Atlantic Pioneer Gets First Assignments

Source: Atlantic Wind Transfers

The Atlantic Pioneer, the first US-flagged offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel (CTV), is getting ready to embark on the first phase of a 20-year charter to support the construction and operation of the 30 MW Block Island offshore wind farm, following an official christening ceremony at Quonset Point today.

The Block Island site, currently under construction by developer Deepwater Wind off the coast of Rhode Island, is set to be the first offshore wind farm in US waters.

For the first month of its long-term charter, the vessel will be engaged in supporting subsea cabling specialist Durocher Marine, delivering technicians and their equipment to and from shore as inter-array cables are winched into place and connected at each of the turbine foundation sites.

Following this phase of work, the Atlantic Pioneer will be deployed to support Fred Olsen’s Brave Tern jack-up installation vessel as it lifts each of the five Alstom Haliade 150 6MW turbines into place.

“After 12 months in build and undergoing extensive sea trials, Atlantic Pioneer is ready to get straight to work delivering a first-class service to Deepwater Wind and the teams of specialist contractors responsible for bringing the Block Island offshore wind farm to fruition,” said Charles A. Donadio Jr., President of Atlantic Wind Transfers, the owner and operator of the vessel and the commercial wind support services arm of Rhode Island Fast Ferry.

“Our years of experience in the maritime sector – and lessons learned from our counterparts over in Europe – have shown us that availability and versatility are the essential attributes when it comes to supporting a marine construction project on this scale – the Atlantic Pioneer delivers both.”

Block Island Offshore Wind Farm is due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“The Atlantic Pioneer represents a tremendous partnership between two veteran Rhode Island companies, bringing their decades of experience to support the Block Island Wind Farm, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the christening of this remarkable vessel,” said Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater Wind CEO.

“The tremendous work by Atlantic Wind Transfers and Blount Boats is just another example of how the Ocean State is leading this new American offshore wind industry and creating more Rhode Island jobs in the marine trades.”

Following commissioning of the project, Atlantic Wind Transfers will support ongoing operations and maintenance activity, helping to guarantee the performance of the 5-turbine wind farm over the long term.

“This is a significant milestone, and shows our local industry is ready and able to take advantage of opportunities in clean energy and rise to the challenge of supporting large-scale marine infrastructure projects,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

“Rhode Island is truly leading the way for the rest of the country in offshore wind – and these contracts will create local job opportunities in our state for years to come.”

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NDE Takes VOS Sugar to Bard Offshore 1 OWF

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Ocean Breeze Energy has hired NDE Offshore to carry out annual inspections and maintenance activities at the Bard Offshore 1 wind farm in Germany, with the works scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

NDE Offshore, a Sweden-based provider of subsea services, will conduct a combined topside and subsea campaign for the first time, and will use the VOS Sugar vessel, which was christened yesterday in IJmuiden. The campaign will comprise underwater inspections, service and installation as well as inspection and service of the transition pieces.

David Malmberg, Sales and Marketing Manager at NDE Offshore, said: “This is the fifth year in a row that we are carrying out IRM services at BARD 1. We are very pleased to sign this contract, which not only extends our work scope, but also provides the client with a cost effective solution.”

Bard Offshore 1 is located 100 kilometers northwest of Borkum and comprises 80 wind turbines with a total capacity of 400MW.

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Sutton Bridge Port Setting Up Stage for DONG Energy

An example of a portakabin likely to be used (Image: C.RO Ports Sutton Bridge)

C.RO Ports Sutton Bridge has submitted an application to the local government of South Holland in Lincolnshire, asking for the approval to build a pontoon and stationing of portakabins and containers, which will be used by DONG Energy on offshore wind farms.

The pontoon will be used for mooring of specialised boats and loading and unloading of maintenance equipment and personnel.

The port is also seeking planning permission for land where portakabin office accommodation and associated storage containers will be stationed. A suite of portakabin offices will provide the base for the personnel involved in the operation, together with storage facilities in associated containers.

“There is a significant economic benefit to the area from the location of the Dong Energy operation at the Port, especially in the face of stiff competition from the Port of Grimsby for example,” it was said in the application.

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Global Tech I Joins Terawatt-Hour Club

Source: Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH

The 400MW Global Tech I far shore wind farm marked a milestone of delivering one terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy to the German grid earlier in April, some seven months after its official commissioning.

In January alone, the month of strongest winds, Global Tech I’s 80 Adwen 5MW turbines fed over 150 gigawatt-hours of power into the German grid.

Hendrik Steindam, Commercial Managing Director of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH: “The Global Tech I wind farm is situated 140 kilometres from Emden in the middle of the German North Sea. The strong and constant winds out there are paying off in terms of continuously high energy output. We now estimate that on average over the year our turbines will easily exceed 4,000 hours of maximum load in operation and so give a big boost to the energy policy transformation.”

In total the company calculates that the fully operational wind farm, after deducting energy losses such as due to transmission, should produce at least 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours of power each year. This is a sufficient to supply 445,000 households with average electricity demand of 3,130 kilowatt-hours.

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Over 160 Countries to Sign Paris Climate Change Agreement

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A day-long celebration will today mark the opening for signature of the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York, with more than 160 countries having expressed their intention to sign the agreement.

