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Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:  “This new record shows how Scotland’s remarkable renewable energy resource is being harnessed by technologies like wind, hydro, biomass, solar, marine energy and more, delivering environmental and economic benefits across Scotland. “Renewables are now producing more of our electricity than ever before, reducing the carbon emissions which cause climate change and driving jobs and investment from Stranraer to Shetland. “Our industry now employs 16,000 people in Scotland, and with the right support from government can continue to deliver the economic benefits of a low-carbon future in line with the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy and the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Plan.”

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Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has appointed David Armour to the new role Director of HSEQ. Reporting to Managing Director, Stephen Trotter, David will have functional responsibility for health, safety, environment and quality as well as for the resource both within the central HSEQ function and the safety advisors and managers throughout the business units. Stephen Trotter, Managing Director at Natural Power, said: “This promotion not only recognises the contribution David has made to the business throughout the last 12 months in terms of retaining and promoting our accreditations, and driving and enhancing our safety culture,  but also the importance of good health and safety within our business and externally with our clients. This appointment demonstrates our on-going commitment. Good safety is not optional in our industry and going forward it is inherent in how we do business.” In his new role, David is charged with continuing to champion safety performance as well as increasing Natural Power’s focus on environmental and quality performance. David Armour, Director of HSEQ at Natural Power, said: “This appointment reinforces the level of importance Natural Power places on HSEQ, and will not only enable my team and I to continue to implement the highest level of

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Government data shows record renewable electricity generation in Q3 2018 at 33.1% This is the second consecutive record broken with renewable electricity generation exceeding the 31.7% record achieved in Q2 The Energy Trends publication highlights that 38 MW of capacity eligible for the Feed in Tariff scheme was installed signalling a plateauing of installations in the run up to the closure of the Feed-in Tariff on 31st March 2019. Government data, released today in the quarterly publication ‘Energy Trends’, revealed that renewables share of electricity generation hit record levels of 33.1%, surpassing the Q2 record of 31.7% and increasing 3.1 percentage points from 2017 Q3. As well as this announcement, the report included further positive figures for the industry with bioenergy generation rising by 15% as a result of plant biomass capacity and liquid biofuels consumption increasing by 45% of 2017 Q3 figures. The continuation of minimal growth in Feed-in Tariff installations witnessed since the cut to Feed-in Tariffs in 2017 highlights the effects the schemes imminent closure is having on the industry. With no clear route to market for these technologies, this trend is expected to continue in the long term after the closure of the Feed-in Tariff

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In 2019 a new assembly line for wind turbines will be set up in Córdoba A key step for providing share of local value added in this growth market Investment to create new jobs in the region Hamburg, Buenos Aires, 20th December 2018. The Nordex Group plans to further improve its competitiveness in Argentina and shore up its growth path there over the long term. The company has now entered into an agreement with Fábrica Argentina de Aviones “Brig. San Martin“ S.A (FAdeA) with a view to setting up a local assembly line for turbines. The production facility for nacelles and hubs for the AW3000 turbine is to be established in Córdoba and start operation in the coming year. 48 AW132/3300 turbines for the recently announced orders from the electricity supplier AES Argentina Generación are already to be manufactured here. The assembly shop is designed for an annual capacity of up to 150 turbines of the 3 MW class, which equates to a potential output of 500 MW. As the Nordex Group is also planning two local production plants for concrete towers in Argentina, the share of local integration of the turbines produced and installed locally by the Nordex Group will increase

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Deutsche Windtechnik's multi-brand expertise is gaining wider recognition with operators as well as investors. During the last six weeks of this year, for example, the independent maintenance company was able to conclude comprehensive service contracts for a wide range of plant technologies, including Vestas (V90, V47, V44), Siemens (SWT 2.3), Enercon (E-82, E-70 and E-48), Nordex (N117, N80, N60), Senvion (3.4M, 3.2M, MM92, MD77 and MD70) as well as Fuhrländer (FL77) and NEG Micon (NM 72). By the end of the year, Deutsche Windtechnik will be responsible for the maintenance of a total of 3,578 wind turbines worldwide. The contracts include full and basic maintenance. Some of them will begin in 2018, however most will start at the beginning of 2019, and a few will begin even later. "Our customers appreciate having their entire wind power portfolios, or at least large portions of them, managed by a single service provider. This is very clear with our international customers, who can now benefit from our growing system expertise worldwide in a wide variety of markets. But our wide-ranging system expertise also offers advantages at the national level when it comes to efficiently designing interfaces and reducing costs as well as taking individual

