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 Commissioning of 14 MW solar plant in Emmen, in the province of Drenthe  Additional service contract signed for operation and maintenanceKolitzheim (Germany), Emmen (Netherlands) – Yesterday the Dutch PV plant “Zonnepark Lange Runde” was officially inaugurated. BELECTRIC has built this PV plant with around 14 MWp installed capacity as an EPC (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) provider on behalf of Statkraft and in close cooperation with the municipality of Emmen. In addition, BELECTRIC has been appointed as a service provider for the operation and maintenance of the plant which is located in Emmen, in the province of Drenthe. The service contract includes remote power plant monitoring, regular inspections and on-site support in the event of a fault. BELECTRIC is one of the largest Operations & Maintenance (O&M) providers worldwide, managing a portfolio of over 1.3 GWp of installed utility scale PV solar plants and Battery storage systems worldwide.“As Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft is proud to officially inaugurate its first solar park in the Netherlands. We are pleased with the good cooperation we have had with Belectric”, says Niels van der Linden, head of Statkraft’s Dutch solar team. “This projects marks a successful entry in what we expect to be one of

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Over 800 MW in four U.S. projects connected to grid Hamburg, 8 February 2018. The Nordex Group closed the year 2017 with a robust installation performance in the United States of America. Last year the manufacturer connected some 260 turbines with a total capacity of 806 megawatts to the grid for its customers in the U.S. According to a publication by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), this corresponds to around 11 per cent market share; as a result, Nordex now ranks in fourth position among international OEMs. In total, the US Wind industry installed 7,017 megawatts, coming in below the 8,203 MW installed in 2016. However, according to the annual statements in the fourth quarter of 2017, the installed capacity, at 4,125 megawatts, once again increased substantially as usual. The US projects currently under construction include two large wind farms of Nordex that will collectively comprise a capacity of approximately 520 megawatts. The manufacturer is building both projects for energy utilities based in the U.S. and expect to grow installations this year again.

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OESV operator amongst the first to achieve new ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 accreditations, renewing commitment to highest operational standards February 8th 2018, Isle of Wight – Class-leading offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator, Seacat Services, has attained a fresh set of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditations, following independent assessment by certification body DNV GL. Seacat Services is one of the first operators in the offshore wind sector to achieve the updated ISO9001: 2015 quality management and ISO14001: 2015 environmental management standards, affirming its commitment to maintain the highest possible levels of service for wind farm developers, operators and contractors. With crew and technician safety remaining a top priority, Seacat Services has also renewed its OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification. As the offshore wind industry has matured, the expectations of project development and construction teams have increased when it comes to the service provided by contractors and suppliers. Independently-assessed ISO and OHSAS accreditation is consequently starting to become a must-have for support vessel operators as an indicator of quality and safety. However, there is scope for the industry at large to take a more proactive approach to securing accreditation and raising overall standards of operation. While the final deadline for upgrading to

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Photon Energy NV announces the expansion of its project pipeline by 5 additional projects in Fertőd as well as the acquisition of 5 project companies for the construction of 8 PV plants with a total installed capacity of 5.5 MWp near the North-Western Hungarian municipality of Tata. The announced new projects increase Photon Energy’s photovoltaic project pipeline in Hungary to 20.6 MWp. Amsterdam, 7 February 2017 – Global solar power solutions provider Photon Energy NV reported substantial growth of the company’s project pipeline in Hungary, which increased nearly twofold thanks to the addition of the 13 new projects in different locations in Hungary. All the newly added projects are expected to reach the ready-to-build stage in 2018 Q2. The municipality of Fertőd, in the Győr-Moson-Sopron region of Hungary, where the company’s fully-owned subsidiary Fertőd Napenergia-Termelő Kft. is in the process of constructing the Group’s first photovoltaic power plant in Hungary with an installed capacity of 528 kWp to be completed and connected to the grid before the end of February 2018 (from now on referred to as Fertőd I) saw the addition of five projects (from now on referred to as Fertőd II). The newly added Fertőd II projects are expected to reach

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Due diligence on Dutch offshore wind project focused on technical risks Hamburg, Germany -7th February 2018 DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has successfully completed a comprehensive due diligence project on the 730 MW Borssele III/IV construction-ready offshore wind project in the Netherlands. The work was commissioned by Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, in preparation for its successful bid to acquire a 45% stake in the project on behalf of its clients. The investment will make funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group the largest shareholder in the Borssele III/IV farm. The Borssele III/IV offshore wind farm will comprise seventy-seven Vestas 9.5 MW turbines across two sites in the North Sea, approximately 25 km off the Dutch coast. Construction is due to start in the second-half of 2018 and commercial operations are expected to commence in 2021. When fully operational, Borssele III/IV is expected to generate 3 TWh per year, enough to power approximately 825,000 households. Before bidding to acquire shares from existing investors including Shell, Mitsubishi and Enerco, Partners Group contracted DNV GL to carry out a technical due diligence on the project. This featured an independent engineering review of the technical details

