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Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, is joining Renewable UK this week in celebrating the UK’s success in offshore wind. Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK’s Managing Director, said: “The UK has much to celebrate when it comes to the success of the offshore wind industry. Through innovation and collaborative partnerships we have grown this fantastic technology from its infancy to now having the largest capacity by far, of any country in the world.. Not only that, Government policy has enabled UK projects to dramatically reduce in cost, such that generating electricity from this natural resource now costs no more than using fossil fuels. “I am proud to be part of this industry, and to work for a company that is truly pioneering; breaking records for both cost and clean electricity generation. But whilst we reflect and take a moment to celebrate our successes, we must also recognise there is still more to do. “The global market is set to reach £30 billion annually by 2030, and with an offshore wind sector deal, UK export value could grow five-fold. We need to be ready to ensure the UK supply chain benefits not just from UK projects, but seizes opportunities from this global growth. This

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NKT is selected exclusive supplier of export cable system for Inch Cape offshore wind farm project NKT has signed an export cable Pre-Construction Agreement (PCA) for delivery and installation of export cable system to the prospective UK offshore wind farm project Inch Cape. The project is being developed by Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm Ltd, a subsidiary of Red Rock Power Ltd. The PCA is signed in a consortium with Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles. The PCA nominates the consortium as the exclusive supplier and installer for the export cable system. Furthermore, the PCA is a key step towards a final order which is conditional upon final contract negotiations and the project owners providing NKT a notice to proceed. These milestones are expected during second half 2020 if the project is successful in the next UK Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, which is likely to take place in Q2 2019. The Inch Cape project will comprise the manufacture of approx. 170 km of 220 kV AC offshore export cables at one of NKT’s two high-voltage power cable plants, as well as installation by Boskalis. Such type of project typically has a NKT contract value in the range of EUR 80-120m (DKK 600-900m) in

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Skilling up people in the eastern region to meet the growing demand from the offshore wind sector will be high on the agenda at Offshore Wind Week - East Anglia. Delegates will also hear about the Offshore Wind Sector Deal for the cluster across the region, which would help to improve the productivity of the UK supply chain, increasing UK competitiveness in an increasingly global sector. Offshore Wind Week - East Anglia runs from 22 to 23 November at OrbisEnergy, the east coast’s renewables hub, and is organised by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR). It presents supply chain companies with an excellent opportunity to network with industry leaders and to receive the latest updates on all offshore wind projects in the region. The two-day event in Lowestoft will also feature presentations and case studies from apprentices, students and skills providers. Wind farms could deliver 6,150 new jobs on the east coast and the number of turbines could grow to 1,018 by 2032. But the industry needs to meet the challenge of a major skills shortage if it is to capitalise. The UK offshore wind industry could experience a shortage of skilled workers over the next 15 years as job demand in the sector jumps

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Leading ROV and hydrographic survey company, Rovco, has established a dedicated business development team to support its ambitious growth plans, as it looks to increase its presence in key international markets. Paolo Cattaneo, Brett Laurenson and Alex Pretty, collectively bring more than 40 years of business development experience to the company. Whilst capitalising on Rovco’s latest 3D reconstruction technology, they will be responsible for strengthening the company’s market presence, geographical reach and effectively executing the firm’s global growth strategy. Whilst working alongside the offshore and R&D teams, they will help to develop future technology and services required to support clients in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors. This will ensure the company continues to broaden its range of services in line with customer and industry demand. Mr Pretty will focus on developing new opportunities in the offshore renewables market, Mr Laurenson will boost Rovco’s presence in the global oil and gas industry, and Mr Cattaneo will work across both divisions. Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “The expansion of our business development team is in direct response to increased activity across both the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, and is a key step forward in our ambitious plans to increase our

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The past, present and future of the subsea industry will be examined and discussed at an event in Woking next month. Organised by industry body Subsea UK, the Back to the Future of Subsea conference will consider the potential outlook of the subsea sector, drawing upon developments over the past 20 years and explore what the fourth industrial revolution in subsea may bring. During the one-day conference, delegates will get the opportunity to hear from experts on a variety of topics including, the digital oilfield, pipeline design engineering, pipe-in-pipe technology and mooring systems. Confirmed speakers for the event include Steve Sasanow of Knighton Enterprises, Peter Hayward of TechnipFMC, Justin Jones of Petrofac, Geoff Lyons of BPP-TECH, Andreas Dracoulis from Haynes and Boone, Dem Demetriou of Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants, David Brunton of Crondall Energy, Johnny Shield of Subsea Riser Products, Glen Jewell of Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Gareth Davis from Eigen Limited. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, commented: “Over the last 20 years, the subsea industry has experienced significant changes in technology, safety and overall operations. We must now build further resilience into our sector by going back to recapture the pioneering spirit from years gone by, moving confidently and profitably into

