VOS Stone Equipped with Ampelmann W2W Gangway
Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a Walk to Work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore-support fleet, will be mobilized with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system. The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilized for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm. The A400 gangway system…
Vroon Offshore Vessel Undergoes Modification Work
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has completed final outfitting and modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). VOS Stone was built at Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands for completion. This follows a similar project successfully completed in July this year at Oranjewerf, involving sister ship VOS Start. The eight-week program for VOS Stone involved a wide range of activities, including installation of a 50-tonne active heave-compensated…
Royal IHC Launches TSHD Newbuild
A new multipurpose 5,450m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) was officially named and launched during a ceremony on January 11 at Royal IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The dredger, named DC Orisant, is being built for a joint venture between Den Herder (Reimerswaal Dredging) and Group de Cloedt and is slated for delivery in mid-2018 for work in the dredging and offshore wind markets. “The DC Orisant is a TSHD with full system redundancy and can perform a wide range of projects.
The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring
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.
Denmark Receives Power from Anholt Offshore Wind Farm
The first CO2-free power is now being fed into the Danish power grid from Anholt offshore wind farm. On its completion next year, the farm, with its total capacity of 400 MW, will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm and will deliver power equivalent to the consumption of 400,000 Danish households. The turbine supplier is Siemens Wind Power. “We are on schedule and are therefore already now able to deliver the first green power to the Danes. Efficient project management is one of the reasons for our leadership position in the market for offshore wind energy. Wind power is at the very core of DONG Energy’s strategy and I am delighted that by achieving first power today we are providing a sound contribution towards maintaining Denmark’s leadership position in offshore wind…
DNV GL to Provide Project Certification for E.ON’s Arkona Offshore Wind Farm
Contract covers inspections from manufacturing, transport, installation and commissioning of wind farm. E.ON has awarded the project certification contract for the new Arkona offshore wind farm to DNV GL. The project covers the inspection phases, from manufacturing, transport, installation and commissioning to take the wind farm into operation. The Arkona offshore wind farm is a 385 MW offshore wind farm which is currently being developed by E.ON. The wind farm will be located 35 km northeast of Rügen Island, in the Baltic Sea, Germany.
World's Largest Wind Farm Installation Vessel Delivered
Samsung Heavy Industries won an order to build Pacific Orca in July 2010. Pacific Orca is 161m long, 49m wide and 10.4m high, and as the world’s largest wind farm installation vessel, it is capable of transporting and installing 12 units of 3.6MW. It also allows installation of wind farms to a depth of 60m, which is the deepest in the world, as well as the installation of ultra-large wind farms with a capacity of 10MW or higher, which are being developed in the industry to meet the demand for larger wind farms.
DNV GL Assists John Laing in Horath Onshore Wind Farm
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, including DNV GL’s due diligence support work for John Laing’s recent acquisition of the 89.1 MW Klettwitz Wind Farm, one of Germany’s largest onshore wind farms.
Tuco Debuts 10m Wind Farm Service Boat
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. The new 10m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT is a dedicated service boat and crew transfer vessel, for offshore wind farms.
Wind Farm Courses in Turkey
Turkey is one of the key emerging wind markets in Europe. As a response to the high demand in wind farm installation, GL Garrad Hassan is adding more training courses offered throughout Turkey in 2010. With the goal to develop professionals' skills within the industry, Wind Farm Design and Introduction to GH WindFarmer courses will be conducted in Istanbul on 28 and 29 September. A course on "Financing Your Wind Farm" will take place on 14 October. Wind Farm Design is a one day course providing a detailed overview of the wind farm design process. It focuses on numerous principles including wind flow, turbulence, wake effects, optimized energy production, and the use of sophisticated software tools.
Bureau Veritas Launches Wind Farm Service Ships Guidance
International classification society Bureau Veritas has published guidance for designers and builders of Wind Farm Service Ships. Maxime Pachot, offshore service vessel manager at Bureau Veritas, says, “Although some of the existing Offshore Service Vessel fleet can perform the tasks necessary for developing and maintaining offshore wind farms, we see an increasing need for specialist craft. These will include specialised vessels for servicing offshore wind farms. These will have particular characteristics and to be efficient they will have to be new designs.
GL Garrad Hassan and GL Academy to Offer Joint Training Program
GL Garrad Hassan and GL Academy are merging their expertise to offer joint training seminars. With GL Garrad Hassan’s skilled trainers working within the GL Academy infrastructure and through GL Academy’s local branch offices, these combined training programs will be offered worldwide. The development of future seminars for the renewables community will also be supported by GL Academy’s knowledge of training organization and teaching techniques. Andrew Brown, who manages GL Garrad Hassan’s training courses, will be a part of the global GL Academy team and takes on the role of Product Manager for Renewables responsible for the marketing, preparation and organisation of the seminars.
BV Certification France Unveils Offshore Wind Guide
Bureau Veritas Certification France has released a comprehensive Guide on Offshore Wind Farm Project Certification, which allows industry players and experts to make sense of the complex rules applying to certification processes in the field of offshore wind farms. Bureau Veritas is attending the EWEA trade show from 4 to 7 February 2013 in Vienna (Austria). This exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to know more about a major Testing Inspection & Certification (TIC) player for the wind industry.
