Merkur Transition Pieces En Route to Eemshaven

The first 6 of the total of 66 transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm have been loaded onto a vessel in Spain and will now set sail to Eemshaven, according to social media updates by those involved in the transport and logistics of the TPs.

The installation of monopiles at the offshore construction site, located 35km north of the German island of Borkum, started in April of this year.

The transition pieces are being transported from Spain since they were produced by Idesa, a Spanish company specialising in manufacturing large components and equipment.

Preparations for handling the Merkur transition pieces have already started at the Buss Orange Blue Terminal in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. In June, the Buss Orange Blue Terminal and GeoSea signed a contract under which the transition pieces will be temporarily stored at the terminal, finally assembled and then transported to the wind farm via a jack-up vessel.

Merkur will consist of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines and will produce about 1,750 GWh of electricity annually. The 396MW German offshore wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.

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First Merkur Transition Pieces En Route to Eemshaven

The first 6 of the total of 66 transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm have been loaded onto a vessel in Spain and will now set sail to Eemshaven, according to social media updates by those involved in the transport and logistics of the TPs.

The installation of monopiles at the offshore construction site 35km north of the German island of Borkum started in April of this year.

The transition pieces are being transported from Spain since they were produced by Idesa, a Spanish company specialising in manufacturing large components and equipment.

The Buss Orange Blue Terminal, located in the Dutch port of Eemshaven, has already commenced preparations for the Merkur offshore wind farm. In June, the terminal signed a contract with GeoSea to accomodate the temporary storage, final assembly and transportation of the transition pieces to the wind farm via a jack-up vessel.

The 396MW Merkur will consist of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines and is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.

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USTDA Continues Support for Vietnam’s Offshore Wind with New Grant

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 2 (PECC2), a Vietnamese power engineering company, to support development of the 100MW Tan Thuan nearshore wind farm in southern Vietnam.

PECC2 has selected Seattle-based DVN KEMA Renewables, a consulting and engineering group with experience in offshore wind in Vietnam, to carry out the project design and feasibility study.

According to USTDA, the Tan Thuan wind farm is located in the Ca Mau province, which is notable for having the highest average wind speed nationwide.

The wind farm is developed in two phases, the first comprising 24MW and the second including the remaining 76MW.

David Ross, USTDA Country Manager, said: “USTDA is pleased to support this project which will help capitalize on southern Vietnam’s strong wind resources and support the country’s prioritization of renewable energy. This project represents an excellent opportunity for U.S. businesses to export technologies and services in support of Vietnam’s renewable energy goals.”

U.S. Consul General Mary Tarnowka and PECC2 Chairman and CEO Nguyen Chon Hung signed the grant at a ceremony in PECC2’s office in Ho Chi Minh City.

“As Vietnam’s energy demands grow, the U.S. is helping spread renewable energy in the Mekong River Delta. This project has the potential to bring clean energy to the Mekong River Delta and introduce U.S. wind power technologies to Vietnam,” Mary Tarnowka said.

In March 2015, USTDA backed the development of the 300MW Bac Lieu wind power project in Vietnam with a grant to Cong Ly Ltd. Commercial operation for phase 1 of Bac Lieu, which uses ten General Electric turbines that generate approximately 16 MW of power, commenced in August 2013.

Recently, USTDA awarded a grant to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) supporting the development of an offshore wind farm in Jamaica. If determined viable after the feasibility study, the wind farm would be one of the first offshore wind installations in Jamaica and the greater Caribbean region.

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DNV GL Signs MoU on OW Testing and Certification in Taiwan

DNV GL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese stakeholders to collaborate on offshore wind testing and certification to drive the expansion and facilitate the development of offshore wind in Taiwan.

The participating stakeholders who signed the MoU include CR Classification Society, Electronics Testing Centre Taiwan, Metal Industries R&D Centre, Taiwan Electronic Research and Testing Centre, and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.

The agreement was signed under the witness of Dr Ming-Jong Liou, Director-General of the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), the agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs which will head the regulations for certification since it has been designated by the highest authority in Taiwan.

According to DNV GL, Taiwan is one of the rising offshore wind markets in the world, and with its long-term visibility in terms of policy, financial support and development, it is Asia’s second biggest offshore wind market after China.

