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•   The most recent in three significant contract extensions, totalling in excess of 350 offshore wind turbines •   The agreement includes scheduled servicing, troubleshooting and technical support for five years Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is announcing the renewal of its contract to service the Greater Gabbard wind farm, located off the east coast of the UK. The five-year contract is for the provision of operation and maintenance for the 504-MW wind farm, until 2022. Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (GGOWL), the owners of the wind farm, have contracted Siemens Gamesa to provide scheduled servicing, troubleshooting and technical support to the 140 SWT-3.6-107 turbines installed at the site. The £1.6bn site itself lays 23km off the Suffolk coast, and was opened by the then Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP in August 2013. This contract continues, and builds upon, the service work that Siemens Gamesa has provided since 2013. Onshore 24/7 monitoring and diagnostics of each of the turbines will take place at the company’s dedicated control room, based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. Servicing Greater Gabbard is the most recent of three service contract extensions awarded to Siemens Gamesa. Building on the success of 10-year secured service agreements for the 175-turbine London Array wind farm, and the

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Chevron Marine Lubricants has received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its Taro® Special HT 100 cylinder lubrication oil in a number of the manufacturer’s engines when operating on a wide variety of fuels from 0.0% to 3.5% sulphur, including fuels compliant with emissions control area (ECA) regulations with a maximum content of 0.10% sulphur, therefore removing the need to change cylinder lubricants when operating in and out of ECAs. This follows 2,000 hours of validation testing on-board a Panamax containership fitted with a Wärtsilä 8RT-flex82T engine. Taro Special HT 100 has been specifically formulated for high performance, and demonstrated enhanced performance in distillate fuel applications under laboratory engine conditions. The NOL applies to the use of Taro® Special HT 100 in WinGD X, WinGD X-DF, WinGD RT-flex, WinGD RT-flex-DF, Wärtsilä RTA, Wärtsilä RT-flex and Wärtsilä X engines as well as in Sulzer 2-stroke engines, that are operating on bunker fuels with a sulphur content ranging from zero to 3.5% by weight. Chia Yoo Soon, General Manager of Chevron Marine Lubricants, said: "We are delighted with the results of the testing and to receive this No Objection Letter from Winterthur Gas & Diesel. It

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Global Maritime Part of 12-Member Consortium Presenting Papers at the Event London, UK; September 22 2017: Global Maritime Group, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector and part of the European Commission’s OPERA (Open Sea Operating Experience to Reduce Wave Energy) project consortium, announced that they and other consortium members have won the Yoshio Masudaprize. The prize was awarded for a selection of papers on the latest OPERA project findings from Northern Spain and presented at the 12th European Wave & Tidal Conference held in Cork, Ireland. The OPERA 12-member consortium presented multiple conference publications at the event charting the progress of the three-year OPERA project set up to progress offshore wave energy development, reduce costs (by up to 50%), and ‘de-risk’ new technologies. This is being achieved through the development of a full-scale floating oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy converter ‘Marmok-A-5’ developed by Oceantec Energías Marinas and being demonstrated at the BIMEP test site in the north of Spain. At the conference, Global Maritime co-authored a paper based on design and field data collection studies that incorporated the environmental conditions, device motions and mooring tensions for the BIMEPtest site deployment. The paper reported on design

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First ever facility capable of testing power transformers up to 800 kV and switchgear up to 1200 kV With electricity consumption expected to increase by 140% by 2050, reliable super grids are required to transport electricity from remote wind and solar farms to where it is needed most First ultra-high voltage components tested in new facility Lab opening marks 90 years of KEMA testing and certification Arnhem, Netherlands (5 October 2017) - DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, today officially opens its expanded and upgraded KEMA High-Power Laboratory (HPL). Following a 70 million Euro investment, the newly extended test lab is the world’s first – and currently only – facility capable of testing ultra-high voltage (UHV) electrical grid components. The new lab will help the power industry successfully transition to so called “super grids” for a safe and reliable supply to meet rapidly growing demand for sustainable electricity. Energy – and particularly electricity – is increasingly important to modern life. DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook report 2017 predicts that electricity consumption will rise by 140% by 2050. What’s more, with countries striving to meet their Paris Agreement targets, wind and solar will

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InnoLas Solutions GmbH, a leading German laser equipment company for micro material processing and laser engineering, has opened a new customer application and R&D center in Gilching, Germany in July, 2017. Richard Grundmüller, founder and president of InnoLas Solutions comments: “Due to the growing demand in customer application development and our own R&D activities we invested a total of EUR 3 Mio. in our laser applications center.” The laser application center is designed to process different applications in crystalline solar cells, ceramic components, pcb-substrates and other brittle materials such as glass or sapphire. “Our application center is equipped with industrial-grade InnoLas Solutions equipment and a broad spectrum of high end ultra-short pulse lasers, a variety of multi-axis stages, fixed and galvo based beam delivery systems. In addition to that diagnostic instruments are used for process control and measurement of the final sample”, says Dr. Rico Böhme – Head of Application Development at InnoLas Solutions. The application center is located at Dornierstrasse 4 – 82205 Gilching/ Germany.

