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Poland Preps Offshore Wind Bill

Nov 10, 2019

Polish Ministry of Energy has finished internal work on draft 'offshore wind act'. The draft is to be further proceeded now by Government on the legislative path through public consultations.Dedicated offshore wind act is one of the most awaited…

Mayflower Wins 800MW Massachusetts OWF

Nov 03, 2019

Mayflower Wind Energy, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US and EDPR Offshore North America, has been chosen by Massachusetts for an 804-MW offshore wind farm (OWF), located 20 miles south of Nantucket.“Mayflower Wind is proud to have been…

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Opens Wind Training Facility

Oct 25, 2019

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates the First-in-the-Nation Offshore Wind Training Facility Located at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. MMA steps out in front to train the professionals who will make the coming wave of domestic offshore wind…

Offshore Wind: New York Moves on Sunrise

Oct 24, 2019

Sunrise Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy, has signed a 25-year OREC purchase-and-sale agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).Earlier in July 2019, New York selected Sunrise…

Denmark to Help Vietnam for Offshore Wind

Oct 14, 2019

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (EREA) of Vietnam have initiated a partnership with the purpose of mapping the potential for offshore wind off the coast of Vietnam.The Southeast Asian nation…

Solvberg Appointed NPD Director General

Oct 13, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has announced the appointment of Ingrid Solvberg as Director for the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea, replacing Bente Nyland.According to a note from NPD, Sølvberg was appointed by the King in Council on 11 October…

Crown Estate Hosts Round 4 Bid Talks

Oct 09, 2019

The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has hosted a Round 4 bidders day to give offshore wind developers further insight into how it will run the 7GW seabed rights auction.More than…

Germany Plans 20 GW of Offshore Wind by 2030

Oct 08, 2019

Germany's northern states and federal government want to nearly triple the country's installed offshore wind power capacity within ten years with a new expansion target of 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.In a  multi-state meeting in Hannover,  committing to “fix the goal legally in the coming months”…

NY Upgrades Port for Offshore Wind Boom

Oct 02, 2019

New York State has launched process to upgrade port infrastructure to support expanding offshore wind industry.The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Development (ESD), and the New York Department…

DoJ Drops Shell Investigation

Oct 02, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday that it had been informed by the U.S. Department of Justice that it had closed its inquiry into Shell over the 2011 $1.3 billion acquisition of a Nigerian offshore oilfield.Shell and Italy's Eni are both currently…

Mayflower Joins Connecticut Offshore Bids

Oct 01, 2019

Mayflower Wind has submitted bids to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in response to Connecticut's Request for Proposals.Mayflower is a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC…

Crown Estate Delays Scottish Offshore Wind Bid

Sep 26, 2019

Crown Estate Scotland has delayed the launch of the ScotWind offshore wind leasing round until after the publication of Marine Scotland’s draft Sectoral Marine Plan (SMP).Aligning timescales with the SMP will help to ensure maximum transparency…

UK Launches Offshore Wind Leasing Round

Sep 20, 2019

The Crown Estate has launched its Round 4 offshore wind leasing competition for the rights to develop at least 7GW of new capacity off England and Wales.The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has hailed today’s launch as a major step forward…

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…

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