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Reliable online monitoring will prolong the service life of transformers and prevent unscheduled outages in Shaoxing, China. 12 July 2018 - Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has supplied leading Chinese power utility Zhejiang Zheneng Electric Power Co Ltd with two of its Optimus OPT100 Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) Monitors. The units have been installed at Zhejiang Zheneng's facility in the city of Shaoxing, eastern China, from which it supplies electricity to the province of Zhejiang. The Vaisala technology continuously collects and analyses samples of transformer insulating oil to identify trends in the oil condition that indicate emerging faults that could lead to outage. Unscheduled power outages are a significant threat for power utilities, resulting in equipment damage, revenue losses, reputational harm and costly reactive maintenance and repair. Vaisala estimates that around half of all power transformer faults can be prevented using online monitoring, to support continuous analysis of the trends in a transformer's health. At the facility in Shaoxing, the OPT100's analysis of the amount of hydrogen and other key fault gasses in transformer oil was compared with traditional DGA methods, which involves technicians manually collecting samples for analysis in a laboratory - an extensive and time-consuming process. The

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Global footprint pays off Hamburg, 12 July 2018. The Nordex Group recorded order intake of 1,089.8 megawatts in the second quarter of 2018 (previous year: 565.5 MW), thus continuing the performance seen at the first quarter of the year when new business exceeded one gigawatt. At the end of the first half of 2018, the Group achieved order intake of a total of around 2.1 gigawatts (H1/2017: 933 MW) in project business (without service). Performance in the second quarter was particularly underpinned by demand in Brazil, where the Group obtained the largest single order (595 MW) in its history. Together with a further order for 123 MW, Brazil was the largest individual market (718 MW) for the Group. In addition, an order for 147 MW was gained in South Africa. This is also reflected in new business by turbine type, with the AW3000 accounting for roughly 88 percent of order intake.

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•   Siemens Gamesa will supply two wind farms with a combined capacity of 250 MW •   Installation of 109 units of wind turbines will commence in 2018 with completion scheduled for 2020. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply two wind farms in South Africa including 109 units of onshore wind turbines. The SWT-2.3-108 turbine will each feature a rated capacity of 2.3 MW and a 108 meters diameter rotor. While the 140 MW Kangnas wind farm project is located near Springbok in the Northern Cape, another 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is situated 80km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. A 10 year full service agreement will secure the performance of the wind farms, which will together supply enough clean electricity for approximately 214.000 South African homes. A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power was awarded the contracts (*) for the wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). While Siemens Gamesa will start the supply of the wind turbines early 2019, the wind farm’s completion is planned for 2020. “This is the next big milestone for Siemens Gamesa in South Africa and with adding these two wind farms, Siemens

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Following successful field testing, Chevron Marine Lubricants have been issued with two NOLs (No Objection Letters) from equipment manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, for the use of three of its Taro® cylinder oils with their cylinder oil mixing system, ACOM. “Receiving the NOLS from Man Energy Solutions (formerly MAN Diesel & Turbo), demonstrates the impressive performance of our products in the field.  The Taro range of cylinder lubricants provides solutions for the varied range of engines, different fuels and the increasingly complex operating requirements that we are faced with. It also highlights our continued strong working relationship with this leading OEM.” said Ian Thurloway, Chevron Marine Lubricants Brand & Marketing Manager. Both sets of field tests were carried out on a 6S90ME-C8 MAN B&W two-stroke engine using MAN’s Automated Cylinder Oil Mixing (ACOM) system. The first NOL demonstrates the high performance of Taro Special HT Ultra, a 140BN product that has achieved impressive results helping combat cold corrosion in slow speed vessels burning high sulphur fuel and which Chevron Marine Lubricants was first to market with in 2017, blended with Taro Special HT LF, a 25BN lubricant ideal for low sulphur, distillate and alternative fuel types. The second NOL allows for blending Taro Special HT

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A new Engineering and Technology Group is set to create up to 1000 new jobs across multiple UK based locations and generate annual revenues in excess of £100m. Texo Group is set to meet the demand for integrated engineering services within critical infrastructure. Representing an unprecedented offering in turnkey services to both UK and global markets, encompassing initial design, through to lifecycle management of critical assets. The business will be headquartered in its purpose-built facility in Westhill, Aberdeen, alongside strategically placed fabrication facilities at the Port of Dundee, Hebburn and a new, bespoke fabrication facility located at the Port of Blyth, alongside overseas Drone operating bases in Nigeria, Malaysia and Brazil. Rolling out an ambitious and transformative strategy alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technologies, Texo Group is committed to the immediate and long term strategic value-add to their clients, and this will be reflected in its acquisition strategy. Providing integrated asset services, Texo Group will become a leading Inspection, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (iEPC) specialist for multiple sectors, including: Oil & Gas, Clean Energy & Renewables, Marine, Nuclear, Telecommunications, Utilities and critical civil/Infrastructure. With its origins in intelligent asset management and advanced inspection technologies and building on the success of this business, Texo Group is

