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    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

    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
  • science & technology

    Ro/Ro-loading of Rentel wind turbine nacelles

    Siemens Gamesa has been able to transfer its new logistics concept, announced in 2015 into reality. By using a Ro/Ro solution the company expects to save about 20 % in costs and increase safety at the same time. Read more

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    New maintenance contracts for OWF DanTysk and OWF Sandbank

    The independent service provider Deutsche Windtechnik and the energy supplier Vattenfall are expanding their cooperation in offshore maintenance: On the one hand, Vattenfall has extended the duration of its cooperation agreement with Deutsche Windtechnik in the area of maintenance for all steel structures at the offshore wind farm DanTysk. On the other, the service provider is now also responsible for these important maintenance tasks at Sandbank, Vattenfall's second major offshore wind farm project Sandbank, which went into operation in July 2017. Read more
  • politics & business

    Province of Groningen urges minister to drive forward farms north of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands

    Offshore wind farm conditions in the Wadden Sea Area above Groningen are excellent. That is the outcome of the report, commissioned by the province of Groningen, and presented to the Minister of Economic Affairs. Now the province calls on the Minister of Economic Affairs to facilitate the realization of many more wind farms in the area. This will contribute to a future without natural gas, a low carbon energy system and create hundreds of jobs. Read more
  • project update

    Walney Extension West offshore wind park producing power in the UK

    MHI Vestas and DONG Energy have confirmed that power is now flowing from the Walney Extension West offshore wind park’s first turbine installed 19 km off the coast of Cumbria, in the Irish Sea Read more
  • politics & business

    Acquisition of A2SEA by GeoSea becomes effective

    On September 1st, 2017, the acquisition of A2SEA by Belgian GeoSea has become effective following the approval by the international competition authorities. Read more
  • politics & business

    Bureau Veritas releases new rules for offshore service vessels and tugs

    International classification society Bureau Veritas has issued new rules for the Classification of Offshore Service Vessels and Tugs, including new class notations for pipelay vessels, accommodation units, offshore construction vessels and offshore support vessels. Read more
  • project update

    ABB to provide BESS for the integration of Burbo Bank offshore wind farm

    The integration of wind energy is a big challenge in today’s grid management, as the power output immensely depends on the current weather situation. To help facing this challenge ABB will supply a Battery Energy Storage System to DONG Energy. Read more
  • politics & business

    US Offshore wind industry announced to build first Jones Act compliant installation vessel

    Zentech and Renewables Resources International announced to build the first Jones Act compliant U.S. installation vessel. "This vessel will provide the now evolving U.S. Offshore Wind Industry with a much needed and cost competitive marine logistic solution,” stated Zentech in a press release. The U.S. Jones Act requires for all vessels that are transporting goods to and from U.S. ports, such as components for an offshore wind farm, to be U.S. built and operated. Zentech Incorporated is a marine engineering and naval architecture firm specializing in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries. Read more
  • project update

    “Final sprint for all the players”

    Siemens Gamesa is using no less than eight innovative technologies for the pilot project Nissum Bredning Vind. Offshore Wind Industry spoke to Bent Christensen about the rapid pace of development in the industry. Read more
  • project update

    EEW SPC has been awarded two new orders

    The Rostock based company EEW Special Pipe Constructions (EEW SPC) has been awarded two new orders for the delivery of 205 monopiles in total. 174 of the foundations are meant to be for Hornsea Project One, the world’s first wind farm with a capacity of more than one Gigawatt. 31 monopiles have been ordered by the Dutch marine contractor Van Oord. Read more
  • logistics & operations

    Next Generation Gangway at work at Walney Extension

    The “Next Generation Gangway” is in operation on the subsea-support walk-to-work vessel VOS Start. The ship is chartered by MHI Vestas Offshore for the installation of wind turbines at the Walney Extension Wind Farm at the Irish Sea. Read more

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