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More and more with the growth of wind farms in the North Sea, depots in convenient locations that offer fast and efficient services are imperative to ensure continuous power generation in the face of an emergency or breakdown. PES wanted to find out more about Cargostore, who as the world’s largest operator of DNV 2.7-1 certified Reefer Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs), are providing such a service. Utilizing DHSS quay side yard space at Eemshaven, Cargostore Worldwide Trading Ltd’s dedicated CCU depot provides round the clock service to wind farm projects. Holding a full range of DNV 2.7-1 certified equipment, wind farm project managers can now access reefers, hazardous goods containers, rigging lofts, storage units, workshops and toolboxes, 365 days of the year, 24/7. Having this quay side depot service means Cargostore can deliver CCUs immediately or for larger runs of stock, within less than 24 hours. This rapid response service has already been utilized by several major wind projects in the area. ‘Nearly everything I deliver in Eemshaven is on an ad-hoc, rapid response basis, saving our customers on time and transport costs. I’ll get a call for 10 and 20ft Reefers at 7pm some nights and have them delivered by 9am the

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Over the years, Jo van Montfort, from Bjond b.v.b.a. has convinced PES that the wind industry needs to look beyond standards and protocols to reduce the maintenance costs of turbines. It seems incredible that companies don’t seem to realise that they are not getting the best out of their coatings, despite what the tests say. Definition The best definition of a protective coating system is: ‘Transparent or coloured product that forms a film and protects the surface on which it is applied against influences from the environment.’ This means a barrier is created between the steel and environment in order to prevent corrosion. This barrier is applied as a liquid material that adheres to the steel substrate and forms an oxygen, chemicals (‘salts’) and water or moisture proof film. In most cases, this film is less than 1mm thick and more than 300μm. In many cases this thin film needs to protect the steel for more than 20 years, preferably maintenance free. Type of failures The main failure of a coating system when properly applied is losing its main barrier function. This means the coating cracks. When the cracks grow through the coating oxygen, water and chemicals (‘salts’) can reach the steel substrate, resulting in

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Mats Blixt, Executive Vice President Logistics Solutions South America, BBC Chartering and Gonzalo López Roldan, Commercial Executive, Montecon / Schandy Group, called in on PES to share their experience in working together in parts of South America. Their integrated solution has proved to be very successful. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and the importance of the wind industry to you? Mats Blixt: Thank you and likewise. It’s always a pleasure to talk about recent developments at BBC Chartering and the value we can bring to global wind power customers. As you know, BBC Chartering is the market’s largest project carrier and the leading international wind energy cargo transporter. Our fleet of multipurpose and heavy lift vessels is employed for wind power developments worldwide. We currently operate a fleet of more than 140 vessels, and with that offer a total fleet capacity of more than 1.6m tons DWAT. All our vessels are equipped with cranes, some of which can lift up to 800mt. PES: In our last interview you were experiencing a growth in the market, is this

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PES had a very informative interview with Bobbi McConnell, Marketing Communications Manager at AIMCO Global. The effects of the electricity production tax credit on the US wind industry, critical fastening and bolting tools were just a few of the things we talked about. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of AIMCO and the importance of the wind industry to you? Bobbi McConnell: Our headquarters are in Portland, Oregon and we have over 40 years’ experience in various industries and wind energy one of the most important and have a wide range of product portfolios. Our service, repair and calibration labs provide fast turnaround on repairs and also, all electronic torque equipment meets NIST standards. PES: Currently are you experiencing more growth in the market? BM: Based on industry reports, the forecast in the US marketplace expect growth upwards of 40% throughout the wind industry. Offshore is expected to be a tremendous growth market in the US despite the challenges the US is experiencing in developing offshore wind farms. Among those, the coastal waters of the United States don’t share the same

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GES is installing more than 250 MW in the country during 2018 12th September 2018. GES is going to overtake the 2 GW in installation in France during the next few months. After more than a decade serving this market, GES has become a reference in installation in France. The good performance from the GES Installation Team increased the GES customer portfolio in the country, which ensures the activity in the near future. After the last awarded contracts, GES estimates 256 MW will be added to the France project references. Alberto de Alfonso, Installation Business Unit Director says: “During 2018 the Installation Team is working in more than 1.000 MW in seven different countries. The fourth of these megawatts are located in France, which makes an idea of the significance of the market in this activity”. GES is working in next year´s backlog and thrusting this year’s track record can be consolidated or even surpassed. Next year is going to be a quite busy one in the installation activity. There are many projects with a connection deadline in the short term in Spain and Mexico, which will make the installation demand grow exponentially. GES has enough resources to satisfy

