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Latest business activity review shows offshore wind now a major source of revenue for the underwater engineering and manufacturing sector Subsea UK’s latest business activity review reveals that the industry is generating annual revenues of £7.5billion, compared to £8.9billion in 2014. The body which represents the country’s subsea industry also revealed that, despite the downturn in oil and gas, the subsea sector still supports around 45,000 jobs in the UK. This compares to around 53,000 three years ago. Exports account for over half (55%) of annual revenues, while sales in offshore wind have risen from £770million in 2014 to £1.3billion today. Sales in renewables are also forecast to increase with around a quarter of large companies anticipating more than 20% growth in this sector. Underwater technology, systems, engineering and manufacturing have been helping recover more hydrocarbons from the North Sea since the eighties. This expertise honed in the UK has led to the creation of one of the UK’s largest industry sectors which is now involved in defence, oceanology and now offshore wind. Subsea UK, whose 300 members make up the bulk of the country’s subsea supply chain, conducts regular reviews of the sector. The body’s chief executive, Neil Gordon, said: “It’s clear that, at

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Chevron Marine Lubricants, a leading lubrication solutions provider for alternatively fueled vessels and one of the largest suppliers of marine lubricants in the world, today has released the first in a series of new white papers focusing on innovations and developments impacting the fast-changing shipping industry. "Methanol and Marine Lubricants in a Lower Sulphur, Lower Emissions Future" explores the use of methanol bunkers, and how Chevron's Taro® Special cylinder lubricants and DOT.FAST® service play a critical role in the successful operation of M/T Mari Jone and M/T Mari Boyle, two of the world’s first ocean-going methanol dual-fuel ships. The white paper has been produced in consultation with: Vancouver, Canada-based Methanex Corporation, whose Waterfront Shipping subsidiary are co-owners and charterers of the vessels. Private ship manager and investment group Marinvest Shipping AB, who are also co-owners of the vessels. MAN Diesel & Turbo who produced the ME-LGI methanol dual-fuel two stroke engines for M/T Mari Jone and M/T Mari Boyle. "The reality of a lower sulphur, lower emissions future for shipping is already here. ECA and IMO 2020 regulations mean that in addition to the shifting use trends of traditional marine fuels, shipowners and operators are increasingly turning to the use of alternative marine

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The independent maintenance provider Deutsche Windtechnik will be expanding its business activities to include the North American market starting in January 2018. Its new US subsidiary Deutsche Windtechnik Inc., located in Houston, Texas, officially opened in November 2017. Until now, Deutsche Windtechnik's activities have concentrated on the European market and the move will enable the company to react quickly and flexibly to challenges in this new market. The goal is to make the benefits of independent turbine maintenance available to US operators and investors as soon as possible.  Melf Lorenzen will head the American subsidiary. He served as Country Manager for the Spanish market at Deutsche Windtechnik for more than three years, so he brings extensive knowledge and experience to the table in his new role.  Independent service in demand in the USA The US market already comprises an installed capacity of 88 GW, and this offers significant potential for maintenance activities. As a multi-brand specialist for turbines from Vestas, Siemens, Nordex, Senvion and Gamesa, Deutsche Windtechnik has expertise in approximately half of the system technologies used in the USA. "UpWind and Availon were acquired by the manufacturer Vestas, so this means there is currently no independent maintenance specialist with the expertise to

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Asian Hercules III arrives ahead of suction bucket foundations for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre One of the world’s largest and most versatile floating cranes has arrived in Peterhead Port today (Thursday, December 12) ahead of 11 giant game-changing suction bucket foundations. Setting up base in Peterhead Port, the 25,000 tonne Asian Hercules III will lift and install the 77 metre-high, 1,800 tonne steel jacket foundations - as heavy as almost ten Boeing 747s - at the site of Vattenfall’s pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay. The EOWDC suction bucket foundations are believed to be a UK first in large scale offshore wind. Adam Ezzamel, EOWDC project director for Vattenfall, which is developing the more than £300m facility, said: “The size of the Asian Hercules III offers a glimpse of the scale of the engineering behind the EOWDC. We hope that the technology on display will be an inspiration to young people considering a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. “Low carbon power is about their future. By testing and demonstrating pioneering technology, the EOWDC will support the growth of a low-cost, fossil-free offshore wind industry which is set to be the backbone of the UK power sector.” The scale

