Top News of the Week, 24 – 30 April 2017

Belgium Considers Hitting Offshore Wind Reset Button

Belgium’s Secretary for the North Sea Philippe De Backer has suggested that the government should revoke concessions granted to three offshore wind projects and instead carry out a tendering procedure similar to those in Germany, Denmark or the Netherlands, according to local media.

Bourbon to Install First French Floater

France-based offshore services provider Bourbon has won a contract to carry out the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France, the 2MW Floatgen.

Gondan Launches Race Bank Service Operation Vessel

Spanish shipbuilder Gondan has launched the first of two Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) chartered by DONG Energy to service UK offshore wind farms.

Danish Companies Team Up for U.S. Offshore Wind

Bladt Industries, ISC Consulting Engineers, Semco Maritime and LICengineering are joining forces with The Trade Council of Denmark’s Wind Energy Advisory to provide an integrated platform for partnerships with American companies and offshore wind developers.

Nicon Industries Preps Pacific Orca for Galloper

Danish steel structures specialist Nicon Industries has completed the mobilisation of the wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) Pacific Orca in Esbjerg as the jack-up prepares for the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm project.

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Gemini Delivers Early

The 600MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea achieved full completion on Friday, April 28, ahead of schedule and under its total budget of EUR 2.8 billion, Northland Power, the wind farm’s majority owner, said.

Full completion marks the official end of construction and signifies that all of the terms required to satisfy the project lenders for term conversion have been achieved, the Canadian energy company said.

Concurrent with achieving full completion and term conversion of the loan, Gemini has also restructured the project’s EUR 2 billion senior debt.

As a result of these developments, the project is expected to soon make its first cash distribution to its owners.

The wind farm’s 150 turbines have been operating since October 2016 and, to date, have generated over EUR 250 million of net pre-completion revenues, Northland Power said.

Northland expects to receive a one-time distribution of approximately EUR 31 million comprised of its share of excess net pre-completion revenues and unused construction contingency. Regular distributions from Gemini are expected to commence in December of this year and semi-annually thereafter.

“I would like to commend the Gemini project team; Siemens, who supplied, erected and commissioned the turbines; Van Oord, who designed, procured and installed all other aspects of the project; and everyone engaged with the debt restructuring for their significant efforts,” said John Brace, CEO of Northland.

”The successful completion of our first offshore wind farm — ahead of schedule and under budget — combined with the loan restructuring, reflects Northland’s proficiency in delivering high-quality sustainable energy infrastructure that provides attractive shareholder returns.”

The offshore wind farm is owned by Northland Power (60%), Siemens Financial Services (20%), Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors BV (10%) and N.V. HVC (10%).

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DONG Energy Opens Boston Office

World’s leading offshore wind developer DONG Energy has officially opened its U.S. headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

DONG Energy entered the U.S. offshore wind market in early 2015, when it took over RES Americas Developments Inc.’s (RES) development project rights for a site off the coast of Massachusetts.

In December 2016, DONG teamed up with Eversource Energy to jointly develop the Bay State Wind project.

The proposed offshore wind farm would be located approximately 15-25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard in an area that has the potential to develop at least 2,000 megawatts of electricity.

DONG and Eversource will seek to jointly develop, construct and operate the utility-scale offshore wind project in a 50-50 partnership. The companies expect that first Bay State Wind power can be delivered in the early 2020s.

In August 2016, Massachusetts formally adopted a comprehensive energy bill that includes a first-of-its-kind mandate that state utilities purchase 1,600 MW of offshore wind power by 2027. The first state-led procurement process will begin in June 2017.

“We are proud to have Massachusetts as our home, and we are excited to commit to the community here as we open our first permanent office space in the U.S. Massachusetts has a long history as a hub of economic growth and innovation. DONG Energy will be a part of that legacy, helping to bring the benefits of offshore wind – skilled jobs, cost stability and clean, reliable energy – to Massachusetts and the entire U.S,”  a spokesperson for DONG Energy Wind Power U.S. told Offshore WIND earlier this month.

DONG acquired the rights for the second U.S. lease area from RES Americas Developments, this time off the coast of New Jersey, in February 2016.

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Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm Developers Form Special Purpose Company

The winners of the tender to build the Hibikinada nearshore wind farm off Kitakyushu, Japan, have established a special purpose company (SPC) – Hibiki Wind Energy.

