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Monday, September 24, 2018

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Offshore Wind Market in Aberdeen

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The sight of offshore wind turbines off the coast of Aberdeen symbolises a change in direction for the city, its energy mix and its offshore industry, says a press release by  UK Chamber of Shipping. Looking out to sea from Aberdeen, a gaggle of offshore wind turbines floats among the usual scattering of offshore support vessels waiting at anchor. Beside them waits an enormous wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), recognisable by its four upright jack-up legs, which are raised above the water while the ship is not in service.

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 Europe to 4 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to four nuclear reactors, by 2020 from the current installed 1.8 GW, and further to 7 GW by 2025. "We should be able to build onshore wind power projects by 2020 without subsidy, and we also expect that we could build offshore wind power without subsidy by 2025, but that would depend on the projects," Michael Simmelsgaard, head of Vattenfall's strategic projects in wind, told a conference.

German Utilities Want Public Body To Shut Nuclear Plants

Germany's Nuclear plant at Grafenrheinfeld

German utilities are in talks with the government about handing over responsibility for decommissioning the country's nuclear power plants to a public foundation, two sources familiar with the proposals said on Sunday. This so-called 'bad bank' for nuclear energy would take over Germany's nuclear plants, which the government decided should be all closed by 2022 following the Fukushima disaster in Japan three years ago. "Talks are being held with the German government," a person familiar with the plans told Reuters, adding the talks were at a very early stage.

State Won't Pay For Nuclear Decommissioning - Germany

Angela Merkel

Germany's economy minister has joined Angela Merkel in rejecting talk that utilities might hand over responsibility for decommissioning Germany's nuclear power plants to a new public entity, as the projected costs of decommissioning rise. "It should not be tax payers who pay for the clean-up of atomic waste but rather those who made money for decades through running nuclear power stations,"Sigmar Gabriel told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag in an interview published on Sunday. Two…

L-3 SAM for DanTysk Wind Project

L-3 SAM Electronics won a contract for the supply and installation of the electrical system package on an accommodation platform being built in Kiel, Germany, by Nobiskrug of Rendsburg as part of the DanTysk offshore wind farm project jointly developed by Stadtwerke München (SWM) and Vattenfall. L-3 SAM Electronics’ scope of supply for the 2,500-sq.-m. platform covers provision of low-voltage switchgear and uninterrupted power supplies inclusive of cabling, all internal communications…

Offshore Test of New Installation Technology Successful

Image provided by Van Oord

The Carbon Trust and Fistuca, in conjunction with industry partners announced the successful completion of the offshore trial of the Fistuca BLUE 25M hammer as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator BLUE PILOT project.The industry partners include E.ON, EDPR,  EnBW, Equinor, Ørsted, Shell, Sif, SSE, Van Oord, and Vattenfall. The offshore test was carried out on August 13, 2018, using Van Oord’s offshore heavy lift installation vessel, Svanen, off the coast of the Netherlands.The BLUE Hammer is an innovative…

MMT Inks 10 New Contracts over 2 Months

(Photo: MMT)

Swedish based marine surveyor MMT has during the past two months received 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industries.MMT said the contracts, some of which are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea, come from a wide portfolio of old and new clients, including Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Services range from traditional geophysical surveys to unexploded ordinance (UXO) inspection and excavation…

Accredited Vessel Inspector Scheme Conference

Mike Schwarz  and Chris Baldwin (Photo: IMCA)

An essential event for all Common Marine Inspection Document (eCMID) and Marine Inspection for Small Workboats (eMISW) stakeholders. The forthcoming Accredited Vessel Inspector (AVI) Conference will be taking place at the Novotel at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam on Tuesday April 25, 2017. This Conference is designed to provide a range of updates to AVIs on the current state and future development of the eCMID system. However, it is open to all vessel inspectors who have yet to be…

Recommendation from Statoil's Nomination Committee

Statoil Board of Directors

The nomination committee in Statoil has recommended that the company's corporate assembly elects Øystein Løseth as new chair and Roy Franklin as a new member and deputy chair of Statoil's board of directors. Furthermore, the nomination committee recommends a re-election of Bjørn Tore Godal, Jakob Stausholm and Marjan Oudeman as members of the board of directors. Chair of the board Svein Rennemo and board member Jim Mulva have informed the nomination committee that they do not wish to stand for re-election in 2015.

