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Damen and GustoMSC introduce DG JACK

A new total solution jack-up was introduced at OTC Houston. DG Jack is the result of a collaboration between Damen and GustoMSC

At this year's OTC in Houston the Damen Shipyards Group and GustoMSC announced the forming of a collaboration in order to produce a range of self-propelled and non-self-propelled jack-up platforms for the offshore industries - the DG JACK range. The collaboration will be based on GustoMSC's strong track record in the design of jack-ups and provision of jacking systems, combined with Damen's extensive experience in shipbuilding and vessel optimisation, financing and worldwide after-sales services.

GustoMSC Managing Director Nils van Nood said of the collaboration: &q

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image007.jpg Siemens onshore wind turbine ready to enter German market

• SWT-3.3-130 direct drive wind turbine certified
• Certification allows innovative machine to be used in upcoming projects
• First German prototype to be installed near Husum

Siemens' high performance wind turbine for medium to low wind sites has reached the next milestone. The onshore wind turbine SWT-3.3-130, with hub heights of 85, 115 and 130 meters, has successfully passed independent type testing and is now certified by TÜV Nord according to the current DIBt-guidelines. The certificate allows operators to get the authorization for specific projects with the gearless D3 wind turbine in Germany. Siemens plans to deploy the first Germany based prototype of the SW

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Deutsche Windtechnik takes over service for two more wind farms from ScottishPower Plc

The independent service provider Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd. has received two contracts from leading British wind farm project developer ScottishPower Plc. The signing of the contracts for a total of 34 wind turbines highlights the trust being placed in Deutsche Windtechnik, which has already been supporting 73 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines within a scope of full maintenance contracts since August of last year. The new contracts are set for three years - with the option of two extensions. The gained wind farm Hagshaw Hill II has 20 SWT-1.3-62 model wind turbines from the manufacturer Siemens®. For the wind farm Wether Hill, with 14 turbines of the same type, the contract also includes the scheduled 10 years maintenance programme.

"We are delighted tha

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Sea Installer at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam for crane upgrade

Major modification work will bring A2SEA-owned vessel into line with growing demands of offshore wind industry

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, is currently undertaking a major modification and maintenance project on the jack-up vessel Sea Installer. In what is a multidisciplinary project, the yard's primary focus will be to upgrade the vessel's main crane. With its increased lifting capacity, the 132-metre A2SEA-owned vessel, which is used chiefly for offshore wind farm installation purposes, will be able to take on a broader scope of work as offshore wind activities involve heavier and larger components.

Arriving at DSAm on 10 April, the Sea Installer took her po

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Fred.Olsen acquires Global Wind Power France

Fred. Olsen Renewables AS (FOR) acquires a majority ownership in the French wind farm developer, Global Wind Power France.

FOR has been investigating alternatives for geographical expansion of its onshore wind business, and after an extensive process, has chosen to invest in Global Windpower France ApS (GWP), a Danish company with activities in France, Germany and North Africa.

GWP's business model is as a developer, where it identifies and secures sites suitable for projects, develops them through to consent and then sells to third parties. FOR will acquire a 51% ownership in GWP from Global Wind Power Europe, a company established in Denmark and which has been an active developer across Europe.

David Brunt, CEO of FOR s

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