EOWDC’s €40M Grant Includes €3M for Environmental Research

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As part of a EUR 40 million grant awarded by the EU to the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), around EUR 3 million has been committed for environmental research and monitoring. 

A number of organisations, including Marine Scotland Science, will have an active role in steering the allocation of that funding, through EOWDC’s Scientific Research & Monitoring Panel, to those areas most in need of further research, based on their collective expertise and knowledge.

The Panel have defined the environmental topic areas of most interest and Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL), the project company, are interested in hearing from applicants who have proposals for environmental research and development projects to be funded as part of the Scientific Research and Monitoring Programme.

The application process, which will be in two stages, is now open to Expressions of Interest (EoI’s) and all interested parties should complete the online EoI form. The closing date for EoIs is 2 September and successful parties will be notified and requested to provide a detailed proposal following the close.

Last month, Vattenfall decided to invest more than SEK 3 billion (approx. EUR 317 million) in the EOWDC, which will comprise 11 turbines with a total capacity of 92.4MW. Along with generating electricity, EOWDC will also be a centre for testing and developing new technologies for offshore wind power.

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Offshore boosts E.on in first half

The 302MW Amrumbank West wind farm in Germany’s North Sea, and the 219MW Humber Gateway project off the UK’s east coast were both commissioned in 2015.

 The good offshore performance was not reflected in the results for the utility’s onshore wind and solar business.

 Declining prices and lower output across Europe saw earnings before interest and taxes fall from €150 million in the first half of 2015 to €53 million this year.

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Amrumbank, Humber Gateway Drive E.ON’s Renewables Business

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Amrumbank West and Humber Gateway offshore wind farms left a positive mark on financial results of E.ON’s renewables business in the first half of 2016 and the company expects this trend to continue.

E.ON’s renewables business saw an adjusted EBIT increase of EUR 53 million in the first six months of this year.

Although the company’s unit operating in onshore wind and solar energy sectors reported a decrease of adjusted EBIT due to negative price effect and positive one-offs in the prior year, the offshore wind business’ adjusted EBIT rose by EUR 150 million, mainly because Amrumbank West and Humber Gateway wind farms were fully operational for the entire period in the current year.

E.ON said it expects the adjusted EBIT of its renewables business for the full year to be significantly above the prior-year figure of EUR 0.4 billion, primarily because Amrumbank West and Humber Gateway offshore wind farms will deliver earnings for the entire year.

In the first half of 2016, E.ON’s investments in renewables increased by EUR 16 million, with onshore wind/solar unit’s investments rising by EUR 96 million and offshore investments declining by EUR 80 million, due to a reduction in expenditures for new-build projects.

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Sif Joins BorWin Gamma Team

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Dutch Sif Holding N.V. has been awarded a contract for the production of all tubular components for the jacket of the BorWin gamma platform. 

The contract includes the production of legs, bracings, pile sleeves and pin piles for the jacket.

The project is being undertaken by Petrofac in consortium with Siemens for the German-Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT.

The jacket for the BorWin gamma platform will be built by Heerema Fabrication Group and will house a Siemens HVDC station that will convert the alternating current produced by the offshore wind turbines to direct current before transmitting it onshore to the German high voltage grid.

The total volume of the tubulars for the platform amounts to approximately 8.6 ktons and production is planned in the last quarter of 2016 and the first half year of 2017.

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) will transport and install the jacket in the North Sea at a water depth of up to 40 metres and approximately 100 kilometres off the German coast.

TenneT is developing the offshore AC/DC converter platform BorWin gamma as part of the grid connection project BorWin3. Weighing in at 18,000 metric tonnes, BorWin gamma will be one of the heaviest HVDC platforms ever installed.

The installation is expected to commence in the summer of 2018. Once completed, it will transmit approximately 900MW of wind power.

The platform is scheduled to go online in 2019.

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Taaleri increases Finnish site further

The project in central Finland will now comprise 30 turbines, all supplied by Nordex.

The third order will see Nordex manufacturer 11 N131 3MW turbines for the site, taking its combined total to 90MW.

The German manufacturer received the first 13-turbine 39MW order in March 2015. A second phase was added with a further six 3MW turbines ordered from Nordex in July.

Nordex said the first two phases are currently under construction. The third phase is expected to be installed in 2017.

All N131 turbines will be installed on 144-metre towers to put reduce turbulence on the turbine in the mountainous and forested region of Finland.

The turbines will also be equipped to cope with the cold temperatures, Nordex said.

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IJmuiden Port Adds More CTV Berthing Space

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Dutch port of IJmuiden has installed two floating jetties to the recently renovated Trawlerkade quay, thus adding 46 metres of extra berthing space for crew transfer vessels used for offshore wind farm operations and maintenance, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Port (AYOP) reports.

