politics & business

politics & business

Almost unrecognisable – optimism prevails at Windforce

Following the zero-cent bids: offshore sector calls for expansion targets to be increased. (Photo: WAB)

The number one discussion topic at this year's Windforce Conference was the results of the first German tender round. The zero-cent bids have revived the self-confidence of a whole industry.

MHI Vestas expands manufacturing facility at Port of Esbjerg

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is constructing a PCM assembly facility at the Port of Esbjerg (Photo: MHI Vestas)

Construction of a 5,600 square meter facility at the Port of Esbjerg is underway to house manufacturing of power converter modules (PCM) exclusively for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

Wind energy hub planned for the North Sea

This aritficial could be a very efficient and affordable way for the countries around the North Sea to meet the future demand for more renewable energy. (Graphic: TenneT)

The transmission system operators TenneT and Energinet.dk have initiated a futuristic project to create an artificial island in the North Sea to inexpensively distribute electricity from offshore wind farms.

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.

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.

MHI Vestas creates more than 400 new jobs in Denmark

MHI Vestas brings over 400 manufacturing jobs for highly skilled employees to rural Denmark. (Photo: MHI Vestas)

After recently recruiting over 100 manufacturing jobs in the UK, MHI Vestas is turning its attention to manufacturing sites at Lindø and Nakskov, and is now recruiting 414 additional employees at the company’s Danish nacelle and blade factories.

nkt cables takes over ABB’s high-voltage cables business

nkt cables and ABB Group have closed the acquisition whereby nkt cables takes over ABB’s high-voltage cables business.

MHI Vestas launches 9 MW wind turbine

Today, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind unveiled its uprated 8 MW wind turbine, enabling its 8 MW platform to reach 9 MW at specific site conditions. The company’s prototype at Østerild broke the energy generation record for a commercially available offshore wind turbine on Thursday 1st December, producing 216,000 kWh (actual figures 215,999.1 kWh) over a 24 hour period.

VBMS awarded inter-array cabling contract for East Anglia ONE OWF

VBMS, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis), has been awarded a cabling contract with a value of approximately EUR 100 million by ScottishPower Renewables, for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The scope of work for VBMS consists of the supply, installation and burial, as well as termination and testing of 102 66kV inter-array cables. The project execution will commence in the first quarter of 2019 with completion scheduled for mid-2020.

Acta Marine contracts Ulstein for wind vessel

Ulstein Verft AS has signed a contract for the building of a DP2 Construction Support Vessel (CSV) for the Netherlands based Acta Marine B.V. The vessel is primarily aimed at the offshore wind market and carries the new SX195 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS.

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