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Tideway BV have successfully laid the first offshore export cable section at Hornsea Project One, Ørsted’s massive 1.2GW offshore wind farm. The wind farm will be located 120km off the Yorkshire Coast, and three high voltage subsea power cables will carry electricity from three offshore substations to shore. Tideway BV is carrying out the cable lay of this first section using Ocean Yield’s cable lay vessel Connector. The Connector has two large turntables with capacity to hold up to 6,000 and 3,000 tonne cables, and has laid subsea cables since 2012 in a range of different water depths. For this job, the Connector lay-system has been replaced with a bespoke back deck cable lay spread designed and installed by Tideway for the Hornsea export cable project. Tideway’s work scope also comprises, in addition to cable installation, engineering, boulder removal, pre-trenching, pulling in cables to substations, crossing installation, offshore jointing and cable burial. Ken Swaegers, Project Manager, Tideway BV, said: “This is a very exciting job for us, and an amazing opportunity to work on the biggest construction project in offshore wind. Due to its scale we have several vessels operating at the Site, and over summer, the Connector will be accompanied by our own

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Most of these projects have been mandated by industrial customers, such as textile, auto ancillaries and pharmaceutical companies, who are looking to increase their renewable energy supply The orders entail the EPC construction of 140 MW of wind power facilities on several sites across India Siemens Gamesa to install 41 units of its G97-2.0 MW wind turbines and 29 units of its SG 2.0-114 wind turbines across different sites which are set for commissioning by June 2018 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won multiple wind power orders for a total of 140 MW from several industrial customers and a leading independent power producer (IPP) in India. Specifically, the company will handle the entire infrastructure needed to operate these projects (with installed capacity ranging between 2 MW and 58 MW), together with the supply, erection and commissioning of 41 units of the G97-2.0 MW turbines and 29 of the SG 2.0-114 for various industrial customers and a leading IPP in India. Set for commissioning by June 2018 across several sites in India, most of these orders have been placed by different industrial customers, such as textile, auto parts and pharmaceutical companies, who want to move their supply to renewable sources. “We are happy to

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This week Jumbo announced the winner of the competition to name our new DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel (HLCV) to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020. Last month we launched an internal naming competition so that all Jumbo employees from around the world could submit up to three vessel name entries. Having received over 250 entries, Michael Kahn with the competition committee made a top 3 list and then chose one overall winning name: Stella Synergy. Michael Kahn says: “Stella Synergy is a beautiful name that captures the many elements of the Jumbo spirit – It symbolises Jumbo 50 years ago when we started as pioneers in the heavy lift industry with our first ‘Stella’ vessel. It also symbolises the complementary relationship between today’s shipping and offshore divisions, as well as the cooperation of the two families, namely Borchard and Kahn. Most of all, Stella Synergy symbolises what we strive to achieve when we work together with our clients and as a team.‘’ The winning name was entered by Mr. Jiovanni Pardillo who has worked with Jumbo as an AB crew member since 2006.  Michael Kahn telephoned Jiovanni in the Philippines to wish him congratulations personally and to inform him that he

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Scope includes port logistics services for 88 wind turbines needed for windfarm Hohe See and Albatros / components will be transported by barges to Orange Blue Terminal / Buss Offshore Solutions supports as project manager Hamburg, 18th of April 2018. The Orange Blue Terminal, part of the Hamburg-based Buss Group, has signed a contract with GeoSea for port and logistics services, which are manufactured for the offshore wind farms Hohe See and Albatros. The windfarms will be located approximately 90 kilometers north of the North Sea island of Borkum. Hohe See and Albatros will together comprise 88 wind turbines. GeoSea is going to start with the transportation of the foundation components by barge from the plant in Rotterdam to the Orange Blue Terminal in Eemshaven, the Netherlands from mid-April. The monopiles and transition pieces will remain aboard the barge along the quayside of the Orange Blue Terminal until they are picked up by the installation vessel. The Orange Blue Terminal will use a landward crane for the unloading of the 88 anode cages, as well as for the subsequent loading of the installation vessel with the anode cages and grout containers. For this operation OBT will use crane equipment enabling a load out

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For an international project ELA Container Offshore GmbH received a rather exceptional order: We were asked to build a number of bespoke accommodation containers to travel across the globe. Normally speaking the containers which are built by ELA Container Offshore GmbH are intended for the offshore market, but in this case the containers will remain safely onshore and travel through eleven countries by train. After months of preparation, the units are ready to go and expected to start their journey at the end of May 2018. A total of seven containers with the dimensions of 40ft (12,192 mm x 2,438 mm x 2,896 mm) ISO high cube container were modified and newly CSC certified. Three of the units are living quarters accommodating a maximum of four persons. Each of these containers is divided into three areas: one area acts as a bedroom with two bunk beds, one is a living room with kitchenette and a further area is fitted with a small sanitary unit. All three areas are fitted with privacy doors and are interconnected by a central corridor. The other four 40ft ISO high cube containers are equipped as display rooms in which a variety of exhibitions are organized for