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Wind industry veteran and chair of RenewableUK Julian Brown has joined the board of 3sun Group to help shape its further growth as a leading services supplier to the UK and international offshore wind sector. Mr Brown takes a seat as a non-executive director on the six-strong board of the growing business as it moves into its second decade. Approaching the end of his four-year tenure as RenewableUK chair, Mr Brown said the Great Yarmouth-based company was an "inspirational” force in the wind sector with a powerful reputation at home and abroad, and a business model that “the industry needs to go forward.” His role will be to work with CEO Graham Hacon on its strategy for future growth and international development. 3sun Group has grown its business to 85% renewables from 50% renewables, 50% oil & gas two years ago, offering clients creative solutions and cost reductions across its scope including pre-assembly, installation, inspection and operations and maintenance services. Brown, co-founder and director of growing technical consultancy 8.2 Aarufield, set up nearly three years ago, said: “I have known and watched 3sun Group for a long time.” “I have always admired Graham’s ethics, attitude and approach to business. I have particularly admired his emphasis on

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“These compact and medium-sized vessels are provided with features making it the best in their class for efficiency and emissions”, says Robby de Backer, Director Newbuilding Department.   Lower fuel oil consumption and lower emissions Both hopper dredgers are in fully diesel-electric execution. This is exceptional for a hopper dredger as large as the 18,000 m3 vessel. All main drives, including the main propellers are electrically driven via frequency converters. In this way each system runs at its optimal operation point, resulting in lower fuel oil consumption, and lower emissions. Power is generated by three diesel-driven generator sets. A-symmetric load sharing, ‘fuel-mapping’, and automatically starting/stopping the engines in function of the power demand is implemented. This again allows reduction of fuel consumption and emissions. Exhaust gas treatment system In addition to these measures, an exhaust gas treatment system is installed. The SCR system reduces NOx emissions to the future EU Stage V level, which is more stringent than the requirements of IMO tier II and IMO tier III. ‘Fuel-mapping’ allows us to select the operational regime of the engines; specific fuel consumption can be optimized in function of the loading of the engine, and in synchronization with the exhaust gas treatment system. The 18,000 m³ vessel

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Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has secured consent on behalf of Pany y Maen Wind Ltd for a seven-turbine site in Denbighshire, North Wales. The initial application was refused by Denbighshire County Council on the grounds of landscape and visual impact, impact on local dwellings and on the historic environment, however, the decision was appealed, and the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs agreed that the benefits of the scheme outweighed any potential negative impacts. John Woodruff, Head of Projects, Planning Environment at Natural Power’s Welsh office in Aberystwyth, said: “We have been working on this project since 2012, and are delighted to have secured consent for our client. This keeps our consent record in Wales at 100%, and we look forward to seeing the positive outcome of this new green energy development.”                                  Located in commercial forestry next to Llyn Bran in an area designated as suitable for large-scale wind development by Welsh Government, the construction and operation of the wind farm comprising seven turbines to a maximum tip height of 102m, will provide a total installed capacity of 17.5 MW (dependent

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Alfa Laval PureBallast 3, the third generation of the market’s leading ballast water treatment technology, is the first solution to meet the revised IMO G8 testing requirements. DNV GL, acting on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, issued an updated type approval certificate on 2 February, making Alfa Laval the first supplier compliant with the revised G8 demands. Since its launch in 2006, Alfa Laval PureBallast has led the way in ballast water treatment performance. Today PureBallast 3 has renewed that leadership, becoming the first solution to be type approved according to the revised IMO G8 guidelines. “Ship owners can be fully confident that PureBallast 3 offers the performance to secure their compliance and protect our environment,” says Anders Lindmark, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “Our customers require future-proof solutions, which is why certification in compliance with the revised G8 guidelines has been a high priority for Alfa Laval.” Robust testing demanded by customers The robust revised G8 guidelines are more in line with today’s stringent U.S. Coast Guard requirements. They are in important change, stemming from the fact that some systems which were type approved according to the original G8 guidelines have failed to meet the D-2 performance standard when subjected to additional

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Numerous archaeological remains in Lincolnshire and the surrounding area have been unearthed as part of the on the onshore construction phase of Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. The archaeological excavations were undertaken by leading archaeology and heritage practice Wessex Archaeology, for Ørsted who are developing the offshore wind farm. When fully operational in 2020, it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm capable of producing power for well over one million homes. The wind farm will be located 120km off the Yorkshire Coast, and the onshore cable route runs for approximately 40 km from Horseshoe Point, east of Tetney, to a new substation in North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire. The team at Wessex Archaeology have been working with Ørsted since August 2015, alongside staff from consultants Royal Haskoning DHV and contractors J. Murphy & Sons Limited.  Their work has included trial trenching, excavation, watching brief, earthwork survey and historic building recording during pre-construction and construction phases of the project. The archaeological works throughout the scheme have been monitored for three local planning authorities by archaeologists from North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincolnshire County Council, as part of planning conditions. Richard O’Neill, Project Manager from Wessex Archaeology said: “Large linear schemes like this

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