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New Academy at UD Trains Offshore Wind Energy Professionals The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, unveiled a new Offshore Wind Skills Academy this month at the American Wind Energy Association conference in Washington, D.C. The Academy will provide instruction in the basics of wind power, offshore wind turbines, and the development of offshore wind projects to professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, investors and others, the first offshore wind skills training program in the United States to focus on professionals and managers seeking to enter the industry. Substantial offshore wind energy projects are expected to be built off the coast of the northeast United States in the next 12 years because of state government requirements to purchase offshore wind power. Because the North American offshore wind industry is still in its infancy—with only 5 offshore wind turbines in operation in U.S. waters—meeting that demand will require significant effort either by global offshore wind companies to learn about the specifics of operating in the United States or by American companies to learn how to enter the growing market. The new Offshore Wind Skills Academy will focus on those seeking to build a domestic

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Eemshaven, 26th October 2018. The Dutch Buss Terminal Eemshaven, formerly Orange Blue Terminal, which is majority-owned by the Hamburg-based Buss Group and with as a minority shareholder the Rotterdam based Broekman Logistics, has appointed Reindert-Jan Visser as further Managing Director effective October 15, 2018. He complements the operational management at the side of Martin van den Heuvel and is responsible for commercial and business development. Reindert-Jan was born in 1982 in Groningen, the Netherlands. After completing his studies in engineering, he studied finance and management in Utrecht and Paris. He worked for various international oil and energy companies in the UK, Norway and Germany in commercial positions as well as project management and joint venture management. In addition, Reindert-Jan has worked on several energy projects in the U.S. Reindert-Jan: “I am looking forward to the new task. With the offshore expertise of the Buss Group and the broad logistics expertise of Broekman Logistics, the Buss Terminal Eemshaven is very well suited to handle the enormous challenges of the offshore energy industry. “I am very pleased that we were able to win Reindert-Jan for this position. With his expertise and connections to the international energy sector, he is the right person to further develop

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In the Belgian port of Ostend, Jan De Nul Group named today its newest offshore installation vessel Taillevent. Miss Pauline Stassijns, granddaughter of Director Dirk De Nul, baptised the vessel and wished her success and a safe journey. The De Nul family, employees and their guests attended the christening. On 18 July 2018, Jan De Nul Group acquired this offshore installation vessel, at that time MPI Discovery, from the Dutch company Vroon Group. The 2011 built Taillevent is designed specifically for the transport and installation of offshore wind turbines and their foundations. It is also perfectly suited to other offshore sectors, such as the oil and gas industry. The vessel is equipped with six spuds to lift the vessel out of the water in order to be able to work in stable conditions. The Taillevent is 140 meters long and can operate in up to 40 metres of water depth. Furthermore, this installation vessel has an on-board crane with a lifting capacity of 1,000 tonnes and an auxiliary crane of 50 tonnes. Among the guests was Bart Tommelein, Flemish Vice Minister-President of the Flemish Government, Flemish Minister for Budget, Finances and Energy, a supporter of green energy production, who gave a speech:

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Exceptionally strong vessel of 60 tonnes bollard pull with a shallow draft of 2.40 metres at 50% capacity Dutch marine services provider Herman Sr. BV has announced at Offshore Energy 2018 that it has agreed with Damen Shipyards Group to order the first of a newly-developed Damen Shoalbuster type with full DP2 capabilities. This will be the first of a new class within the Shoalbuster series and one of the largest available. The vessel will be built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. 35 metres in length, nearly 14 metres wide and with a free deck space of 150m2, the Shoalbuster 3514 will be a substantial working platform. Her SD (Shallow Draft) notation is derived from her exceptionally shallow draft of 2.70 metres at full tank capacity and just 2.40 metres at 50%. Among the many roles that this first DP2 Shoalbuster will be capable of fulfilling will be anchor handling, for which she will have an open stern complete with roller, and towage. With 60 tonnes of bollard pull she will be a powerful and effective towage asset. Four Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines will deliver a total of 3,879 bkW (5,280 hp) to four 1900mm nozzles, an arrangement that contributes significantly to her

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  Successful market entry via Dromadda Beg onshore wind farm Support of the ambitious Irish targets to generate 70% of electricity from renewables by 2030 Further expansion plans of renewables in new markets innogy is constantly growing its Renewables business with its latest commissioning taking place in the Republic of Ireland: One year after purchasing the consented 10.2 megawatts (MW) Dromadda Beg onshore wind project, innogy has completed construction of its first Irish wind farm. The three turbines, situated in County Kerry, are now in the final stage of commissioning. Following innogy’s strategic decision to develop renewable activities in Ireland and establishing its subsidiary, Innogy Renewables Ireland Ltd, in September 2016, today innogy has also inaugurated a new renewables office in Kilkenny City. From here, a team of eight people is working on renewable project opportunities in Ireland. “I am very pleased that we have started operation of our first project in Ireland. This is an important milestone to grow in this exciting market. innogy is looking forward to support the ambitious Irish target to generate 70% of electricity from renewables by 2030 with further green projects. As an experienced developer, builder and operator of renewables-based facilities we are delighted to reinforce our