The aim of this initiative is to facilitate the knowledge transfer and technical cooperation, enabling future offshore wind leaders to build on the experience from mature markets.

Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President Renewables Certification at DNV GL, said: “Local knowledge from our MOU partners combined with the broad experience in offshore wind from DNV GL, will help the industry to accelerate the country’s offshore wind targets and make offshore wind in Taiwan a reality soon. As a certification body we have been involved in more than 75% of all offshore wind farms globally, giving us a comprehensive industry insight and knowledge based on experience from the world’s leading offshore wind markets.”

To support local and foreign companies realizing projects on site, DNV GL has recently established a local certification team in Taipei, headed by Per Haahr, Regional Manager Asia Pacific for Renewables Certification.

DNV GL said that in the last ten years, certification has supported pioneering advances in the renewables industry by improving the reliability of products and projects. As the industry is developing, new innovative projects forecast to continue growing will need to demonstrate their capabilities, while the focus on the long-term performance of traditional technologies remains highly important.

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Brunel Engineers Developing Digital O&M Platform

Researchers at the Brunel University London’s Innovation Center are developing WindTwin, a digital platform that enables live condition checks on each wind turbine’s working parts, for which the Brunel team says it would significantly contribute to cutting offshore O&M costs.

WindTwin will feed data from sound sensors on the turbines’ gearbox, generator and other mechanical parts into a 3D virtual model or ‘digital twin’ that predicts which need fixing and when. That lets companies scrap scheduled maintenance and replace or repair broken parts before they do damage.

Dr Miltiadis Kourmpetis at Brunel Innovation Centre said: “The data this software generates has huge potential benefits for the wind turbine industry.”

Brunel’s researchers said savings achieved by using WindTwin could be vast, considering that operating 5,500 offshore turbines by 2025 could cost GBP 2 billion annually, according to Crown Estate’s report from 2013.

“Our goal is to develop digital models or clones of a wind turbine which combine mathematical models describing the physics of the turbine’s operation, with sensor data from actual parts during day-to-day running. These virtual models will allow wind farm operators to predict failure and plan maintenance, reducing maintenance costs and downtime,” Kourmpetis said.

The digital twin platform will use big data analytics and advanced visualisation and analysis to draw a real-time picture of the turbine’s condition, which will help maintain and optimise real wind turbines, cutting upkeep costs by up to 30%, researchers calculate. Early breakdown detection will up reliability by as much as 99.5% and reduce losses from downtime by 70%. It also lets workers monitor and control entire wind farms digitally and remotely.

The Brunel Innovation Centre team working on WindTwin will target parts for monitoring and use their own machine learning algorithms to crunch the data. They will also identify sensors needed to track faults.

Brunel University London is working on the GBP 1.4 million 30-month WindTwin project with experts including Agility3, ESI and TWI. Funded by the government’s Innovate UK, they plan to sell the digital twin platform worldwide and look at how other industries could use it.

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Vattenfall Gets Things Moving on 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard OWF

Vattenfall has commenced its official autumn consultation on the anticipated environmental impact of the 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project.

The company has published a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and announced a period of formal statutory consultation to be held between 7 November and 11 December 2017.

In addition, Vattenfall has set out its latest thinking on onshore infrastructure in a newsletter to around 30,000 Norfolk households. The newsletter also invites communities along the 60km onshore cable corridor to eight drop-in sessions.

The developer confirmed that no part of the 60km export cable will run under any house, from landfall south of Happisburgh and along the cable corridor to the substation near Necton.

“What we are setting out in detail in our statement of community consultation is our engagement plan to discuss and get feedback on what is called preliminary environmental information [PEI]. The PEI report sets out our latest layout of the offshore and onshore parts of the project, what we think will be the impacts and how we will go about minimising them,” Ruari Lean, Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard Project Manager said. “We will consult according to the SoCC, which means we will do what we say we will do.”

Lean further said that Vattenfall has already received a high volume of detailed feedback, from residents’ concerns to their thoughts on the project’s positive economic impact on the region.

The preliminary environmental information report provides environmental information on a potential offshore wind farm with 90-257 turbines of up to 350 metres tall (tip height).

Also, onshore infrastructure which includes a proposed landfall site, two cable relay station location options (one will only be selected for the DCO, if required), a 60km cable corridor and a project substation, as well as modification to overhead transmission lines and an extension to the existing Necton 400kV National Grid substation so that power can be exported to the National Grid.

