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The world’s first full scale floating wind turbine is being installed off the coast of north-east Scotland. The floating foundations will enable turbines to operate in deeper waters and will dramatically reduce the cost of installation. 

In total five Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines are being installed at the Peterhead wind farm, known broadly as Hywind, which will provide power to 20,000 homes.

Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil has produced the turbines and hope that the floating foundations will enable turbines to be installed in many viable sites that are currently too deep for monopiles.


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Marine engineering consultancy firm LOC Group has launched LOC Renewables, a new service team focus specifically on supporting offshore renewable wind projects. The new team is headed by RV Ahilan, Group Director of Renewables Advisory & Energy Technology, and focuses on design, engineering, and marine warranty survey consultancy.

The winds of change are blowing through the global energy ecosystem as renewable technologies become increasingly competitive and an growing sense of reality regarding the need for long-term sustainability come to bear. One development that is becoming increasingly cost effective is wind energy, with recent studies finding costs of the technology to be falling fast.


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The technology group Wärtsilä signed in January a contract with Babcock International Group plc to design and build a number of switchboards and distribution boards for the world's first offshore reactive compensation station, a vital part of transmitting to shore the electricity produced sustainably by the offshore wind farm.

The Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm is currently under construction at Babcock Rosyth in Scotland. Upon completion, the wind farm, operated by DONG Energy, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Wärtsilä will supply the Wärtsilä Low voltage switchboards for the world's first offshore reactive compensation station.


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HOUSTON, TX (June 28, 2017) – Zentech Inc. and Renewables Resources International (RRI)are pleased to announce to the United States Offshore Wind Industry the build of the firstJones Act compliant, four legged, self-propelled Dynamically-Positioned Level 2 (DP2) Jack-upVessel based on a US-built barge. Zentech plans to install four truss legs with spud cans, aproven oil & gas design, integrated in a newly built hull.

This vessel will provide the now evolving US Offshore Wind Industry with a much needed andcost competitive marine logistic solution, converting a Jones Act compliant asset aligned with the conclusions from the European offshore wind learning curve. The vessel will also act as an Oil & Gas Crane Jack-Up for Decommissioning in 300-ft water depths when not in service for installing and/or maintaining wind turbines.


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Engineering consultancy Atkins has been chosen by PowerChina Huadong Engineering to design the offshore substation platform at State Power Investment Corporation’s 300MW Binhai South Phase 3 wind farm in the Yellow Sea.

Atkins, one of the first UK companies to work on a Chinese offshore wind farm, will use its extensive experience from the European offshore wind industry. The scope of its contract covers ground engineering and structural work for the offshore substation topside and jacket foundation.


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As highlighted recently in Riviera Maritime Media’s publications OSJ and OWJ, a number of companies have ordered vessels targeting the growing market for ships capable of decommissioning offshore platforms and installing jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines


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The near completion of the world's first floating offshore wind farm, Statoil's Hywind pilot park in Scotland, UK, is a notable example of MacGregor's capabilities. It will feature Pusnes substructure connection mooring systems from MacGregor, which have been delivered and will be installed when the hulls are complete.


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Germany, Belgium, Denmark and industry giants Dong Energy and Siemens Gamesa among others have signed a joint declaration pledging huge EU offshore wind expansion.

The group wants to increase offshore wind capacity fivefold in the next decade.


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"Offshore Wind Turbines Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017 - 2025" The Report covers current Industries Trends, Worldwide Analysis, Global Forecast, Review, Share, Size, Growth, Effects"


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Teesside England-based product manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and radiant heat protection systems has successfully delivered a contract for Statoil’s £1.5 billion Dudgeon offshore wind power farm project.

Located 20 miles off the coast of the seaside town of Cromer, Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd was commissioned to design, manufacture and supply its world leading fire and blast walls, which will play a vital role in safely harnessing offshore wind to power more than 410,000 homes in the UK.


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