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Tekmar Energy continue their expansion into the Asia offshore wind market with a substantial award in Taiwan from repeat client Seaway 7 for wpd’s 640MW Yunlin project. The project is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2021, using 80 x 8MW Siemens Gamesa turbines. Tekmar Energy will be supplying 150 of their patented Tekmar Cable Protection Systems (CPS) which protect the subsea power cables as they transition from the offshore structures into burial. Russell Edmondson, Managing Director of Tekmar Energy said: “The contract award on the Yunlin project continues our relationship with Seaway 7 following successful completion on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland and our recent award on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm.” The contract is one of Tekmar’s largest non-EU projects to date. Jonathan Linton, Package Manager at Seaway 7 said: “The success of the offshore industry relies on performance, innovation and collaboration to deliver successful projects. We are especially proud of the Yunlin project and looking forward to working with Tekmar Energy who are delivering a key part of this excellent project.” Tekmar Energy are part of Tekmar Group plc alongside Subsea Innovation, AgileTek Engineering and Ryder Geotechnical. Tekmar Group plc’s vision is to be the partner of

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Vattenfall extend Hollandse Kust Zuid turbine supply to cover the entire Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm zone, making this the largest turbine collaboration to date for Vattenfall. Vattenfall will act as launching customer to pioneer Siemens Gamesa’s most powerful offshore wind turbine. At the WindEurope Offshore 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Vattenfall and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) announced that they have agreed to extend the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) turbine supply, subject to certain conditions including Vattenfall’s final investment decision, to now also include HKZ 1&2 in addition to HKZ 3&4. The HKZ wind farm zone is planned to be fitted with approximately 140 units of SGRE’s upgraded version of its Direct Drive offshore wind turbine, which now features the ability to reach a capacity of 11 MW. This capacity upgrade, available under certain site conditions, means that fewer turbines are needed to generate the same amount of energy. This will reduce installation, operations and maintenance costs and thereby contribute to further reductions in Levelized Cost of Energy for offshore wind. Furthermore, it significantly reduces the environmental impact of installation and operation of the wind farm. "Our robust cooperation with Vattenfall becomes even more powerful with

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Wind energy is rapidly becoming the new norm for power generation and will deliver 30% of all global electricity production by 2050, with 12% from offshore wind and 18% from onshore wind. In 2019, mega wind projects achieved a new UK record low of £39.65 (USD51.05) per MWh – a 30% price drop on 2017 prices. New projects such as the 252MW Liuheng (Guodian Zhoushan Putuo) offshore wind farm in China and the 30 MW Block Island wind farm in Rhode Island, USA will help to expand the potential of global offshore wind. These are just some of the forecasts by DNV GL in a new report, Offshore wind: The power to progress, which is published today. The report delves into 12 key factors which influence the adoption of offshore wind and focuses on the successes, challenges and lessons learnt. It provides an insight into the future of offshore wind and how expansion can be accelerated. When looking at the future of offshore wind energy, two mega-trends are very clear. Firstly, the relentless drive to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCoE). Secondly, as a result of the first trend, turbines and wind farms will continue to get bigger. As wind technology progresses the reports outlines the increased use of robotics

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Arc Flash protective clothing specialist, ProGARM, has announced the launch a new Arc Flash resistant hood, designed to protect operatives who work in close proximity to live electricity. Featuring an integrated helmet, the hood also contains an anti-fog coated, transparent grey visor, which helps to keep vision clear without skewing colours. The ultralight helmet is manufactured from ABS materials, making it up to 20% lighter than other helmets on the market. It’s also designed to provide increased comfort and practicality through its dry-tech sweatband, adjustable ratchet, and Velcro fastener, which allows simple assembly and deconstruction. Designed to be worn alongside existing Arc Flash PPE, the 9700 Arc 4 Hood gives the worker specialist protection when working with high incident energy levels. Mark Lant, technical sales manager at ProGARM said: “We’re delighted to add the new Arc Hood to our growing catalogue of Arc Flash PPE. At ProGARM we’re focused on continuously innovating our product offering to provide even more clothing solutions to protect workers, and we believe this latest addition to our range really strengthens our head-to-toe offering. “An Arc Flash can have truly devastating effects if workers are not properly equipped with suitable PPE, which is why we’re committed to designing clothing that is

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A new WindEurope report ‘Our energy, our future' released today (Nov 26) concludes that the EU Commission's offshore wind goals - between 230 and 450GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right grid investments and spatial planning. Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Scotland’s seas have some of the best wind resource in Europe and offshore wind turbines give us the capability to capture it, creating economic and environmental benefits for Scotland and helping meet our emissions targets. "These new figures are very ambitious, but demonstrate the kind of thinking which countries across the world must now embrace if we are to deploy more renewable energy solutions to tackle the climate emergency." Click here to download the report.

