Walk-to-work solutions

From the ship onto a platform and back – actually just a few steps, but for many service technicians still often a ­courageous grab to catch the railings of the boat landing. Special access systems have failed to gain popularity to date – for a variety of reasons.

“Cost reduction is challenging”

OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY talked to Gary Maddison, Offshore Operations & Maintenance Business Developer of the RES-Offshore.

UK: National College for Wind Energy announced

According to an announcement by the Business Secretary Hon Vince Cable, the UK will develop a National College for Wind Energy in the Humber. It will be the first National College dedicated to renewable energy in the UK.

Cable installation at Borkum Riffgrund 1 completed

Last week yet another project was completed by CT Offshore. In total 44 inter-array cables have successfully been installed and buried at the Dong Energy offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1.

Rust under control

Dong Energy is increasing its stakes in Germany

Dong Energy has purchased the project rights for the German offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund West 2 from Energiekontor AG. The project is located next to Borkum Riffgrund West 1, for which the Danish company has held the rights since 2011.

DanTysk has begun feeding electricity into the grid

On 3 December, the offshore wind farm DanTysk began feeding its first electricity into the German power grid. A total of 80 wind turbines will now successively be connected to the grid.

Evening impressions from the SylWin alpha

Electricity is transported from the three wind parks Butendiek, Dan Tysk and Sandbank to the mainland via the SylWin1 grid connection. Siemens is installing the grid connection in high-efficiency DC technology for network operator TenneT. The connection is scheduled to take up commercial operation in the first half of 2015 and a total of 240 Siemens wind turbines will supply 900,000 households with power.

Evening impressions from the SylWin1 platform

Evening impressions from the SylWin alpha platform

Van Oord to acquire Ballast Nedam

Van Oord has reached agreement on the acquisition of the activities of Ballast Nedam Offshore. The acquisition consists of the assets of Ballast Nedam Offshore, the dedicated EPCI staff (Engineering, Procurement, Contracting and Installation), heavy lift installation vessel Svanen and the Westermeerwind project (144 MW).