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Two DONG Energy offshore wind farms set to benefit from CWind expertise Chelmsford, Friday, 8th September. CWind, a leading provider of services to the offshore wind industry, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by DONG Energy, to install new and retrofit existing gates on the transition pieces (TPs) at the Gode Wind and Borkum Riffgrund offshore wind farms, located in the North Sea off the coast of Northern Germany. CWind, which is part of the Global Marine Group and delivers the Company’s power capabilities, will use its own crew transfer vessels, assets and engineering expertise to help ensure the project is completed successfully and on time. The CWind Phantom, a 27.4m catamaran, will undertake the work on Gode Wind’s 97 turbines and Borkum Riffgrund’s 77 turbines. Work began on 1 September 2017, with the first phase expected to be completed in eight weeks. The entire project has been scheduled for completion within one year and will call upon the skills of eight of CWind’s experienced electrical engineers and mechanical technicians, all of whom have benefited from training at the Company’s in-house facility, the NWFTC (National Wind Farm Training Centres). Extensive navigational lighting and cable rerouting will be required to

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London, UK; September 8 2017: Global Maritime, a leading provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a number of leading Taiwanese organisations to develop closer cooperation on offshore wind technologies including marine warranty surveys, inspections and testing services. The signatories to the MOU with Global Maritime included Taiwan’s CR Classification Society (CR); the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC); the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER); the Taiwan Electric Research & Testing Center (TERTEC); and the Electronics Testing Center, Taiwan. Dr Liou, Ming-Jong, Director General of the Bureau of Standard, Metrology and Inspection (MOEA) witnessed the MOU. Taiwan is starting on a process of replacing nuclear power generation with offshore wind, with a stated aim of having 3GW of renewable energy by 2025. In May 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs issued a first ever-commercial operating license for an offshore wind farm in the country. The partnership with Global Maritime, a leading expert in offshore wind, will help accelerate the process, with Global Maritime’s experienced team of master mariners, chief engineers, naval architects and structural engineers providing a combination of high-level regulatory knowledge, operational and technical experience. “Global Maritime is already well known in many

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Vattenfall to invest £150,000 a year in local causes for 20-year lifetime of EOWDC A community fund scheme aimed at generating lasting legacies for North-east communities is being created by the developer behind the region’s pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). Swedish energy group Vattenfall is to establish a community investment scheme by investing £150,000 every year for the operational life of the more than £300m offshore wind test and demonstration centre. The EOWDC is expected to operate for 20-years which means the fund could be worth as much as £3mn over the lifetime of the project. Vattenfall’s EOWDC project director, Adam Ezzamel, said: “Vattenfall wants the EOWDC fund to support communities in Aberdeen and the Shire for the lifetime of the wind farm which is expected to be around 20 years. How a lasting legacy will secure best outcomes from the EOWDC fund will in large part be determined by those who are to benefit. That conversation with key local interests will start soon so that community investments can start next year.” As Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration centre, the ground-breaking 92.4MW, 11-turbine EOWDC will trial next generation technology and contribute significantly to driving down the cost of clean power.

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Leading international marine and engineering consultancy aims to enhance offshore wind farm construction, quality and safety in fledgling Taiwan market London, 7 September 2017 – LOC Renewables, a part of LOC Group, the premier international marine and engineering consultancy, together with four other parties, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining their intention to work together to further offshore wind farm development and construction in Taiwan. Together with the CR Classification Society, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, Taiwan Electric Research & Testing Center and Electronics Testing Center, LOC will look to enhance the quality, safety and reliability of offshore wind farm construction in the South China Sea region. “With offices throughout the region in Seoul, Singapore and Vung Tau, Vietnam, LOC’s team of offshore renewable engineering consultants are ideally placed to support our Taiwanese colleagues as they look to expand the country’s offshore wind capacity and attract developers,” said RV Ahilan, Group Director of Renewables Advisory & Energy Technology at LOC Renewables. “LOC has long been involved in offshore wind energy in Asia, having acted as technical consultant on the Bac Lieu wind farm in Vietnam when the first phase began construction back in 2011. We’re looking forward to bringing this experience, and

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In June of this year, ROV manufacturer Seatools completed the upgrade of the fall pipe ROV installed on Van Oord’s flexible fall pipe vessel “Stornes.” The upgrade entailed a depth upgrade that enables Van Oord to perform precision rock installation in water depths of up to 2100 meters. Seatools, manufacturer of custom-made ROVs, initially delivered the fall pipe ROV in 2007, with a depth rating of 1350 meters. Over the years, the 300 kW fall pipe ROV, executed with a range of dynamic positioning modes such as auto-heading, auto-track, and auto-swing, successfully performed precision rock installation operations in deep waters. The FPROV even set a world record in November 2014, when the Stornes installed rocks in water depths of up to 1277 meters. An ongoing trend in the direction of deep-water and ultra-deep-water fields demanded a greater depth rating of the fall pipe ROV. The upgrade, allowing for working depths of up to 2100 meters, required modification of both the ROV’s electronic system as well as its software.

