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As Europe’s energy mix goes through a pivotal time of transition, what can wind energy bring to the table to deliver a clean economy for all Europeans? From 2-4 April, the WindEurope 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Bilbao will gather over 8,000 wind industry delegates to address this question. Long renowned as Europe’s leading on- and offshore event, the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition annually connects hundreds of speakers and exhibitors with thousands of delegates from the worlds of finance, technology, academia, policy, and more. In 2019, the event takes place against a backdrop of immense change and transition across Europe. As you read this, EU Governments are working on their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030. In these plans, Member States must outline their climate and energy goals, policies and measures from 2021 to 2030. These NECPs need to be finalised by the end of 2019. They will define the market in which the entire European wind industry works for the next decade. At the same time, you don’t need to be a scientist to observe the unpredictability of our weather patterns in recent years: record-breaking temperatures, high and low, are becoming an alarming norm. Climate change has come

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PES met up with Mads Poulsen, Sales and Chartering Manager, Esbjerg, Denmark, to find out the latest news from BBC Chartering. Esbjerg is a prime location for offshore wind. Components are increasingly bigger, providing a challenge and risk assessment remains a priority. PES: Hi Mads, it’s great to have you back. As always, we are pleased to say we have many new readers, so would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and the importance of the wind industry to you? Mads Poulsen: Being one of the largest project carriers in the market, the wind industry is of course of major importance to us. BBC has been involved in this sector since the beginning in the 1990´s and today wind power transports are amongst our top three cargo commodities. We believe in this sector and its ongoing growth potential. Of course, we´re determined to stay a market leading provider of shipping solutions to this industry. PES: We would like to know more about your wind division’s competences and what you feel it brings to the market? MP: We work closely with our clients and share our experiences and insights proactively. This way we can identify many challenges and

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As the renewable energy industry continues to grow globally, the amount of maintenance required grows with it. Wind turbines and solar farms need regular inspections to ensure they are functioning optimally. With all those inspections comes a mountain of data. Data that needs to be sorted, stored, and converted into actionable steps regarding part replacements and ongoing maintenance recommendations. ABJ Drones has a solution: DataVue. DataVue is ABJ’s solution to the expanding data problem. It is an online repository where all inspection information is stored, annotated, and turned into useful and actionable reports. It uses an intuitive user interface and is location-based, so a company can easily browse through vast quantities of data for assets of all different kinds. While the focus is renewables, DataVue is designed to handle any type of image-based asset inspection, including transmission and distribution lines, building facades, infrared roof scans, construction site progress tracking, stockpile management, site surveying, and more. How it works When an asset needs to be inspected, a wind turbine for example, ABJ sends out a licensed drone pilot to capture detailed imagery of the entire structure. That imagery is then uploaded to DataVue and analysed by ABJ’s industry experts. Any and all issues are

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In recent weeks, the UK offshore wind community welcomed the UK Government’s new Offshore Wind Sector Deal – which will see £250 million being invested into the sector. Emma Harrick, Business Development Manager for Renewables at A&P Group tells PES what it means for her company and the wind industry in general. The Sector Deal will ensure the UK can maintain its position as world leader in renewables and continue to innovate and drive down the costs of wind farm production. The UK’s credentials are impressive, having installed more offshore wind capacity than any other country. The cost of producing a wind farm has halved in the UK. Renewed support from the UK Government could: • double the number of UK turbines in UK waters. • Take offshore wind to 30 GW by 2030. • Meet a third of UK’s electricity demands by 2030. • Grow the workforce from 11,000 to 27,000. • Increase UK exports to £20 bn. However, there is still work to be done. Businesses operating in the UK offshore wind supply chain need to continue to provide innovative solutions to support the sector if it is to continue to flourish. A&P Group vision Our vision is simple: to make A&P Tyne

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Leading Marine Management System, SeaPlanner has been selected to support the construction of Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm Phase 2, as part of the SeaRoc’s strategic partnership with Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) who are contracted for deliver marine coordination services for the 120MW project. SMC will be responsible for managing all operational marine coordination activities during construction of the 20 6MW turbine wind farm, and will utilise the full capabilities of the SeaPlanner system to manage the safety and efficiency of the work. This includes inductions of all working personnel, management of personnel certification, live vessel, personnel and asset tracking, controlling access restrictions, Risk Assessment/Method Statement (RAMS) management, Permit to Work and Transfer of Control. Also working with the two companies and in alignment with their commitment to promoting local content, MDS, a local communications specialist, will be utilised to provide expert support to the operation. MDS have great experience in delivering communications, coastal radars surveillance and spectrum monitoring & DF solutions in-country, having previously delivered systems integration and services to the Taiwanese military, rail network, public safety (police & firefighter) and coastguard, amongst others.

