China unlikely to 'bounce back' before 2020

In its latest intelligence spark note, FTI said the 30GW peak in 2015 was the result of a surge in installations prior to a fall in feed-in tariff (FIT) rates.

While the annual installation figure is expected to grow in China over the coming years from the less-than-25GW in 2016, FTI predicts it will be 2025 before the 30GW total is reached again.

Also, the addition of a new mechanism in provinces where curtailment rates are high has pushed down installation rates in the world’s largest wind market.

According to FTI, quoting China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the country added just 6GW of new wind capacity in the first half of 2017, down 40% on the same period of 2015.

In 2016, 49.7TWh of wind power was lost to curtailment, FTI said. To combat this, the government added a control measure called the risk warning mechanism (RWM).

This mechanism uses a traffic light system (red, orange and green) to rate regions and provinces in China on policy, resource and operation (including curtailment rates) — and economics.

If an area is given a red grade,  project approvals and grid connections are paused until curtailment rates are improved, according to FTI.

FTI said this new mechanism for the lower installation rate in China during the first half of 2017.

“FTI expects that the RWM will continue to constrain wind project development in Xinjiang, Gansu, Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Heilongjiang,” FTI said in its note.

These are the areas in northern China where most wind capacity has traditionally been installed in recent years, and which suffer from high curtailment.

As a result of the slowdown, FTI predicts domestic OEMs relying more and more on the overseas wind market.

“As the domestic market is unlikely to bounce back in the short term, Chinese turbine OEMs need to rely on the overseas markets to relieve the pressure caused by overcapacity. This is why the industry has seen a greater effort from leading Chinese turbine manufacturers to look for growth in international markets after 2015,” FTI said.

Further down the supply chain, FTI warns of consolidation or withdrawals from the market.

“As some of the tier two and all the tier three players are unable to compete directly with western OEMs in the international market and don’t have exposure to the growing offshore wind market, FTI expects some small- and medium-size Chinese OEMs, will withdraw from the market or will have to find a partner in order to survive,” the consultancy predicted.

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Inox wins 50 turbine deal for 100MW Adani project

The Indian turbine supplier will also install and commission its 2MW units, which have a hub height of 120 metres and 113-metre rotor diameter, for Adani Green Energy, which is part of Indian infrastructure conglomerate the Adani Group.

The project is due to be completed on a turnkey basis over the next six to nine months, Inox said. The manufacturer said it would also provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services upon completion of the project.

Adani won the licences in the first round of bidding in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE’s) auction for wind projects in February.

The company has also signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with PTC India, a public-private partnership set up by the Indian government, for a fixed tariff of INR3.46/KWh ($0.054/KWh) for the project.

Adani Green Energy CEO Jayan Parimal, said: “Due to the ongoing shift in the wind power sector, we are at a juncture where clean energy resources will define our future.

“Adani Green Energy has a well-articulated growth plan to increase its renewable power capacity to 10GW by 2021.”

Last year, Inox won Adani’s first ever wind turbine orders for a 50MW project in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, south-east India and the 20MW Lahori project in Madhya Pradesh, central India.

A government official indicated the MNRE is preparing to auction about 6GW of wind capacity by the end of this financial year, building on the two 1GW auctions in February and July.

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Inox signs deal to provide 50 turbines for 100MW Adani project

The Indian turbine supplier will also install and commission its 2MW units, which have a hub height of 120 metres and 113-metre rotor diameter, for Adani Green Energy, which is part of Indian infrastructure conglomerate the Adani Group.

The project is due to be completed on a turnkey basis over the next six to nine months, Inox said.

The company will also provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services upon completion.

Inox’s first ever order was also from Adani – a 50MW project in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, south-east India and the 20MW Lahori project in Madhya Pradesh, central India, last year.

Adani won the capacity in the first round of bidding in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE’s) auction for wind projects in February.

The company has also signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with PTC India, a public-private partnership set up by the Indian government, for a fixed tariff of INR3.46/KWh ($0.054/KWh) for the project.

Mr Jayant Parimal, CEO of Adani Green Energy, said: “Due to the ongoing shift in the wind power sector, we are at a juncture where clean energy resources will define our future.

“Adani Green Energy has a well-articulated growth plan to increase its renewable power capacity to 10,000 MW by 2021 and contribute to the country’s growth and progress.”

A government official indicated that the MNRE is preparing to auction about 6GW of wind capacity by the end of this financial year, building on the two 1GW auctions in February and July.

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Enel's Delfina project in operation

The six-phase wind farm comprises 90 2MW Vestas V110 2MW turbines and is capable of producing 800GWh/year, Enel said.

The Italian firm’s Brazilian subsidiary Enel Green Power Brazil (EGPB) built approximately 90km of transmission line to connect the site across the municipality of Campo Formoso in Bahia to the nearest substation in the city of Juazeiro.

The group invested approximately $400 million in Delfina’s construction — part of this was through a loan for the project from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

It also won a power purchase agreement (PPA) in the sixth reverse power auction for power connected by 1 October.

Enel now has a total installed renewable capacity of 1.84GW — of which 670MW is wind, 279MW from solar PV, and 890MW is generated by hydropower. It also has nearly 172MW worth of wind farms under construction.

EGPB launched programmes to help preserve the endangered blue Lear’s macaw and Caatinga biome cougar in the areas neighbouring the Delfina plant.

Enel, meanwhile, has offered qualification courses to neighbouring communities, such as entrepreneurship courses as well as carpentry and electrician training, to enable income generation.

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Nordsee One Two Turbines Away from Completion

The turbine installation phase on the 332MW Nordsee One offshore wind project is nearing completion with 52 out of 54 Senvion 6.2MW turbines now installed in the German North Sea, according to Reetec, one of the companies involved in the project.

