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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.
DENMARK: Wind developer European Energy has made its first move into the offshore wind sector, acquiring the nine-year-old Sprogø project from owner Sund & Bælt.
UNITED STATES: Danish engineers Semco Maritime and US infrastructure advisors Moffatt & Nichol will work together to supply high-voltage substations for offshore wind projects.
WORLDWIDE: Preliminary data from FTI Consulting has placed Vestas once again as the lead manufacturer by global installations in 2017, with new giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) taking second spot and GE pushed to fourth.
DENMARK: The Danish Technical University (DTU) and developer Vattenfall have announced a joint project to investigate the shadow effect offshore wind projects have on other nearby sites.
UNITED STATES: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released a video about the impact the 30MW Block Island project is having on local wildlife and communities.
UK: Offshore wind developer Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy) has started construction of a new operations hub in northeast England.
GERMANY: The country's offshore wind capacity in the North Sea generated almost 16TWh of electricity in 2017, an increase of 47% year on year, transmission operator Tennet said.
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.