Press releases

  • ODE/DORIS Awarded Owners Engineer Contracts for Two French Offshore Wind Farms

    A consortium consisting of international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE, and DORIS Engineering, has been awarded Owners Engineer contracts covering the Wind Turbine Generator Installation and the Marine Construction Management for the Éoliennes en mer Dieppe et Le Tréport and the Iles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier wind farms off the Normandy and Pays-de-la-Loire coasts.

  • Inocean expands within offshore wind

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    Inocean AS has acquired the outstanding shares in ABB Inocean AB. This means that Inocean AS now owns 100% of the shares and has renamed the company Inocean AB.

  • Spica Technology and FT Technologies sign cooperation agreement

    Spica Technology ApS and FT Technologies Ltd signed a cooperation agreement at the beginning of August which means that Spica Technology becomes FT Integration Partner.

  • For the first time E.ON is using innovative corrosion protection technology for wind farm foundations in the Baltic

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    E.ON is setting new standards for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. The company announces that it is protecting all 60 steel foundations of the Arkona offshore wind park in the German Baltic Sea with a special anti-corrosion coating. E.ON is thus the first company to completely assemble the monopiles of an offshore wind park with the environmentally-friendly corrosion protection technology. During the 25-year operating period, the metal-dissolving corrosion process is significantly reduced and deposits into the sea are reduced by several hundred tonnes.

  • EEW SPC impresses with coating innovation

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    At the beginning of 2017, the world’s first construction site for the automated application of Thermal-Sprayed-Aluminium (TSA) for monopiles went operational and is proving to be double as fast as conventional coating techniques.

  • Den Helder Airport expands helicopter network for offshore wind sector

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    Den Helder – Den Helder Airport is introducing a hub-and-spoke infrastructure enabling multiple helicopter take-off and landing sites at various locations along the Dutch coast. The implementation of these additional ‘helispots’ combined with a solid hub in Den Helder, stems from the cost efficient demand for helicopter flights to North Sea offshore wind projects.

  • MHI Vestas Offshore Wind secures 252 MW Deutsche Bucht project

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    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind received a firm and unconditional order from Northland Power Inc. last Friday, when the company announced that the €1.3 billion Deutsche Bucht project has reached financial close. The project underlines the growing presence of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in Germany and the market’s demand for the V164 turbine platform. The contract also includes a long term full scope service package, maximising the power production on site.

  • ODE, Northland Power and Yushan Energy jointly host Taiwan Offshore Wind Delegation during renewables fact finding tour

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    ODE, Northland Power and Yushan Energy jointly hosted, at Barrow, a delegation of Civic Leaders and industrialists from Taiwan during their recent offshore wind fact finding mission to the UK. The mission was led by the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association and was supported by the UK’s Department for International Trade.
    The Group, which consisted of representatives from Changhua County and industry leaders from the engineering, finance and power generation communities, met with Northland Power, Yushan Energy, ODE and leaders from Barrow Council to discuss the impact that the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm had on the Barrow community before visiting the Operations Support Base and travelling offshore to view the wind farm.
    ODE was the principle engineering contractor for the Ormonde wind farm and is now closely involved with the development of the Hai Long Offshore Wind Farm in the waters off Changhua County, Taiwan, for developers Northland Power and Yushan Energy.
    The Taiwanese visitors had a chance to learn about the construction of the offshore wind farm, its support base and how the operation and maintenance aspects of the wind farm have benefited the local economy during and following the construction period.
    The Hai Long development is many times larger than the Ormonde development but many of the challenges and opportunities are the same. Like Ormonde, Hai Long will be using jacket technology for foundations and where Ormonde was the first wind farm to use 5mw turbines, Hai Long will also be using industry-leading turbine technology.
    The delegation found other similarities in the projects with regard to the investment in port facilities, today Barrow’s Ramsden Dock is the centre for operations and maintenance support for four offshore wind farms but a tidal range of over ten metres and harbour walls dating from the late 1800’s posed challenges during construction. The solution of a floating pontoon that does not transfer load to the aged sea walls is one that may find an application in the ports and harbours of Changhua County.
    Peter Godfrey, ODE Managing Director, said “It’s been tremendously useful to revisit Ormonde and showcase the engineering required both on and offshore to make an offshore wind farm a success for the developer and local community. Barrow council, Vattenfall, the current operator of Ormonde and of course the DIT have been very helpful in making it possible to share the lessons learned from this development”.
    Ian Hatton, who previously was with Eclipse Energy, the developer of Ormonde, and is now CEO of Yushan Energy, agreed “The Hai Long project that we are undertaking with Northland Power in the Taiwan Straits is a multi-billion pound investment into the renewable infrastructure of Taiwan. It’s easy to get caught up in detail of building the project, but it’s not until you return to a project such as Ormonde that you see the benefits brought to the local community in terms of ongoing investment and jobs. I hope this is what the delegation takes away from their visit to Barrow”.
    Sean McDermott, General Manager, Northland Power Development Co. Ltd., Taiwan, added “We were very excited to work with Yushan Energy and ODE to host the delegation from Taiwan to visit Barrow and learn about the scale and positive impact offshore wind development can have on industry and communities. Taiwan has some of the best offshore wind resources in the world, and these sort of visits and exchanges help Taiwan prepare to fully harness this potential. With our partners, we look forward to continuing to contribute to that process”.

  • VBMS successfully completes three cable repairs

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    VBMS recently repaired two inter-array cables and one export cable in UK waters. With its cable-laying vessels being deployed for cabling projects at Galloper, Rampion and Walney Extension offshore wind farms, VBMS used Stemat 82 to carry out these cable repairs. The cable-laying barge’s 8-point mooring system and 2.3 depth made it highly suitable for repairing two inter-array cables in the shallow waters of the outer Thames Estuary. The export cable repair was carried out 20 kilometers offshore, in the Irish Sea.

  • Leading lifeboat designer enters offshore wind support market

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    Ajay Suda, Managing Director, said, “With the experience gained in the oil and gas industry and a family of highly efficient liftboat designs under our belt, it was an obvious step for us to take to enter the burgeoning offshore wind market.” The JG6000P is an optimized design of a special-purpose liftboat commonly referred to as an SOV. It can carry up to four 8 MW complete wind turbines. It has sufficient crane capacity to install them.

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