The floating jetties are equipped with LED lighting, solar panels for navigation lights and connections for shore power, AYOP said.

The green power for the jetties is supplied by Eneco, developer and owner of the Princess Amalia and Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farms.

AYOP says that the expansion of Trawelkade’s berthing capacity fits into the port’s strategy to position itself as a hub for offshore wind farm O&M operations as well as to help strengthen the offshore wind cluster in the region.

Back in January 2015, IJmuiden constructed three new boat landings for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Eneco.

MHI Vestas has a maintenance team stationed at the port, while Eneco uses offices and bething spaces in IJmuiden for O&M activities at Princes Amalia and Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm.

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Sumitomo Gallops Towards Co-Owning UK 336MW OWF

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The deal on Sumitomo Corporation’s indirect acquisition of 12.5% share of the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm is closing this month, according to SgurrEnergy, who provided independent technical advisory services to Sumitomo Corporation.

The services provided by SgurrEnergy included an assessment of the project’s permitting situation, contracting status and structure, construction timescales, capital and operating cost estimates and energy yield base case.

At the end of the last month, Sumitomo signed a contract to invest in the Galloper wind farm alongside Macquarie Capital and indirectly take a 12.5% stake in the project, which marks the fourth investment in offshore wind farms for Sumitomo, the company acquired shares in Belgium’s 165MW Belwind, 216MW Northwind, and 165MW Nobelwind projects.

Galloper’s equity sponsors, RWE Innogy UK, Siemens Financial Services, UK Green Investment Bank plc and Macquarie Capital, achieved financial close in October 2015. The project will consist of 56 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines and is expected to become operational in early 2018.

Offshore construction of the Galloper offshore wind farm will commence with cable laying operations this month.

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EDF awards Vestas another US deal

The order forms part of the companies’ 2013 framework agreement resulting in more than 2GW of turbine orders, Vestas said.

A total of 80 2MW turbines will be installed at EDF’s project, which will qualify for the full PTC amount before the phase-out begins in 2017.

Vestas said 33GW of its 2MW platform has been installed onshore and offshore worldwide.

In March, Vestas and EDF agreed a master supply agreement covering Europe and North America.

Under the “share-of-wallet” deal, EDF-EN will purchase turbines from Vestas for 45% of its future capacity in Europe and 30% of its capacity in North America.

Vestas has announced almost 3.7GW of deals in the US so far in 2016, including 2.6GW of conditional deals – most of which was from the 2GW MidAmerican Energy complex in Iowa.

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Works on Tahkoluoto’s Cable Landing Site About to Start

Works on Tahkoluoto's Cable Landing Site About to Start

Excavation and dredging works at the cable landing area in Kallioholma, where the power cable from Finnish 40MW Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm will come ashore, will start next week, Suomen Hyötytuuli informed via social media.

In June, seabed preparation works started at the wind farm site, including dredging and excavation to prepare the seabed for Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm’s ten foundations and subsea cables. The works are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Jan De Nul was chosen as the main contractor for marine construction in March 2016. The company is in charge of dredging, seabed construction work, and the installation of foundations and wind turbines.

Technip Offshore Finland will supply gravity-based steel foundations, ABB is in charge of the substation and main transformers, and Prysmian Finland will deliver the subsea cable for the wind farm.

The EUR 120 million Finnish offshore wind farm will comprise ten 4MW Siemens turbines scheduled for commissioning during the autumn of 2017. The project is the world’s first offshore wind farm designed for icy conditions.

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DONG Energy Bins AMEP Offshore Wind Hub Project

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DONG Energy has decided not to invest in a GBP 450 million offshore wind hub at the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) in the Humber after a recent report showed that UK east coast ports have the capability to support the pipeline of offshore wind projects which will be built out in the North Sea in the decades ahead.

”The Strategic Review of East Coast Staging and Construction Facilities, which reported on 5 August, included a thorough examination of potential hub sites including the proposed Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) in the Humber,” DONG Energy said in a statement.

”It has concluded that current ports can support demand from the anticipated offshore wind project pipeline and it would be difficult to justify the scale of investment required to promote a single large-scale staging and manufacturing facility.”

DONG Energy and ABLE UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2015 ”to explore the potential opportunities for using AMEP to support construction of our wind farm pipeline.”

However, following the review, DONG concluded that the timescales for development of such a hub would preclude it providing support for any of the company’s planned projects. DONG said that the company will now ”fully support and engage with the industry approach.”

The decision not to build the AMEP offshore wind hub will not affect DONG’s plans to invest GBP 6 billion in the Humber region, the company said.

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