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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.
UNITED STATES: The US offshore wind industry will be centred around two or three ports on the east coast, predicted Paul Vigeant, managing director of the New Bedford Wind Energy Centre.
NETHERLANDS: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will refurbish the gearboxes of the 60 Vestas turbines at the 120MW Princess Amalia project in the Netherlands as it extends its service business for multi-brand offshore wind turbines.
UK: The UK's offshore industry installed on average more than one turbine every day in 2017, according to new data by the Crown Estate.
DENMARK: MHI Vestas has launched a range of "smart" software packages to help wind farm operators increase performance, enhance turbine monitoring and real-time decision-making.
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.
GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.
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