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Scottish projects particularly hard-hit Plans would see power provided 'for free' The UK Government has announced that the Feed-in Tariff scheme, through which renewable energy generation under 5MW is supported, will close in March 2019. Responding, Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “The UK Government’s disappointing decision to close the Feed-in Tariff scheme jeopardises our ambitions for small-scale renewables, community-owned energy and the smarter, cleaner energy system which we need to fight climate change. “Meeting the ambitions set out by Government in the smart systems and flexibility plan requires a robust and varied mix of renewable energy technologies. It is critical that a credible pathway setting out viable market-based solutions is in place before support for this scale of generation is removed. Without that pathway, industry will face significant challenges in the shift to the ‘smarter, cleaner future’ which Ofgem today predicted could cut household bills by £45 a year. “While commitment to a number of grace periods is to be welcomed, it is particularly frustrating that comments made by the Minister in Parliament last month (Nov) regarding the export tariff have not been recognised in this consultation response, and that new small-scale renewable projects which connect from next spring will, under

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Hamburg, 18 December 2018. The Nordex Group is ramping up its presence further in the growth market of Argentina with a follow-up order from its customer AES Generación S.A. The "Vientos Neuquinos" wind farm comprises 24 AW132/3465 turbines and is to be built in the province of Neuquén in the south-west of Argentina. AES Generación S.A. has also ordered service for the turbines covering a period of at least two years. As recently as September 2018 AES Generación S.A. placed an order with Nordex for the supply of 30 turbines AW132/3300 for the “Energética” wind farm. As in this case, the turbines and the 120-metre concrete towers for "Vientos Neuquinos" will be produced locally in Argentina.

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Today, RenewableUK is highlighting the record amount of offshore wind capacity installed this year. https://www.renewableuk.com/news/430793/Record-breaking-amount-of-new-UK-offshore-wind-capacity-installed-in-2018-.htm Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, has its biggest market in the UK and completing construction of two new offshore wind farms here in 2018 meant it was responsible for nearly 60% of the new capacity coming online. Matthew Wright, Managing Director of Ørsted UK, said: "The UK is making great progress in decarbonising its electricity system, smashing records in coal-free generation last year, largely thanks to a growth in renewables, and continuing the transformation this year with record growth in offshore wind. "At Ørsted, we are playing a leading role, and investing billions of pounds to help the UK reach its carbon reduction targets. "This year, we completed construction of two major offshore wind farms, including Walney Extension, the biggest in the world, and we’re now constructing Hornsea 1 off the Yorkshire Coast which, at around double the size, will take the title in 2020. "Rapid growth in this clean-tech industry is set to continue as we work with the Government to finalise an offshore wind sector deal, which could mean that, by 2030, one third of the UK’s electricity could come from offshore wind." ABOUT Ørsted The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and

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HUSUM | Hamburg, 17 December 2018: Following WindEnergy Hamburg, the industry is now looking expectantly towards Husum, where HUSUM Wind, the leading national wind trade fair will be held from 10 to 13 September 2019. 2019 represents a turning point in that the following year marks the end of the EEG subsidies for the first wind turbines, and also in that the industry is expecting an improved market situation once again that will start in 2020. When the who’s who of the industry come together in Germany’s model region for wind power, they will be comparing notes on current trends and solutions for the energy transition, while the agenda will also include discussion of the political environment.  HUSUM Wind, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019, has always been closely oriented on developments in the industry and tackles topics that are of particular importance to the German market. These include future post-EEG solutions such as continued use, repowering or dismantling and recycling of wind turbines. Leading suppliers from these sectors will be presenting their innovative concepts and services for the phase after 2020. “We will however still be providing a platform for such subjects as Power-to-X, energy storage, digitalisation and big

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ALE has demonstrated its wind expertise and turnkey capabilities as they start the receiving operations of wind components in Oman for the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) first-ever wind farm. The global heavylifting contractor has been contracted for the full turnkey scope for the Dhofar Wind Project, involving receiving, transporting and installing 13 wind turbine generators which consist of almost 100 components. ALE started to receive the components, comprising blades, tower sections, nacelles and hubs at Port of Duqm in September. Upon completion of custom clearance, all components were taken to ALE’s laydown area, close to the port, which was beneficial for the client. The components will be transported 590km overland to the Dhofar Wind Project site, two components of the wind turbine generator with each convoy. Due to the sheer size and scale of the convoy, with components measuring up to 65m long and weighing up to 100t each, the items will be escorted by the Police. Utilising ALE’s specialist equipment fleet, the components will be transported using blade trailers for the blades and conventional trailers for the tower sections, nacelles and hubs.

