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WORLDWIDE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is not going to lose its grip as offshore market leader any time soon, but MHI Vestas is beginning to loosen the chokehold.
NETHERLANDS: The Dutch government is again offering the rights to build and operate 700MW in the North Sea without subsidy.
BELGIUM: The area available for new offshore wind power projects in Belgium's proposed Marine Spatial Plan will be increased by 25%, North Sea minister Philippe de Backer has announced.
DENMARK: The government has reserved vast areas of Danish waters for the potential development of offshore wind projects, but the industry association said the move would damage the state's objective of becoming the 'silicon valley' for offshore wind.
UK: The 950MW Moray East project off the coast of Scotland has reached financial close, its developers have announced.
UK: London Array has more than twice the number of turbines, but Ørsted's Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea is now, officially, offshore wind's largest operating project at 659MW.
UK: In bringing the UK's generation fleet into the 21st century with its latest offshore wind farm, sometimes you have to go back 4,000 years. This is what ScottishPower Renewables has done at the East Anglia One project, uncovering a rare neolithic trackway and animal skulls in the process.
UK: Realism over the challenges that floating offshore faces was balanced by optimism that they will be overcome as experts gathered at the Windpower Monthly forum.
FRANCE: The offshore wind sector breathed a sigh of relief when president Emmanuel Macron announced late last month the government has reached agreement on new, lower tariffs for the six offshore projects awarded in 2012 and 2014, thus saving them from cancellation.
UK: A new offshore wind project and a new benchmark set. MHI Vestas has installed the first turbine at Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), with a capacity of 8.8MW -- the highest-rated turbine installed in the water to date.
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