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Utilities ordering 80 turbines with a combined capacity of 252 MW Hamburg, 12 September 2018. The Nordex Group has again received big-ticket contracts from South Africa to install a total of 80 AW125/3150 turbines for the “Garob” and “Copperton” projects. The project “Garob” comprises 46 turbines which Enel Green Power has ordered. The second project (“Copperton”) comprises 34 turbines for the developer and independent power producer Elawan. Both projects include delivery and installation as well as multi-year service contracts. As well as this, Nordex will be producing the 100-meter concrete towers close by, thus lowering the costs and increasing local manufacturing content. “South Africa is an important market for us, which is why we are pleased to be executing these two orders. We have been awarded turbine supply for a total of around 400 MW in 2018,” says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of Nordex SE. Both wind farms are located in the province of Northern Cape close to the town of Copperton.

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Measurement expert opens new operations center in Birmingham, UK, as it ships 1000th Triton Wind Profiler unit to PRC Wind. September 10, 2018 - Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has expanded its field support team and opened a new operations center in Birmingham, UK, to better support service needs and requests for its Triton Wind Profiler. The expansion comes as remote sensing technology continues to be more widely adopted across a broad range of international wind energy markets. Vaisala recently shipped its 1000th Triton to Minneapolis-based wind developer PRC Wind. The new operations center will enable Vaisala to provide better technical support coverage around the world, particularly as Triton continues to be deployed in a number of new markets. In the past few months units have been deployed across increasingly geographically diverse markets, including Indonesia, Iceland, Panama, China and Japan. Each of these presents unique operational challenges and the new operations center will conduct daily monitoring of Triton fleets in these locations. Building Out Global Remote Sensing Supply Chains “With remote sensing units increasingly replacing met masts as developers’ preferred method of wind measurement, there’s a need to provide additional support and build out global supply chains,” said Tero Muttilainen,

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• Siemens to design, supply and build onshore substation and offshore transformer modules (OTM®) • Triton Knoll is the 10th UK offshore wind farm Siemens has connected to the mainland • After completion Triton Knoll would be able to provide sufficient clean and sustainable power for the equivalent of 800,000 British homes Siemens Energy Management has received an order to design, supply and build the grid connection for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm by German customer Innogy SE. The wind farm, 32 kilometers (km) off the Lincolnshire coast, will have an installed generation capacity of circa 860 megawatts (MW) after its completion. Triton Knoll will be capable of providing sufficient clean and sustainable power for the equivalent of at least 800,000 British homes, making a significant contribution to the UK’s renewable energy targets. Siemens will lead on the construction of a new four-hectare onshore substation at Bicker Fen, as well as offshore infrastructure, including two Offshore Transformer Modules (OTM ®). The Siemens OTM® is significantly smaller in size and weight compared to conventional alternating current platforms and highlight Siemens’ commitment to helping power developers improve efficiencies and the delivery program. “This is an important project to deliver clean, green energy to UK homes

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TORM, an international product tanker owner and operator based in Denmark, will retrofit 36 Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 Ex systems within its existing fleet and fit PureBallast 3 Ex systems on 11 newbuilds. Alfa Laval will provide large-flow ballast water treatment systems for 36 vessels between 2019 and 2024. TORM is a product tanker company with global operations and vessels ranging in size from 35,000 to 114,000 DWT. One of the world’s leading carriers of refined oil products, the company has worked with PureBallast 3 Ex since 2017 and retrofitted its first system in 2018. Having recently ordered PureBallast 3 Ex for newbuild projects in China, TORM will now retrofit the same across their product tanker fleet. “Based on careful evaluation of the solutions on the market and our experience with PureBallast 3 Ex on board, we are confident that Alfa Laval is the right choice for ballast water treatment on our tankers,” says Jesper S. Jensen, Head of Technical Division at TORM. “The system’s high performance, in combination with Alfa Laval’s global presence and service offering, will mean compliance security for our vessels.” Under the fleet agreement, 47 TORM vessels will be equipped with large-flow PureBallast 3 Ex systems of 2000 m3/h.

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