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Statkraft completes Sheringham Shoal exit

Statkraft completes Sheringham Shoal exit

UK: Co-developer Statkraft has sold its 40% stake in the 317MW Sheringham Shoal project off England's east coast to fund manager Equitix.

Vattenfall bids in no-subsidy Duch tender

Vattenfall bids in no-subsidy Duch tender

NETHERLANDS: Swedish developer Vattenfall has confirmed it placed a bid for the Hollandse Kust (south) wind project being offered by the government without subsidy.

Norway opens up to offshore wind

Norway opens up to offshore wind

NORWAY: The government's energy minister Terje Søviknes has called for the deployment of offshore wind "as soon as possible".

Principle Power in talks for California project

Principle Power in talks for California project

UNITED STATES: Principle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with a local government agency in the north of California to develop an offshore wind project.

US offers $18.5m offshore research grant

US offers $18.5m offshore research grant

UNITED STATES: Secretary of energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in funding for a research and development (R&D) group to work towards reducing the cost of the US offshore wind sector.

Green Investment Bank sale criticised by watchdog

Green Investment Bank sale criticised by watchdog

UK: Selling the Green Investment Bank (GIB) before some of its investments had been fully constructed lost the government £63m (€78m), the government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.

UK to scrutinise offshore wind sector deals

UK to scrutinise offshore wind sector deals

UK: The business and energy parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into the role of sector deals within the UK's industrial strategy for offshore wind and construction.

Gallery: Arkona transition pieces shipped

Gallery: Arkona transition pieces shipped

GERMANY: Freight shipping company Martin Bencher has transported the sixty 300-ton transition pieces to be used at the 385MW Arkona project in the Baltic Sea.


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WindEurope 2017: Siemens Gamesa unveils new offshore turbine

WindEurope 2017: Siemens Gamesa unveils new offshore turbine

NETHERLANDS: A 167-metre rotor and power-mode option to hit 9MW are the headline features of the latest upgrade to Siemens Gamesa's direct-drive offshore platform, revealed on 28 November at the WindEurope conference in Amsterdam.

Buckling up for the ladder climb

Buckling up for the ladder climb

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

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

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.

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.

Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

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.


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