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Windpower Offshore Weekly
Windpower Offshore Weekly 20th August 2017

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Top Stories
MHI Vestas dismantles fire-damaged V164  
MHI Vestas dismantles fire-damaged V164
DENMARK: MHI Vestas has taken down the burnt-out V164 9.5MW prototype turbine as part of its investigation into this month's fire.
 
RSPB continues Scottish fight  
RSPB continues Scottish fight
UK: A coalition of offshore wind companies has urged a bird protection charity to withdraw its application to appeal against the 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project.
 
VIDEO: Walney Extension monopiles installed  
VIDEO: Walney Extension monopiles installed
UK: Offshore wind contractor Van Oord has completed the installation of 87 monopiles at Dong Energy's 659MW Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea.
 
North Carolina urged to embrace offshore wind  
North Carolina urged to embrace offshore wind
UNITED STATES: Fifty conservation groups, elected officials, and local businesses have written to the Governor of North Carolina, urging him to ramp up efforts to capture the state's "immense" offshore wind resources.
 
UK completes sale of Green Investment Bank  
UK completes sale of Green Investment Bank
UK: The sale of the government's Green Investment Bank (GIB) to a consortium led by Australian investment firm Macquarie for £2.3 billion (€2.75 billion) was finalised today (18 August).
 
EEW extends Hornsea Project One contract  
EEW extends Hornsea Project One contract
UK: Steel pipe construction firm EEW has been awarded the full contract to supply 174 monopile foundations, after initially winning part of the contract in November 2016.
 
Proposed French offshore zone shelved  
Proposed French offshore zone shelved
FRANCE: New environment minister Nicolas Hulot has suspended consultations taking place over the proposed Bassure de Baas offshore zone, for up to 40 turbines, off Boulogne.
 
CWind wins Rampion cable installation deal  
CWind wins Rampion cable installation deal
UK: Vessels supplier CWind has won a contract to install a fibre optic cable at E.on's 400MW Rampion project 13 kilometres off the coast of Sussex, southern UK.
 
Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations  
Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations
UK: Sensors have been added to two of the gravity-base foundations being installed at the Blyth demonstration project off the north-east UK.
 
Dredging International to install modular grid cables  
Dredging International to install modular grid cables
BELGIUM: Dredging International has won a contract to install submarine power cables for the four-project modular offshore grid (MOG) in the North Sea.
 
Greencoat acquires 90MW portfolio  
Greencoat acquires 90MW portfolio
UK: Greencoat has bought the North Hoyle and Slieve Divena wind farms from JP Morgan asset management for approximately £105 million (€115.5 million).
 
Boskalis acquires surveyor Gardline  
Boskalis acquires surveyor Gardline
NETHERLANDS: Marine contractors Royal Boskalis Westminster has bought a survey group that recently won contracts for more than £6 million (€6.6 million) worth of pre-construction work at the East Anglia offshore wind project cluster.
 
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Boundary Pushers: Cutting the costs of offshore energy  
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Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas  
Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas
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In Depth
Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice  
Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice
FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.
 
Shipping out to Scotland  
Shipping out to Scotland
NORWAY/UK:The first commercial floating wind project is close to reality with the turbines mounted on their foundations in Norway and the tugboats ready for the voyage to Scotland.
 
Attacks on offshore continue  
Attacks on offshore continue
FRANCE: France's fledgling offshore industry is facing yet more delays as opponents continue to challenge projects. So far, six projects are in the permitting process and a further three are planned in French waters.
 
From powering homes to shielding them from noise  
From powering homes to shielding them from noise
DENMARK: The world's leading offshore developer and a Danish recycling company have found a novel way to divert decommissioned turbine blades from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions in the process.
 
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