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News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety & wind monitoring.
UK: Co-developer Statkraft has sold its 40% stake in the 317MW Sheringham Shoal project off England's east coast to fund manager Equitix.
UK: German developer Innogy has produced the first power from its 352.8MW Galloper site in the UK's North Sea, as the seabed landlord, the Crown Estate, launches a consultation to determine new areas for project development.
NETHERLANDS: Researchers and meteorologists are creating an "atlas" of North Sea wind volumes and speeds, which they believe could cut the cost of offshore development.
UK: A report into digitalising the UK's industrial strategy has found the offshore wind sector faces a number of challenges, including a "shortage of skilled engineers".
UK: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will service SSE and Innogy's 504MW Greater Gabbard project off the east coast of the UK for an additional five years.
UK: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) and the University of Hull will launch a centre of excellence for offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M).
UNITED STATES: Regulators have approved the design for the University of Maine's (UMaine) floating offshore wind platform demonstration.
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
UK: Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit.
WORLDWIDE: Operations and maintenance activity is now extending into deeper waters, further from shore, as OEM warranties for several large projects approach their expiry dates.
WORLDWIDE: Many vital components of wind farms are hidden below the sea surface and are subject to significant wear and tear. This is often ignored, despite the fact that the sub-surface section is at least as important as any other part of the structure
WORLDWIDE: Offshore wind developers and operators have perhaps been guilty of underestimating the challenges of keeping their foundations free from corrosion. We look at the problems the industry faces, from pile slippage to the effects of sulphur reducing bacteria.