, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Siemens Gamesa), have signed a two-year charter deal to support early Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activity at the 336MW Galloper Wind Farm.   Seacat Services is an offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator and Siemens


EPROX Chosen for Wind Service Vessel

Turkish shipyard, Cemre Marin Endüstri A.Ş, has ordered 4 × MAN 8L21/31 variable-speed GenSets, in connection with the construction of a wind service operation vessel (WSOV) for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA), the French shipowner. The newbuilding will also feature MAN’s EPROX


DNV GL Offshore Wind Standard for China

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 DNV GL is part of the consortium selected by the World Bank to support the development of 3 new standards in offshore wind turbine support structures, offshore substations, offshore wind farm power cables.    DNV GL will also be advising the Chinese government on project


Global Marine Group Keeping Busy in 2017

(Photo: Global Marine Group)

Offshore engineering firm the Global Marine Group (GMG) reported a busy first five months of 2017 with a strong outlook for the rest of the year. The company said all key assets from the GMG fleet are currently mobilized, either supporting maintenance zone agreements around the world


GeoSea Bags Offshore Wind Installation Work from EnBW

 DEME Group’s offshore marine engineering subsidiary GeoSea said that, following successful completion of the design, it also received the Notice to Proceed for fabrication and offshore installation of 16 wind turbine foundations and 1 Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) for the EnBW


Global Maritime Appoints Indonesia Country Manager

Oliver Stettner (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has appointed Oliver Stettner as Country Manager for Indonesia. Stettner will be tasked with growing Global Maritime’s Indonesian business as well as spearheading the


DONG, CWind Extend Crew Transfer Vessel Contract

Photo: CWind

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, informs that DONG Energy, one of the key energy groups in Northern Europe, has granted CWind a two-year extension to its existing three-year Crew Transfer Vessel contract at the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish


Wind Farm Vessel Delivered to Mainprize Offshore

MO4 (Photo: Aluminium Marine Consultants)

 Aluminium Marine Consultants informs it has handed over MO4 to Mainprize Offshore this week for work as a wind farm support vessel carrying both cargo, equipment and personnel out of the port of Hooksiel to the German wind farm sector on an eight-year contract with Deutsche Windtechnik on


Virgina Offshore Wind Project Moves Forward

One of DONG Energys turbines in the U.K. (Photo: DONG Energy)

An offshore wind project in the U.S. mid-Atlantic is moving forward, as project owner Dominion Energy Virginia has signed an agreement and strategic partnership with DONG Energy to build two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.  






 
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