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Dropped object incidents continue to threaten technician safety, financial performance and stakeholder reputation – but the sector lags behind on reporting and mitigation Amsterdam, 23rd October 2018 – Dropsafe, a global provider of dropped objects prevention technology for the energy and resources markets, has reported on the risk posed by Dropped Objects to the health and safety track record of the renewable energy industry. Collating the latest data on Dropped Object incidents, Dropsafe’s white paper, The Neglected Hazard: A guide to Dropped Object risks in offshore windshows that Dropped Objects are an ever-present, increasing threat to safe and cost-effective project development and operations in offshore wind. Furthermore, despite recent efforts to improve reporting procedures and best practice approaches, the industry needs to take further steps to proactively mitigate this risk before a significant Dropped Object incident dents the reputation of a major player – or the incident rate increases to the point that costly regulatory action must be taken. Dropped Objects in offshore wind include materials carried by personnel, lifted or carried from support vessels, or smaller items fitted to the wind turbine, like nuts and bolts, lights, ventilation louvres or hatches, falling from height. Incidents can occur either on the wind turbines

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UK subsea services company, Rovco, has expanded its ROV and hydrographic survey capabilities with the addition of a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV to its fleet. The 1000m depth rated, long range Falcon DR is the most advanced electric underwater robotic system of its class. It will enhance Rovco’s ability to deliver intricate and demanding missions that require a variety of high bandwidth sensors, either at depth or over long distances. The Falcon DR marks a £200,000 investment for the firm and is part of its ambitious expansion programme. As well as its commercial use, it will support Rovco’s R&D projects by carrying out research into autonomous path planning using the company’s SubSLAM, live 3D vision system. The addition of the Falcon brings Rovco’s range of survey class ROVs up to five. Its fleet can be mobilised to support a wide variety of projects and are equipped with the latest technologies used for a broad range of survey and mechanical activities. Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “The addition of the Falcon ROV is the latest in a series of developments within the business and reflects our continued expansion. “The Falcon is part of a planned £2-3m investment into our latest technology and will allow

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The innovations required to support the British subsea industry in the lower oil price environment will be explored at Subsea UK’s Life of Field conference in Bristol next month. Sponsored by Baker Hughes, Frazer Nash Consultancy and Viper Innovations the conference will take place on Tuesday, 6 November, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol.  The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), has been confirmed as the technical partner for the conference. With a focus on the equipment supply, technologies and service models required to support the subsea sector in the current market, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a range of industry experts from across the country. A variety of topics will be discussed including control system sustainability, innovative technology and lowering life of field OPEX. Speakers include Joel Ferreira of BHGE, Brian Allen of Rovco, Neil Douglas of Viper Innovations Ltd and Matt Readman of Secc Oil and Gas Limited. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “Despite signs of oil price recovery, the industry today looks vastly different than it did five years ago and companies are still working to adapt to the changes. The focus is now shifting to full life of field support and innovation, in

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Spain, October 23, 2018. Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Ingeteam’s new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certificate in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit, and will enable Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections, or even, in some cases, exempt the company and its clients from audits for a period of three years. DNV GL’s Shop Approval certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment, and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff. It is independent from component, type or project certification and is always workshop specific. With this scheme, DNV GL offers next level certification and standardization, going beyond modules and elements to include all technical aspects laid down in standards and recommended practices. “We are proud to be the very first manufacturer to receive this important certification for a wind converter manufacturing facility in India. It is a rigorous and wide-ranging audit that

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The French leader in floating offshore wind energy Ideol has just received a €2.5 million grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 - SME Instrument programme. This funding is outstanding since this very selective programme only rewards 5% of the candidate projects. Last 20 September, the SME Instrument programme awarded Ideol a €2.5 million grant for the Leadfloat project. This project has three main objectives: the mass production of Ideol’s floating foundation with a view to prepare commercial-scale wind farms of 500+ MW; the valorization of the results obtained by operating the Floatgen wind turbine installed off the French coast (studies, equipment) to optimize operation and maintenance costs ; finally, the strengthening of commercial development in the most strategic markets, including the opening of a subsidiary in Japan. This project follows the very recent commissioning of the Floatgen wind turbine, the first operational unit of the technology patented by Ideol and France’s first offshore wind turbine and allows the 50 employees’ company to further accelerate its development at a time when the various global tenders for large-scale floating commercial farms are under preparation.

