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UK: Van Oord and Jan De Nul have acquired MPI Offshore staff and a number of its vessels.
FRANCE: GE Renewable Energy plans to invest €46 million ($57 million) upgrading its factory at Saint-Nazaire in preparation for manufacturing its Haliade-X 12MW offshore turbine.
UK: Swedish developer-utility Vattenfall has named Danielle Lane as its new UK country manager, replacing Piers Guy who leaves after five years in the role.
GERMANY: Adwen, the forgotten child of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), has announced a round of job cuts in Germany, as part of its parent company's cost-cutting programme.
UK: The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility in Hunterston, Scotland, will be decommissioned after six years in operation.
EUROPE: Transmission system operator Tennet and offshore wind developer Innogy are joining forces to look at the possibility of using offshore wind projects in cross-border interconnectors, in the latest move to create a North Sea hub.
With the pace of offshore deployment increasing, the supply chain needs to keep pace. Here, vessel supplier Seajack's crewing manager, Ian Robertson, sets out the three major challenges facing the sector.
POLAND: With costs coming down, a pre-existing supply chain and other sites being developed nearby, Poland is well placed to develop and build a large-scale offshore market.
GERMANY: As Siemens Gamesa ships the first 7MW SWT-7.0-154 D7 nacelles from its new Cuxhaven assembly plant, Eize de Vries goes on an exclusive tour of the facilities on the North Sea coast currently in ramp-up phase.
WORLDWIDE: Windpower Monthly takes an in-depth look at the winners, losers and emerging trends from FTI Intelligence's 2017 supply side analysis report.
DENMARK: MHI Vestas' outgoing chief executive Jens Tommerup believes there is no business case yet for developing the next generation of offshore wind turbines, even though the technology is available.