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UniSea, a leading provider of software tools for operational support and HSEQ to the offshore industry, has agreed to take part ownership of Yxney, an energy efficiency specialist with an impressive record of wins in its two-year history. “Yxney is experiencing rapid growth meeting the increasing demand for data-driven energy efficiency solutions in the offshore sector,” said Yxney CEO Gjord Simen Sanna. “UniSea is a highly respected player in the industry with a large client base and Yxney already uses UniSea data as the source for our calculations on many vessels. Closer collaboration between the two companies will allow us to provide even more efficient data flows, ensuring added value of the data for our customers.” UniSea CEO Kurt Roar Vilhelmsen said in his statement: “UniSea focuses on helping shipping companies simplify their work processes through digitalization. Yxney has in only a short time succeeded in reaching the market with a solution using data available through UniSea software to reduce fuel consumption, costs, and environmental impact. We see exciting opportunities and added benefits for our customers through closer cooperation and integration of our solutions.” The focus on fuel efficiency and related emissions is steadily growing in the maritime sector. A climate robust business

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Rotterdam, Netherlands – December 19, 2018 - London Offshore Consultants (LOC) has provided Barge Master and GustoMSC with an approval in principle for the work method of their Steady Top Feeder solution. This independent and impartial acceptance is an important next step in implementing this solution in US offshore wind projects. Barge Master and GustoMSC asked LOC to act as if they were appointed as the marine warranty surveyor of an offshore wind project and on that basis to assess whether the solution of the Steady Top Feeder is in principle acceptable to them. This week LOC gave their formal approval of this work method. ‘The reviewed procedure is found to be acceptable at this stage of project development as a principle. LOC believes that with detailed HAZID and other normal project review processes for a live project this approach could be approved’, says Peter Croll, Renewables London Offshore Consultants. Barge Master and GustoMSC will continue their constructive discussions with the relevant parties involved in the earliest US offshore wind farm developments, bringing the Steady Top Feeder solution a step closer to realization. The Steady Top Feeder solution Earlier this year Barge Master and GustoMSC engaged in a partnership to jointly develop and

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Specialist drilling waste management company, TWMA, has secured a seven-figure contract with leading independent exploration and production company, Neptune Energy. The three-year contract, which comes with the option of a two-year extension, will include skip and ship and solids control to manage and process drill cuttings. The scope of work will also include the provision of cuttings containment, pit and tank cleaning and offshore processing using TWMA’s innovative TCC RotoMill® technology. The TCC RotoMill® unit will allow drilling waste to be processed safely and effectively on site offshore, significantly reducing the logistics costs associated with skip and ship. The technology enables high ROP drilling rates in even the harshest offshore environments and reduces lifting operations by up to 95%. TWMA will also use transfer and containment solutions to transport drilling waste generated at source to its specialist onshore thermal processing facility in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Gareth Innes, chief commercial officer of TWMA, commented: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Neptune Energy and further expand our presence in the North Sea. This contract underpins our strong capabilities and strengthens the foundations for our continued growth both in the UK and overseas.

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Sparrows Group has seen its position in the renewables market strengthened one year on from the acquisition of Alpha Offshore Service. The company confirmed that Danish-based Alpha’s revenue has increased by 46% in the past 12 months. Alpha specialises in the delivery of technical personnel, maintenance, repair and inspection services to offshore and onshore wind energy projects. In September, the company celebrated the successful completion of more than 4,000 wind turbine blade inspections to date, a 56% upsurge compared to 2017. Since Sparrows acquired the firm in December 2017, Alpha has seen its international offering grow to support clients in new geographic areas including Australia and Asia Pacific. The expansion of its global operations has also resulted in a 25% increase in their workforce of highly trained technicians, strengthening its competitiveness and capabilities. Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows Group said: “Alpha has been a valuable addition to the Group and has boosted our footprint in the renewables market. The acquisition has been welcomed by Sparrows employees and provided our people with the opportunity to diversify their skills and knowledge. “The Alpha team has integrated well, primarily because of our shared values and commitment to safety and quality. Joining forces so successfully has

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