DONG Energy Listing to Value Group at up to $16 Bln

Photo: DONG Energy

DONG Energy's has set a potential $16 billion price tag on its stock market debut, giving investors a chance to buy into the growth in offshore wind power, but also into a business heavily reliant on government subsidies. State-controlled DONG Energy on Thursday set a price range for its initial public offering at 200 Danish crowns to 255 crowns per share. This would give the group a market value of 83.5 billion to 106.5 billion Danish crowns ($12.6-16.0 billion), potentially making it the Europe's biggest IPO this year.

Boskalis Bags Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm Deal

Courtesy Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG)

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been appointed the preferred Offshore Balance of Plant contractor by Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. The project will consist of eleven wind turbines with a consented capacity of up to 100 MW. The contract includes all offshore elements of the wind farm, with the exception of the wind turbine supply. Boskalis' strategy is aimed at benefitting from key macro-economic factors which drive worldwide demand in our markets: expansion of the global economy…

Boskalis Awarded Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Contract

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Image Royal Boskalis Westminster

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the Offshore Balance of Plant contract by Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. Following the announcement on 29 June stating that Boskalis was the preferred contractor, the contract has now been formally awarded. The project will consist of eleven wind turbines with a capacity of 92.4 MW. The contract includes all offshore elements of the wind farm, with the exception of the wind turbine supply.

L-3 SAM to Supply Electrical Package for DanTysk Wind Project

Copyright Nobiskrug

L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that together with its associated L-3 companies, it has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of the electrical system package on an accommodation platform being built in Kiel, Germany, by Nobiskrug of Rendsburg as part of the DanTysk offshore wind farm project jointly developed by Stadtwerke München (SWM) and Vattenfall. The accommodation platform for the new wind farm is designed to permanently support O&M personnel for DanTysk with fully equipped individual living quarters that will include general communal and leisure areas…

Dutch Container Terminal Signs on for Wind Power

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals has signed a two-year, €5 million ($6.23 million) contract with Amsterdam-based NV Nuon Energy for the supply of environmentally-sustainable wind-generated electricity to power the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II cranes and container handling equipment. The new 2.7 million TEU annual capacity deepwater terminal, scheduled to receive its first commercial vessel call later this month, will reportedly be the world’s first container terminal with zero emissions on site and off site. The contract term begins January 1, 2015.

Study Targets Reduced Offshore Wind Costs

Xodus Group, Cathie Associates and UTEC Geomarine have formed an industry leading consortium to deliver a study which will aim to reduce the costs of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in U.K. waters. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), which brings together nine offshore wind developers (DONG Energy, E.ON, Mainstream Renewable Power, RWE Innogy, ScottishPower Renewables, SSE Renewables, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall) in a joint industry project, is working towards reducing the cost of offshore wind by at least 10% by 2015. Technology challenges are identified and prioritized by the OWA members based on the likely savings and the potential for the OWA to influence the outcomes.

Germany’s First Accommodation Platform for Offshore Wind Farms

From left to right: Philipp Degenhardt – Team Lead Project Certification & Interface Management (Vattenfall), Fabio Pollicino – Global Service Line Leader for Project Certification (DNV GL – Energy), Christof Huß Site Manager DanTysk Offshore Wind Farm (Vattenfall), Jana Gerhmann-Vorbau - Project Manager Renewables Certification (DNV GL – Energy), Stefan Baars - Head of Section Concrete Structures & Geotechnica (DNV GL – Energy), Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification body (DNV GL – Energy), Joha

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has awarded Vattenfall with a final statement of compliance for its offshore accommodation platform. This is the first offshore platform in the North Sea to host up to 50 operation and maintenance staff members working at the nearby DanTysk offshore wind farm. As the offshore wind farm is 90km away from the nearest harbour, project developer Vattenfall designed the unique offshore structure to enable staff to live independently close to the wind farm without any outside support for up to three weeks.

