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OWI 01/2016 - Teaser

contents Cover photo: DONG Energy project update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 news. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 imprint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 interview Carsten Wibel: “The most normal thing in the world” Several recent accidents have cast a spotlight on the safety of offshore wind farms. A discussion with Carstens Wibel from Bugsier reveals some startling insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 spotlight cables The long and short of it When a cable is damaged, the cable itself isn’t the only headache: the financial consequences are also quite serious. In several cases, cable-laying work has delayed the grid connection by months or even years. . . . . . . 14 Sensitive sediment Laying cables across tidal flats is always an act of aggression against the sensitive ecosystem. Modern installation methods should minimise the negative effects as much as possible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 science & technology Looking for work The sinking oil price is putting pressure on an entire industry, which is looking for work for its underwater inspections equipment and personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Searching for a pilot project Siemens wants to make converter platforms for highvoltage direct current transmission (HVDC) cheaper by using a new concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 logistics & operations A powerful enemy Even in the age of supercomputers, weather services can only provide help with planning vessel operations. To ensure safe operations, deploying experienced manpower is at least as essential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Unexpected finding Whilst undertaking seabed scanning for the development of wind farm projects in the North Sea, wind farm developers ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall uncovered something they weren’t expecting . . . 36 politics & business 10 things to know about ... the European market EWEA has published its annual report on trends and statistics of the European offshore wind industry. We present the key facts in brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Make it cheaper Bloated tariffs for wind energy are a thing of the past. With upper limits and auctions, governments in the heart of Europe are putting the squeeze on prices and volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 dates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 wab internal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Photo: Fugro / ScottishPower Renewables 4 OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY 1|2016


OWI 01/2016 - Teaser
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