UK Offshore Wind Generation Goes Up

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UK electricity generated from offshore wind increased by 10.0 per cent to 5.1TWh in the first quarter of 2016, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reported in its latest energy statistics.

The offshore wind generation went up due to an increase in capacity, according to DECC.

Meanwhile, generation from onshore wind decreased by 10.5 per cent to 6.4TWh. Generation from solar photovoltaics increased by 41 per cent to 1.3TWh, and solar photovoltaics now has the highest share of renewable capacity, a position previously held by onshore wind.

Renewables’ share of total generation in Q1 2016 was 25.1 per cent, an increase of 2.3 percentage points on Q1 2015, mostly reflecting increased capacity. Renewable electricity capacity was 31.3GW at the end of the first quarter of 2016, 12 per cent (3.4GW) higher than a year earlier, and a 2.6 per cent increase (0.8GW) on Q4 2015.

In its June 2016 edition of Energy Trends, DECC also included summary renewables statistics for 2015, published for the first time, which show that offshore wind generation increased by 30 per cent in 2015.

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Innovation Installs First Foundation at Race Bank

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GeoSea’s jack-up vessel Innovation has installed the first of 91 monopile foundations at DONG Energy’s 580MW Race Bank wind farm located approximately 17 miles off the coast of North Norfolk, UK, according to local media.

The foundations, manufactured by Bilfinger Mars Offshore in Poland, will be spread over an area covering approximately 29 square miles.

Following the installation of monopile foundations and transition pieces, A2SEA will start installing the Siemens 6MW turbines with its offshore installation vessel Sea Challenger. The turbine installation works are expected to start in early 2017.

Race Bank is slated for full commissioning in 2018.

Service for the wind farm will be provided jointly by Siemens and DONG for a period of five years.

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Siemens Freezing New UK Investments and Turbine Exports

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Uncertainty triggered by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has made Siemens, one of the biggest offshore wind players, rethink its strategy and put all new wind energy investments in the country on ice, according to The Guardian.

The wind turbine maker is also halting long-term export plans at its UK-based blade factory in Hull, Bloomberg reports.

The factory in Hull will not be immediately affected by the company’s decision, since the order pipeline is for projects in the UK, but potential long-term export contracts are off the table until the implications of the so called Brexit become more clear.

Meanwhile, Siemens advertised further 100 job openings at its Hull wind turbine blade factory, which will bring the number of employees to over 500. The facility is due to open this September.

“The government must now move swiftly to unify and agree the nature of the U.K.’s relationship with the EU and other trading partners, creating clear roadmaps to encourage future investment,” Bloomberg quotes Siemens as stating.

Today, Offshore WIND reported that the cloud of uncertainty created by the Brexit vote could also affect the Moray Firth offshore wind project, developed by EDP, which said it will wait to see what exact impact will Brexit have on the future of the project.

DONG Energy is also among those who said they will wait to see the implications of the vote. “However, we don’t believe that UK energy policy is dependent on EU membership and we are confident that Dong Energy will continue to make an important contribution towards providing UK homes with a low carbon electricity supply in future,” DONG Energy said.

The ongoing uncertainty was addressed by BVG Associates’ Director, Bruce Valpy, a couple of days ago. He said that the implications for the UK as a whole will be known after the exit negations, which could take at least two years and any regulatory impact will depend on the inevitably protracted negotiations. “That uncertainty in itself has real implications for renewable projects in the UK.” 

Furthermore, following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) said: “The coming period will be characterised by political and business uncertainty, both of which could shape the exit process. The composition of the Government itself is in a state of flux following the resignation of David Cameron, the Prime Minister.

“Whilst it will be some time before the full ramifications of Brexit are known, it is essential that those in the renewables sector begin planning for the inevitable change and consider what they can do to shape the future.”

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Ezion, Sinotrans Form Chinese Offshore Wind Company

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Ezion Holdings and Sinotrans & CSC Holdings have established a new company, Sinomarine & Teras Offshore Co., Ltd, dedicated to the offshore wind industry in China.

The opening ceremony was held in Tianjin, China, on 28 June and was attended by guests from the Chinese government, officials from the Tianjin Dongjiang Free Trade Port Area, Chinese Port Authorities, IE Singapore, power generation companies, banks, as well as senior representatives from both Ezion Holdings Limited and Sinotrans & CSC Holdings.

Wang Kai Yuen, Chairman of Ezion Holdings Limited, said: “This successful establishment enables us to participate, share and apply our experience and expertise to the offshore wind farm energy market in China for which I am proud to be a part of.”

Ezion said the establishment of the new company is a key development for the Group following the announcement in December 2015 that Ezion had entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with a Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Huadian Corporation, to support offshore wind power installation projects in China.

The newly created Sinomarine & Teras Offshore Co., Ltd has signed a strategic cooperation agreement on 28 June with China Huadian Corporation to support offshore wind power installation projects in China and expects to operate two Service Rigs for an offshore wind farm installation project by the end of 2016, according to Ezion.

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EDP: Brexit Could Delay Moray Firth Offshore Wind Project

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The UK leaving the European Union might delay the development of the Moray Firth offshore wind project in Scottish waters, Antonio Mexia, chief executive at Energias de Portugal (EDP), the company which is the owner and developer of the project, was reported by Reuters as saying.

The uncertainties brought about by the Brexit vote could add further complexities which would delay the company’s decision on the project and the launch of the tender, Mexia said.

However, EDP is still interested in further pursuing the project and the company is ready to wait and see what exact impact will Brexit have on the future of the project.

EDP is involved in renewable energy projects through EDP Renewables, which in turn owns Moray Offshore Renewables Limited (MORL).

