China's largest wind turbine installation vessel, the "Longyuan Zhenhua 3", could boost international cooperation in the South China Sea, experts said Sunday.
The vessel, which went into trial service on Sunday in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu Province, has a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons, making it the largest of this kind in the world, currently, news site people.cn reported.
Building offshore wind farms is outrageously expensive, especially for the nascent U.S. wind industry which is on a steep learning curve. The only wind farm in U.S. waters is reported to have cost around $300 million for five turbines with a modest combined capacity of 30 MW. Obviously, costs will have to come down if the industry is to grow. Even though the European developers have been working in offshore wind longer, they have also struggled with costs.
Operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, the 30 MW wind farm consists of five 6 MW turbines and is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and will power approximately 20,000 households.
International engineering and operations support services contractor ODE, an integral part of the DORIS Group, has been awarded two Framework Agreements for Electrical Project Management, and for Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Project Engineering and associated Project and Interface Management.
The framework agreements will run until 2021 and apply to Vattenfall WindKraft, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies across Europe, including the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
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The latest addition to Vroon Offshore’s fleet combines a stable, highly manoeuvrable platform with high-quality accommodation, onboard equipment storage and ease of access to offshore platforms
July saw Vroon Offshore in the Netherlands hold a naming ceremony for VOS Start, the first of a new class of subsea/walk-to-work vessels that was purpose-designed and built to support offshore operations in the renewable energy industry and walk-to-work projects in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Geotechnical engineering consultants, Cathie Associates, have announced the opening of U.S. operations with the appointment of a new Vice President. The move is part of Cathie Associates’ drive for international expansion and to enable improved support of the U.S. offshore energy industry.
Sean McDonald will be responsible for leading Cathie Associates’ expansion in the U.S. offshore wind sector. He has a wealth of offshore experience, and a strong background in geology, geophysics, and geotechnical engineering.
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.
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.