Jan De Nul Completes Turbine Installation at Blyth OWF

Jan De Nul installed the fifth and final MHI Vestas 8.3MW turbine at the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project site yesterday, 28 September. 

The company’s jack-up vessel Vole au vent loaded the last two turbines earlier this week at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark.

The first turbine went up on 18 September, after the gravity base foundations (GBFs) were installed using the new “float and submerge” process.

The 41.5MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Project, located 5.7km off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, is the first to utilise the hybrid gravity based foundations, as well as 66kV electrical infrastructure.

The first power at the wind farm is expected to be generated later this year.

The project is being developed by EDF Energy Renewables.

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DONG Puts Together Engineering Consultancy Dream Team

DONG Energy has announced the results of a tender for engineering consultancy services to support its offshore wind farm projects. The developer has awarded several companies with framework agreements for offshore and onshore substations, foundations and O&M buildings. 

The design services regarding offshore substations will be carried out by COWI, ISC Consulting Engineers and Rambøll. The framework agreement includes services intended to be utilised in the construction of future offshore wind farms and design services in connection with similar structures intended for offshore deployment.

For the design of onshore substations, DONG Energy has chosen COWI, Atkins, Kelvin Power Structures, WSP UK and Rambøll to provide engineering consultancy.

Atkins, COWI, ISC Consulting Engineers and Rambøll will be in charge of engineering design of the primary steel in the monopiles, transition pieces and jackets for offshore wind turbines, as well as secondary structures such as landings, ladders, resting platforms, internal platforms, etc.

All contracts have a duration of six years.

The tender process for engineering consultancy services related to operations and maintenance (O&M) buildings is ongoing and is expected to be finalised later this year.

According to the invitation to tender issued in February 2017, the offshore substation contracts from this tender are valued at a total of EUR 20 million, same as the total value of those for onshore substation engineering consultancy services.

The contracts for foundation structural design have been valued at a total of EUR 3 million.

The engineering consultancy works for the ongoing tender for O&M buildings are worth around EUR 2 million.

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First EOWDC Jacket Top Sections En Route to Newcastle

Mandora Logistics has loaded out the first two jacket top sections built at Smulders fabrication yard in Hoboken, Belgium, for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

Boskalis awarded Smulders Project a contract for manufacturing and assembling suction bucket jacket foundations for the eleven-turbine offshore demonstrator project in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.

The top sections are being produced at Hoboken and will firstly be transported to Newcastle, where the lower sections are being manufactured, and where the final assembly will take place.

The first two top sections are expected to arrive in Newcastle on Saturday, 30 September.

Marketex Offshore Constructions, an affiliated company of BLRT Grupp, recently completed the delivery of 21 anchors for the wind turbine foundations.

The foundations are expected to be installed at the site some three kilometres off Aberdeen in January 2018, followed by the installation of the 66kV inter-array cables and the export cable.

The eleven MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines are scheduled for installation in March 2018.

As Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration centre, the 92.5MW EOWDC, also called Aberdeen offshore wind farm, will trial next generation technology and is expected to contribute to driving down the cost of clean power.

The wind farm is expected to generate first power in summer 2018 and operate for 20 years.

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Europe approves French renewables support programmes

The EC found the schemes, one for wind, two for solar, and one that affects both technologies, would not contravene state aid rules. It could support an additional 7GW of renewable energy in France.

“The support schemes for medium and large-scale solar and for onshore wind power will help France in its transition to a low-carbon, environmentally sustainable energy supply,” said EC competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

“The measures are completed by a technology-neutral tender, which will stimulate competition between solar and wind installations, and will help the EU reach its environmental objectives,” she added.

The onshore wind scheme has a provisional budget of €188 million a year over 20 years. It could support 3GW of onshore wind capacity. The 3GW tender was launched in May

It will see medium- to large-scale onshore wind operators receive a premium on top of the market price for projects of more than six turbines, or with at least one turbine being rated above 3MW.

Another scheme would support up to 200MW of new onshore wind or solar capacity for indivudual projects below 18MW.

Each scheme also pays a bonus to local projects or local participation in projects, the EC explained.

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German Offshore Wind Law Excludes Kaikas, Wpd Takes It to Court

Wpd today filed a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe against the provisions of the German offshore wind energy law (WindSeeG), which exclude wpd’s offshore wind project Kaikas from future tenders without indemnification.  

The Kaikas offshore wind farm in the North Sea was approved by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in 2013 and is the only approved German offshore wind project to be excluded from future tenders by the WindSeeG, which entered into force on 1 January 2017, according to wpd.

A 150-page constitutional complaint, put together by Prof. Dr. Marcus Dannecker from the law firm Gleiss Lutz, sees this as a violation of the principle of equality, as well as the freedom to work and the freedom of ownership, in line with articles 3, 12 and 14 respectively of the fundamental law.

“In order to meet governmental requirements, we have invested a significant double-digit million figure, and then, just before implementation, we will be able to lose all the possibilities for realisation. Worse can not be done with investors, and investment security can not be undermined,” Achim Berge Olsen, Managing Director of wpd offshore GmbH.