In January 2010, MORL was awarded the right, under a farm leasing programme conducted by The Crown Estate, to develop offshore wind energy in Zone 1 of the Third Offshore Wind Licensing Round (UK Round 3).

MORL split the site into an eastern and western development area, and developed proposals for the eastern development area first, receiving consent from the Scottish Government for 1,116MW in 2014.

Consultation on proposals to develop the western development area was scheduled to open this month.

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Over 60 NY Groups Call for Large-Scale Offshore Wind Development

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More than 60 groups representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday, calling for “a large-scale, long-term, megawatt-certain offshore wind power commitment from the Governor”.

Groups are specifically calling on the Cuomo Administration to include an offshore wind tier in the soon-to-be finalized Clean Energy Standard, in order to ensure the market certainty needed to launch a robust offshore wind industry in New York.

Catherine Bowes, senior manager for the National Wildlife Federation said: “New Yorkers are calling for bold leadership in pursuit of offshore wind power. With a massive, untapped pollution-free energy source available right off our shores, we have no time to waste. Now is the time for Governor Cuomo to make a large-scale commitment to offshore wind power and unleash the massive job creation potential of this urgently-needed clean energy source. Responsibly developed offshore wind power can and must play a major role in protecting New York’s communities and wildlife from the dangers of climate change.”

Gordian Raacke, executive director for Renewable Energy Long Island said: “Over the last two decades, European countries have developed a vibrant offshore wind industry, installed more than 3,000 turbines and created 60,000 jobs in this rapidly growing sector, while North America has not a single offshore wind turbine in operation. Governor Cuomo now has a unique opportunity to make New York a hub for building an American offshore wind industry.”

The letter was signed by representatives of environmental, public health, labor, environmental justice, and community organizations.

Kit Kennedy, director of NRDC’s Energy and Transportation Program said: “Offshore wind development is a key technology necessary to cement New York’s bold clean energy leadership under Governor Cuomo and fully realize our state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative. We need a long-term commitment to develop offshore wind – along with strong and strategic upfront investment in this economic and environmental driver – to produce significant and multiple benefits for all New Yorkers.”

Bill Lipton, state director for the Working Families Party said: “We applaud Governor Cuomo’s proposal that would see 50% of our state’s electricity come from renewable sources by the year 2030. In order to accomplish this goal, New York needs to take advantage of the resource sitting right off our shores. We call on the state to take bold action on offshore wind power, which will create good jobs and healthy communities and take us closer to meeting the goals Governor Cuomo has proposed.”

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RenewableUK sees carbon budget boost

The report said the UK should reduce carbon emissions by 57% compared with 1990 levels to 1,765Mt of carbon dioxide equivalent, including international shipping.

The report was issued by the CCC in November, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has just accepted it to become legislation, as it was legally required to by the end of June 2016.

UK trade body RenewableUK said the government is showing ambition and is providing clarity following the referendum signaling the UK’s intention to leave the European Union last week, which has caused uncertainty.

“This government is a global leader in tackling climate change. Today’s announcement is especially welcome given the uncertainty caused by last week’s referendum. It’s a clear signal that the UK will continue to show bold leadership on carbon reduction. This will allow investment to continue to flow into renewable energy projects throughout the UK,” said RenewableUK chief executive Hugh McNeal. 

The CCC’s report backed the role of offshore wind in reaching the goal: “It is important that the low-carbon portfolio includes rollout in the 2020s of offshore wind and CCS [carbon capture and storage], given their long-term importance and the role of UK deployment in driving down costs.”

The committee said it had a “reasonable degree of confidence that later-stage technologies (such as offshore wind…) can be deployed at sufficient scale to meet the 2050 target, given a sensible deployment strategy, supplemented by monitoring and evaluation of costs and technical performance, and measures to address financial and non-financial barriers”.

The UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act set an 80% emissions reduction target for 2050 compared with 1990. To achieve this, the government sets out a rolling programme of the carbon budgets, each spanning a five-year period.

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STX Starts Working on Arkona OSS

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STX France has cut the first steel for the Arkona electrical offshore substation, thus launching the first production works for the project after a year of detailed design phase.

The structure will be built by the end of 2016, followed by upending and painting, with hundred people mobilized for the works.

Under the EPCI contract signed with AWE Arkona Windpark Entwicklungs GmbH (50% E.ON and 50% Statoil), STX will provide the jacket foundation, piles, substation topside, as well as the transportation and installation at sea. The contract also includes a one-year maintenance period.

STX France has selected Schneider Electric for the supply of the full electrical package and ABB for the electrical transformers. Seaway Heavy Lifting will be in charge of the transport and installation operations.

“This will be the biggest single-lift AC substation ever installed and a point of reference for the sector,” said STX Offshore Energy Business Unit Director, Frédéric Grizaud. “This project shows that we are now an established offshore wind EPCI market player.”

Arkona is situated in the German part of the Baltic Sea and will comprise 60 6MW Siemens turbines scheduled for commissioning in 2019.

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Australian site secures finance for extension

KfW Ipex and Société Générale have provided the finance to Neoen to double to project size to 200MW.

Siemens will supply a further 32 3.2MW turbines to the second stage. The manufacturer won the contract to supply the first 100MW phase in August 2015.

Construction is currently taking place for the first phase of the project located near Jamestown, 200 kilometres north of Adelaide in South Australia. The first turbine was installed in May 2016.

Power from the first phase will be sold to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government at a fixed price of A$92/MWh ($67/MWh) for 20 years.

The second phase has also secured a power purchase deal with the ACT government, which will be sold at A$77/MWh ($57/MWh), following a wind auction in December.

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