Events will start at 8.30 am EST with an opening ceremony in the UN General Assembly Hall. The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon will open and close the ceremony.

The signing ceremony will take place from 9.50 am to 1 pm when the Paris Agreement will be officially signed by over 160 representatives of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In parallel to the signature, country representatives will give national statements.

The celebration on 22 April has been preceded by a high-level debate on climate and sustainability goals on 21 April.

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Port of Ostend to House Rentel’s Turbine Assembly

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The Port of Ostend has signed a one-year contract to serve as an assembly base for wind turbines during the construction of Belgian Rentel offshore wind farm, according to national media. 

Yesterday, Rentel signed an agreement with Siemens for the supply of 42 7MW offshore wind turbines and 17 years of service and maintenance.

The EUR 1.25 billion project should reach the financial close by the summer of this year, so that construction works can begin in early 2017. The assembly of Siemens’ wind turbines at the port is expected to start in 2018. 

After the wind farm is built and operational, Siemens will use the port for maintenance of the turbines.

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Germany Invites Comments on 2016 Renewable Energy Sources Act

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Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has invited the federal states and associations to provide comments on the 2016 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2016) which includes a draft bill for the development and promotion of offshore wind energy – WindSeeG.

The EEG 2016 proposes that the level of funding would no longer be fixed by the state, but rather be determined on the market by way of competitive auctions. The auctions are expected to provide a level playing field for all of the players involved.

The expansion of renewables will take place within the deployment corridor and will be cost-efficient, i.e. the remuneration which is required for the installations to operate economically will be paid, the ministry said.

Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, said: “For the first time, the 2016 Renewable Energy Sources Act treats renewables as established, mature technologies and creates the basis for stabilising costs, thereby boosting public acceptance of the energy transition. On the basis of the 2016 Renewable Energy Sources Act, we will improve the integration of renewables into the market and expand their use in a targeted way. This is how we will continue to ensure the very high level of security of supply in Germany and at the same time ensure cost efficiency and diversity of market players.”

The EEG 2016 is an omnibus act consisting of two articles, the Amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act, and the WindSeeG, which proposes two offshore wind tenders with a total capacity of 2.92GW to be held in 2017.

The 2.92 GW of new offshore wind capacity would be delivered between 2020 and 2024, and is some 500MW more compared to what was proposed for the same period in earlier drafts.

Both tenders are for the projects that already have a license and have reached a certain level of development. The calls for bids would be issued on 1 March and on 1 December 2017.

WindSeeG plans for 7.7GW of offshore wind capacity to be installed in German waters by 2020, a 1.2GW increase compared to the previously projected 6.5GW of the installed capacity for the same period.

However, as the 15GW target to be reached by 2030 has remained unchanged, Germany has reduced annual offshore wind installed capacity from 2020 onward from 800MW to 730MW.

Renewables currently cover around 32 % of electricity consumption in Germany, and this share is to rise to at least 80 % by 2050. The EEG 2016 is seen by the ministry as the key instrument that will enable Germany to meet these targets in an orderly fashion.

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IHC IQIP Equips Oleg Strashnov for Dudgeon Work

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Seaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL) vessel Oleg Strashnov has already installed 10 foundations at the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK, according to IHC IQIP, a company that outfitted the vessel with piling and handling equipment for the project.

SHL is in charge of the installation of 67 foundations and one substation at the project site located off the Norfolk coast, with the works expected to be completed by August 2016.

The monopiles are 60-78 metres long and weigh from 600-1,000 tonnes, while the substation weighs 1,800 tonnes.

Oleg Strashnov has been equipped with a 1,400-tonne upending tool, which can tackle monopiles of up to 1,400 tonnes and utilises a fail-safe lifting principle, and an S-3000 Hydrohammer that drives the monopiles into the seabed.

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Aqualis Offshore and CSDC Strike Up Engineering Partnership

Source: Aqualis Offshore

Aqualis Offshore and China Ship Design & Research Center (CSDC) have signed an agreement to cooperate on offshore engineering projects both in China and internationally which could potentially include wind farm installation vessels.

Under the agreement, Aqualis Offshore and CSDC will cooperate in the fields of engineering, project management, research, innovation and marketing. A key objective is to develop a joint engineering service to offshore newbuild projects in China and elsewhere.

Aqualis Offshore and CSDC aim to provide a joint engineering service to all offshore projects, including jack-ups, TLPs, spars, semi-submersibles and FPSOs. They will also provide FEED services, including conceptual design, basic design and national research projects, plus detailed design engineering service for transportation and offshore installation of fixed platforms, floating structures and subsea facilities.

“The agreement between Aqualis Offshore and CSDC enables us to cooperate on any type of vessel design, including windfarm installation vessels,” said Reuben Segal, chief operating officer in Aqualis Offshore.

CSDC specialises in shipbuilding and offshore engineering services. It is a subsidiary company of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC).

“CSDC has a clear advantage that it can provide engineering services to CSIC’s yards in China. We will ensure that we will provide CSDC with competitive offshore engineering competence and capacity whenever it is required,” said Peng Yongfei, Aqualis Offshore’s country manager in China.

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