Top News of the Week, 21 – 27 May 2018

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07/06/2018 – 08/06/2018

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Scotland Steps Up Its Zero Emissions Game

Scotland is the home of the world’s first floating wind farm. Image: Equinor (Statoil)

Scottish government has published a draft Climate Change Bill that will immediately set a target of a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and guide to the government’s aim of making Scotland one of the first countries to achieve a 100% reduction (net-zero) as soon as possible. 

Scotland’s existing targets are for a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. The new interim targets will be 56% by 2020, 66% by 2030, and 78% by 2040.

The net-zero target date has not been outlined in the new bill, but Scottish ministers will be legally required to keep the target date under review by seeking expert advice on the issue every five years. The target date will become legally-binding, subject to the consent of the Scottish Parliament, as soon as there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate the date is credible and achievable, Scottish government said.

The target of a 90% emissions reduction by 2050 is what the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC) deemed as currently “at the limit of feasibility.”

As well as increasing long-term ambition, the new bill also includes stretching annual targets for every year between now and 2050. This means action will need to increase immediately, across every sector of the Scottish economy, according to the government.

Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Our 90% target will be tougher even than the 100% goal set by a handful of other countries, because our legislation will set more demanding, legally-binding, annual targets covering every sector of our economy. By 2030, we will cut emissions by two-thirds and, unlike other nations, we will not use carbon offsetting, where other countries are paid to cut emissions for us, to achieve our goal.”

Responding to the Scottish Government’s publication of its Climate Change Bill, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said that renewable energy will play a crucial part in achieving the emissions reduction targets.

“[T]he recent falls in cost for offshore and onshore wind in Scotland and the UK show what is possible with the right long-term policies,” Claire Mack said.

However, Scottish Renewables pointed out that, although the new bill shows Scotland’s ambition, Ministers and Parliament should set a date for delivering net-zero emissions.

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Six projects awarded 70MW in Kazakh auctions

It received nine bids from Kazakh companies totalling 40.7MW for the first 20MW portion on 23 May, the ministry stated.

Zenchenko and K were awarded 2MW of capacity at KZT 18,000/MWh ($55.08/MWh), Vichi won 7MW at KZT18,010/MWh, Ventum Energy and EastWind Energy both won 4.95MW at KZT18,990/MWh and KZT 19,990/MWh respectively, and Ivan Zenchenko was awarded 2MW at KZT22,530/MWh.

In a second auction on 24 May, Gel Elektik won the full 50MW allocation at KZT 17,490/MWh for a site in the Kostanay region.

The energy ministry had received four applications, it stated, offering projects with capacities between 20MW and 50MW for a total of “about 127MW”.  Prices had started at KZT 22,670/MWh (€59.18/MWh) before Gel Elektik emerged victorious.

Successful companies will sell electricity from their site to the settlements and tariffs department under a 15-year contract.

Renewable energy auctions are running in Kazakahstan between 23 May and 7 June, and will run between 3 and 18 October. The government intends to tender 1GW of energy capacity this year, of which wind power would account for 620MW.

It will next tender capacity on 28 May.

Kazakhstan currently has no online wind projects, but there are several in various stages of development.

The government owns six 35MW sites in the north of the country, and a 78MW project in the east, that it hopes to complete this year. The country aims to source 50% of its power from renewables by 2050.

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SSE Rings Arklow Bank Survey Bell

SSE Renewables Offshore Limited has issued a contract notice for the provision of geotechnical surveys works at Arklow Bank in the Irish Sea.

The offshore and nearshore geotechnical surveys will be carried out off the coast of county Wicklow, Ireland, to gather sufficient geotechnical data to support the preliminary design, and in part the detailed design, of wind turbine substructures and foundations.

The work comprises 25 boreholes and 50 cone penetration tests (CPT’s) located on as yet undefined locations across the Arklow Bank development area, and associated in-situ, and geotechnical laboratory testing and factual reporting.

The contractor should assume that they will supply all management, technical support and competent labour, supervision, vessels, equipment, tools, materials, consumables, temporary works and each and all other resources necessary for the handling, transportation, unloading and receiving, monitoring, measuring, drilling, testing, and quality assurance necessary for the delivery of the work.

Field works shall be completed by end September 2018, with laboratory testing and factual reporting in early 2019. It is expected that this work will be delivered from a purpose-built or suitably converted floating and/or jack up vessel or vessels, as deemed appropriate.

The tender deadline is 12 June, and invitations to tender or to participate are expected to be issued on 19 June.

SSE is the co-developer of Ireland’s first and only operational offshore wind farm – the 7-turbine 25MW Arklow Bank Phase 1. The wind farm was delivered with GE Energy in 2004 as a demonstrator project to prove the opportunity that offshore wind energy could represent for Ireland.

SSE is moving forward with plans to fully develop the wind farm and invest over EUR 1 billion in the project which is to have a minimum of 520MW of capacity.

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Offshore Wind Opportunity to Redesign North Sea, Report Says

Offshore wind potential offers opportunity to redesign the North Sea and increase marine biodiversity, according to the latest white paper from Ecofys, which also pointed out that there is an urgent need to improve collaboration and understanding to facilitate the development of a net-positive approach towards the future offshore wind roll-out across the North Sea countries. 

An ecosystem-based spatial planning approach for a potential North Sea energy infrastructure could contribute to the effective management of marine activities and the sustainable use and development of marine and coastal resources, the paper reads.

Ecofys interviewed stakeholders from around the North Sea, including the European Commission, transmission system operators, offshore wind developers, NGOs, and fishery associations to get their views on anticipated ecological effects and benefits of a North Sea offshore wind roll-out.

