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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.

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Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

UK: Decommissioning 37 offshore wind farms in various stages of development in UK waters could cost the government between £1.28 billion (€1.44 billion) and £3.64 billion (€4.12 billion), a new report has revealed.

Standardisation to overcome offshore market barriers, Irena claims

Standardisation to overcome offshore market barriers, Irena claims

WORLDWIDE: Standardisation will be crucial in the development of offshore wind to enable cost reductions, mitigate technical risks, help foster public acceptance and ease integration into onshore grid systems, according to a new report.

AWEA 2018: Offshore hubs to spring up Atlantic coast

AWEA 2018: Offshore hubs to spring up Atlantic coast

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.

Siemens Gamesa to refurbish Vestas gearboxes

Siemens Gamesa to refurbish Vestas gearboxes

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.

One-turbine-a-day in UK offshore

One-turbine-a-day in UK offshore

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.

MHI Vestas unveils data and performance tools

MHI Vestas unveils data and performance tools

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.

European Energy buys 21MW Sprogø

European Energy buys 21MW Sprogø

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.

in depth

Comparing offshore output for 2017

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.

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

Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely

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.

Market ready for take-off

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.

Look below the surface for maintenance regime

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