UK Opens GBP 220 Million Offshore Wind Road to China

UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, China’s Tus-Wind and TusPark Newcastle have signed a collaboration agreement to work together to advance offshore wind technology co-operation between the two nations.

Under the agreement, the companies will establish a UK-China Technology Growth Accelerator to boost UK SME technology innovation and deployment in the Chinese offshore wind market.

The parties will also collaborate on the development of the Tus Offshore Wind Science Park and 500MW demonstrator in Shandong Province, incorporating 10-15% UK content, and create joint applied research projects with high potential companies and leading UK and Chinese academic institutions.

The 10-15% UK technology content in Tus’ 500MW demonstrator project, being delivered in close collaboration with the Dongying City Government, is estimated to be worth around GBP 220 million to UK companies and universities, ORE Catapult said.

“The UK is established as a leader in offshore wind which is helping us lead the world in transitioning to a low carbon economy and in meeting our climate commitments, while we grow the economy and create jobs,” the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark said.

“International research collaboration and clean growth are key to our modern Industrial Strategy and the agreement signed today will help to advance co-operation on offshore technologies with one of our largest global trading partners, unlocking further opportunities for projects across the UK and the rest of the world.”

The collaboration agreement is the first major initiative on the Catapult’s previously announced International ORE Research Platform, funded by Innovate UK, which links UK-based technology developers with Chinese authorities including the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), major Chinese wind farm developers and the Chinese Wind Energy Equipment Association (CWEEA).

Commenting on the agreement, ORE Catapult Chief Executive Andrew Jamieson said: “The UK has a strong track record in innovation to drive cost reduction and operational excellence. This agreement between ORE Catapult and Tus will enable us to bring this world-leading experience to bear on the emerging Chinese market, drive British/Chinese academic collaboration and provide huge export opportunities for innovative UK businesses.”

With targets to generate 20% of its energy from low-carbon sources by 2030, China’s rapidly growing offshore wind market is projected to be among the largest in the world, ORE Catapult said.

“After a dozen years of rapid growth, China today manufactures and installs half of all onshore wind turbines in the world. We are now at the start of such a journey in offshore wind, and there is no better place to learn than from the extensive experience and expertise of UK innovators and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,” Yingzhuo Du, Senior Vice President of TusEnergy, said.

ORE Catapult and Tus will hold workshops early in 2018 to identify which novel technologies could be most applicable for development for the Chinese offshore wind market.

President Of TusPark UK, Zhuocun Lin, said: “TusPark specialises in technology commercialisation, investment and industrial collaboration, and TusPark Newcastle enables us to tap into the extensive scientific, technological and industrial experience in the UK. With our model of “Two Countries, Twin Parks”, we are looking forward to helping some of the most innovative UK companies to develop business in China.” 

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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. 

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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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Port of Rotterdam Thinks Big with Offshore Center Rotterdam (Expertise Hub VIDEO)

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Land reclamation works on the site of the Offshore Center Rotterdam were started without any client commitment because we believe the center will be in demand with the offshore wind industry, Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager, Maritime & Offshore Industry at the Port of Rotterdam, said.

Several companies have shown interest in establishing their presence at the center already, and the discussions are ongoing, according to Eenhuizen.

The construction of the quay wall at the site needs to be backed by client commitment, and is currently scheduled to start by mid-2018.

Eenhuizen said that the Offshore Center Rotterdam was designed based on input received from the industry and that the center is being built to be future-proof and able to handle the ever-increasing vessels and components used in the offshore wind industry.

Watch our Expertise Hub video to learn more about the Offshore Center Rotterdam and the role the offshore wind will play in the Port of Rotterdam in the future.

For more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo

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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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Vattenfall Picks Kriegers Flak O&M Base

Vattenfall has chosen Klintholm Harbour in Denmark as its base for the servicing and maintenance of the 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

The 72 8MW wind turbines that make up the wind farm will be in operation by 2022 at the latest, but activity in the harbour will already be noticeable from 2020, Vattenfall said.

Transport time from the harbour to Kriegers Flak has been one of several important parameters for selecting Klintholm as the service harbour, according to Vattenfall.

Klintholm Harbour is located on the Danish island of Møn in south-eastern Denmark out towards the Baltic Sea, and the harbour was chosen jointly by Vattenfall and Siemens Gamesa, who will supply the wind turbines and service them for a period.

“We are pleased with the positive and open cooperation, we have had with a number of harbours on Zealand in Denmark as well as in Sweden. Ultimately the choice of service harbour went to Klintholm Havn, with one of the parameters being the short transport time from the harbour out to the offshore wind farm,” said Niels Bjært, project director for Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

Five Danish harbours and one Swedish harbour have presented bids to be chosen as the service harbour and snap up the resulting job opportunities.

Vattenfall is responsible for building all new planned offshore wind farms in Denmark up until 2022, including Horns Rev 3, Vesterhav South and North in the North Sea, as well as Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea, which will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm. This makes the energy company the largest developer of offshore wind in Denmark.

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