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▪ ENcome ranked No. 7 solar O&M provider globally ▪ Assets under Management approximately 1.2 GW ▪ Ongoing price pressure will lead to further market consolidation Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (10.07.2018): Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Bloomberg ́s energy research unit, has ranked ENcome one of the top providers of solar Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services. In their latest research on solar O&M BNEF reports ENcome to be the seventh largest solar O&M provider globally with a total portfolio of 1.2 GW assets under management. The BNEF report reveals ongoing price pressure and, consequently, further needs for market consolidation. Moreover, the report identifies O&M trends in the scope of services, contract duration, and contractual enforcements. “The Bloomberg ranking underlines the successful business development of ENcome. We continuously improve our processes and efficiency, especially as previous legacy contracts from the era of high feed-in tariffs are renegotiated and consolidated with large international players“, says Robin Hirschl. “We welcome further market consolidation and continue to be determined to actively take part in it”, adds Andreas Leimbach. According to the BNEF report, average full-scope solar O&M prices in Europe have decreased by 73% since 2011, with a price decline of 28% from 2016 to 2017. This price decline has

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10 July 2018 – Jan De Nul Group signs contract for constructing Northwester 2, the seventh wind farm off the Belgian coast, entering for the third time into a partnership with wind farm developer Parkwind, a branch establishment of Colruyt. Jan De Nul will be responsible for the design, construction and installation of 23 foundations, the transportation and installation of the cables and the transportation and installation of the wind turbines on top of the foundations. Jan De Nul Group invests considerable resources in the offshore wind industry and offers the market a reliable solution for pioneering projects. “For the third time, we join forces with Parkwind”, says Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables with Jan De Nul Group. “Needless to say that we are very pleased with Parkwind’s confidence in our expertise.” Stan Logghe, project manager of Jan De Nul for Northwester 2, continues: “With this project, we will have the honour of being the first marine engineering company to build the world's largest offshore wind turbines at sea, a great milestone, not only for us but also for the offshore wind industry." The Northwester 2 wind farm is located 48 kilometres off the coast and will have the largest

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The UK's first ever National Infrastructure Assessment was published today (10 July) by The National Infrastructure Commission. It urges the UK Government to continue to provide support for onshore wind, solar and energy efficiency.   Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new electricity generation so it’s no surprise that the Commission is calling on the UK Government to stop blocking new projects. "Building a low-carbon energy system centred on renewables like solar and onshore wind would not only reduce consumer energy bills, it would also reflect public opinion which is strongly in favour of renewables. "The UK Government should follow Scotland’s lead and aim to create an energy system high in renewables, harvesting the benefits of our clean, green energy resources." Read the National Infrastructure Assessment 2018.

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M2 Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has secured contracts worth more than £10 million over the past six months. The company, which has bases in Aberdeen, UK and Houston, Texas, has successfully conducted more than ten projects across the oil and gas and renewable markets. M2 Subsea’s extensive fleet of ROVs have been mobilised across the globe for contracts in the North Sea, Southern North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, India and the Middle East with workscopes ranging from inspection surveys to leak detection studies. Building on the success of several renewable projects in 2017, the firm also secured a contract for unexploded ordinance (UXO) identification for a UK offshore wind farm earlier this year. Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, commented: “Collectively, these contracts represent a huge step forward in what has been a challenging period for many companies. The oil price is slowly creeping up, which has resulted in renewed optimism across the market and new opportunities opening up. “As we look to cement our position as one of the leading inspection specialists, both in the UK and overseas, it has been extremely encouraging to see an increase in activity over the past 12 months, with a surge of

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Wind farm in Brazil comprises 191 turbines Hamburg, 10 July 2018. In the second quarter of 2018, the Nordex Group gained the largest single contract in its history: it will supply and install turbines for the Brazilian wind farm “Lagoa dos Ventos” with a capacity of around 595 megawatts for Enel Green Power. The project is composed of 191 AW125 turbines. With an installed capacity of 3.15 or 3.0 MW, the turbines will be mounted on top of 120-meter concrete towers which the Group will be producing locally at its own plant in Brazil to lower costs and minimise the environmental footprint. The wind farm is located in the state of Piaui in the north of Brazil, which is characterized by favourable wind conditions. Roughly one year ago, Nordex had been awarded another contract for 65 turbines from the same series for another wind farm located in the same province. The owner and later operator of Lagoa dos Ventos is Enel Green Power, a large international utility with which the Group has previously worked successfully in different markets.

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