Offshore Wind News


Gemini foundations installed in record time

Oct 19, 2015

Van Oord has completed the installation of the 150th foundation at the Gemini Wind Park in a record time of 3.5 months. On the 1 of July 2015, Van Oord’s newbuild installation vessel Aeolus, together with Swire Blue Oceans Pacific Osprey…

DOI offers wind development lease sale

Sep 23, 2015

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Sally Jewell, US secretary of the Interior and Abigail Ross Hopper, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) director…

DONG to divest 50% in Gode Wind 1

Sep 11, 2015

DONG Energy signed an agreement to divest 50% of the 330 MW German offshore wind construction project, Gode Wind 1, to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for a total of approximately US$884 million (€ 780 million), which will be paid in the period 2015 to 2016…

ABB installs DolWin2

Sep 08, 2015

ABB installed the world's most powerful offshore converter platform, the DolWin2, in the North Sea by ABB, with a transmission capacity that can power more than 1 million households with clean wind energy. The 320-kilovolt converter station…

Offshore renewables foundations under focus

Sep 02, 2015

SMD is set to contribute to a major offshore wind research project lead by The University of Dundee. The project will look to determine whether cheaper, more environmentally friendly and more effective foundations can be developed for the offshore renewables industry…

Pile testing to the limits

Sep 01, 2015

DONG Energy and ESG have just completed what they have described as the largest testing of wind turbine piles completed. DONG Energy and ESG tested 28 piles on two different onshore sites in order to assist the development of new design methods for offshore wind farms…

Doubling Dutch wind capacity

Sep 01, 2015

The Gemini wind park in the Dutch sector of the North Sea has broken financing and renewables project size records. Elaine Maslin takes a look. An artists’ illustration of the Gemini wind park offshore Netherlands…

DONG debuts Westermost Rough

Aug 25, 2015

DONG Energy inaugurated its Westermost Rough offshore wind farm last month on 1 July 2015. Westermost Rough is located 8km from the Holderness coast, approximately 25km north of Spurn Head at the River Humber estuary. Westermost…

DONG acquires Hornsea, project rights

Aug 21, 2015

Image: wind turbines at sea/iStock DONG Energy acquired the Hornsea zone and the project rights to Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of 3 gigawatts (GW) offshore wind capacity…

DolWin leaves Haugesund

Aug 04, 2015

In this video, Aibel shows the DolWin beta converter platform leaving Aibel's yard in Haugesund, Norway on its way to be installed in the DolWin wind cluster in the German North Sea. The platform concept is based on experience from the oil and gas sector…

UK offshore wind still in lead

Jul 23, 2015

The UK will remain the leading offshore wind power market globally by 2025, with its installed capacity increasing from 4.5GW in 2014 to 23.2GW by the end of the forecast period, representing an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30…

Fugro adds cable-lay to portfolio

Jul 22, 2015

Fugro is now offering cable-lay in addition to trenching to its offshore windfarm and tidal energy clients. The company has equipped its trenching vessel Fugro Saltire with a compact, custom-made, cable-lay spread. This comprises a reel drive system to store the cables…

Offshore wind floating into French waters

Jul 08, 2015

The French government is planning to launch a tender for several pilot floating offshore wind farms, Reuters reports. Matthieu Monnier, head of offshore wind at France Energie Eolienne (FEE) was reported as saying he expected two-three…

Irish Sea wind park plan proposed

Jul 08, 2015

Two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-development an up to 870 MW offshore wind farm in the North Irish Sea offshore Ireland. The firms, Oriel Windfarm and Gaelectric Holdings hope to start the development with a 15 MW demonstration project…

Global seismic vessel roundup

Jul 07, 2015

Seismic vessels are the lifeblood of global offshore exploration efforts. Jeannie Stell searches for bright spots in the current global market of seismic vessel activity.  The Sanco Sword. From Dolphin Geophysical…

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