SSC Wind and Reetec are installing together, on behalf of Senvion, the 54 turbines on the Nordsee One wind farm located some 40 kilometres off the island of Juist.

The first Senvion 6.2M126 turbine was installed by MPI Offshore’s jack-up MPI Enterprise in early March.

The turbines were gradually transported from Bremerhaven via Eemshaven to the installation site with water depths ranging between 26 and 29 metres.

Reetec has provided in total 40 offshore wind employees for this project.

Next to the preparatory phase for the 54 Senvion 6.2M126 turbines, the construction and completion are further parts of the company’s scope of work.

The installation and commissioning of all 54 wind turbines is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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Brazil cancels 308MW of PPAs

In a rush to cut losses tied up in stagnated projects, holders of power purchase agreement (PPAs) competed to rescinded contracts affecting 19 wind projects in Brazil totalling 308MW.

Contracts for a further 250MW across six solar projects were also cancelled, bringing the combined total to 558MW.

Under Brazil’s crippling recession many projects, long since holding building permits, have been stranded due to financing difficulties.

Aneel held the auction to bring closure to projects stranded since 2014.

Affected developers competed to pay the highest fees for rescinding contracts. They settled for a combined BRL 106 million ($33 million) across all 25 wind and solar projects to sever further commitments.

Those developers can not respond to further power auctions in Brazil for the next two years. They do, however, receive chamber of commerce aid to sell on any turbines purchased.

Aneel branded the process as mutually beneficial, with state energy planners raking in extraordinary funds as well as clearing doubts on a swathe of future capacity.

Nevertheless, the 557MW ‘disengaged’ represents just 13% of the 4.25GW of capacity put under the hammer.

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Siem Moxie Starts Hywind Scotland Charter

Siem Offshore Contractors’ accommodation and personnel transfer vessel Siem Moxie has begun work on Statoil’s Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial floating wind farm. 

The walk-to-work installation support vessel started supporting commissioning works on the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm off Aberdeenshire on 24 August. The project is expected to be fully commissioned by October 2017.

 “The utilisation of the ISV Siem Moxie represents the first serial access using a vessel in-built heave compensated gangway to a dynamically moving floating wind farm foundation,” Regis Rougier, managing director of Siem Offshore Contractors, said.

”The benefits are expected to include an increase in the access weather window for operational maintenance planning as well as the construction commissioning versus more traditional smaller crafts such as crew transfer vessels. We firmly believe that the use of the more capable and weather resilient walk-to-work vessels such as the ISV Siem Moxie will directly contribute to a reduction in LCOE in the long term.”

Hywind Scotland consists of five 6MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbine generators, installed at Buchan Deep off the coast of Scotland, and mounted on SPAR-buoy floating foundations.

The floating wind farm is owned by Statoil (75%) and Masdar (25%).

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Bibby WaveMaster 1 Arrives in Rotterdam Port

Bibby Marine Services’ service operation vessel (SOV), Bibby WaveMaster 1, has completed her maiden voyage from Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania, to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The SOV will now undergo final sea trials and gangway tests prior to heading to the Galloper offshore wind farm to start her charter with innogy and James Fisher Marine Services, Galloper’s main offshore marine services contractor.

The vessel is expected to start supporting the commissioning works on the 336MW wind farm off Suffolk, UK, by mid-September.

Bibby WaveMaster 1 is a custom-designed 90-metre SOV, built on a DP-2 (Dynamic Positioning) platform, with a motion compensated Walk-to-Work (W2W) access system and a Comfort Class 2 standard accommodation comprising 60 individual en-suite berths.

The project has been delivered on time and within budget, Bibby Marine Services said.

Bibby WaveMaster 1 is Damen’s first purpose-built SOV with W2W capability.

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Bibby WaveMaster 1 Arrives to Rotterdam Port

Bibby Marine Services’ service operation vessel (SOV), Bibby WaveMaster 1, has completed her maiden voyage from Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania, to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The SOV will now undergo final sea trials and gangway tests prior to heading to the Galloper offshore wind farm to start her charter with innogy and James Fisher Marine Services, Galloper’s main offshore marine services contractor.

The vessel is expected to start supporting the commissioning works on the 336MW wind farm off Suffolk, UK, by mid-September.

Bibby WaveMaster 1 is a custom-designed 90-metre SOV, built on a DP-2 (Dynamic Positioning) platform, with a motion compensated Walk-to-Work (W2W) access system and a Comfort Class 2 standard accommodation comprising 60 individual en-suite berths.

The project has been delivered on time and within budget, Bibby Marine Services said.

Bibby WaveMaster 1 is Damen’s first purpose-built SOV with W2W capability.

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Statoil Picks Survitec Safety Gear for Hywind Scotland Team

Statoil UK has selected Survitec as the preferred safety partner for the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm project off Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The safety solutions provider will lease lifejackets and immersion suits to Statoil UK to kit out offshore workers on the world’s first commercial floating wind farm.

Workers at the Hywind site will don the 1000 Series Windfarm Suit which was designed specifically for the offshore wind energy industry and offers multiple wearer options to support marine or aviation transportation. It also affords exceptional in-water performance and survivability as well as flame-retardant material providing optimum protection against fire, Survitec said.

The 30MW Hywind Scotland comprises five Siemens 6MW turbines which have now been installed off the Aberdeenshire coast.

The floating turbine units are mounted on SPAR-type foundations and attached to the seabed by three mooring lines.

The EUR 200 million Hywind Scotland project is owned by Statoil (75%) and Masdar (25%). The first electricity from the floating wind farm is expected to be produced in October.

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