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Sales just shy of EUR 1.8 billion in the first nine months of 2018 EBITDA margin of 4.0 percent achieved Order intake rises to 3.1 GW First orders placed for Delta4000 product series Q3 2018 in line with expectations; FY 2018 guidance narrowed at the lower end of the range Hamburg, 13 November 2018. The Nordex Group (ISIN: DE000A0D6554) today announced consolidated sales of EUR 1,772.9 million for the period ended 30 September 2018 (9M/2017: EUR 2,319.5 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to EUR 71.4 million (9M/2017: EUR 181.9 million), resulting in an EBITDA margin of 4.0 percent (9M/2017: 7.8 percent). In the Service segment, Nordex increased sales by 13.6 percent from EUR 227.5 million to EUR 258.4 million to remain on track for growth. As expected, sales in the Projects segment fell by 27.6 percent year-on-year to EUR 1,517.0 million in the period under review (9M/2017: EUR 2,099.8 million). Orders and production In the third quarter of 2018, the Nordex Group generated order intake of 974 MW in the Projects segment, a substantial increase on the 209.7 MW recorded in the same three-month period in 2017. This shows that the global positioning of the company continues to have a positive effect on new business. As a result, total new orders placed with

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SKUDESNESHAVN, NORWAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2018; UniSea AS, a software developer and consultancy specializing in solutions for the shipping industry, today announced that it has been selected by Tidewater Inc as their partner in the digitalizing and standardizing of Tidewater’s business processes related to health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) and operations. The UniSea software suite will be implemented on all Tidewater vessels and in all offices in one of the largest contract’s in UniSea’s 21-year history. Tidewater Inc. (http://www.tdw.com), headquartered in Houston, is shortly to become the world’s biggest operator of offshore service vessels (OSV) following its merger  with Gulfmark Offshore, with 273 vessels and 25 offices worldwide. Under the terms of the contract,  Tidewater will implement UniSea modules for procedures and manuals, incident reporting, environmental and fuel consumption reporting, risk assessments,International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Codes, Permit to Work, audits and more.  “As the requirements for quality assurance and reporting have increased in recent years - due to the needs of authorities, customers and internal requirements - UniSea has continued to focus on delivering optimal software solutions based on a user-friendly design”, said Kurt Roar Vilhelmsen, UniSea CEO.  “We are therefore delighted to welcome the world’s biggest vessel owner

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--- EU backs Akselos and LICengineering’s groundbreaking design tech project worth €1.4m --- --- Digital feedback loop will lower cost of wind power through optimal design --- --- Optimal design uses live, real world data from existing assets in design process --- The European Union is the latest backer of Akselos’ cutting edge technology, with the award of a €1.4 million research grant to the tech pioneer and engineering partner, LICengineering, to optimize the design of offshore wind turbines. GODESS (Global Optimal DEsign of Support Structures) is a breakthrough project that aims to maximize efficiency in the design process, with a view to ultimately lowering costs to the consumer - often cited as the main barrier to uptake of wind power. Based on estimates from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the innovation, which GODESS aims to deliver could reduce the cost of materials for substructures by up to 25%. The initiative will allow data collected by Akselos’ predictive digital twin technology during wind farm operations, to be used to validate structural integrity and make the design process more efficient. This digital feedback loop will empower wind turbine designers to make better, more sustainable designs. Akselos, the project lead, will be working with Denmark’s LICengineering

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Energy transformation in Northern Germany making further progress Michael Westhagemann, the Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation of the City of Hamburg, today officially commissioned the storage power plant at the Curslack wind farm in Hamburg-Bergedorf. At the core of the system is a system linking the five wind turbines operated at the wind farm with a new battery storage facility, which is connected directly to the wind farm grid. Built by Vattenfall in conjunction with the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Nordex Group, the lithium-ion battery storage facility can collect electricity from the adjacent CC4E wind farm and thus increase its efficiency. The purpose of the storage power plant, which was built as part of the major NEW 4.0 - “Norddeutsche EnergieWende” energy transformation project for northern Germany, is to enable practical research to be conducted into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies. By coupling the wind farm and battery storage, the supply of electricity from the wind farm can be optimised and adapted to meet customers’ needs. In this way, it will be possible to avoid shutting down wind turbines in the event

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Ørsted, the leading offshore wind developer, has signed a contract with Dorset-based Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) Ltd to provide the full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels in case of need during the turbine installation and commissioning for Hornsea Project One. Commencing in January 2019, MRE would utilise their own multi-purpose vessel, the ‘Manor Venture’, to lead their project scope; with an onboard capacity of 40 tonnes and accommodation for 12 personnel. The vessel has been manufactured in Portland, UK and the generators provided by UK company, JCB. MRE Director Toby Mead commented: “We’re delighted to once again be working with the global leader in offshore wind, on what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. What’s more – we know that Ørsted place significant importance to ensuring UK content for their UK offshore wind farms, so we’re especially pleased to continue to hire from the local area and be able to offer a UK vessel, with UK generators.” Hornsea Project One will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when operational in 2020. Based 120km off the Yorkshire Coast, this record-breaking wind farm will be capable of supplying renewable electricity to well over one million homes. ABOUT Ørsted The Ørsted

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