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Times have changed over the last 50 years in our industry. PES has had the pleasure to witness the ever improving quality, health, safety, environment (QHSE) implemented in company policies both on and offshore. Read on to find out what is happening at Glomar Offshore. In Glomar Offshore, as an owner and operator of 20 offshore support vessels, varying from, lower end of the market: guard vessels, to standby safety and Emergency Response and Rescue (ERRV), to high specification, subsea and offshore accommodation and access units, we deploy our fleet in both the Renewables and O&G industries on approximately a 50-50 ratio. Whilst these two sub segments, constituting the bulk of activities for the median Northern European ship owner, alongside dredging, salvage and governmental/institutional support, are considered quite distinct, this is far from reality. As such, the experience, QHSE record, skillset and technology used are the same. In our industry, it has to be in every company’s policy to prevent incidents in all activities carried out by the shore-based and shipboard personnel. This includes external personnel, subcontractors, as well as assets from third parties employed for a specific project. All companies should aim for a culture of commitment to safety, accountability and responsibility. Safe

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Hamburg, 20 July 2018. In June 2018, the Nordex Group received another order from Ireland, bringing the total volume awarded in that country to the significant one gigawatt mark. With a market share of more than 30%, the Group had already underscored its strong position in the region in the previous year. Although Ireland is one of the smaller markets in the wind industry, it allows manufacturers to prove their technical prowess. This is because it is directly exposed to strong winds coming in off the Atlantic, the landscape is largely complex with restrictive environmental conditions and the Irish grid code is among the most challenging and advanced in the global wind market. “The key to our success in Ireland is having the right product solutions to deal with a broad range of challenges. No two sites are the same, with highly variable planning envelopes, difficult wind conditions, complex sites and noise sensitivities. Consequently, it is crucial to have robust and flexible technology to maximize returns for our customers. On top of this, a fundamental requirement for doing business in Ireland is to have strong commitment to compliance with the Irish grid code. Nordex Group has a proven track record

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Uncertainty on Feed-in Tariff has already caused businesses to fail Consultation publication around 18 months overdue The UK Government has today published a series of documents detailing the proposed closure of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme and has issued a Call for Evidence on the future for small-scale low-carbon generation. To date, the Feed-in Tariff has supported much of the UK’s small-scale low-carbon generation: producing a portfolio of assets helping us meet our energy targets, develop smart energy systems, help consumers take control of their energy supplies and support rural economies. The new consultation proposes closing the feed-in Tariff scheme from March next year (2019). Commenting, Scottish Renewables’ Senior Policy Manager Hannah Smith said: “While we are pleased to see this consultation published, it has some worrying consequences for the already struggling small-scale renewables sector. “The picture for this part of our industry isn’t especially rosy. Since previous cuts to the Feed-in Tariff there has been a drop off in deployment of technologies such as hydro schemes and small-scale wind. “That, coupled with considerable delay to the publication of this consultation, has already forced businesses into liquidation and created significant uncertainty as to whether small-scale energy generation can survive in the UK. “From farmers with wind turbines to households

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Keyfacts: European Commission approves merger project Seamade NV Seamade NV is responsible for the development of both the Mermaid and Seastar offshore wind farms Financial close is expected to occur end of 2018, start of construction is scheduled in 2019 Eneco Wind Belgium enters in the share capital of Seamade NV Seamade will build 58 wind turbines with a total capacity of 487 MW As of 2020, Seamade will deliver renewable energy for 485.000 households, also allowing for a reduction of more than 500.000 tons of CO2 emissions per year  Following the merger approval by the European Commission on 5 July 2018, the contribution of THV Mermaid into Seastar NV was finalised today. The resulting merged project will be named “Seamade NV”. As of today, Seamade NV will be responsible for the development of both the Mermaid and Seastar areas, which together stand for a total capacity of 478,2 MW, representing approximately a quarter of the currently allocated offshore wind capacity in Belgium. This merged project will allow to finance both projects through one project finance transaction. Seamade NV hopes that the regulatory framework, which was agreed upon with the Belgian government end of 2017, will soon be implemented after approval by

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Five new offshore wind farms with a capacity of 1,944 MW are under construction in the first half of the year 2018 Rapid implementation of additional tenders with at least 1.5 GW offshore wind capacity is required Expansion of volume to at least 20 GW by 2030 urgently needed to achieve government goals Advancing grid expansion, better use of existing grid and accelerating sector coupling and electrification Berlin, 19 July 2018 -The German government has set the goal of covering 65 percent of the country’s power generation from renewable energies by 2030. From an offshore wind industry perspective, the German government is doing too little to achieve this goal. No concrete steps have been taken since the formation of government in March 2018. As stipulated in the coalition agreement, additional tenders for offshore wind energy and an increase in the offshore expansion paths are needed as soon as possible, alongside a rapid increase of the expansion paths for all renewables. The 65 percent target must be credibly supported by a quantity structure for the expansion. "The standstill in energy policy of the recent months must be stopped. We call on the Federal Government to decide on the special contribution for

