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Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm

Saint Nazaire offshore wind farm fully operational

EDF Renewables and EIH, a subsidiary of Enbridge and CPP Investments, have achieved a significant milestone as France’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 480MW Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm, is now fully operational. Located between 12 and 20km from the southwest coast of France, the wind farm will help support the French State’s energy...
RNA method

Heerema installs first wind turbine using novel RNA method

The first out of the 27 Vestas V174 – 9.5MW turbines has successfully been installed at the Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm. Using a unique floating installation method, Parkwind, together with Heerema Marine Contractors and Vestas, marks an industry premiere in wind turbine installation on commercial scale. The plan to use a floating installation...
CSOV

CSOV vessels underway

The steel cutting ceremony of Ulstein Verft’s yard number 318 was carried out today, 18 november, at the hull yard Crist. The vessel is the first of two CSOV newbuilds for the Norway-based shipowner Olympic, and both are planned for delivery in 2024. The steel cutting is the first milestone in a shipbuilding project...
Merganser

DEI subsidy to build and test offshore floating solar platform Merganser

Dutch Offshore Floating Solar (OFS) consortium Merganser has received a USD 8m project subsidy from RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to develop, test and validate the Merganser solar energy platform in harsh North Sea weather conditions. SolarDuck and marine research institutes TU Delft, TNO, MARIN, and Deltares aim to prove that the new installation can...
Certex UK

Certex UK partners with Mennens to win Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm

Doncaster based, Certex UK has partnered with its sister company Mennens (Amsterdam Branch) to win a major construction project contract on the Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) wind farm, off the coast of the Netherlands, likely to run until September 2023. Certex UK will assist with the provision of turbine compliance services to Siemens Gamesa,...
Hywind Tampen

First power from Hywind Tampen

Power production from the first turbine in the floating wind farm Hywind Tampen in the North Sea started at 12:55 CET on 13 November. The power was delivered to the Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea. “I am proud that we have now started production at Hywind Tampen, Norway’s first and the world’s...
RWE

Oranje Wind Power II wins tender for 700MW Hollandse Kust West

The winner of the permit for one of the two wind farms in the Hollandse Kust West Wind Farm Zone is Oranje Wind Power II, a subsidiary of RWE. The permit is for the construction and operation of the 700 MW Hollandse Kust West Wind Farm Site VII, one of the two new wind...
Hitachi Energy

Equinor and Hitachi Energy sign a strategic collaboration agreement

Equinor has signed a strategic collaboration with Hitachi Energy, to collaborate within electrification, renewable power generation and low-carbon initiatives worldwide. The agreement underlines both companies’ commitment to accelerate the energy transition and advance a more sustainable, flexible and secure energy system. It builds on the two companies’ long and successful collaboration over many decades....

The Darwin Pipeline Duplication Project

Van Oord and DEME have been awarded a contract from Allseas in support of the Darwin Pipeline Duplication Project, located offshore Northern Australia. The joint venture will be responsible for providing support for the shallow water pipeline installation scope in Northern Territory waters including trenching, pipe pull operations and rock placement works. Van Oord...
tidal stream energy

Tidal stream energy could dive to record low cost

Tidal stream energy could plummet below USD92 per MWh by 2035 if current opportunity is realised, a new industry-leading report has predicted. The ‘Cost Reduction Pathway of Tidal Stream Energy in the UK and France’ report, produced by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult as part of the Interreg FCE funded TIGER project, documents...
Luchterduinen

Innovation for restoring oyster reefs installed in Luchterduinen wind farm

Four oyster tables – structures made of concrete and other material on which live oysters are placed – have been installed at Luchterduinen wind farm. By placing the oyster tables there, the Rich North Sea programme, energy company Eneco and marine contractor Van Oord are working to restore oyster reefs in the Dutch North...
Pipeline Technique

Long-term agreement for Pipeline Technique

Pipeline Technique (PTL), a provider of welding and coating solutions to the global onshore and offshore energy sectors, has entered into a long-term agreement with Subsea7 for the provision of welding and coating services. Under the terms of the agreement, PTL will provide Subsea7 with access to both a team of experienced specialists and...
ABB

