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    Prysmian to add offshore cable capabilities to UK factory

    Prysmian’s UK production facility is now capable of manufacturing both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores to support the increased demand for UK and European offshore wind farms. (Photo: Prysmian Group)

    Prysmian Group announces the capability of its UK production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms.

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  • politics & business

    Germany: Offshore wind farms with extremely low subsidies

    EnBW's Baltic Sea wind farm Baltic 2 consists of 80 turbines. The company is planning to build and begin operating the wind farm He Dreiht by 2025 without EEG subsidies. (Photo: EnBW)

    The eagerly awaited results of the first auction for offshore wind farms in Germany are in. The average subsidy was only 0.44 cents/kWh. But there were also successful bids for 0.0 cents as well as 6 cents/kWh, which is still low from today's point of view. Successful bidders include Dong and EnBW.

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  • politics & business

    Offshore industry calls for higher installation targets

    Panel discussion at the 14th Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference: How many new installations does the offshore industry need to stay afloat? (Photo: DNV-GL)

    The offshore wind industry is warning of a break in the further development of technology if current expansion targets are not revised upwards significantly. At the 14th Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference in early April, industry representatives issued a warning that the slow progress of grid development would limit expansion targets. Current targets, they cautioned, would neither fulfil obligations under the latest climate agreement, nor ensure continuity in the development of the technology and future cost reductions.

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  • logistics & operations

    DEME orders new offshore installation vessel

    The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has ordered the next generation offshore installation vessel “Orion” that combines exceptionally high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology.

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  • logistics & operations

    Rhenus Offshore Logistics secures UK offshore supply base partnership

    Supply vessel of Rhenus on its way to the offshore platform. (Photo: Rhenus SE & Co. KG)

    Rhenus Offshore Logistics is starting up its operation of two new offshore supply bases at the ports of Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen. The new sites are maintained through cooperation with local partners and realised through the recently opened UK office of Rhenus Offshore Logistics.

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  • project update

    LM Wind Power will build wind turbine blade factory in Cherbourg

    LM Wind Power’s new wind turbine blade factory in Cherbourg will have the capability to manufacture the world's longest blade at 88.4 meters. (Photo: LM Wind Power)

    LM Wind Power announced that they will open a new wind turbine blade factory dedicated to the offshore market in Cherbourg, France. The Cherbourg plant will have the capability to manufacture the world's longest blade at 88.4 meters.

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    Prysmian to provide submarine cable links for OWFs in France

    For the marine installation, Prysmian intends to use its own Cable Enterprise, a DP 2 vessel for cable laying activities. (Photo: Prysmian)

    Prysmian, specialist in the energy and telecom cable industry, has been awarded a contract worth more than € 300 million with Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) to develop submarine cable links to connect three planned offshore wind farms to the mainland power grid in France.

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  • project update

    German wind farm Hohe See is on its way

    At EnBW Hohe See Siemens will install 71 units of its turbine type SWT-7.0-154, rated at 7 MW and with a rotor diameter of 154 m. (Photo: Siemens)

    Siemens will provide the complete offshore wind power plant solutions for the Hohe See offshore wind project 90 km north of the German island Borkum. The inter-array cabling contract with a value of approximately € 80 million has been awarded to VBMS.

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  • science & technology, logistics & operations

    New jack-up vessel concept for 10 to 12 MW turbines

    A preview of the new SOUL jack-up vessel concept has been presented to a select group of industry players. (Graphic: Ulstein)

    SeaOwls and Ulstein launched a pioneering heavy lift jack-up vessel design, the SOUL, allowing transport and installation of the next generation wind turbines with a capacity of 10 to 12 MW.

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  • science & technology

    World’s first floating microwave radiometer complements measurements of the first floating LiDAR

    AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) announced that design work with Boulder Environmental Sciences & Technology (BEST) is underway to deploy the world’s first buoy based microwave profiling radiometer on a floating platform, the FLiDAR WindSentinel. The companies are certain that the measurements of this system will significantly improve weather forecasting and lead to better site evaluation and energy producing.

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  • politics & business

    Total offshore wind capacity in Europe stands at 12.631 MW

    2016 saw a high level of investments in offshore wind and a strong pipeline of new projects. (Photo: Wind Europe)

    WindEurope released its report on the European offshore wind key trends and statistics for 2016. Offshore wind investments in 2016 reached a record € 18.2 billion with 4.9 GW of new capacity financed. Germany, the Netherlands and the UK were the only countries to install in 2016 and the first 8 MW turbine went into the water at Burbo Bank Extension wind farm.

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  • politics & business

    Expansion figures for Offshore Wind Power in Germany

    New offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 818 MW went online in Germany in 2016. The industry views this expansion as positive and expects that, combined with optimised turbine technology and operating concepts, this will also lead to cost reduction in the forthcoming tendering processes in Germany.

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  • project update

    Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm fully commissioned

    With the installation of the last of a total of 72 turbines at Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm the construction phase has been completed three months ahead of the originally planned time schedule. (Photo: Vattenfall)

    The offshore wind power plant Sandbank, located 90 kilometres west of the island of Sylt, is now fully installed and commissioned. On 21 January the installation vessel MPI Adventure together with Siemens erected the last turbine. Four days after that the last turbine “SB41” has achieved ‘final commissioning’ already

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