Industrial groups enter Argentina's wind market

State oil firm Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YFP) and aluminium producer Aluminio Argentino SIAC (Aluar) will invest a total of $600 million in wind capacity in the southern province of Chubut to help power their factories.

Aluar will spend US$400 million on a 200MW wind farm in an area between the port of Puerto Madryn, where the company operates the country’s only aluminium smelter, and Trelew.

Meanwhile, YPF, which the state expropriated from Spanish oil firm Repsol in 2012, plans to spend $200 million on a 100MW project at its Manantiales Bher oil field, 40km northeast of Comodoro Rivadavia.

The project, consisting of 30 turbines, will power the oil firm’s operations in the Gulf of San Jorge, while the excess will be sold on Argentina’s national power grid.

The new law, approved by Congress last September, requires 8% of the country’s electricity to come from renewable sources from end-2017.

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Russian nuclear firm on course to win 610MW

According to a spokesman for the Russian industry and trade ministry, VetroOGK, the wind energy subsidiary of Rosatom, filed the applications as part of a renewable energy tender.

The firm is set to commission three wind power projects with a total of 150MW by 2018; a further ten projects amounting to 200MW by 2019; and then 13 more with a combined capacity of 260MW by 2020.

Rosatom was the only bidder in the tender, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

According to sources in the industry and trade ministry, the level of interest investors have shown in participating in tenders has been weak, as the Russian government plans to cut the internal rate of return from 14% to 12%.

Rosatom is looking for a turbine technology partner for the joint implementation of the projects.

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Russian nuclear firm wins 610MW in wind tender

According to a spokesman for the Russian industry and trade ministry, VetroOGK, the wind energy subsidiary of Rosatom, filed the applications as part of a renewable energy tender.

The firm is set to commission three wind power projects with a total of 150MW by 2018; a further ten projects amounting to 200MW by 2019; and then 13 more with a combined capacity of 260MW by 2020.

Rosatom was the only bidder in the tender, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

According to sources in the industry and trade ministry, the level of interest investors have shown in participating in tenders has been weak, as the Russian government plans to cut the internal rate of return from 14% to 12%.

Rosatom is looking for a turbine technology partner for the joint implementation of the projects.

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Geps Techno’s RE All-Rounder Goes International

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The Saint Nazaire-based startup Geps Techno, the developer of the MLiner independent offshore platform project, has recently adopted new financial sources with a fund raising campaign and Bpifrance grants to offer its line of products on international markets.

The MLiner, also known as the ”Swiss Army Knife Energy,” combines several sources of renewable energy – solar, wind, wave and tidal – to supply electricity to the islands, isolated areas and sites at sea.

This flagship project by Geps Techno, a young start-up established in Saint-Nazaire in 2011, has already produced one prototype, the PH4S.

For now, the company offers two product lines: independent small power platforms and ship stabilizers.

Geps Techno has now reinforced its capital with a EUR 1 million fund raising campaign among its shareholders and STX France, the preferred industrial partner of the start-up since it was established. This is in addition to a EUR 1 million grant allocated by Bpifrance to support R&D work.

The company has also hired a sales manager specialized in innovative products to help the company expand internationally. The start-up is also preparing a new fund raising campaign for EUR 2 million in 2017.

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Saft Provides Backup Power for Amrumbank West Offshore Wind Farm

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Saft has supplied its Uptimax nickel battery systems for E.ON’s Amrumbank West offshore wind farm.

Saft has provided a total of 80 Saft Uptimax battery systems – one for each turbine. In the event of an interruption to the main power supply, the batteries are designed to deliver peak power for essential safety systems for an initial period of eight hours, followed by a further 88 hours of low power. Each battery is rated at 24V and has energy storage capacity of 150Ah or 390Ah.

The batteries have been built into the modular transition sections of the wind turbine towers, which integrate the structural base section and electrical systems.

The systems were delivered to Engie Fabricom by Belgian company Benning, the power systems supplier for the project.

“E.ON’s Project team has identified that Saft Uptimax is the only battery system that would meet the stringent technical requirements for Amrumbank West,” said Volker Drescher, Saft’s Germany Sales Manager for Industrial Standby batteries.

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Vos Prodect Tests Hang-Offs for Two OWF Export Cables

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Vos Prodect has performed an endurance test with a 155kV HVAC cable, clamped in a temporary hang-off section as part of a recently awarded contract with Siem Offshore Contractors.

The company has been contracted by Siem Offshore Contractors for testing and delivery of sealed cable hang-off systems for two 155kV HVAC cables between two offshore substations in German waters.