300,000t in carbon emissions saved

Recently, ABB has published another of its ‘Energy Transition Equation’ reports that shows how industrial customers can reduce carbon emissions and manage the energy transition for a more sustainable future. Based on nine months of research and modeling, the report highlights how early adoption and integration of automation, digitalisation, and electrification technologies to enable...
resident subsea drone

World’s first resident subsea drone

The world’s first resident subsea contract has been awarded to Modus by Equinor Energy for the autonomous deployment of a Saab Sabertooth underwater robot, which will remain docked on the seabed between tasks. Residency of robotic systems will reduce operational expenditure, remove humans from offshore work, and reduce environmental impact, says the industry. The Saab...
Fugro

Fugro and AD Ports Group join forces

Fugro and AD Ports Group formalised a collaborative relationship through the signing of an agreement that sets out combined goals to utilise remote and autonomous technologies in the region. The agreement was signed at the ADIPEC 2022 Exhibition in Abu Dhabi by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD...
jacking system

Huisman develops new jacking system

Huisman has reached an important milestone in the development of a new jacking system, tailored for the growing offshore renewables energy market. The company successfully completed a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the first Huisman Jacking Gearbox, which will be part of the jacking system. The jacking system, available in a range of models,...
Renewables

European renewables targets at risk

Wind turbine orders in Q3 2022 fell by 36% compared with Q3 2021. Europe urgently needs to solve permitting and strengthen its wind energy supply chain. Inflationary cost pressures, slow permitting and uncertainty around the EU’s emergency electricity market interventions are stalling orders for new wind turbines. WindEurope tracked orders for new wind turbines...
Ocergy

Ocergy selected for Salamander pre-FEED

The Salamander floating offshore wind project, a joint venture between Simply Blue Group, Ørsted and Subsea7, has awarded the pre-FEED foundation design to Ocergy for its OCG-Wind foundation technology. Last year, Salamander signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ocergy to evaluate its foundation design for the development in northeast Scotland. The project will...
Seaqualize

DEME Offshore contracts Seaqualize for first US offshore wind feeder barge operations

Dutch heave compensation specialist Seaqualize has signed its first contract for their newly developed offshore lifting device, the Heave Chief 1100. DEME Offshore US will deploy the HC1100 on the first commercial scale wind farm installation project in the USA, Vineyard Wind, to transfer delicate wind turbine components to and from heaving supply vessels....
TMC

TMC and Allseas achieve historic milestone

TMC the metals company, an explorer of the world’s largest estimated undeveloped source of critical battery metals, today announced that it has successfully collected an initial batch of seafloor polymetallic nodules and transported them up a 4km long riser system to the surface, in what represents the first integrated system test conducted in the...

The Future of Offshore Energy

The world is facing a global energy crisis and increased prices for energy. Governments and companies are investing more and more in renewables, energy efficiency and clean technologies. The urge to switch to renewable energy is greater than ever, and concrete actions must be made now in order to accelerate the energy transition. Everything...
US offshore wind

60% growth in US offshore wind long-term targets in Q3

Landmark federal policy, record investments, and new state-level actions drove the US offshore wind industry forward in the third quarter of 2022, with coastal states increasing their long-term targets by 58%, a new record for quarterly growth. The Business Network for Offshore Wind, recently released its inaugural US Offshore Wind Quarterly Market Report, which...
GROW

GROW enters next phase

GROW, a consortium of leading offshore wind industry and research partners, started as a six-years innovation programme. Yesterday, 12 October, GROW partners signed a renewed programme agreement and will continue their innovation activities to 2030. They keep working together to reduce offshore wind costs and increase the value of wind energy in the energy...
TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies EP Nederland and AF Offshore Decom sign major contract

TotalEnergies and AF Offshore Decom have signed a contract for the engineering, preparation, removal, transportation, dismantling and recycling (EPRD) of ten production platforms from the L7 field in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The total weight of these installations is around 17.000t, and the objective is to recycle up to 98% of...
ABL Group

ABL Group appointed on Belbazem Project in UAE

ABL Group has been appointed as marine warranty surveyor to review and approve critical marine and offshore operations on the Belbazem Project, offshore UAE. “The Belbazem Block development is a prestigious project and we consider it a privilege to be appointed as the marine warranty surveyors”, says Paul Miles, ABL Group’s Head of Energy...