Offshore Wind News


Masdar invests in Dugeon wind farm

Sep 24, 2014

Abu Dhabi-owned green energy firm Masdar is to invest £525 million in a 35% stake in the planned Dudgeon offshore wind farm, offshore England, alongside Norweigan partners Statoil and Stakraft.  Based 32km off the coast of north Norfolk…

DNV GL: offshore wind to transmission grid safety

Sep 22, 2014

New DNV GL guidelines and practices are ensuring safe connection of offshore wind to the transmission grid. As offshore wind farms are being built farther from the coast and more offshore oil and gas installations are powered from shore…

Trelleborg secures supply contract

Sep 18, 2014

Trelleborg’s offshore unit secured a contract to supply a range of cable protection products for phase two of the offshore wind farm Fukushima FORWARD project, lead by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Trelleborg…

Offshore wind jackup efficiency challenge

Sep 02, 2014

The UK's Crown Estate has published its latest report aimed at improving the performance of the offshore wind sector, focusing on the more effective use of jackup vessels to help bring down costs in the maintenance of offshore wind turbines…

Boskalis JV wins wind work

Aug 13, 2014

VSMC, a cable-laying joint venture between Royal Boskalis Westminster and VolkerWessels, has been awarded a contract by Sandbank Offshore Windfarm (a joint venture between Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München). The scope of work includes cable supply…

Positive outlook

Aug 04, 2014

The HelWin Beta platform, on its way out to sea. Photos from HFG. The North Sea is set to continue to provide work for fabricators for 10-20 more years, says Heerema Fabrication Group’s CEO…

Wind power gains

Aug 01, 2014

The HelWin2 converter platform being transported. More than 3.8GW of offshore wind transmission capacity is being installed by TenneT offshore northern Europe. Meg Chesshyre found out more…

JDR opens center in Cambridge

Jul 25, 2014

JDR is opening a new offshore engineering technology center in Cambridge on 28 July. The new Cambridge R&D team will evolve JDR’s specialist knowledge of subsea production umbilicals and subsea power cables to take on exploration challenges faced by oil…

Flowline Specialists invests in fleet

Jul 24, 2014

Aberdeenshire-based Flowline Specialists plans to grow its business by 20% in the coming year after a multimillion-dollar investment in its fleet In February, the firm announced that it was investing approximately US$4.2 million in purchasing…

Offshore wind ready to float?

Jul 14, 2014

The Fukushima Forward 2MW floating offshore wind turbine. Photo from Fukushima Forward. A growing number of companies are eying options for floating offshore wind. Elaine Maslin learned why at All Energy in Aberdeen…

Latest HCDC platform installed

Jul 11, 2014

Siemens announced it has completed installation of the offshore platform for the direct-current connection HelWin2. Working under contract from the German-Dutch grid operator TenneT, Siemens has achieved a decisive milestone of the German grid connection projects…

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…

New solutions for grouted connections

Jun 04, 2014

Grouted connections have been a challenge to the offshore wind industry. The sector is now looking for class society guidance so that the latest applications for grouted connections are reflected in the latest design standards. Wind energy is a fast developing industry…

Traq-ing underwater trenching

Jun 04, 2014

Hi-Traq streamlined chassis with buoyancy grabs and tooling cylinder.  Cable-laying challenges on offshore wind farms has led to a new tracked trenching vehicle being designed, which may also have benefits in the oil and gas sector…

Offshore wind-powered EOR?

May 20, 2014

DNV GL is proposing a new concept that combines mature water injection technology with the newest developments in offshore wind power to achieve more cost effective enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The company is inviting the industry…

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