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BMT’s Louise Ledgard and Duncan Reed from the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas, bring a combined 50 years of global industry experience to EIC Board                                                             London, December 14 2017: The Energy Industries Council (EIC), the leading trade association for companies that supply goods and services to the energy industries worldwide, has announced the appointments of BMT’s Director of Business Development Louise Ledgard and Duncan Reed, Director Project Development with the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas, to its Board of Directors. Louise Ledgard has been at BMT, a leading international design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy, since 2011, where she leads the business and development team responsible for oil and gas, renewables and critical infrastructure markets. Prior to her role at BMT, Louise was responsible for sales and business development for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for the Metocean Division of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions provider, Fugro. Her 20-year career has also seen her work on several global projects to provide marine engineering support through metocean data collection and analytics including: pipeline studies,

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Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: "The Scottish Government's continued commitment to renewable energy is of course to be welcomed, particularly as its final Energy Strategy will be published within days. "It is encouraging that the Government recognises renewable energy as a key driver of Scotland's economy. "Of note are the funds allocated to support both low-carbon innovation and the decarbonisation of the heat sector - a task which is of critical importance if we are to tackle climate change. "We also welcome the reaffirmation of the Government's intention to follow the suggestions contained in the Barclay Review of business rates and to link increases to the Consumer Prices Index, both of which will benefit new and existing green energy generators. We are pleased that Scottish Renewables' recommendations on these points have been heeded. "We will continue to work to understand the full implications of the detail contained in the Budget document for our members and look forward to working with the Scottish Government as the measures outlined in the Budget and upcoming Energy Strategy are implemented."

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Today, a new milestone in the walk to work project was achieved with the arrival of the 'Blue Queen' in the port of Delfzijl. Upon arrival, the offshore vessel moored at the shipyard Royal Niestern Sander. In the upcoming ten weeks the vessel will be converted from a standard platform supply vessel to a walk to work emergency response and rescue vessel: W2W ERRV. Wagenborg Offshore has been awarded a 6-year contract by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and SHELL UK Exploration & Production (Shell UK)) for the provision of a second walk to work vessel. NAM and Shell UK work together in a combined business unit on the gas production on the Southern Northsea. The vessel will support its offshore operations. This long-term contract was signed November 13th by the directors of the companies. The Walk to Work Vessel will operate as a standby and support vessel for inspection and maintenance of the unmanned platforms in both Dutch and British waters.

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The Van Aalst Group, Dordrecht, announced today that it became a majority stakeholder in Techano AS, a leading offshore crane specialist from Norway. The transaction was closed on November 1, 2017, following the purchase of a 3D crane technology from another Norwegian company earlier in 2016. With the acquisition the Van Aalst Group is now one of the very few companies in the world being able to deliver a crane as well as a gangway as a combined package, using the 3D crane function. Founded in 2008, Techano in Kristiansand is specialized in designing and supplying innovative offshore cranes and state-of-the-art lifting equipment. By selecting the finest raw materials and by giving attention to even the smallest details, customers get top quality. Techano not only brings a wealth of reliable offshore crane technology to the Van Aalst group, its senior management also combines over 100 years of working experience in the offshore crane and lifting business. During its existence the company has served many well-known international customers. Prior to this acquisition the Van Aalst Group had already bought patented 3D crane technology from A-lifting in Molde, Norway, specialised in the development and delivery of innovative lifting solutions for subsea and offshore

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Number one on the market  (Wels, 14.12.2017) The photovoltaic industry in Brazil is on an upward trend. Along with solar farms, more and more decentralized systems have appeared in recent years. Experts confirm growth of more than 300 percent for 2017. As a specialist in solar technology, Fronius Solar Energy is one of the leaders in this development, and supports private and commercial plant operators with high-quality, easy-to-install inverters. Fronius has been represented in Brazil by a subsidiary in São Paulo since 2003 – initially with its two other business areas, welding and battery charging technology, and, since 2013, also with the Business Unit Solar Energy. Brazil obtains approximately three-quarters of its energy requirements from water power – in recent years, long dry periods have caused extensive supply problems. The market and the demand for suitable photovoltaic solutions are therefore steadily growing. Along with a number of qualified sales and service partners throughout the country, the affiliate company, Fronius do Brasil, also has subsidiaries in the federal states of Minas Gerais, Paraná, Amazonas, Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul. “We felt from a very early stage that we would like to support new markets, such as those here in Brazil, from

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13 N131 turbines ordered by a new customer Hamburg, 14 December 2017. The Nordex Group has been awarded contracts for the installation of two wind farms in Apulia. A total of 13 N131 turbines with 84 meter steel towers are to be supplied plus service for the turbines. Construction is to commence in the third quarter of 2018. The order has been placed by an Italian project developer and independent power producer which primarily specialises in wind power. Both projects were awarded in a tender process held in 2016. About the Nordex Group The Group has installed wind power capacity of more than 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has roughly 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 - 4.5 MW class addressing the requirements of land constrained as well as grid constrained markets.

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