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Chinese Ship Returns to Vietnam's EEZ

Aug 13, 2019

A Chinese survey ship returned to Vietnam's exclusive economic zone off its coast on Tuesday, ship tracking data showed, less than a week after it left the area where vessels from the two countries were locked in a month-long standoff.The Haiyang…

Five Bid on 12 Blocks Offshore in Israel

Jul 19, 2019

Five companies submitted proposals to explore for oil and gas on 12 blocks among 19 offered in Israel's second offshore licensing round. This was the second Israeli offshore licensing round.A government press release quoted Minister of Energy…

Vineyard Wind to Fight Against Rejection

Jul 16, 2019

The developer of the 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project in the US will request a superseding order from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to overturn denial of the project’s application before the Edgartown Conservation Commission…

Brazil Searches Sembcorp Yard in Graft Probe

Jul 03, 2019

Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine said on Wednesday that authorities had searched its shipyard in Brazil as part of a graft investigation, sending its shares lower and underlining the staying power of Brazil's ongoing 'Car Wash' corruption probe…

US Extends Offshore Wind Tax Credit

Jul 01, 2019

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement in support of two bills introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, which would both extend the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for offshore wind energy.The legislation comes at a critical time for offshore wind in America…

France Doubles Offshore Wind Target

Jun 14, 2019

France has boosted its offshore wind power target to 1 GW per year until 2028 totalling 10 GW, double an initial target of 4.7 GW over the next decade, prime minister Edouard Phillippe said.Referring to a 500 MW wind power tender the country…

Vineyard Wind Wins Grid Permit

May 13, 2019

The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has approved petitions filed by Vineyard Wind for construction and operation of electric transmission facilities within the Commonwealth that will deliver electricity generated at the 800MW…

New England Pitch for Offshore Wind Hub

May 06, 2019

The state of Connecticut has reached a harbor development agreement and announced the start of a $93 million investment at State Pier, the beginning of what state officials foresee as the transformation of an underutilized port into a hub for the offshore wind industry…

DOE Selects Four Offshore Projects

May 06, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects totaling up to $8 million to develop next-generation wind turbine drivetrain technologies that will facilitate the continued growth of wind turbines for both land-based tall wind and offshore applications…

Trump Administration to Revise Offshore Safety Rules

May 02, 2019

The Trump administration will unveil on Thursday its final plan to roll back offshore drilling safety measures put in place by the Obama administration after the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst in U.S. history, raising concerns…

Offshore Wind Developers Invests in Rhode Island

Apr 23, 2019

Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource pledged $4.5 million Monday to talent and workforce development in Rhode Island based on the Revolution Wind project.Governor Gina M. Raimondo said: 'Ørsted and Eversource's commitments, as part of their Revolution Wind offshore wind farm…

DPU Approves Vineyard Wind Contracts

Apr 18, 2019

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has approved long-term contracts for 800MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth’s electric distribution companies.The DPU green signal is a crucial approval needed…

India, Denmark Forge Offshore Wind Alliance

Apr 16, 2019

India’s Union Cabinet has given its approval for a cooperation agreement between India and Denmark on strategic sector cooperation in the field of renewable energy with a focus on offshore wind.According to a government release, the Cabinet…

Estonia Blocks $1.9B Offshore Wind Project

Apr 12, 2019

The Estonian government has refused to start the permitting process for the building of a $1.9 billion, 600-MW offshore wind farm off the west coast of the island of Saaremaa, citing national security concerns.The Estonian developer Saare Wind…

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