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Big gets bigger - and more capable

Aug 01, 2014

Frank Verhoeven  Boskalis is eyeing an increasing role in offshore oil and gas and renewables projects—including the potential to dry dock floating production vessels at sea. Elaine Maslin found out more…

Westermeerwind wind farm construction to begin March 2015

Jul 25, 2014

Westermeerwind BV reached financial close on 25 July for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in IJsselmeer, Netherlands. Work can now start on building the 48 wind turbines. The Westermeerwind wind farm consists of…

ECN approves Mitsubishi Electric’s compact wind lidar

Jul 25, 2014

The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) conducted tests to validate and subsequently approved Mitsubishi Electric’s compact wind lidar as complying with European wind measurement standards. The lidar (portmanteau of “light”…

DONG hires WSP for wind farm engineering

Jul 25, 2014

DONG Energy, Denmark's largest energy company, has awarded three contracts to civil engineering group WSP for design work on the onshore substations for three offshore wind farms. WSP says detailed design on the projects is now underway…

Tidal energy projects inch forward

Jul 25, 2014

Former SSE utility boss Ian Marchant has joined tidal energy firm Nova Innovation as its chairman.  Marchant was chief executive of SSE, a large UK-based utility company, for 10 years, before standing down in 2013.  Earlier this year…

UK issues guidance for emergency response planning at OREIs

Jul 24, 2014

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a notice yesterday containing updated requirements for emergency response cooperation plans and requirements for emergency response and search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter operations relating to offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs)…

Heriot-Watt orders ASV C-Enduro

Jul 11, 2014

Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus has ordered an ASV C-Enduro. The C-Enduro Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) will be used for research in persistent and long-term autonomy with multiple remote and autonomous marine platforms. The…

Van Oord launches cable-laying vessel

Jul 10, 2014

Van Oord’s new DP2 cable-laying vessel Nexus was successfully launched at Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania on 30 June 2014. The 123m multipurpose vessel will be deployed installing electrical cables for offshore wind farms. With a beam of almost 28m and a dynamic positioning system…

EIC appoints Head of Asia Pacific

Jul 10, 2014

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) announced today that Azman Nasir is to become the EIC’s new Head of Asia Pacific. Azman, who has 24 years’ experience in the transport, railway, oil & gas and marine industry sectors, will be based…

Aibel secures Statoil contract

Jul 09, 2014

Aibel announced it has secured a contract from Statoil for FEED and Engineering & Management Assistance (EMA) of substructures for the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park offshore wind farm. The contract has an estimated value of approximately NOK$40 million…

Osbit supplies cable system to Technip

Jul 04, 2014

North-England based Osbit Power (OP) has supplied a bespoke cable handling system to Technip Offshore Wind, to support Technip's cable installation operations at Dong Energy’s Westermost Rough offshore wind farm. Osbit says the modular…

Dudgeon given go-ahead

Jul 01, 2014

Statoil and Statkraft have given the final investment decision for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the coast of Norfolk, UK. The project aims for full production in late 2017. When completed, Dudgeon will provide renewable energy for up to 410…

Core commissions high strength grout mixer

Jun 25, 2014

Core Grouting Services, an Acteon company, has successfully commissioned a new high volume, high strength grout mixing and pumping unit. The equipment is specifically designed for mixing and pumping high strength grout with a compressive strength of >100 MPa…

DDW completes converter platform

Jun 10, 2014

Dubai-based Drydocks World has completed the HVDC converter platform DolWin beta (pictured), described as the world’s largest in terms of capacity.  The platform is one of the main components of TenneT's 900 MW DC offshore grid connection DolWin2…

OpenHydro turbines for pilot farm

Jun 06, 2014

EDF has announced the development of a pilot farm comprising two tidal turbines at Paimpol-Bréhat in Brittany (France). OpenHydro, a DCNS company and leader in tidal energy, will supply two new turbines, which will be operational from 2015…

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