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• The company will supply 25 SWT-2.625-120 and 5 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines for a 77 MW wind farm that will be part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI Project, with the option to add up to 5 additional SWT-2.625-120 wind turbines for a total capacity of 90 MW • The blades and nacelles and hubs will come from the Iowa and Kansas, USA facilities, respectively Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected by MidAmerican Energy Company to supply turbines for an upcoming wind farm. The company will supply 25 SWT-2.625-120 and 5 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, totalling 77 MW, with the option to add up to 5 additional SWT-2.625-120 wind turbines for a total capacity of 90 MW. The project is targeting commercial operation by December 2018. The blades will be manufactured at the Siemens Gamesa’s Fort Madison, Iowa facility, and the nacelles and hubs will be assembled at the Hutchinson, Kansas facility. The scope of this project also includes a 5-year service and maintenance agreement. Since 2008, Siemens Gamesa and MidAmerican Energy have partnered for over 2.6 GW of installed wind power capacity in the United States. “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with MidAmerican Energy while contributing to the green energy economy,

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Match-funding sought from industry to extend schools outreach programme The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) in Plymouth is to receive a substantial legacy from its late chairman. David Pridden, who sadly died in November last year, has bequeathed a major sum to support the organisation’s educational work, with the only stipulation being that funds must be matched from industry, organisations or individuals. With a long and illustrious career in the energy industry, Mr Pridden became the inaugural chief executive of Subsea UK – the industry body for the country’s subsea sector – and was latterly chairman of Seanamic Group and a member of the Simmons Private Equity Investment Committee. Over the years, he held a variety of senior positions in both large and small subsea oil & gas and marine renewable companies, including launching and successfully growing his own business. Mr Pridden was passionate about attracting young people into the subsea engineering industry and to providing education on the marine environment. In his position with the NMA, his appreciation for promoting “pro-ocean behaviour” grew and he was relentless in helping the organisation increase discovery and learning opportunities for future generations. For every £25,000 raised, the NMA can draw down funds against Mr Pridden’s bequest to spend

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Flintstone Technology Ltd is diversifying its market-leading mooring operations to help drive down costs for the offshore floating wind industry. Flintstone has developed a set of mooring system solutions to match specific project requirements in oil and gas and marine renewable energy. With decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, this knowledge combined with the mooring solutions, is transferable and provides substantial benefits to offshore floating wind in lowering costs and increasing reliability. According to Scottish Enterprise, Europe is forecast to build around 25GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade, worth an estimated £60 billion in capital and operational expenditure over the next five years. Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone, will be presenting on the ‘development and implementation of a subsea tensioned mooring system’ on the opening day of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT 2018), which takes place in Marseille, France, from April 25-27. Mr Clayson said: “There are many similarities between the offshore floating wind and oil and gas supply chains. Our technology, although originally designed for offshore floating production, is suitable for any permanently, moored floating system. We believe we can make a real impact in the OFW sector to increase efficiency and drive down costs.” In

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New management solution based on the Kognifai digital platform and ecosystem will be available for more than 400 European wind energy assets. Independent wind asset operations management specialist OutSmart BV has selected Kongsberg Digital to provide an integrated management system on the innovative Kognifai digital platform. The sophisticated digital solution will be used to manage OutSmart’s extensive onshore and offshore wind turbine portfolio. Outsmart provides services to wind farm owners, fund managers, and wind project companies to maximize the revenues of their wind assets. Part of Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore and Consulting GmbH, OutSmart currently operates more than 400 onshore and offshore wind and solar assets (1.8 GW in total) in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. OutSmart has partnered with Kongsberg Digital to establish a state-of-the-art fully integrated management system for onshore and offshore wind assets. By combining OutSmart’s vast experience as an independent service provider in the European wind industry and the expertise and technology of Kongsberg Digital, the parties have established a set of applications on Kognifai that will represent a breakthrough in the way fleets of windfarms are operated. With a common digital platform providing data storage and data security for the asset owner, the new applications will rationalize the operations

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Fraunhofer IWES tested two large-scale suction buckets in a 1:5 scale in early 2018. The physical experiments at the Test Center for Support Structures in Hanover (TTH) are the first of their kind in Germany. The test results confirmed the enormous potential of this foundation concept for reliable and cost-effective deployment in offshore wind farms. Within the experimental work the IWES researchers were also able to quantify an effective temporary increase in tensile capacity during storms. For manufacturers, this means the possibility of material savings for the entire construction without compromising stability. The so-called “suction buckets” have been used successfully in the oil and gas industry. The offshore wind energy sector will see this year the first commercial wind farm with substructures comprising multiple buckets. Numerous questions regarding the dimensioning and the operational behavior of the bucket-foundations still remain open. For this reason, Fraunhofer IWES investigates the potential for optimization for offshore wind energy in a research demonstration project. Object of the study is the behavior of the bucket foundations during the suction-assisted installation and its axial behavior when subjected to extreme wave loads. The large-scale experimental investigations are carried out at the TTH, an installation of the Leibniz University Hannover. As

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