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Quimper, France, 17 December 2018. Sabella, a pioneering tidal and ocean stream turbine developer, has partnered with QOS Energy to improve the performance monitoring of its ground-breaking Ushant tidal energy project. The first 1MW tidal turbine of the plant, immersed 55 metres under water off the west coast of France, is equipped with more than 100 sensors gathering data every 5 minutes. It now uses QOS Energy’s powerful data intelligence platform to identify, assess and anticipate potential failures. Sabella’s 1MW D10 turbine was initially commissioned in 2015 in the Fromveur Passage, a strait that lies between Ushant Island and the Molène archipelago, off the coast of the French region of Brittany.  After undergoing key technology upgrades, the tidal turbine was redeployed for the second time in October 2018. Once again, the 400-tonne machine lies on the French seabed and captures the tide to provide renewable power to the 800 inhabitants of Ushant island. To optimise the turbine’s operation, QOS Energy and Sabella closely collaborated to develop specific data acquisition techniques and innovative analytics tailored to the constraints of the demanding sub-marine environment. “Operating and maintaining a utility-scale tidal turbine at such depth is particularly challenging, and data collection and analysis plays a vital

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For the third successive year, offshore wind has help to keep FoundOcean moving in a positive direction. Ever since the Scottish-based company was founded back in 1966, it has maintained a strong global presence in offshore oil and gas, and although the recent downturn did impact on the business, the effects of the downturn were largely mitigated through a number of timely business expansions into their international regions. However, even these strategic steps were significantly surpassed by the company’s activities in offshore wind. Since 2015, the company has mobilised to nearly 20 offshore wind projects. As for many offshore service companies, offshore wind has buffered the company from the full effects of the oil & gas downturn. As Jim Bell, the CEO of FoundOcean, points out, things are looking much more positive now, “With European wind projects forging ahead with renewed confidence, and with a rapidly developing South East Asian market, we are now having to rethink our business, particularly as we are also aware of a noticeable pick up in other sectors.” He continued, “We’re very excited about these emerging opportunities, and planning for growth is a much more welcome activity than the opposite.” The company’s flexibility and can-do attitude is one of

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — A world first and a major construction milestone was reached at Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK when Tideway completed the export cable installation. With an offshore export cable totalling 467 km, roughly the same distance as Amsterdam to Hamburg, it is the longest AC offshore wind cable ever to have been installed. Additionally, the cable manufacturing and installation were completed months ahead of schedule. When fully operational in 2020, Hornsea Project One’s 174 turbines will generate enough clean electricity for well over one million homes. The world’s largest offshore wind farm was the first project for Tideway’s new cable installation and multifunctional vessel ‘Living Stone’. With its 10,000-tonne cable capacity and cutting-edge dual-lane cable system, ‘Living Stone’ significantly improves cable installation production rates. The installation scope included laying export cables from three different offshore substations located up to 120 km offshore to the shore via a Reactive Compensation Station, as well as the installation of two interlink cables. Tideway also undertook the boulder removal, pre-sweepingand and cable pull-in to the substations, and are completing crossing installation and cable burial. Modular Offshore Grid After the successful installation campaign at Hornsea Project One, ‘Living Stone’ will be mobilised for

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Hansa Heavy Lift GmbH has filed an application with the Hamburg District Court for the opening of insolvency proceedings. The court has appointed the experienced Hamburg restructuring expert, lawyer and tax consultant Dr. Christoph Morgen as preliminary insolvency administrator. He is a specialist insolvency solicitor and partner in the national law firm Brinkmann & Partner. Dr. Christoph Morgen will now get an overview of the current business situation and examine what the company’s first steps within the proceedings could be. Hansa Heavy Lift operates eleven heavy-cargo vessels. The company was founded in 2011. Hamburg, 12 December 2018

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GE Power Conversion partners with Sulzer for parts, services, and equipment In a move to increase services, parts and new equipment availability, minimize repair times, and reduce downtime, GE Power Conversion has signed an agreement with Sulzer, making it an authorized parts, new equipment, and service provider. GE electrical equipment, such as motors and generators, can now be maintained and repaired through Sulzer’s extensive service center network. As one of the world’s largest independent maintenance specialists, Sulzer offers considerable expertise and experience in the repair of large rotating equipment. GE Power Conversion is taking advantage of the Sulzer repair facilities and extensive repair expertise, backed by the technical expertise and know-how from GE PC, to ensure that customers with GE equipment receive an unparalleled service. The agreement between the two companies enables Sulzer to offer a wide range of services, including warranty work, that will ensure customers receive high quality repairs using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Sulzer will offer service center repairs as well as a range of field services, including installation, start-up assistance, troubleshooting, routine maintenance, testing and monitoring. Jim Mugford, President and Global Head of Sulzer’s Electro Mechanical Services, explains: “We are dedicated to providing a superior service to a range

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