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Recently, Huisman, the worldwide provider of stepchanging technical solutions, signed a contract with Japan Marine United Shipyard (JMU) for the delivery of a 1,000mt SWL Pedestal Mounted Crane for offshore wind turbine installation in Japan. The 1,000mt PMC will be built and delivered at Huisman China, installation will take place at JMU’s shipyard in Japan. Japan is steadily increasing its number of wind turbine installation vessels: in 2016, Japanese Penta-Ocean Construction company awarded JMU a contract for the delivery of a Self Elevating Platform (SEP) including Huisman’s 800mt Pedestal Mounted Crane for offshore wind turbine installation. Now, the cooperation in Japan is bound to continue with a new contract for the delivery of a 1,000mt PMC, awarded by JMU. The end clients are Japanese construction companies Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation. The swift and cooperative finalisation of the commercial discussions reflect the mutual trust between Huisman and its Japanese partners. This has also been the first project that resulted in a firm order since Huisman’s cooperation with its Japanese agent Exeno Yamamizu Corporation. The continuing support of Exeno Yamamizu Corporation in catering the needs of Huisman’s clients in Japan has been key to its success in this market.

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Fraunhofer IWES has reached an important milestone in the development of a test rig for wind turbine slewing bearings measuring up to 6.5 m in diameter: the cylinders and mechanics for the application of real wind loads of up to 50 MNm have been installed and are now operational. As such, the researchers are well within the schedule, which envisages commissioning of the entire test rig by the end of the year. It will then be possible to validate a rolling bearing fully and in a reproducible manner in the laboratory without the need for field measurement campaigns. This is supposed to lead to noticeable savings in the time required up to market launch for new constructions for manufacturers and will also enhance the reliability of these products. The slewing bearings in wind turbines are subjected to significantly different loads than in other industrial applications: continuous load changes, varying speeds, and interfaces with complex rigidity profiles result in frequent damage or, indeed, malfunctioning. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to improve the design methods further and reduce the risk of failure in the interests of more cost-effective turbine operation. Tests into wear, fatigue, and functionality on the new test rig BEAT6.1 (Bearing Endurance and

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●  Genneia is one of the top renewable energy companies in the country ●  Isotrol will integrate 1.5 GW of power produced by Genneia into a new control centre supported by their local partner, Grupo SI SEVILLE (Spain), October 18th, 2018.- Isotrol, experts in monitoring and controlling systems for renewable power plants, and Genneia, one of the top Argentinian renewable energy companies, signed an agreement whereby the Spanish company will integrate all Genneia’s assets into their control centre. Isotrol will implement Bluence, their platform of solutions to managing large amounts of data in renewable power plants, into Genneia's power stations in order to enhance their productivity and profitability. To develop the project, Isotrol relies on their partners in Argentina, the IT professionals Grupo SI. Genneia is a leading company in sustainable energy supply solutions and principal investor in renewable energy projects in Argentina. Genneia owns and operates: ten thermal power generation plants (640 MW), Rawson and Trelew wind farms (101 MW/51 MW), plus ten wind farm projects currently in progress along with a biomass plant under construction. All these assets will produce 1.4 GW power when operating. The confidence of such a client not only proves Bluence's technological capability, but also shows how the international operations

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Vattenfall and North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers have signed a framework agreement for the provision of various Shipbroker services for Vattenfall´s offshore wind farms. The primary purpose of the framework agreement is to meet the high demands on vessels for Vattenfall´s offshore wind farm projects and to provide Vattenfall with services in offshore contractor sourcing. With a long-term framework agreement North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers will become main partner to provide shipbroker and contractor market services for Vattenfall’s offshore wind farms. Both companies agree that this is an important step in the right direction for a more efficient and cost reducing offshore wind market. Anders Helsinghoff Fjord, North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers:” This Framework Agreement will further help North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers enhance its position as a market leader in supplying professional shipbroker services to the offshore wind sector. Offshore wind energy has huge potential and I am pleased to be awarded this contract with a such an important and successful company as Vattenfall. We look forward to assist Vattenfall with their projects and in further increase their aim to successfully develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms. Vattenfall: “After a long tender process we are happy to award North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers with this framework

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– NHC supports transports for Petrofac to BorWin3-Gamma – Platform one of the largest offshore converter stations in the world Emden, Germany. In September, Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC), Emden, the experienced aviation company for the offshore industry, received an order from Petrofac Ltd. for transport flights/crew changes to the BorWin3 Gamma platform. The framework contract for the transports covers the entire installation and commissioning phase. "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the smooth construction of one of the world’s largest offshore converter stations with the reliable transport of technicians and service personnel," says Frank Zabell, Managing Director of Northern HeliCopter GmbH. Petrofac is one of the leading general contractors in the oil and gas industry and is responsible for the construction and offshore installation of the platform 130 kilometres off the German coast in a consortium with Siemens. The consortium's client is the German-Dutch electricity grid operator TenneT. The converter station with a capacity of 900 megawatts is scheduled to go into operation on the gamma platform in 2019. When completed, the high-voltage DC transmission station will have six floors and a weight of 20,000 tons. It will be responsible for the conversion of electricity from two wind farms and can supply

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