Norfolk Boreas, Norfolk Vanguard’s sister project, is in an earlier phase of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning process with its environmental impact assessment still ongoing.

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BOEM Puts Avangrid’s Kitty Hawk Lease Into Effect

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) signed Avangrid’s offshore wind lease for the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk site off North Carolina on 10 October. The lease will go into effect on 1 November 2017.

Avangrid Renewables, Iberdrola’s U.S. renewable energy arm, won the lease at a competitive sale held on 16 March by placing a winning bid of USD 9,066,650 and beating three other bidders: Wind Future LLC, Statoil Wind US LLC, and wpd offshore Alpha LLC.

“Executing this lease with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) not only begins the formal process of studying these 122,000 acres in more detail, it means building long-term local and regional partnerships as we explore the opportunity to develop reliable, homegrown, clean energy using just the ocean breezes as fuel,” Laura Beane, CEO & President of Avangrid Renewables, said in a statement.

“Even at this very early stage, we have a lot of work to do as we seek to better comprehend a number of variables that will inform our understanding of the wind farm development. That process will take time, is highly technical, and will involve many stakeholders, but we are confident in our ability to leverage our experience in order to deliver a competitively priced product to our eventual customers,” Laura Beane explained.

Kitty Hawk is the first offshore wind lease area to be secured off North Carolina. The area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction. Its seaward extent ranges from 13.5 nautical miles in the north to .6 of a nautical mile in the south.

“As the first company to bring wind energy to North Carolina, and with a track record of developing and operating renewable wind and solar plants from coast to coast, we’re excited to extend that expertise into the waters off North Carolina. We’ll bring to bear the substantial experience of our majority shareholder, Iberdrola Group, who develops, builds, and operates offshore wind in Europe. Now we get to work undertaking an enormous task in bringing this project to fruition, but confident in its completion,” Laura Beane said.

According to the procedure information available, to finalise the lease after the auction had been completed, the US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission needed to carry out a review of the lease sale and Avangrid had been required to pay the winning bid and provide financial assurance to BOEM.

The lease will now have a preliminary term of one year, followed by a five-year site assessment term.

After BOEM’s approval of the Site Assessment Plan (SAP), Avangrid will work towards submitting the Construction and Operations Plan (COP), which will provide a detailed proposal for the construction and operation of the project within the lease area.

If BOEM approves the COP, Avangrid will then have 25 years to construct and operate the project.

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UK Supply Chain Companies Explore Offshore Wind Links with Taiwan

The UK Department for International Trade and NOF Energy will take 38 delegates from 24 companies from UK’s offshore wind supply chain to Taiwan, aiming to build relationships between the two countries’ companies and organisations.

On 19 and 20 October, the UK delegation will connect with a network of businesses, suppliers and organisations from Taiwan’s offshore renewables sector.

As part of the trade visit, the group will attend a renewable energy conference and exhibition, which incorporates a UK-Taiwan showcase event that will allow UK delegates the opportunity to promote their businesses and importantly share offshore wind experiences with local industry. Delegates will also tour Changhua Port, which is a significant strategic resource for the Taiwan offshore wind market, and will meet with local contractors operating from the facility.

Offshore wind opportunities in Taiwan are expected to generate GBP 14 billion of investment and installing 3GW by 2025, with the total offshore wind capacity planned to reach 4GW by 2030.

The country’s ambitious plans are creating export opportunities for British companies that have established themselves in the UK and European renewables markets.

Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Rona Fairhead said: “Britain is a world leader in energy and innovation and we welcome the chance for UK businesses to share their expertise with the Taiwan’s growing offshore renewables sector. We are committed to forging a new culture of exporting and building ever-closer partnerships with businesses across Taiwan.”

“South East Asia and Taiwan, in particular, are increasingly successful players in the offshore wind market. The UK has developed significant expertise in offshore wind, and many NOF Energy members are keen to partner with companies in Taiwan to mutual advantage,” Joanne Leng MBE, deputy chief executive of NOF Energy, said. “The business opportunities are significant for local and international supply chain companies. Along with offshore wind, wave and ocean energy are also included in Taiwan’s national renewables strategy with plans to set up development guidelines and a major pilot programme. This strategy presents positive export opportunities for UK companies with offshore wind experience and expertise that can help Taiwan deliver on its renewables ambitions.”

