Dogger Bank wind farm owners, Equinor and SSE, have announced financial close on the first two phases of the project, representing in aggregate the largest offshore wind project financing to date globally.
Saitec Engineering has been awarded with 2.4M€ funding by the European Commission "Blue Economy Window" call.
Ørsted announced its intention to develop South Korean offshore wind projects with a potential capacity of up to 1.6GW off the coast of Incheon City. The announcement was made at an event joined by National Assembly members, South Korea's Energy Agency, and key industry leaders with offshore wind track records in South Korea's supply chain.
Contracted by JDR Cables, a world-class provider of subsea technologies and services, the multi-purpose offshore vessel Olympic Commander equipped with a 28 metre-long Safeway Seagull type walk-to-work gangway system, has been deployed for the efficient transfer of people and goods during a maintenance campaign at the Sandbank Wind Farm in the German North Sea.
A new project being led by the National Oceanography Centre to develop a system to improve the efficiency of offshore renewable energy generation and help develop the Blue Economy has been awarded funding from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund.
Fugro has successfully completed a large site characterisation field program off the coast of Massachusetts for Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds (the global offshore wind collaboration of Engie and EDP Renewables). The 6 month program involved comprehensive, high resolution Geo data acquisition within the project’s 520 km2 lease area and along the export cable routes. These data will support permitting, design and installation of the proposed wind farm, which could generate up to 800 MW of renewable energy for over half a million homes.
Fugro’s work on the project began in April and comprised four vessels and one aircraft to acquire Geo-data about the site’s water depth, seafloor morphology, seabed and sub-seabed geohazards, historical and archaeological resources, benthic habitats, and soil properties. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Fugro coordinated closely with client representatives, implementing new procedures to ensure the health and safety of Fugro staff and stakeholders throughout the field program. The strategies proved successful, with all required survey, geotechnical and environmental data collected on time and without incident. Laboratory testing, data integration and analysis are now underway to support the project’s construction and operation plans.
Mayflower Wind Technical Director, Michiel Bekker recognized Fugro for its contributions, noting the company’s achievement of ‘Goal Zero’ for no harm to people or the environment, all while managing the operational uncertainties caused by Covid-19. “Fugro has been a real partner to us and we commend the company for their hard work and professionalism on the geophysical, geotechnical, lidar, and benthic campaigns for Mayflower in 2020. These data are important to both permitting and engineering efforts and will help keep this important project on track to generate low-cost, clean energy to the state of Massachusetts by the mid-2020s.”
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs Rhode Island is partnering with the Business Network for Offshore Wind to provide a virtual learning course at no cost to Rhode Island-based businesses interested in expanding into the offshore wind industry.