As part of the endurance test, a weight of 4,400kg has been hanged on the temporary clamps in order to simulate the real life scenario.

Completing the test marks a major milestone towards launching a cable hang-off system for high voltage cables to be used at the offshore wind farm projects, Vos Prodect said.

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Beatrice OWF Puts Scotland at Forefront of UK Construction Sector

Beatrice OWF Puts Scotland at Forefront of UK Construction Sector

The Beatrice offshore wind project has positioned Scotland as the top UK region for construction contract value in May, for the second month in a row, according to the May edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from the industry analyst Barbour ABI.

The majority of the contracts awarded in May by value were in Scotland, accounting for 24% of the UK total, followed by London with 19% of contract award value. The main reason for Scotland’s May figures was the award to develop the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, valued at £1.3 billion, which is yet more evidence of the burgeoning renewables sector in Scotland. The award of the wind farm contract in May means that utilities was the dominant sector within infrastructure, accounting for 68% of the contract value awarded, with transport at the second place, accounting for 21% of the value of contracts, Barbour ABI said.

The offshore wind farm will be built by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited, a partnership formed between SSE, SDIC Power and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Beatrice will feature 84 Siemens 7MW wind turbines, installed some 14 kilometres off the Caithness coast. The project, which will be controlled and operated from a base at Wick, is expected to be fully operational in 2019.

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Top News of the Week, 20 – 26 June 2016

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Siemens Lays Out Cost Cutting Strategy

Siemens stated that its offshore wind projects from 2025 onward will be capable of generating electricity at a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) level below eight euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), with the price also including the costs for grid access to shore.

Adwen, LM Wind Power Present World’s Longest Blade

Adwen and LM Wind Power have presented a 88.4-metre blade, specifically designed for Adwen’s AD 8-180 wind turbine model.

COWI Designing Foundations for Taiwan’s First OWF

The engineering consulting group COWI has won a contract to design the foundations for the Formosa I project, Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm.

Denmark Loses One Kriegers Flak Bidder

A consortium comprising German companies wpd and Stadtwerke München and Danish HOFOR, set up to bid for the development of Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm, has withdrawn from the bidding process, according to the national media and Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA).

First SOV for Siemens’ Offshore Wind Farms Delivered (Gallery)

Ulstein Verft has delivered a service operation vessel (SOV) ordered by Bernhard Schulte in 2015 to operate on Siemens’ offshore wind projects.

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Chevalier Floatels Bags New Offshore Wind Contracts

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Chevalier Floatels reported today that it had secured a series of contracts for offshore wind projects, thus returning its fleet to the renewables sector amidst a challenging period the oil and gas industry is currently going through.

Even though Chevalier left the projects for which it was contracted unnamed, it revealed that its two accommodation vessels have each secured contracts for converter station works, with DP Gezina also being hired for met mast maintenance and DP Galyna for cable installation support.

The two vessels will be deployed at their respective projects in the North and Irish Sea until the end of July.

DP Gezina and DP Galyna, outfitted with an Ampelmann heave compensated gangway and crew boat landing for personnel transfer operations, have been upgraded recently and now have four new features which, according to Chevalier Floatels, enable them to meet the requirements of the offshore energy industry, and especially offshore wind.

Many companies like Chevalier Floatels have been able to weather the current downturn in oil and gas industry by engaging more in the offshore wind sector.

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European Union Increases Renewable Energy Target

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of increasing the European Union’s target for renewables to ‘at least’ 30% by 2030.

Europe currently has a target of at least 27%, which was agreed by European leaders in October 2014.

The parliamentary vote, which has no direct legislative impact, sends a clear message to the European Commission to be more ambitious on its upcoming proposal for a renewables law that will extend into the next decade. The European Commission is expected to come forward with its proposal before the end of this year.

MEPs stressed the need for the European Commission to have enhanced oversight on Member State progress toward the target with the possibility to intervene if EU countries impose measures that have a counterproductive impact on the deployment of renewables.

Additionally, the Commission should set national benchmarks for Member States to ensure countries stick to their commitments. Such benchmarks should come as part of a strong, robust and transparent governance system to guarantee that Europe can meet its 27% goal.

Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, said: “We welcome the Parliament’s call for an at least 30% target for renewables by 2030. The Commission now needs to define the additional measures and encourage member states to show the necessary level of ambition in their national plans. Without this ambition, Member States will only hurt themselves as investors will put renewables projects on ice and that will have knock-on effects for jobs and growth in Europe.”

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