Taiwan plans to increase its overall wind power capacity, for both onshore and offshore wind, from 530MW to 5,200MW by 2030 as part of a renewable energy plan unveiled by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

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Fugro Plans to Appoint Øystein Løseth as New CEO

Fugro’s Supervisory Board has decided to nominate Øystein Løseth as the company’s new CEO after Paul van Riel, who currently holds the position, retires in April 2018.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled to be held on 14 December 2017, the Supervisory Board will nominate Løseth for appointment as member of the Board of Management and subsequently as CEO.

If Øystein Løseth is appointed at the shareholders meeting, he will join the Board of Management starting 1 January.

After a transition period, Løseth will succeed Paul van Riel who will retire as planned at the end of his term at the Annual General Meeting due to take place on 26 April 2018.

Øystein Løseth said: “After several years in a non-executive role, I was ready for a new, challenging and exciting executive role in an international environment again. I feel that in this phase of my life I can contribute more in such a role. I am therefore excited about being given the opportunity to succeed Paul van Riel as CEO of Fugro.”

Løseth has management experience at board level in major companies. From October 2014 until recently he was on the board of directors of Statoil AS, of which the last two years as Chairman of the Board. Previously he was CEO of Vattenfall AB and of NUON.

“I have come to know Fugro as a company with very strong market positions and an excellent reputation, based on the skills of its people and innovative technologies, and look forward to interacting with Fugro’s clients. Also I look forward to returning to the Netherlands as I have enjoyed working there for many years. I am strongly committed to work with the Board of Management and Fugro’s staff to restore profitability, grow the markets outside oil and gas and to create value for all stakeholders,” Løseth said.

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Dutch Strengthening Offshore Wind Cooperation with China

An offshore wind delegation from the Netherlands is currently visiting China to intensify Sino-Dutch offshore wind cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Besides Dutch companies, three experts from the Netherlands are accompanying the delegation and holding masterclasses throughout China. René Moor and Ruud de Bruijne of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) are invited by the National Energy Administration of China to give a masterclass on the Dutch offshore wind policy and tender system, while Arjen Schutten of the Holland Home of Wind Energy (HHWE) export organisation will talk about the Dutch offshore wind supply system and market.

The dependency on fossil fuels cannot last, therefore demand for renewable energy continues to rise worldwide, according to Arjen Schutten, who added that over the next twenty years 36% more energy will be consumed than it is now. Wind energy – particularly offshore wind farms – is fast gaining ground in the Netherlands and worldwide, Schutten  pointed out.

However, the Chinese market is challenging for Dutch and foreign companies.

“Offshore wind energy is a high risk, high reward sector. There are many risks involved and we learned a lot from our mistakes in the past. However, most Chinese companies prefer to be certain of the success of projects. But the only way to really develop and further improve is to start and learn from the mistakes and problems that we have encountered. The Chinese still need to adapt to this way of thinking. Accepting support is also an important part of this different mindset,” Schutten explains.

Schutten said he hopes that China and the Netherlands can utilise the full potential of offshore wind energy together. “The Netherlands has unique knowledge and expertise that China can use, for example, when it comes to the installation and operation & maintenance of offshore wind farms.”

China plans to raise its non-fossil fuel portion of primary energy consumption to 15% by 2020. At the same time, the Netherlands aims to cut CO2 emissions by half to generate some 40% of its electricity from sustainable sources like offshore wind and biomass by 2050.

With this future, Schutten emphasized that there are opportunities for this sector in both countries. There is a large market for offshore wind energy in the Netherlands with yearly at least 700MW of capacity being built in the next years to come. Our aim for this mission is also to point this out to Chinese participants of the masterclasses and get them interested in the Dutch market. We want to diversify our market by also having companies active in for instance wind turbine manufacturing or cable manufacturing. So if Chinese companies can supply or produce high quality wind turbines or cables for competitive prices, there is a large market waiting for them.”

The Dutch delegation is visiting Beijing, Fuzhou and Guangzhou from 16 to 19 October, as a follow-up to Dutch Minister Henk Kamp’s visit from June and on the occasion of the China Wind Power (CWP) fair

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