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Sequoia Energy Inc. adopts remote sensing device to speed up development and improve financing terms across its Canadian portfolio October 3, 2017 - Canadian renewable energy developer Sequoia Energy Inc. has successfully used Vaisala’s Triton Wind Profiler remote sensing unit to secure financing and cut wind measurement costs in central Canada, where sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice regularly disrupt measurement campaigns. The device, deployed in tandem with a shorter, 60m meteorological (met) tower, has enabled Sequoia to identify sites for further project development and reduce vertical wind shear extrapolation uncertainty without installing costly hub-height met towers. As the North American wind market continues to mature, project developers are increasingly looking to access more complex and remote locations to take advantage of untapped wind resources. However, these regions’ climates – as well as the increasing height of wind turbines – often raise a number of challenges for wind measurement requiring innovative and efficient means of resource assessment. “You can only put met towers in certain places determined by consultants, landowners and of course the project terrain. Using the Triton in combination with a shorter met tower gives us better representation of hub-height wind speeds, while avoiding the cost of putting up a hub-height met

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Buss Offshore Solutions and Orange Blue Terminal report successful completion for the North Sea One wind farm / Final load-out of the 54 wind turbines at the end of September / Buss Offshore Solutions and Orange Blue Terminal have already started follow-on project involving Merkur wind farm Hamburg, 4th October 2017. At the end of last year, the offshore logistics experts Buss Offshore Solutions received the order for the project planning and management of basic port services for the North Sea One offshore wind farm. The Hamburg company is now reporting its successful completion. Operational implementation was carried out at the Orange Blue Terminal, owned by Buss, in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. The North Sea One wind farm comprises 54 wind turbines of Senvion made up of a total of 378 main components. Buss Offshore Solutions was responsible for the planning and coordination of all services required before and at the terminal. In operational terms, the Orange Blue Terminal took care of preparing the area, transport and the interim storage on the terminal premises, the pre-assembly of the complete towers and rotors on site and the subsequent delivery of components to the quayside. "The storage of the 61.5-metre-long rotor blades, the up

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Collaboration will result in world’s most efficient gangway Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has announced an exclusive partnership with Seaqualize, a Dutch marine motion technology innovator, to collaborate on the development of its latest S-type gangway. Ampelmann develops and manufactures motion compensated offshore access systems and its latest gangway solution, the S-type, is designed specifically to be fully integrated into large, high speed vessels and dedicated to long-term crew change operations. Key factors to the success of these vessels are speed, comfort and low fuel consumption. The S-type is designed to safely compensate the challenging motion characteristics of these vessels when in dynamic positioning (DP) alongside the platform. This is combined with a significant reduction in power requirement and weight of the gangway itself. Part of the solution comes from the balanced heave compensation technology of Seaqualize.  This patented technology engages the non-linear force of a gas spring to create an easily adjustable counterbalance, enabling balanced heave compensation. Numerical and scale models already tested have demonstrated the energy efficiency of luffing can be increased to more than 90%. The full scale prototype is funded by a subsidy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs through top sector energy. While targeted predominantly towards

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South America becoming a key market after financial close for 299 MW in Chile Hamburg: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has secured an agreement for its first partnership in Argentina with EREN Renewable Energy ("EREN RE") for the supply and delivery of 27 Senvion 3.6M114 NES turbines. The project, developed and owned by EREN RE, was awarded a PPA in the RENOVAR Round 1 tender in October 2016. A total of 1,142 megawatts (MW) of different technologies were awarded of which 707 MW were wind projects. The project is still under development and has certain conditions precedent. After the planned completion of the project, Los Hercules wind farm will see a total rated output of 97,2 MW. The wind farm will be built by Senvion on a full EPC basis. The turbines will be installed at a hub height of 93 meters. The completion of the project is planned for December 2018. Los Hercules wind farm will be located in the Deseado department in the southern province of Santa Cruz and after its completion will be able to supply around 64,000 households with green electricity per year. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: "Senvion is expanding successfully - both in

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SeaRoc Group, global providers of leading marine management system SeaPlanner, has announced the appointment of Graham Howe as Sales Manager. Graham has an extensive sales background with a track record of working for providers of technology and software solutions and since 2009, has worked within the renewable energy sector. At SeaRoc Group, Graham will be responsible for leading the sales team and driving growth of the company’s leading data visualisation and management system, SeaPlanner. Graham’s focus will be to leverage SeaPlanner’s position within its existing markets and develop the strategy to expand the portfolio into new industries that will benefit from the system’s capabilities. Graham Howe commented: “I’m delighted to join SeaRoc Group and am excited to build on the milestones already achieved by the company. SeaPlanner has a great deal of potential, still within offshore wind, and in other market sectors. SeaRoc Group has an impressive development roadmap for the software and I’m looking forward to building new relationships and helping clients find the right solutions to make their operations safer and more efficient.”

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