Wind energy articles from the Power and Energy Solutions, renewable energy magazine and website.

Introducing a one-stop shop for offshore wind

In this issue, we turn our attention to Vlissingen - a bustling commercial base that's high on the strategic agenda for wind executives throughout Europe.

The North Sea is an ideal location for the generation of wind energy. The wind is favourable and thanks to the slight water depths it is relatively easy to build large wind parks here. Not surprisingly, quite a few offshore wind projects are planned. Projects that require a lot of materials that need to be shipped in by sea. The port of Vlissingen, part of Zeeland Seaports, is an ideal home base for delivery for wind-energy projects, but also for oil and gas production activities.
Strategically located

The location is a strong point. Vlissingen is close to the North Sea and is f

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Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands - Barge Master is nearing the completion of the construction of the first BM-T40 system. On the 14th of October the Barge Master motion compensated knuckle boom crane pedestal was installed on the new Wagenborg Walk-to-Work vessel, designed and built by Royal Niestern Sander. The vessel and Barge Master system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. NAM will use the motion compensated crane for service and maintenance of gas production platforms in the Southern North Sea.

Offshore platforms have become smaller and more flexible during the last forty years. They no longer have a resident crew or helicopter pads which means frequent journeys to and from the platform by vessel in order to perform maintenance work. With

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seebaWIND Service Looks After Largest Fuhrländer Wind Farm in Germany

Osnabruck, Germany, 16 October 2014. The manufacturer-independent service company seebaWIND Service GmbH has taken over the maintenance of the largest single-site Fuhrländer wind farm in Germany. The 20 wind energy plants, Fuhrländer MD-77 with 85-meter hub height, are located in the municipality of Märkisch Linden (in the state of Brandenburg) and have a total power output of 30 megawatts. seebaWIND Service will monitor the plants over the long-term, maintain as well as take technical steps to optimise the plants.

From its modern remote monitoring centre in Osnabruck, seebaWIND Service monitors the Märkisch Linden wind farm 24 hours every day of the week. Specialists react in real-time to alarm reports and rectify malfun

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GeoSea acquires HOCHTIEF offshore assets

Zwijndrecht 16 October 2014 - DEME's marine engineering specialist GeoSea acquires offshore assets of HOCHTIEF, one of Germany's leading international construction groups.

HOCHTIEF is selling offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea. GeoSea has had decades of success in marine engineering and is now acquiring full ownership of the heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Innovation', one of the largest jack-up vessels in the marine construction industry. On top of that GeoSea takes over some other obligations (with regard to assets and personnel); these obligations however have negligible impact on the consolidated balance sheet of DEME.

Luc Vandenbulcke, Managing Director GeoSea: "Both market expectations and order

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Siemens signs two long-term wind service agreements in the U.S.

• Siemens to provide an additional 15 years of service and maintenance at Harvest Wind and White Creek wind projects in Washington State

Siemens has signed two long-term wind service and maintenance agreements covering 132 SWT-2.3 turbines at two wind projects in Washington State, USA.

Summit Power Group, LLC, based in Seattle, Washington (managing member of White Creek Wind I, LLC "White Creek" and asset manager of Harvest Wind Project "Harvest Wind") represented the two projects.

Under terms of the agreements, Siemens will provide an additional 15 years of service and maintenance for 43 SWT-2.3-93 turbines operating at the Harvest Wind Project and for 89 SWT-2.3

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