Back in February, the government of Kitakyushu City selected the consortium comprising Kyuden Mirai Energy, Kyuden Corporation (Kyushu Electric Power), Hokutaku Renewable Energy Service, J-Power, and Seibugas to build the 229MW wind farm off the Port of Hibikinada.

The consortium has now established Hibiki Wind Energy to lead the development and operation of the 44-turbine wind farm.

The costs associated with the project are estimated at JPY 175 billion (around EUR 1.44 billion).

The project is expected to enter the construction phase in FY 2022.

Kyuden Mirai Energy holds a 30% stake in the SPC, J-Power controls a 40% stake, and Hokutaku, Seibu and Kyudenko hold a 10% stake in the newly established company each.

Kyuden Mirai Energy and Kyudenko are subsidiaries of Kyushu Electric Power.

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GEO to Survey Danish Nearshore Wind Farms

Danish engineering consultancy GEO has won a contract to carry out geotechnical and geophysical offshore site investigation works for Vattenfall’s nearshore wind farms Vesterhav Nord and Vesterhav Syd off Denmark.

Vattenfall secured the rights to build the two nearshore wind farms in September 2016 with the lowest bid of DKK 0.475/kWh (around EUR 0.064 per kWh).

The two wind farms have a combined capacity of 350MW and are located outside Hvide Sande and Thyborøn on the west coast of Jutland.

Vattenfall plans to start building the two wind farms in 2019, with the full commissioning scheduled for 2020.

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Beatrice Completes Concrete Work at Blackhillock

Construction teams have completed concrete pouring at Blackhillock where the onshore substation is being built for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm project, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) said.

To connect the wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth with the grid on land, power will be carried by offshore and onshore cables to the new onshore substation at Blackhillock.

Beatrice is located approximately 13 km off the Caithness coastline.

The development site covers an approximate area of up to 130km and will consist of 84 WTG Jacket Substructures for Siemens 7MW turbines.

The offshore construction began recently with the first set of piles for the jacket foundations installed in early April.

The wind farm is owned by SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC (25%) and is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019.

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Sandbank Starts Making an Impact on Vattenfall’s Numbers

Vattenfall’s Wind Business Area recorded an uptick in wind generation in the first quarter of 2017 on the back of more than 500MW of added capacity, including the recently commissioned 288MW Sandbank offshore wind farm.

The Swedish energy company said that the production of wind energy increased despite less wind in the first quarter of 2017.

Vattenfall’s wind farms generated 2.2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in the first quarter of 2017, a 46.7% increase compared to 1.5 TWh of wind power generated in the first quarter of 2016.

The increase in power generation translated into a 27.9 jump in net sales for the period which stood at SEK 2.543 billion (EUR 264.3 million) at the end of Q1 2017, as well as a 21.7% rise in underlying operating profit which climbed to SEK 858 million.

The underlying operating profit increased as a result of the newly added capacity, Vattenfall said.

The increase can be explained by newly commissioned assets in combination with a faster construction process in some projects.

In mid- January the installation vessel MPI Adventure installed the last of a total of 72 wind turbines on Sandbank. The construction phase for the wind turbines was completed three months ahead of the originally planned time schedule allowing for the turbines to be commissioned and successively connected to the grid earlier than planned.

Sandbank also received the Taking Over Certificate (TOC) from Siemens 34 days earlier than planned, Vattenfall said.

The availability of producing assets within the Swedish energy company’s renewables division was 97.1% during the quarter.

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Gondan Launches Race Bank Service Operation Vessel

Spanish shipbuilder Gondan has launched the first of two Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) chartered by DONG Energy to service UK offshore wind farms.

The 81-metre SOV, ordered by Østensjø Rederi, will serve as a mother ship for wind turbine technicians at the 573MW Race Bank wind farm off the UK.

The SOV was launched at Gondan facilities in Figueras and is the first vessel of its kind to be built in Spain.

The second SOV under construction at Gondan will be deployed on DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One wind farm once delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

The vessels feature 60 single cabins for up to 40 wind turbine technicians in addition to a marine crew of 20.

Both SOVs will be equipped with an Uptime 23-metre heave compensated walk-to-work gangway, a 3D compensated crane and a CTV landing system with bunkering facility.

In addition to the gangway, the vessels will have 11-metre daughter craft for transfer of maintenance technicians to the offshore wind turbines.

Both ships are being built according to the same UT 540 WP design by Rolls Royce Marine.

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