On the idea of a net-positive approach towards offshore wind roll-out and biodiversity, most stakeholders interviewed expressed their enthusiasm, about, with some of them saying that it is necessary to go above and beyond the current statutory requirements of mitigating potential impacts, according to Ecofys.

A clear vision and plan is required to redesign the North Sea and facilitate all user functionalities in combination with large-scale offshore wind, the report states.

The objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, translated into offshore wind, could mean having around 180GW in the North Sea in 2050, more than ten times the current installed capacity, and the necessary changes in approach are drastic, Ecofys writes, adding that action is needed now to ensure multiple benefits for stakeholders.

At the same time, monitoring and stakeholder collaboration must improve to increase understanding of environmental effects and to accelerate the offshore wind development and spatial planning processes. However, many still favour the precautionary approach towards impact assessment because of its status in the legal framework and uncertainties, according to the white paper.

The white paper is the third in a series of thought leadership pieces on the potential of a North Sea Offshore Powerhouse.

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Seazip Picks Damen CTV for Nordsee Ost Gig

Source: Seazip Offshore Service

Seazip Offshore Service has chartered crew transfer vessel (CTV) SeaTwin 2 from Damen Marine Services for an ROV campaign at the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.

The ROV equipment was delivered by C-Ventus, who recently won a four-year contract for annual ROV inspections of infrastructure and remediation works at the 295MW wind farm.

According to Seazip, the ROV-CTV set-up provides flexible performance without the standard DP2 vessels and enables fast mooring and ROV deployment by using a rope to moor the vessel to the offshore structure.

The engines are shut down when the vessel is moored, which allows a fuel-efficient operation in comparison to when a DP2 is used, Seazip said.

The Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm comprises 48 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines located some 35km off the island of Helgoland in the German North Sea.

The wind farm, owned by innogy, was fully commissioned in May 2015.

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French Floater Proves a Crowdfunding Hit

The EolMed consortium developing a floating wind project in the French Mediterranean has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising EUR 300,000 to finance the deployment of a Floating LiDAR. 

The crowdfunding campaign on the Enerfip platform started on 22 May and since then the developer has met and exceeded its EUR 300,000 target. The campaign’s ceiling is EUR 400,000.

Residents of the Occitane Region are currently the only ones that can participate in the campaign by investing between EUR 10 and EUR 2,500. From 30 June to 5 July the campaign will open for anyone willing to invest.

The EolMed consortium is led by the French renewable energy developer Quadran and includes Ideol, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Senvion.

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) approved the consortium’s bid to construct a pilot floating wind farm in the Gruissan area in 2016.

The 24.8MW wind farm will comprise four Senvion 6.2MW wind turbines installed on Ideol’s Damping Pool floating foundations some 15 kilometres offshore Gruissan in an average depth of 55 metres.

The wind farm is expected to enter the construction phase in 2019 and start operating by late 2020/early 2021 for a period of 20 years.

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Two OOS Offshore Wind-Friendly SSCVs Under Construction

Image source: OOS International

China Merchants Heavy Industry started building OOS Internationsal’s new Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) OOS Walcheren on 24 May at its Jiangsu yard, while the first of the two ordered SSCVs, OOS Serooskerke, is already under construction in Haimen and due for delivery in mid-2019.

The OOS Walcheren will be delivered in 1Q 2020 and, according to the vessel owner, this will provide sufficient time to capture the lessons learnt and enhancements needed from the sister vessel OOS Serooskerke.

OOS International ordered the two vessels in August 2016, announcing they would be used for offshore wind installation and decommissioning, among other things. The vessels feature two heavy lift Huisman cranes with a combined lift capacity of 4,400t with subsea lifting and active compensation capability.

The company said the SSCVs could also be used for offshore accommodation and can house up to 750 people.

The SSCVs will be equipped with a an enhanced dynamic positioning class 3 system (DP3) from Kongsberg.

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Siemens partners with battery firm Northvolt

Under the deal, Siemens will provide its “Digital Enterprise” software portfolio, allowing Northvolt to benefit from Siemens’ digitalisation solutions and “optimise its battery production”, Siemens said. 

In return, once Northvolt’s factory in Sweden is competed in 2020, it will become Siemens’ preferred battery supplier. 

“With our Digital Enterprise portfolio, we contribute to a competitive battery cell production in Europe that fully exploits the benefits of software and automation: greater flexibility, efficiency and quality with shorter time to market”, said Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens Digital Factory Division.

Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt, added: “The European industry is moving rapidly towards electrification. Siemens will become an important technology partner, supplier and customer to Northvolt in this coming transition. Once we begin large-scale production, our aim is to supply the greenest lithium-ion batteries in the world.”

In December, Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas invested €10 million in Northvolt for a seven-year project to develop a lithium-ion platform suited to wind projects. 

Previously, grid firm ABB signed a collaboration agreement with Northvolt in September 2017, to share products and services. Northvolt has also received backing from Swedish utility-developer Vattenfall

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EnBW Hohe See Substation Jacket Ready to Set Sail

The jacket foundation for the EnBW Hohe See offshore substation has been loaded out at Smulders’ yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

The jacket will be shipped to its final destination in the German North Sea next week. Smulders’ scope of work consists of the design and build of the steel structure for both the topside and foundation, including piles. The offshore substation will connect the wind farm to the German high voltage grid via the BorWin3 converter platform.

The 497MW EnBW Hohe See wind farm is currently under construction and will be brought online before the end of 2019.

The installation of the foundations and the transformer station, and the laying of the wind farm’s cables is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, EnBW said.

EnBW is also developing the adjacent 112MW Albatros project which is expected to enter offshore construction phase in September.

The two wind farms will comprise 87 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines installed some 95 kilometres north of Borkum and 100 kilometres northwest of Helgoland.

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