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Innovative sensor technologies, advanced modelling and new business models are all corner stones in how ZF Wind Power is digitalizing the manufacturing business. For ZF Wind Power digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT) is an integrated part of this transformation. For a long time, the wind power industry has been among the front-runners when it comes to connectivity of products and analyzing data in order to optimize products and processes. However, the challenges and benefits have mainly been left to OEMs and turbine owners, with limited feedback to component suppliers. As the leading transmission supplier in the wind industry, ZF Wind Power is now stepping up the ambition of data insights, taking a leading position on product risk commitments and launching ground-breaking sensing technology used to control speed and drivetrain torque. Thanks to digitalization, ZF connected gearboxes can automatically sense the best way to optimize energy generation and improve turbine economics for any wind site conditions. A new control strategy with the focus on drivetrain torque ZF Wind Power, as a business unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has extensive experience of delivering transmissions across industries. More than a decade ago a paradigm shift in drivetrain design for automotive changed how gearboxes were

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Does a bottlenose dolphin change its ranging movement because of a wind turbine? Or a razorbill change its migration route? How do human beings change behaviours with an offshore wind farm nearby? PES brings you a pioneering scientific research programme from Vattenfall, which aims to answer these questions and more. Four projects have initially been selected to receive a share of the €3mn Scientific Research and Monitoring Fund which is the brainchild of Swedish energy company Vattenfall. The projects will be based at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay. Adam Ezzamel, Project Director for the EOWDC, said they felt such a programme represented an opportunity that was too good to miss. ‘These projects will be carried out in a real-time environment as part of the largest-scale offshore wind programme of its kind. Conducting this research at the EOWDC is an unmissable chance to gain hitherto unknown knowledge of the environmental effects of offshore wind developments. ‘Not only will this programme place Scotland at the forefront of research and development in the sector and reinforce its position as a renewable energy powerhouse, it will inform industry policy-making in Europe and beyond.’ The 11-turbine EOWDC is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and

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PES met up with Holger Dechant, CSO at Universal Transport, to learn about their new slogan and the risks involved in oversized component transportation. It’s really not as simple as it looks. PES: Welcome back to PES. Thanks for talking with us. We know the wind industry is an expanding sector, how is this impacting on Universal Transport? Holger Dechant: This year there is a strong upturn in the wind power industry in Germany. As we don’t know whether this is will continue to increase in future, we are also looking at other markets such as Turkey and Egypt. There is a new law in Germany with new regulations. For this reason a lot of companies signed many projects last year and in 2017 these components have to be delivered. The new law is called Erneuerbare - Energien-Gesetz - EEG 2017 PES: Your company slogan is don’t worry, be heavy!, can you explain why this was chosen? HD: We had been looking for an international slogan. We wanted it to show that the customer can feel in good hands, that we are capable of managing demanding and complex logistic tasks. The song from which we got the idea is still well known all over

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It’s an exciting time at the Port of Rotterdam. It already has a flourishing business network and is set to get even bigger with the development of the Offshore Center Maasvlakte 2. Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager, Port of Rotterdam Authority, provides PES with a look in to the future at this unique project in Europe. The ambition of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to be a world leader in the field of sustainability. The goal is greener industry and logistics, which will improve and maintain the environmental quality. The use of alternative energy supplies such as wind, solar and biomass is increasing so as to provide a viable alternative to fossil fuels. It’s in the Port of Rotterdam’s (PoR) DNA to look ahead and plan new developments. Two new markets, offshore wind and decommissioning are now firmly in sight due to this new venture. The Oil & Gas industry will also benefit from the improvement and expansion of the already good port capabilities. The development of the ‘Offshore Center’ didn’t just happen. It has come after years of thorough research and hundreds of various discussions with different offshore companies, in order to ascertain the needs associated with such big expansion. This ensures

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Operating for nearly 100 years, Peterson is the leading international logistics provider to the global energy industry and prides itself on thinking in generations, which is enshrined as a core company value. PES went to find out all about this reputable world company, which has always kept pace with the latest technology and innovations. The energy logistics company’s appetite for thinking in generations has allowed the company to evolve and respond not just to present requirements, but to anticipate future needs. This philosophy was behind the adoption of new technologies and innovative business systems, processes and strategies for efficient and cost effective solutions for customers, even before the recent downturn in the oil price. Therefore, it seemed only natural when three years ago, this global company began to explore the future-focused, renewable energy sector. Since then, Peterson has responded to requirements to support the offshore wind sector, offering a comprehensive range of safe, reliable and value added offshore wind logistic solutions to support clients, throughout the energy life cycle. However, with increased commitment from government bodies to enhance the uptake of renewable energy and more companies exploring this fast-moving sector, they have developed a comprehensive strategy that brings benefits to partners, clients and investors

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