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Windpower Offshore Weekly 17th December 2017

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Top Stories
Norway opens up to offshore wind  
Norway opens up to offshore wind
NORWAY: The government's energy minister Terje Søviknes has called for the deployment of offshore wind "as soon as possible".
 
Vattenfall bids in no-subsidy Duch tender  
Vattenfall bids in no-subsidy Duch tender
NETHERLANDS: Swedish developer Vattenfall has confirmed it placed a bid for the Hollandse Kust (south) wind project being offered by the government without subsidy.
 
Principle Power in talks for California project  
Principle Power in talks for California project
UNITED STATES: Principle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with a local government agency in the north of California to develop an offshore wind project.
 
Statkraft completes Sheringham Shoal exit  
Statkraft completes Sheringham Shoal exit
UK: Co-developer Statkraft has sold its 40% stake in the 317MW Sheringham Shoal project off England's east coast to fund manager Equitix.
 
Gallery: Arkona transition pieces shipped  
Gallery: Arkona transition pieces shipped
GERMANY: Freight shipping company Martin Bencher has transported the sixty 300-ton transition pieces to be used at the 385MW Arkona project in the Baltic Sea.
 
UK to scrutinise offshore wind sector deals  
UK to scrutinise offshore wind sector deals
UK: The business and energy parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into the role of sector deals within the UK's industrial strategy for offshore wind and construction.
 
Wind turbine rain erosion study launched  
Wind turbine rain erosion study launched
GERMANY: Research and development institute Fraunhofer Iwes has launched a three-year study into the effect of rain erosion on wind turbine blades.
 
US offers $18.5m offshore research grant  
US offers $18.5m offshore research grant
UNITED STATES: Secretary of energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in funding for a research and development (R&D) group to work towards reducing the cost of the US offshore wind sector.
 
Green Investment Bank sale criticised by watchdog  
Green Investment Bank sale criticised by watchdog
UK: Selling the Green Investment Bank (GIB) before some of its investments had been fully constructed lost the government £63m (€78m), the government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.
 
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In Depth
WindEurope 2017: Siemens Gamesa unveils new offshore turbine  
WindEurope 2017: Siemens Gamesa unveils new offshore turbine
NETHERLANDS: A 167-metre rotor and power-mode option to hit 9MW are the headline features of the latest upgrade to Siemens Gamesa's direct-drive offshore platform, revealed on 28 November at the WindEurope conference in Amsterdam.
 
Buckling up for the ladder climb  
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
 
WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices  
WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices
EUROPE: The zero-subsidy German offshore wind farms discussed in the July issue will be commissioned in 2024, by which time offshore-wind prices are likely to have come down and wholesale electricity prices are likely to have gone up.
 
Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice  
Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice
FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.
 
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