SgurrEnergy to Supervise Beatrice Construction

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SgurrEnergy has been awarded a three-year construction monitoring contract for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm.

The construction monitoring appointment follows a one-year role as lenders’ technical advisor for Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Limited and participating lenders, in which SgurrEnergy supported the project to financial close.

SgurrEnergy will also be providing operational support for the first five years of project operation.

The scope will include regular monitoring of construction and installation, checking progress and confirming consistency with the final design, reviewing permits and environmental requirements and undertaking site visits including factory and construction site visits.

SgurrEnergy will undertake risk management monitoring and continually review the project’s risk profile in accordance with the construction budget.

Fiona Shaw, senior renewable energy consultant at SgurrEnergy, said: “Involvement in what will be the first commercially operating offshore wind farm in Scottish waters has been an extremely rewarding experience. We are proud to have supported the project and look forward to our continuing involvement through the construction phase and into operations, ensuring that the lenders’ interests continue to be met.” 

Beatrice offshore wind farm, located approximately 14km from the Scottish Caithness coastline, will consist of 84 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2019.

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MDL Energy to Invest into New Line of OSVs

The 4830 series OSV, developed by Vik Sandvik, a subsidiary of MDL Energy.

New Delhi-based offshore services provider MDL Energy plans to invest in a new series of offshore support vessels based on its proprietary new design – V 4910.

The new OSV will be equipped with a heave compensated offshore crane, and is designed to serve both the Oil&Gas inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) market including walk to work, diving and ROV operations; as well as installation and servicing of renewable energy facilities such as wind farms, tidal energy installations and other offshore energy applications.

The vessel will be powered by a Diesel Electric Dual fuel engine, coupled with battery power and an energy management system, which is expected to cut fuel costs by up to 25%.

This is MDL Energy’s second new build program, after the recent 4830 series, currently being built in Vietnam at Triyards.

MDL Energy will invest into the new series of OVS through its Singapore-based subsidiary, WaterBridge Ventures.

The company will be tendering shortly for a suitable yard and equipment package to meet its specifications. The delivery for the first vessel from this program is expected to be in early 2018.

WaterBridge Ventures will be seeking partnerships with operators as well as asset owners to deploy the vessels on a long term contract basis.

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Timelapse: Dudgeon Foundation Eased Into Place

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Statoil has shared a timelapse video of one of 67 foundations for the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm being installed in the UK part of the North Sea.

The wind farm is located some 32 kilometres north of Cromer, off the coast of Norfolk.

The crane vessel Oleg Strashnov has been installing foundations for the wind farm since early April.

Dudgeon comprises 67 Siemens 6MW turbines, and is expected to be commissioned by early 2017.

Statoil is the developer and future operator of the wind farm. The Norwegian energy company co-owns the wind farm alongside Statkraft and Masdar.

The total investment in the project, which was officially approved in 2014, is estimated at GBP 1.5 billion.

Dudgeon is being developed near the 317MW Sheringham Shoal wind farm, also developed by Statoil and Statkraft, which has been operational since 2012.

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CWind: There Is No Joint Venture in Taiwan

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After contacting CWind yesterday regarding the information that the company is forming CWind Taiwan Ltd, an offshore wind-dedicated joint venture in Taiwan, CWind’s spokesperson told Offshore WIND that the company has not set up any joint ventures in the country so far.

According to CWind’s spokesperson, the company watches the Taiwanese offshore wind market with great interest and it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a local partner. “CWind has, however, not formed a joint venture in Taiwan to date,” the spokesperson said.

The local partner with whom CWind signed the MOU has been left unnamed for now.

The information on CWind forming a Taiwanese joint venture emerged as part of a news article published on the UK Government’s website regarding a trade and technology mission from the UK visiting Taiwan from 30 May to 1 June.

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Siemens Orders Konecranes Cranes for Cuxhaven Factory

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Finnish crane manufacturer Konecranes has received an order to deliver eighteen industrial cranes and one gantry crane to Siemens’ nacelle factory in Cuxhaven, Germany.

The cranes will be delivered during summer 2017. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.

The lifting capacity of the ordered cranes is ranging from 20 to 500 tons, and they will be used for assembly work.

Industrial cranes are being used in different levels in the factory and they have anti-collision protection to make the usage of cranes safer.

“We are delighted to deliver cranes to the Siemens Wind Power & Renewables Division for their future nacelle factory in Cuxhaven, Germany,” said Markku Saarinen, VP, Industrial Equipment, Europe, Konecranes.

“The cranes have been designed with latest technology to help our customers improve their safety and increase the efficiency in their production. The order is a good base for continued cooperation.”

Siemens is investing around EUR 200 million to build its first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany.

The factory is to manufacture nacelles for the company’s 7MW offshore wind turbines and will create up to 1,000 new jobs. Production of the first components will begin in mid-2017.

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Senvion and Prokon in 100MW framework deal

The first order under the agreement has already been placed by the developer. Senvion will supply a total of 21 turbines from its 3MW range across four of Prokon’s projects totaling a combined 69MW.

The four projects will comprise one 3.2MW and five 3MW turbines, all with 122-metre rotors, eight 3.4MW turbines with 114-metre rotors and seven of Senvion’s new 3.4MW turbine with 140-metre rotors.

Commissioning of the four projects is expected to begin this year, with the final project due online in 2018.

Energy cooperative Prokon currently operates 57 projects in Germany and Poland, with a combined 557MW capacity.

Prokon CEO Heiko Wuttke said: “The Prokon cooperative is active with its projects in regions with very different wind potentials, both in the north and in the interior of Germany. Therefore, it is important for us that our wind turbines meet all these different challenges.”