Windea Leibniz Delivered to Bernhard Schulte
The newly built wind farm service vessel Windea Leibniz was delivered from Ulstein Verft to Bernhard Schulte Offshore and ICBC Leasing on February 28, and named March 2 at a ceremony in Ulsteinvik, Norway. Beginning in April, the vessel will work at the Sandbank wind farm in the German Bight for Siemens Wind Power Service to help ensure energy production from the site’s 72 wind turbines. Windea Leibniz is the second wind farm service vessel in a series for Hamburg based shipping company Bernhard Schulte and the Beijing based financial company ICBC Leasing…
ABB to Provide UK Wind Farm Subsea HV Cable Link
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…
MPI Adventure Installs first Offshore Wind turbine on Sandbank
Wind Turbine Installation Vessel MPI Adventure installed the first of 72 SWT-4.0-130 offshore wind turbines on the Sandbank offshore wind farm. MPI Adventure is capable of installing 6 of these complete offshore wind turbines per cycle. After MPI Adventure completed its contract to assist with the commissioning of the offshore substation on the Sandbank offshore wind farm, she has re-mobilized for the offshore wind turbine installation works. On July 28th, well in advance of its original schedule, the vessel now completed the installation of the first turbine.
Tidal Transit Gets North Sea Offshore Wind Farm Charter
Scira Offshore Energy, the company developing the UK's Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm with its 88 turbines situated between 9-17 miles off the coast of North Norfolk, is to charter Eden Rose, one of Tidal Transit’s innovative wind farm personnel and equipment transfer boats, to service the site development. The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is the third major offshore wind energy project to be supported by Tidal Transit vessels. Immediately after her arrival in the UK from Spanish ship builder, Mercurio Plastics, Eden Rose went into operation for RES Offshore in Grimsby, servicing meteorological masts 60 miles out into the North Sea…
Bluewater Wants to Bring Offshore Wind Farm to Del.
Bluewater Wind, a developer of off-shore wind energy, is one of the companies competing for a long-term energy contract with Delmarva Power. Delmarva Power is requesting a proposal for an energy provider to help stabilize the price of energy in the state. Bluewater Wind is one of the companies competing for the contract, along with NRG, which has proposed expanding its coal facility on the Indian River Bay. Delmarva Power will choose an energy company in November. Bluewater Wind is proposing building as many as three wind farms that would generate a total of 600 megawatts of energy. While the price of fuel is free, the price of building the windmills will come to about $800 or $900 million. The University has been studying the wind off the coast of Delaware for 20 years.
First US Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up
Power developer Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, becoming the United States’ first commercially active offshore wind farm. The energy produced from the Block Island Wind Farm is linked to the New England grid via Block Island and mainland Rhode Island by National Grid’s new sea2shore submarine transmission cable system. The milestone concludes the two-year offshore installation of the wind farm, which Deepwater Wind said was completed on-time and on-budget with the help of more than 300 local workers.
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)
CWind Bags Crew Transfer Contract
CWind wins crew transfer vessel contract from Fred Olsen at Walney 1 & 2 offshore wind farms CWind announced that it has won an eight-month contract to provide crew transfer services to Fred Olsen at Walney 1 and 2 offshore wind farms. One of the more than 20 crew transfer vessels in the fleet operated by CWind, will assist with O&M activities at the two wind farms. Peter Jorgensen, Managing Director, CWind commented the contract win: “Fred Olsen had a requirement for an additional crew transfer vessel and we’re delighted to be able to support them in their operations.”
Offshore Wind Farm Contract for Van Oord
The wind farm will be built 23 km off the coast of Zandvoort, The Netherlands. The contract, which amounts to some EUR 250 million, is expected to be signed in the autumn of this year. The wind farm will consist of 43 Vestas V112 wind turbines. With 129 Mw power it will provide green energy to 135.000 households in 2015. The construction of Eneco Luchterduinen will start in July 2014. The wind farm will be operational in the second half of 2015. As EPC contractor Van Oord will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and installation of foundations, the complete electrical infrastructure including the offshore high voltage station and installation of the wind turbines. Aeolus, Van Oord's offshore wind turbine transport and installation vessel, will be deployed.
Ofgem to Link Offshore Wind to U.K Grid
U.K. energy regulator Ofgem on Wednesday launched a £400 million tender for linking offshore wind farms in the North Sea to Britain's national power grid. Ofgem is calling for firms to construct high-voltage transmission links to connect the Westermost Rough wind farm owned by WMR Limited, part of DONG Energy, and the Humber Gateway wind farm owned by E.ON., to the grid, Ofgem said in a statement. The two sites have a combined capacity of 425 megawatts, while the successful bidders will receive a guaranteed revenue stream for 20 years, Ofgem said. Offshore wind farm developers are required by the regulator to open their transmission assets for tender to encourage competition and lower prices.