German LiDARs Get a Lift to China

Cargolux, in cooperation with Globaltrans Internationale Logistik, has flown two shipments of measuring buoys from Luxembourg to China for the Zhangpu and Changle offshore wind projects.

The two buoys, designed by the German Fraunhofer IWES, will measure the wind speed in the designated locations up to a height of 200 meters from their position on the sea surface to allow precise calculation of the wind farms’ electricity yield, Cargolux said.

With 8.1 meters in length, a diameter of 2.55 meters and weight of around 5,800kg each, the buoys were transported by Globaltrans with special trailers from Bremerhaven in Germany to Luxembourg Airport and flown on board two Cargolux 747 freighters to Xiamen, China.

“To ensure safest transportation, the weight and complex dimensions of the buoys, with its very sensible electronic equipment, required the design and manufacture of special transport frames. In addition we were challenged by a very time sensitive shipment, not allowing us any complications or delays. Therefore, we have decided to use Cargolux’s 747 Freighters to Xiamen, offering us shoring expertise, long-standing experience and tailor-made solutions for heavy or outsized shipments,” said Kay Uwe Gretsch, CEO at Globaltrans Germany.

Titan Technologies Corporation ordered the two buoys in July, and, according to Cargolux, this is the first time that China is using the so-called Floating LiDAR systems for an offshore wind-measuring campaign.

The Zhangpu and Changle offshore wind farms, located off the coast of China’s Fujian province, have a combined capacity of 4GW, Fraunhofer IWES said.

The two wind farms are being developed by the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG).

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Using Acoustic Deterrent Devices Protects Minke Whales, Study Says

Using Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) during offshore wind farm construction is as an effective method for protection of minke whales, according to a study conducted through a joint industry project.

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Previous studies have demonstrated that ADDs effectively deter seals and harbour porpoise, however, until now there has been little research into the use of ADDs as a deterrent for minke whales.

The Offshore Renewables Joint industry Programme (ORJIP), with funding from innogy, Ørsted, and Statoil and managed by the Carbon Trust, confirmed that minke whales showed a clear response to the tested ADD, demonstrating the effectiveness of the technology. During the field research whales were observed to display a clear and sustained movement away from the ADD deployment site, adopting faster swim speeds with more directed movement.

The detection of marine mammals is currently carried out by marine mammal observers posted offshore, or passive acoustic monitoring (PAM). If a marine mammal is detected close to an offshore wind construction site, piling for foundation installation will not commence until it is deemed that there are no longer marine mammals within the predefined zone.

The ability to use active acoustic systems to create a temporary safety exclusion zone around the turbine is a useful addition to the suite of mitigation options for wind farms developers. In particular, it increases confidence that marine mammals are adequately protected when operating in harsh conditions or poor visibility, and also avoids the need to unnecessarily delay construction operations, the Carbon Trust said.

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Vattenfall Reveals Dutch Offshore Wind Power Play

Vattenfall is participating in the tender for the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore wind zone, the Netherland’s first non-subsidized tender.

Vattenfall has decided to join the tender as part of its commitment to the green transition of Northern Europe, and sees it as an important step to become fossil free within one generation, the Swedish company said.

“As an energy company with a strong presence in the Dutch market and with a firm view on the developments in the Dutch power market, we are very committed to take a leading role in the green transformation of the Dutch economy. Hollandse Kust Zuid would be an important milestone,” said Magnus Hall, CEO at Vattenfall.

The North Sea, and in particular the Hollandse Kust (zuid), has good wind conditions and there are significant strategies to Vattenfall’s nearby Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm, the company said, emphasizing that the Dutch tender fits well with the company’s North Sea wind farm pipeline and can thus be easily incorporated in the current procurement and execution strategy.

Vattenfall also underlined its ability to reduce costs in offshore wind projects, highlighting that the company won the Danish offshore wind projects Vesterhav Syd & Nord and Kriegers Flak at record low bids.

“We believe that our proposal represents a very solid all-round proposition to meet the Dutch government’s needs. The country’s strong commitment to renewable energy creates a stable regulatory framework. Along with support in terms of providing the substation and grid connection these are very important parts of Vattenfall’s decision to bid,” said Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfalls Business Area Wind.

