Virginia is looking for plans to create an infrastructure blueprint for offshore wind energy – a move local advocates and experts say could lead to more development and larger projects.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced May 22 the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy was looking for proposals. Hampton Roads – with its port infrastructure and workforce – was touted by Northam as an ideal location for wind energy.

“Virginia should be the prime location for the offshore wind industry, from the supply chain to the full build-out of our offshore wind assets off the coast,” Northam said in the release.


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Developing a Plan to Position Virginia as the East Coast Offshore Wind Supply Chain and Service Industry Location of Choice

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has posted a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified contractors to develop a plan to position Virginia as the East Coast offshore wind supply chain and service industry location of choice.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks expertise in offshore wind (OSW) development, particularly as it relates to the industry supply chain, port infrastructure requirements, build-out of the various OSW supply chain sectors, and long-term maritime service needs.  The work product that the successful applicant (Contractor) produces in accordance with the RFP will inform OSW development firms, the Virginia maritime industry, and state and local decision-makers.


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SPR is leasing land adjacent to Hamilton Dock in Lowestoft in order to develop a new state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base. The company has appointed NRS Group to design and construct the building, which will include specialist offices and warehousing. The new building will help to support the offshore phase of construction work on the windfarm, as well as the 30-plus years operational lifespan of the project.

ABP will simultaneously construct pontoons and some essential utilities to enable crew transfer vessel to operate from Hamilton Dock, engaging McLaughlin & Harvey to design and construct these facilities.

“Lowestoft is going to be the home of our windfarm for the next three decades, so it is pleasing to see construction work underway at the Port” said Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables Project Director for East Anglia One. “The new facility will be a hive of activity for engineers and technicians, and the base for our marine operations to support the day-to-day operations of the windfarm. In total around 100 people will be employed full-time at the port when East Anglia One is completed, and the thousands of contractors and supply chain operators using the site every year will contribute substantially to the local economy.”


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Irish probe port potential

Posted by Web Master 6 on January 3, 2018 1:45 PM EST
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The supply chain in Ireland needs “critical investment” if it is to play a role in the country’s future offshore wind industry, according to the early findings of a new report.

Dublin-based offshore engineering consultancy GDG has launched a so-called gap analysis with initial research pointing to the need for port and harbour “infrastructure upgrades” in the country.


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The first 30 hectares of Offshore Center Rotterdam have been completed. PUMA, a project organisation created by a partnership between Dutch hydraulic engineering firms Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV and Van Oord NV that focuses specifically on the expansion of the Maasvlakte site, processed 6 million m3 of sand in four months to complete the work. Only 2 million m3 of sand are now needed to raise the other 40 hectares to the required level. There is considerable interest in the centre. The Port of Rotterdam expects the first companies to establish themselves on the site in 2019.


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Deepwater Wind hopes to power up in New Bedford

Posted by Jeff Keever on October 23, 2017 9:35 AM EDT
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Using wind to make power -- that's the idea behind a proposed project off the Massachusetts Coast.

The Revolution Wind Project will be a combination of an offshore wind farm, south of Martha's Vineyard.

Deepwater Wind has tapped the Port of New Bedford for construction and staging operations.

It will create about 700 construction jobs.



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Wind-powered offshore decommissioning in Rotterdam

Posted by Web Master 6 on September 21, 2017 10:30 AM EDT
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The Port of Rotterdam is in the process of building a new offshore wind centre, which will be used to decommission oil and gas platforms close by. The project’s potential is undeniable – both in terms of environmental performance and the local economy – but the port is treading new ground, as Ross Davies discovers.


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Aberdeenshire-based Oilfield Machinery (OilMac) is planning to invest in the Port of Dundee in Scotland, as part of plans to transform it into a centre serving the North Sea offshore wind and oil & gas sectors.

OilMac plans to kick off the port’s makeover with a new facility located on Prince Charles Wharf, which is currently being developed by local player Forth Ports with a £10m ($13m) investment.


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