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  • logistics & operations

    Safeway reaches record transfer speeds at latest offshore wind charter

    As from early October last year the Safeway motion compensated offshore access system of the Dutch Van Aalst Group is installed on the 95-metre long OCV ‘Olympic Intervention IV’, owned by Olympic Subsea ASA, Norway. Without any significant downtime, the 28 m long walk-to-work Seagull-type has safely transferred workers and their tools at a high pace from the ‘Olympic Intervention IV’ to offshore wind turbines of Adwen, part of Siemens. Read more
  • project update

    World's most powerful commercial wind turbine successfully installed

    A hat-trick of offshore wind industry firsts has been achieved within a fortnight in North-east Scotland after the world’s most powerful single turbine was successfully installed on April 9th for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The turbine is the first of 11 to be deployed at the facility in Aberdeen Bay. Two turbines will have a capacity of 8.8 MW, the other nine will have a capacity of 8.4 MW Read more
  • science & technology

    First of gigantic suction bucket jacket foundations installed for Vattenfall’s EOWDC

    The 25,000 tonne Asian Hercules III installs the first suction bucket jacket foundation for the EOWDC, off Aberdeen Bay. (Photo: Vattenfall)
    North-east Scotland has marked a UK offshore wind first following the successful installation of the first pioneering suction bucket jacket foundation for Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in just 15 hours. The EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay is the first offshore wind project to deploy the foundations at commercial scale with each of the 11 steel jacket foundations weighing in at almost ten Boeing 747s. Read more

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  • science & technology

    Holistic offshore wind farm control strategies to be put to the test

    Different methods of control will be used to optimise power production for the whole wind farm (photo: Vattenfall / CC BY-ND)
    The Carbon Trust has launched a new multimillion euro project as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme to investigate best use of Wind Farm Controls to maximise energy production from offshore wind farms whilst reducing turbine loads. Read more
  • science & technology

    Pipes don't come much bigger!

    At Sif, half-shells are longitudinally welded to produce shell sections of a maximum weight of 70 tonnes (photo: Dillinger)
    The challenges faced by the offshore industry are typified by extreme working locations subject to low temperatures and enormous mechanical and dynamic loads. The demands made on the design and materials selected for drilling rigs and wind turbines are also correspondingly high. Read more
  • logistics & operations

    Emden to become service hub for the EnBW offshore wind farms in the North Sea

    Emden to become service hub for EnBW offshore wind farms (photo: iStock)
    German energy utility EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG will build a service hub for its offshore wind farms in the North Sea on an airfield in Emden. The construction of the two-storey building with office and social rooms and a storage hall for spare parts and tools is scheduled to start in the spring of 2018. Read more
  • project update

    Siemens Gamesa to supply 950 MW to Vattenfall for three offshore projects in Denmark

    Siemens Gamesa will install 113 of its new SG 8.0-167 DD turbines for Vattenfall (photo: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected by Vattenfall to supply close to 1 GW at three offshore wind power plants being developed in Danish waters. Read more
  • project update

    Statoil awards battery contract in Batwind project

    Sebastian Bringsværd, head of Hywind Development in Statoil, at Statoil's Autumn Conference 2017. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)
    Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, will next year be equipped with a battery to store power from the wind farm. The purpose is to “teach” the battery when to hold back and store electricity, and when to send power to the grid, thus increasing value of the power. Read more
  • project update

    Offshore wind project Rampion starts power generation

    The first of 116 MHI Vestas 3.45MW tubines has been commissioned at Rampion offshore wind farm. (Graphic: E.ON)
    The offshore wind farm Rampion in the English Channel has started generating electricity. According to E.ON, the first turbine was commissioned. 115 additional turbines will be connected to the grid in stages over the next few months. Read more
  • science & technology

    Horizon 2020 Project

    8.2 Consulting AG is proud to be part of the pan-European consortium that participates in the Horizon 2020 project - a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment. Read more
  • politics & business

    The Crown Estate to consider new leasing for offshore wind projects

    The Crown Estate considers making new seabed rights available to offshore wind developers (photo: iStock)
    The Crown Estate has announced that we will be working with the offshore wind sector and stakeholders to consider making new seabed rights available to offshore wind developers. Read more
  • science & technology

    VBMS develops resin-free hang-off

    VBMS introduces a sustainable solution for fixing and sealing subsea cables in offshore structures (photo: VBMS)
    VBMS introduces a sustainable solution for fixing and sealing subsea cables in offshore structures by offering a hang-off that features fast (dis)assembly without the use of toxic resins. Read more
  • politics & business

    MHI Vestas expands UK industrial footprint with new in Fawley

    MHI Vestas is planning to create about 50 job in the new facility. (Photo: Into the Blue)
    MHI Vestas will repurpose a decommissioned, oil-fired power plant into a state-of-the-art painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre turbine blades. The facility is expected to be operational in April 2018. Read more

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