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced preliminary unaudited results for the first half-year 2018. Net sales for the first half of 2018 are expected to amount to CHF 232 million, representing an increase of over 9% (H1 2017 CHF 212.3 million). In terms of EBITDA, the positive result has more than quadrupled compared to the previous year period and reached about CHF 28 million (H1 2017 CHF 6.9 million). Meyer Burger expects a profit in a range of CHF 7 - 8 million at the net earnings level. Thus, the company has reached a profitable level again in the first half-year 2018 after a long period of losses (H1 2017 net loss of CHF -17.0 million). Over the past months, the market environment for PV equipment suppliers was heavily influenced by the intensifying trade crisis between the USA and China which included new import tariffs on PV modules and cells, as well as the Chinese government’s announcement regarding subsidy cuts in the solar industry. Both facts have led to a momentary strong reluctance regarding new investments on behalf of Meyer Burger’s PV customers. Meyer Burger achieved total incoming orders of about CHF 138 million in this difficult market

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One of the first steps in many repair and overhaul projects is to remove any corrosion and old coatings to reveal the true condition of the base material. Customers can now take advantage of specialized blast equipment that has been acquired by Sulzer to improve the efficiency of repair projects, even for large pieces of equipment, such as turbine rotors. As a leading independent global maintenance specialist, Sulzer is renowned for delivering rapid repairs to a wide variety of rotating machinery including gas and steam turbines, compressors, generators, motors and pumps. All this equipment is subjected to continuous corrosion and erosion during its time in service and when the time comes for an overhaul, it is essential that the initial cleaning process is achieved quickly and effectively. Sulzer’s latest investment adds to the considerable facilities at its Houston Service Center. The new blast cleaning system is designed to be flexible in operation and effective at recycling the blast materials to minimize costs. Measuring 20 feet (6m) high, 16 feet (4.8m) wide and 60 feet (18m) long, the main blast chamber can be sub-divided with a set of doors to allow two cleaning operations to be carried out at the same time but with

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Global independent provider of ROV services, M2 Subsea, has secured a contract to provide inspection services for Premier Oil’s Balmoral Floating Production Vessel (FPV). M2 Subsea, which has bases in Aberdeen and Houston, will carry out the 2018 inspection of the vessel’s hull, flowlines, umbilicals, risers and subsea template. The Balmoral is a purpose built semi-submersible FPV which is situated in the Balmoral field, block 16/21a and 16/21b of the central North Sea. The work scope will be carried out by M2 Subsea’s Mohican ROV at a depth of 140m. The Mohican is an inspection class ROV rated to 2000m with a garage tether management system. Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, said: “As a streamlined, dynamic business, we are able to respond quickly, deploying our vehicles across the globe to tackle even the most complex subsea challenge. “Our experienced team are reactive, flexible and have a proven track record for quality and safety and I am pleased that we are now working with Premier Oil for the first time. “We will carry out the 2018 inspection for the Balmoral vessel and work with Premier Oil to then determine what work needs carried out going forward. “This is an important contract for us and is

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Automated drones inspect biggest wind turbine blades in the world Using drones, inspection down time can be reduced by 85% Bigger wind turbines are helping to reduce the cost of offshore wind even further Standing at a staggering 195m above sea level, 32 eight-megawatt wind turbines are generating clean energy off the coast of Liverpool Bay at Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. Their massive 80m blades, as long as 9 double decker buses, are the biggest in the world. Working with SkySpecs, provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, Ørsted who operates the wind farm, has successfully completed an automated inspection of these giant turbines. Using drones, the time taken to inspect the blades reduced from around 2 hours to approximately 20 minutes. David-Lee Jones, Ørsted’s Senior Technical Project Lead, said: “Wind turbine technology has surpassed the industry’s expectations, making huge strides in innovation in a surprisingly short amount of time. Our 8MW turbines at Burbo Bank Extension, the largest wind turbines in the world, were installed in 2016. They sit adjacent to Burbo Bank, where the 3.6MW turbine made its debut in 2007. The fact that turbines have doubled in power in just 10 years is incredible, and it won’t

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UK and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea has appointed Hans Van Peet as the company’s survey authority. Hans van Peet, who joins the organisation from Heerema Marine Contractors, brings more than 30 years of specialist experience in survey, positioning and ROV intervention to the role. He previously led subsea services for a variety of leading offshore companies, including the technical management of major frame agreements for ROV and survey and positioning services. N-Sea, known for its expertise in integrated survey services, specialises in survey and data management for: hydrographic and geophysical survey, UXO survey/ID/disposal, cable and pipeline inspection and construction and installation support. Based in the Netherlands, Hans will be responsible for overseeing all survey activities within N-Sea, as well as driving forward innovation of survey products, services and technology. Gerard Keser, N-Sea’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hans van Peet to N-Sea’s management team. His vast survey knowledge, technical background teamed with his management experience, will be a tremendous asset to the company. We are confident that his appointment will ensure we continue to create sustainable competitive advantages through continual innovation of our survey services.” Mr Van Peet added: “I am looking forward to help shape the direction of future survey activities

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