In January 2014, Prokon filed for insolvency following the withdrawal of capital by a number of investors.

However, in July 2015, the creditors and shareholders decided to turn the company in to an energy cooperative, instead of accepting an all-cash bid from developer EnBW.

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Senvion and Prokon agree 100MW framework agreement

The first order under the agreement has already been placed by the developer. Senvion will supply a total of 21 turbines from its 3MW range across four of Prokon’s projects totaling a combined 69MW.

The four projects will comprise one 3.2MW and five 3MW turbines, all with 122-metre rotors, eight 3.4MW turbines with 114-metre rotors and seven of Senvion’s new 3.4MW turbine with 140-metre rotors.

Commissioning of the four projects is expected to begin this year, with the final project due online in 2018.

Energy cooperative Prokon currently operates 57 projects in Germany and Poland, with a combined 557MW capacity.

Prokon CEO Heiko Wuttke said: “The Prokon cooperative is active with its projects in regions with very different wind potentials, both in the north and in the interior of Germany. Therefore, it is important for us that our wind turbines meet all these different challenges.”

In January 2014, Prokon filed for insolvency following the withdrawal of capital by a number of investors.

However, in July 2015, the creditors and shareholders decided to turn the company in to an energy cooperative, instead of accepting an all-cash bid from developer EnBW.

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Blue Barrel Brings U.S. Biodegradable Lubricants to the North Sea

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Blue Barrel Supply has secured an agency agreement with RSC Bio Solutions for the distribution of biodegradable products for the offshore energy industry in the North Sea. 

RSC Bio Solutions has been developing readily ultra-high performing biodegradable oils in the U.S. for many years. By teaming up with the Dutch company, its environmental-friendly lubricants for use on all hydraulic operated deck equipment (like cranes, jacking systems or heave compensated systems) as well as on props shafts, stabilizers, and thrusters, are now directly reaching the North Sea operators and contractors working in the offshore wind, oil & gas and decommissioning markets, according to the company.

Niels Binnendijk, owner of Blue Barrel Supply, has been appointed as a representative of RSC Bio Solutions’ full product portfolio.

“We are excited by Blue Barrel Supply’s addition, as they are the first of a series of moves RSC Bio Solutions will be making to continue to enhance our ability to serve a global customer base,” said Asuama Yeboah-Amankwah, vice president of operations and sales at RSC Bio Solutions.

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Polish law violates EC directive – WindEurope

The Polish lower house in Parliament passed a law last week, which would impose a minimum distance requirement between wind turbines and buildings of ten times the turbines height – in practice, approximately 1.5-2km.

Observers say the criteria would limit the number of possible wind sites in Poland.

Property tax paid by wind farm investors would also be increased to encompass the value of the entire turbine.

WindEurope (formerly EWEA) has called on the EC to take a close look at the law, arguing that it breaches the Renewable Energy Directive.

Article 13 of the directive states: “Member States shall ensure that any national rules concerning the authorisation, certification and licensing procedures that are applied to plants and associated transmission and distribution network infrastructures for the production of electricity… from renewable energy sources… are proportionate and necessary.”

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “This proposal appears to contradict EU law on renewable energy, notably by imposing disproportionate and punitive measures through red tape.

“The EU Institutions need to examine this closely,” he said. ” The new law deliberately aims to undermine onshore wind. If this legislation is passed, it will send investors running for the hills and paralyse deployment of new wind farms in Poland.

“The Polish economy would suffer. Poland needs new power plants, and onshore wind will soon be cheaper than coal,” he added.

The draft legislation comes after a strong 2015 in which Poland added more new wind capacity than any other country in Europe, besides Germany.

The new Polish government, elected in late 2015, has expressed a preference for biogas, which it sees as a more stable power source, and has also indicated it could push geothermal power. Poland also has large coal reserves.

A vote on the legislation by Poland’s upper Senate house is expected between 8-10 June, WindEurope said.

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Polish law contravenes European legislation – WindEurope

The Polish lower house in Parliament passed a law last week, which would impose a minimum distance requirement between wind turbines and buildings of ten times the turbines height – in practice, approximately 1.5-2km.

Observers say that criteria would limit the number of possible wind sites in Poland.

Property tax paid by wind farm investors would also be increased to encompass the value of the entire turbine.

WindEurope (formerly EWEA) has called on the EC to take a close look at the law, arguing that it breaches the Renewable Energy Directive.

Article 13 of the directive states: “Member States shall ensure that any national rules concerning the authorisation, certification and licensing procedures that are applied to plants and associated transmission and distribution network infrastructures for the production of electricity… from renewable energy sources… are proportionate and necessary.”

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “This proposal appears to contradict EU law on renewable energy, notably by imposing disproportionate and punitive measures through red tape.

“The EU Institutions need to examine this closely. The new law deliberately aims to undermine onshore wind. If this legislation is passed, it will send investors running for the hills and paralyse deployment of new wind farms in Poland. The Polish economy would suffer. Poland needs new power plants, and onshore wind will soon be cheaper than coal,” he added.

The draft legislation comes after a strong 2015 in which Poland added more new wind capacity than any other country in Europe, besides Germany.

The new Polish government, elected in late 2015, has expressed a preference for biogas, which it sees as a more stable power source, and has also indicated it could push geothermal power. Poland also has large coal reserves.

A vote on the legislation by Poland’s upper Senate house is expected between 8-10 June, WindEurope said.

Source: Test from Wind Power Monthly