Vattenfall Wins Danish Wind Project

Swedish utility Vattenfall has won a tender to build Denmark's biggest offshore wind farm, but still faces the potential cancellation of a separate wind project in the country, the Danish energy ministry said on Wednesday. Vattenfall won the 600 megawatt Kriegers Flak wind farm tender with a bid of 49.9 euros per megawatt hour, following its victory in September for a 350 megawatt near-shore wind farm off the western coast of Denmark. Denmark's minority government, however, said in September it intended to cancel the near-shore project because the cost of renewable energy subsidies have soared due to low power market prices. Offshore wind power is among the most expensive kind of energy and needs government subsidies…

Subsidy-Reliant Offshore Wind Takes Cue from Big Oil

File Image (CREDIT: Siemens)

From a helicopter, it looks like just another North Sea oil rig, a grey cube supported by massive yellow pillars, 90 kilometres (56 miles) off western Denmark. But the DanTysk facility is the world's first accommodation platform for offshore wind, which is borrowing techniques and labour from the crisis-hit oil sector as it tries to cut costs and end an addiction to state subsidies. The wind industry is moving further offshore and into the deeper waters tamed long ago by oil companies to increase scale and capture stronger and more constant winds.

Denmark to Go through with Near-shore Wind Farms

Denmark's right-wing minority government bowed to pressure from opposition parties and approved plans to build two near-shore wind farms, despite its earlier objections it said on Thursday.   After granting building rights for the wind farms to Swedish wind farm developer Vattenfall in September, the Danish government then announced its intention to cancel the projects, as it argued subsidy costs for renewable energy had become too high.   It reversed its decision following budget discussions with the country's other parties. (Reporting by Teis Jensen; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

A turbine at the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm offshore Scotland (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Statoil)

As technologies mature and dramatic cost-cutting continues, the future is looking bright for offshore wind. Below are five trends to keep an eye on.Follow the LeaderOffshore wind’s established leader, Europe, will continue to show the way forward and build capacity. At the end of 2016, nearly 88 percent of the world’s offshore wind installations were located in European waters. In 2017, Europe saw a record 3,148 MW of net additional offshore wind capacity installed, with 560 new offshore wind turbines across 17 wind farms, according to WindEurope.

At Hamburg port E-mobility Project, BESIC enters crucial phase

HHLA - CTA

Ten battery-operated heavy goods vehicles now transport containers between ships and the yard at the highly automated handling facility in the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). The aim is to charge the batteries of these container transporters when the grid has a surplus of renewable energy generated in northern Germany. The first battery-powered heavy goods vehicles in the world went into use at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) back in 2011. Now, a project…

GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK

(Image: GE Renewable Energy)

U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the U.S. firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult signed a five-year agreement to test GE's Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine in Blyth, Northumberland. "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions," John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business said in a statement.

Vattenfall Pontoon Launched in Aberdeen

 Captain Jeff Gaskin, Aberdeen Harbour Master, and Adam Ezzamel, EOWDC Project Director, Vattenfall, on the new pontoon Photo Aberdeen Harbor )

Construction of a 30-meter-long, purpose-built floating crew transfer pontoon in Aberdeen Harbor’s Albert Basin has been completed by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall – supporting a new gateway for renewables in the center of the country’s energy industry. The 180m² pontoon, which is the only one of its kind at Aberdeen Harbor, has been specially built on Commercial Quay West as part of a 24-year agreement with the Harbor Board and can accommodate up to three crew transfer vessels at any one time.

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