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Pinti Wang, President of Sulzer GTC Technology , has been presented with the 2019 Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) Lifetime Achievement accolade. The award ceremony, which took place earlier this month in Houston, TX, U.S., recognizes and honors the midstream and downstream processing industry’s top innovations and innovators. The Executive Editor of Hydrocarbon Processing, a leading oil and gas trade journal for the industry, announced Pinti Wang as one of the two winners from among four finalists. The nominations were voted on by an advisory board consisting of operating companies, engineering, procurement and construction contractors (EPCs), licensors, consultants and equipment/service companies. Mr. Wang has been serving the oil and gas sector with leading chemical and process engineering solutions for 40 years. He founded GTC Technology in 2002, where he acted as CEO and Chairman. Under his leadership, the company became a global licensor of process technologies and mass transfer solutions for the oil refining and petrochemical industry. Now that GTC Technology has been acquired by Sulzer, Mr. Wang continues to play a vital role as President of Sulzer GTC. Mr. Wang said: “I am honored to have been nominated and selected for the 2019 HP Lifetime Achievement award. I feel that this prize recognizes the collective

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Fast-growing energy tech company Synaptec has appointed Dr Steven Blair to drive the business’s power systems analytics and management offering. Dr Blair will represent the company as Head of Power Systems Technologies in a senior technical position which will see him develop a real-time and long-term data analytics platform based upon Synaptec’s unique sensor technology. The new appointment represents Synaptec’s expansion into the world of power system insights and analysis, and brings a new level of expertise to the Glasgow-based business. Dr Blair’s background is in power system protection and supporting technologies including communications networks, measurement systems and real-time software. He has been the Nokia Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde since 2018 and working in a number of research roles associated with power systems technologies. Dr Blair said of his new role: “I’ll be working with clients to deliver their requirements around real-time data monitoring and analytics, implementing new algorithms and establishing a data analytics platform which will benefit the energy industry by enabling Synaptec’s sensing system to perform many more functions for utilities.” Synaptec MD, Philip Orr, added: “Advanced measurement and data insights are a necessity as we move to an increasingly diversified energy generation. Dr Blair’s knowledge and expertise will provide Synaptec’s customers

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Just six months after the investment announcement for the offshore installation vessel Voltaire, Jan De Nul Group orders Les Alizés, a floating installation crane vessel from the CMHI Haimen shipyard in China.  Together with the Voltaire, this new vessel will be in a super-size class of its own, capable of building the newest generation of offshore wind farms. Les Alizés, that will be ready in 2022, is equipped with a crane having a lifting capacity of 5,000 tons and equally impressive lifting heights.  Les Alizés will mainly be used for the construction of offshore wind farms, but with her impressive crane she is also extremely suitable for decommissioning offshore oil and gas platforms. Thanks to her dimensions and impressive lifting and loading capacities, Les Alizés will be able to load out, transport and install multiple units of the largest and heaviest wind turbine foundations. In addition, as a crane vessel that floats, it will be able to install heavier and larger foundations into deeper waters and in more challenging seabed conditions. This vessel investment is a response to the global trend within the offshore wind energy sector to design and install increasingly larger wind turbines. This new generation of turbine can be more than

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The Port of Tyne, one of only two deep-sea ports in North East England is making further progress to prepare its site for offshore wind manufacturers. As round four of the tender process by the Crown Estate, which is responsible for awarding seabed rights for offshore renewable energy projects, nears completion the Port of Tyne is investing substantially in the third phase of clearance and remediation of Tyne Dock Enterprise Park. The site offers easy access to deep-sea berths and associated port services. Situated closer than any other port to seven of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms the Port of Tyne is perfectly placed to support the needs of offshore wind developers. The Port of Tyne, within 100 nautical miles of the Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Seagreen and Sofia wind farms has reclaimed 30 acres of land and invested almost £10 million in making Tyne Dock Enterprise Park ‘offshore ready’. The latest phase in the Port’s infrastructure programme sees the demolition of a 2,000 square metre elevated platform and ancillary work to further clear the site. Matt Beeton, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said: “Offshore Wind is a sector in which the North East has particular strengths and an area of strategic importance for

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Actively dictating the wind flow in any offshore wind power plant has likely been the dream of developers and engineers since the first turbines were installed in Danish waters in 1991. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is therefore proud to launch the Wake Adapt feature today at the WindEurope Offshore 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Copenhagen. It allows SGRE to actively adjust the heading of individual offshore wind turbines, directing the wind which flows off the individual machine in a different direction than what normally occurs. This resulting shift in direction of the wind turbine wake away from downstream wind turbines allows an increase in overall wind park performance of up to 1% in annual energy production. “The Wake Adapt feature is about proactive problem-solving. Instead of letting the wind and wake fully dictate how much energy we can capture, we safely direct the wake - and its unfavorable effects - away from our machines across the entire power plant. Through digitalization, we can produce more energy from the same turbines, benefitting our customers, ratepayers, and society overall. SGRE is committed to innovation and improvements which ensure clean energy for generations to come,” said Morten Pilgaard Rasmussen, Head of Offshore Technology

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