“Through close cooperation with our suppliers Vattenfall has made tremendous progress in bringing down costs of offshore wind over the last few years. We will continue to bring costs even further down, which gives us the confidence that we can build and run this windfarm profitably even without subsidies.”

The Netherlands is opening the first phase of the tender for sites I and II in the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore wind zone on 15 December.

The tender will be based on the procedure without subsidies, but in case that the procedure fails to yield an acceptable bid, a tender including subsidies will be initiated.

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Wpd Receives Initial Approval for Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan

Wpd’s offshore wind farm proposed to be built off the coast of Taiwan’s Yunlin county received an initial approval from Taiwanese Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in November, according to Taipei Times.

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The offshore wind farm is planned to have a capacity of 750MW, comprising wind turbines with an output of 6-10MW.

The Germany-based offshore wind developer has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CR Classification Society, two Taiwan’s research and development bodies, and representatives from engineering think tanks to assist Taiwan in reaching its aim of increasing domestic financial operators’ willingness to invest in offshore wind farms.

As for the information on wpd’s Taiwanese project moving through the governmental system, Taipei Times reported on this within news about a public hearing held on 12 December at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. There, several experts voiced their opinion about the government’s project selection process and called on Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy to set up clear and legitimate guidelines for the two-stage process, which comes after a project had received the EPA approval.

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Oceaneering to Survey US Offshore Wind Ground

Oceaneering International has won a contract by US Wind to conduct high-resolution marine geophysical surveys at the Maryland offshore wind project starting in the second half of 2018.

The Maryland offshore wind farm is located on the Maryland Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and comprises 16 OCS Lease Blocks spanning an area of around 80,000 acres in 20-30 meters of water depths

The wind farm is expected to produce up to 750MW of power if built to full capacity.

Roderick A. Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering, said: “We are delighted to play an active part in US Wind’s large-scale offshore wind power project. We look forward to placing our teams to work locally in Maryland, and applying our extensive offshore marine environment experience and very best technology, which will benefit the environment as well as the local economy and community.”

In May, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to US Wind, corresponding with the company’s request to support a 248MW project planned 12 to 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City. Ultimately, US Wind plans to construct up to 187 turbines at the site.

US Wind stated in its application to PSC that it intends to use Siemens 4MW turbines, but during the evidentiary hearings the company noted that it is also considering 6MW turbines, which will be mounted on jacket foundations.

The Maryland offshore wind farm is expected to be operational in January 2020.

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Netherlands Awaits Zero Subsidy Bids as Offshore Wind Tender Opens

The Netherlands is opening the first phase of the tender for sites I and II in the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore wind zone on Friday, 15 December.

The tender will be based on the procedure without subsidies, but in case that the procedure fails to yield an acceptable bid, a tender including subsidies will be initiated.

The deadline for applications is 21 December 2017 at 17:00h local time.

The applicant companies will compete for a concession permit, while the contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018.

In October, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy for the site.

The Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State recently approved the Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) for the two sites, despite a number of appellants opposing the project.

The projects planned under the Dutch Government’s current offshore wind program include 2,100MW at the Hollandse Kust zones. Of this, 1,400MW is planned in the Hollandse Kust (zuid): 700MW at sites I and II, and further 700MW at sites III and IV. The subsidy and permit tender for zones III and IV is scheduled for 2018.

An additional 700MW is planned to be tendered in 2019 in the Hollandse Kust (noord) zone.

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Equitix Buys Statkraft’s 40% of Sheringham Shoal for GBP 558 Million

UK fund manager Equitix will buy Statkraft’s 40% stake in the 316.8MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm for GBP 558 million, with the transaction expected to be completed by the end of December. 

Image source: Statkraft/ archive

This comes after the company sold its stake in the 860MW Triton Knoll project to innogy in October.

Statkraft started the divestment process for Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farms in June 2017, a few months after it sold its 25% interest in the 4.8GW Dogger Bank offshore wind projects to partners Statoil.