The Kaikas project consists of 83 wind turbines with a total capacity of 581MW. The offshore wind farm is planned to be installed some 110km off the German North Sea coast in water depths of 40-41m.

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GE’s Haliade Kit Reaches China

Haliade nacelles and blades for the Fujian Xinghua Gulf demo project have reached China, GE Renewable Energy said.

The nacelles and blades for three Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines were loaded and shipped out of the Port of Esbjerg, Denmark, in early August.

The nacelles and generators were manufactured at GE’s Offshore Wind facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, while the blades were manufactured by LM Wind Power in Denmark.

The tower sections, manufactured locally in China, are to follow after which the installation of the wind turbines will commence, the company said. The installation is expected to take place during the last quarter of 2017.

Fuqing Haixia Electricity Generation Company, a joint venture between China Three Gorges and Fujian Energy, ordered the three turbines from GE in March 2017.

The contract also includes technical support and a two-year operation and maintenance (O&M) service.

GE Renewable Energy is one of the several wind turbine suppliers to participate in the 73MW wind farm project, which will comprise 14 wind turbines.

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K2 Management Bags New Deutsche Bucht Contract

Northland Power has awarded K2 Management with a lump sum service agreement involving full scope construction management on the 252MW Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm in the German sector of the North Sea. 

The work scope includes delivering full construction management services, from the pre-construction phase through to the Commercial Operation Date, expected by the end of 2019.

K2 Management will be responsible for project management services for the technical management of project agreements; HSE and quality management; construction monitoring; and management of integration, time and cost, contracts, and risk; in addition to providing procurement and technical advice for the duration of the contract.

Chief Sales Officer and Co-founder of K2 Management, Lars Hammershøj, said: “We believe lump sum pricing is a natural next step to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy and we are delighted to continue working with Northland, an emerging leader in the offshore wind sector.”

The company has been working on the offshore wind project since 2013, providing engineering and development services, supporting it through to the financial close and Northland Power’s acquisition of the project from Highland Group in August 2017.

Morten Melin, Executive Vice President, Construction at Northland Power commented: “DeBu is a large offshore project; having a full-scope construction management provider will help to ensure its success. Northland Power has selected K2 Management for this role as a result of their extensive track-record, and their significant contribution to bringing the project to financial close.”

DeBu is located 95 kilometres northwest of the island of Borkum in the German Exclusive Economic Zone and will feature MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbines.

Van Oord has been awarded the Balance of Plant (BOP) contract for the project, and is in charge of the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter-array cables and an offshore high voltage station, as well as the transportation of the wind turbines.

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SGRE wins first 4.2MW turbine order

The SWT-DD-130 turbines will have a rated capacity of 4.2MW and a 130-metre diameter rotor.

The 4.2MW models will be the highest capacity turbines installed in the country to date, the Norwegian Wind Energy Association said.

It is also the first time Siemens Gamesa’s SWT-DD-130 turbines have been ordered with a 4.2MW rating, the company said.

The manufacturer will also provide service and maintenance for the turbines for five years. Installation is scheduled to begin in summer 2019.

The Sørfjord site in the municipality of Tysfjord is only accessible by boat or helicopter, Siemens Gamesa said.

Hans Joern Rieks, CEO of North Europe, Middle East and Africa, at SGRE said: “We are proud to deliver the latest innovations from our onshore direct drive platform with the SWT-DD-130 to the Sørfjord Vindpark.”

Fortum had acquired the 96.6MW site from Norwegian developers Nordkraft alongside the 32MW Nygårdsfjellet and 50MW Ånstadblåheia wind farms as part of a package deal in January.

The company is further looking to increase its portfolio in the Nordic countries and Russia, it said.

“This investment decision is a further step in the implementation of our wind growth strategy, in the perspective of building a sizeable scale portfolio in the Nordic area, said Philippe Stohr, vice president of wind power at Fortum.

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Murphy Set to Start Installing East Anglia ONE Onshore Cables

J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) has been awarded onshore cable construction contract for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The works are set to begin in early October and to be finished at the end of the summer in 2018.

Murphy will carry out the cable civil construction works with trench excavation, duct installation, reinstatement and proving of joint bay locations and connections to HDDs.

Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Very early on we decided that the onshore connection would be underground, and we are confident that Murphy will help to successfully deliver this important aspect of the project. Construction work is already underway at our substation in Bramford, and overall the project is progressing well. Offshore work will start next year, and the windfarm will be fully operational during 2020.”

Eadt Anglia ONE covers an area of around 300km² and will comprise a single offshore substation inside the wind farm and two AC circuits connecting to an onshore substation at Bramford near Ipswich, adjacent to the existing National Grid substation.

The planned export cable route is approximately 85km in length offshore and 37km onshore, with a landfall at Bawdsey.

The wind farm will consist of 102 Siemens 7MW turbines, scheduled for full commissioning by the end of 2018.

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