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Portable test equipment demonstrates successful frequency control testing of power at a Swedish pulp mill and power plants in Myanmar Høvik, Norway -  25th October2018 - DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has launched a new mobile and flexible test tool which allows users to verify the frequency performance and voltage control of power plants, to ensure a reliable power supply. This is especially important for island operations, where the power plant operates in isolation from the national or local grid and for highly sensitive industrial environments, such as pulp mills, refineries, chemical industries and data centres with in-house power production. New global compliance rules and ancillary services mean that Transmission System Operators (TSOs) now demand that power producers verify their frequency containment reserve (FCR) and voltage control/reactive power capabilities, as this is crucial for the short-term balance of generation and load. DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook report, forecasts that the world will experience a surge in global electricity production, with renewable sources powering an estimated 80% of global electricity production in 2050. The large-scale integration of renewables further increases the future need for testing services to ensure that power plants can keep pace with

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Dropped object incidents continue to threaten technician safety, financial performance and stakeholder reputation – but the sector lags behind on reporting and mitigation Amsterdam, 23rd October 2018 – Dropsafe, a global provider of dropped objects prevention technology for the energy and resources markets, has reported on the risk posed by Dropped Objects to the health and safety track record of the renewable energy industry. Collating the latest data on Dropped Object incidents, Dropsafe’s white paper, The Neglected Hazard: A guide to Dropped Object risks in offshore windshows that Dropped Objects are an ever-present, increasing threat to safe and cost-effective project development and operations in offshore wind. Furthermore, despite recent efforts to improve reporting procedures and best practice approaches, the industry needs to take further steps to proactively mitigate this risk before a significant Dropped Object incident dents the reputation of a major player – or the incident rate increases to the point that costly regulatory action must be taken. Dropped Objects in offshore wind include materials carried by personnel, lifted or carried from support vessels, or smaller items fitted to the wind turbine, like nuts and bolts, lights, ventilation louvres or hatches, falling from height. Incidents can occur either on the wind turbines

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A new sales engineer has joined the growing team at bolting specialists Gee-Force Hydraulics as its business swells in the east of England, London and the south east. Matt Brooks brings 13 years’ expertise in the oil & gas industry to the Great Yarmouth-based company, with vast experience of using the equipment Gee-Force Hydraulics hires and sells on-site on projects worldwide. Born and bred in Gorleston, the former Cliff Park student has worked as a project coordinator for Halliburton, Enermech, Baker Hughes and other big names in Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Australia, Iraq and Holland. His new role will focus on building the Gee-Force Hydraulics client network across the oil & gas and offshore wind sectors, the crane and construction industry, manufacturing and food production industries. Graeme Cook, Gee-Force Hydraulics managing director, said Matt’s background using the product range as part of his day-to-day work gave him “huge credibility” among clients. “Matt’s job is to build the business in London, Kent and the south east building new relationships and new hire and sales business in previously untapped areas and sectors for us. There is plenty of potential industries for business in the south east.” Gee-Force Hydraulics consolidated its business in Great Yarmouth last year preparing for future growth. It

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UK subsea services company, Rovco, has expanded its ROV and hydrographic survey capabilities with the addition of a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV to its fleet. The 1000m depth rated, long range Falcon DR is the most advanced electric underwater robotic system of its class. It will enhance Rovco’s ability to deliver intricate and demanding missions that require a variety of high bandwidth sensors, either at depth or over long distances. The Falcon DR marks a £200,000 investment for the firm and is part of its ambitious expansion programme. As well as its commercial use, it will support Rovco’s R&D projects by carrying out research into autonomous path planning using the company’s SubSLAM, live 3D vision system. The addition of the Falcon brings Rovco’s range of survey class ROVs up to five. Its fleet can be mobilised to support a wide variety of projects and are equipped with the latest technologies used for a broad range of survey and mechanical activities. Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “The addition of the Falcon ROV is the latest in a series of developments within the business and reflects our continued expansion. “The Falcon is part of a planned £2-3m investment into our latest technology and will allow

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SCHMID Group, SABIC and RIWAQ announced their collaboration at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum to set up joint ventures in the fields of Energy Storage and Advanced Silicon Material. At the Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum in Riyadh, SCHMID Group, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and RIWAQ announced their collaboration for establishing a KSA based joint venture with the support of SABIC NATIONAL initiative “Nusaned” focusing on manufacturing and technology development in the fields of advanced silicon material and large scale energy storage solutions utilizing SCHMID’s redox flow technology, for which today the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). With an estimated total investment of more than 430 million USD, the joint venture mission is fully aligned with KSA’s Vision “2030” and National Industrial Strategy to develop value chain silicon and high-tech industries in the Kingdom. Christian Schmid, President and CEO of the SCHMID Group, said: “Saudi Arabia’s strategic vision to enable establishment of a globally leading local industry focusing on future oriented segments provides an excellent growth platform for technology oriented companies. SCHMID is proud to have the opportunity of partnering with a KSA based global leader like SABIC. We are confident that the possibilities enabled with this partnership

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