A year ago, Statkraft announced it will no longer invest in offshore wind, and informed in early 2016 that it was evaluating its stakes in existing projects. Nevertheless, the company stated that the UK offshore wind sector presented a significant opportunity to develop a secure, sustainable, cost-competitive energy source and that it remained open to new power purchase agreements.

For Sheringham Shoal, Statkraft holds a power purchase agreement which extends until November 2029.

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G-tec Inspects French Floating Wind Site

G-tec and its partners have completed geotechnical investigations of the seabed on site of EDF EN’s Provence Grand Large (PGL) floating wind pilot farm in the French Mediterranean sea.

G-tec was in charge of providing geotechnical data for the future three wind generators in order to enable EDF EN to design tension leg platform (TLP) anchors for the floating wind farm.

The operation, which took place offshore Fos sur Mer on the eastern border of the Rhone delta, included a series of 20m penetration CPT with dissipation tests and maxi corer sampling was performed using the DP vessel Castor 2 from Foselev, G-tec said.

The PGL project will be undertaken in partnership with Siemens Gamesa as the turbine supplier, and SBM Offshore in cooperation with IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) for the manufacture of the floating foundations and offshore work.

The wind farm will comprise three 8MW wind turbines and is scheduled for commissioning in 2020.

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) approved the 24MW floater in November 2016.

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Van Aalst’s Business Gets Norwegian Lift

After buying patented 3D crane technology from Norwegian company A-lifting in 2016, the Netherlands-based Van Aalst Group has recently acquired a majority stake in another Norwegian company – Techano, a designer and supplier of offshore cranes and lifting equipment.

The first SafeWay gangway is installed on OCV Olympic Intervention IV, chartered by Adwen. Image source: Van Aalst Group

“We are very excited to take part in this new page of the future of Techano. And we look forward to continue to develop the company and be a prominent player in the oil, gas and renewables industry,” said Wijnand van Aalst, CEO of the Van Aalst Group.

Øystein Bondevik, commercial manager at Techano AS, said: “This transaction has achieved two key objectives for us. Firstly, in the Van Aalst Group we have found a strong shareholder with key competencies in strategy, business development and operational excellence to support the company going forward. Secondly, with the capital raise we have strengthened our balance sheet and improved our liquidity position and outlook.”

Van Aalst, the owner of the SafeWay motion compensated offshore access system, stated that it is now one of the few companies in the world being able to deliver a crane as well as a gangway as a combined package, using the 3D crane function.

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Parkwind Tweaks Selection Guide for Northwester 2 OHVS Tender

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After inviting requests to participate in the tender for the supply and installation of the Northwester 2 offshore high voltage substation (OHVS) in late November, Parkwind recently updated the selection guide with more specifics on the selection process and information to be provided by interested parties. 

For Lot 3, which covers the installation of the OHVS foundation, an applicant should provide information on the availability of an installation vessel. Namely, Parkwind requires that parties applying to tender for this lot own or have access to an installation vessel in full working order, and demonstrate that a vessel will be available for use in the project during the third quarter of 2019.

Regarding Lots 1 and 2, applicants must demonstrate that they, or their manufacturers/suppliers/vendors, have the manufacturing capacity to supply and install the OHVS during the third quarter of 2019, taking into account the commitments they may have in other contracts.

Parkwind will invite five applicants with the highest number of points earned at the evaluation to tender. The developer will assess and value whether the request for participation is complete, whether one or more exclusion grounds apply, and whether the applicant possesses the required financial and economic capacity, and technical competence.

Most relevant areas the developer will consider are recent reference projects and similar works of a similar complexity and magnitude. Furthermore, applicants who demonstrate their vessel’s availability and/or manufacturing capacity will be better evaluated than those who present a simple declaration. Areas where higher number of points could be gained also include key personnel having more experience, more than three reference projects, execution of substantial or major parts of the works.

The deadline for the submission of requests to participate is 18 December 2017 at 12:00 local time.

You can access the updated selection guide for the Northwester 2 OHVS tender HERE.


Northwester 2 is owned by Parkwind (46%), Colruyt (30%), Incontrol (14%) and TTR (10%), with Parkwind leading the development, construction, and operational activities of the project on behalf of the project partners.

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