CHINA: Local engineering firm Huadian Heavy Industries (HHI) has won the contract to install foundations at a 300MW offshore wind project in Bohai Bay, north-east China.
UK: Companies behind the 588MW Beatrice project have agreed a financial package to prevent foundation specialist Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) from going into administration.
UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.
GERMANY: NKT's increases in revenue and earnings were driven by contracts to lay cables at three large offshore wind projects, the company stated.
UK: The UK, and in particular Scotland, is well placed to benefit from the growth of the floating offshore wind sector, Hugh McNeal, chief executive, of trade body RenewableUK said at the Floating Offshore Wind conference (14 November) in Glasgow.
GERMANY: Innogy generated less power from renewable sources in the first nine months of the year, while its earnings rose, the developer stated in its third quarter results.
FRANCE: A 1:50 scale model of a floating tension-leg platform has passed wind and wave trials in a test tank in France.
UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England
EUROPE: The zero-subsidy German offshore wind farms discussed in the July issue will be commissioned in 2024, by which time offshore-wind prices are likely to have come down and wholesale electricity prices are likely to have gone up.
FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.
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.
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.
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.
GERMANY: Senvion is adapting its 3MW platform for offshore deployment in the Mediterranean, and is likely to develop an 11-12MW range turbine with a rotor diameter close to 200 metres.
UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.
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