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The Company Adds ZX 300 and ZX 300M to Its Remote Sensing Offerings March 19, 2019, Hinesburg, Vermont, USA – NRG Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of smart technologies for a range of wind, solar, and meteorological applications, has announced that it will now sell and support ZX Lidars in North America. This will include the ZX 300 for onshore vertical profiling applications and the ZX 300M for near-shore or platform-based offshore applications. Both models capture finance-grade wind measurements from 10 to 200+ meters and are fully IEC classified and accepted by DNV GL as Stage 3 Bankable Lidars. NRG Systems, a global leader in wind measurement for over 36 years, offers the industry’s most complete portfolio of resource assessment technologies, including met mast systems, Direct Detect Lidar, and Doppler Lidar. David Hurwitt, NRG’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Management, said, “We’re very excited to pair ZX’s proven technologies with our sales, logistics, and service capabilities. The combination gives our customers absolute confidence that we can meet their complete measurement needs.” NRG Systems was one of the first companies to venture into remote sensing for wind more than a decade ago. Today, they offer a suite of support products and services

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Energy regulator Ofgem has today (March 19) said it is minded to turn down an application for a 600MW electricity interconnector between the Western Isles and the Scottish mainland in favour of a smaller 450MW connection, while approving a 600MW connection to Shetland. Responding, Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s remote islands have some of the best renewable energy resource in the world. “We welcome Ofgem’s minded-to position on the Shetland interconnector – the lack of which has left promising projects effectively locked out of the energy market for want of a network connection. “The decision to approve a smaller connection to the Western Isles – which is in an almost-identical situation – does, however, raise questions about whether consumers now and in the future will be denied access to the islands’ potential for low-cost renewable generation. “Renewable energy development is about delivering environmental, social and economic benefits, so the numbers on this decision are important. “Analysis by SSEN shows the cost differential between a 450MW and 600MW link is less than 5% of the total cost of the project; but would provide a third more capacity for new renewable electricity generation and deliver an additional 30% of socio-economic benefit to the Western

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Texo Group, the technology-led Integrated Asset Services specialist, has bolstered its already highly experienced engineering leadership team with the appointment of additional industry specialists, to help meet its growth in project opportunities and to head up its new office in the North East of England. Andy Kay (Managing Director), Garry Kennie (Engineering Director) and James Allan (Operations Director) are now joined by David Stark, James Russell and Andy Lovell. David Stark assumes the position of Construction Director, James Russell has been appointed as Equipment Director and Andy Lovell joins as Sales Director. James Russell and Andy Lovell will be based at Texo’s brand new Port of Blyth facility in the North East of England, where they will spearhead the development of the Group’s Renewable Energy and Equipment Supply strategy. The new personnel appointments further augment the vast experience of Texo’s engineering team; providing highly experienced sector specialists: Andy Kay, Managing Director, Texo Engineering James Allan, Operations Director – Fixed Platform specialist Garry Kennie, Engineering Director – MODU specialist David Stark, Construction Director – Oil and gas asset construction specialist James Russell, Equipment Director - Renewables and equipment specialist Andy Lovell, Sales Director – Renewables and equipment specialist Speaking on the appointments and new office opening, Texo Engineering’s

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Jumbo has been awarded an offshore decommissioning project in the North Sea by TAQA Energy BV, involving the removal, transportation and disposal of three subsea protection domes and piles. The removal operation will take place in the offshore series of fields located in the P15 block 35km North West of Hoek van Holland, Dutch North Sea, at a water depth of 26-28 metres. Project Details This project is part of the emergent North Sea decommissioning programme, where much of the offshore oil and gas infrastructure is reaching the end of its productive life and must be safely removed and disposed. Jumbo’s MV Fairplayer is the vessel chosen to execute this project in 2019/2020.  The team will recover and transport three subsea protection domes, each with a dry weight of 150t, as well as removing 9 piles. Furthermore, the pipelines and umbilicals at each dome will be buried with mattresses. By removing and transporting the structures to shore on one heavy-lift crane vessel, Jumbo can provide the ideal cost-efficient, reliable and safe decommissioning solution.

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Luxcara, one of Europe’s leading asset managers for renewable energy investments, and MEAG, the asset manager of Munich Re and ERGO, have initiated and structured a project bond to finance the wind farms Skinansfjellet und Gravdal in Norway. Similar to the financing of the wind farm Eikeland-Steinsland in July 2018, a lower three-digit million euro amount of projects bonds has been privately placed with investors of the Munich Re group, the Austrian insurance company UNIQA and one further European insurance group. Equity is provided by a renewable energy fund for institutional investors, which is advised by Luxcara. The wind farms Skinansfjellet and Gravdal are located in windy Southern Norway and belong to the Bjerkreim cluster, which Luxcara acquired in 2016. The Bjerkreim cluster has a capacity of 294 MW. The financing is based upon a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Facebook. “By broadening the institutional investor base compared to the wind farm Eikeland-Steinsland, we have proven our ability to structure and place project bond financings of renewable energy projects and thus addressing the individual needs of institutional investors in this regard. We are already looking forward to realizing more attractive debt financing solutions of solar and wind projects in the near future“,

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