Wind Energy

Subsea cable between Norway and Germany is getting concrete

If everything stays on schedule Norway and Germany will be connected by an interconnector in 2018. (Photo: TenneT)

Norwegian power grid operator Statnett, German KfW bank and TenneT TSO GmbH, transmission system operator for the German North Sea region, have concluded a cooperation agreement to develop and construct a subsea cable between Germany and Norway.

France starts the second offshore round

 Two new sites are in the second round of French offshore tendering. (Graphic: Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy)

On 8 January, the French government declared the second bidding round for offshore wind farms off the French coast. This time a total of 1,000 MW are up for tender, divided into two farms. These are the sites Noirmoutier south of the Saint-Nazaire project in the Atlantic, and Le Tréport in the English Channel, which was left empty-handed in the first bidding round.

Alstom wins contract for billion-euro project in Brazil

Alstom Renewable Power has signed a delivery agreement relating to 440 onshore wind turbines with Renova Energia, the leading wind power supplier in Brazil. Alstom is also to operate and maintain the turbines. The total value of the order is in excess of €1 billion. With individual ratings between 2.7 MW and 3 MW, the turbines represent a total output capacity of over 1,200 MW.

SylWin1 has been delayed


Siemens is facing further delays in their offshore wind business. The grid connection project SylWin1 has been delayed all in all for about a year, because they hit an unexpected soft substrate layer underground.

New CEO at CT Offshore


After more than 10 years as CEO and owner/founder, Paw Cortes has decided to step down as CEO at Danish CT Offshore A/S. He will be followed by Frank Hansen who will start with CT Offshore on 1 May 2013.

alpha ventus draws positive balance

The offshore wind farm alpha ventus achieved 4,463 hours at full load in 2012. (Photo: Jan Oelker/DOTI)

Last year, the German offshore wind farm alpha ventus fed 267.8 GWh of electricity into the transmission grid. This means that the energy yield exceeded the original forecast by 15.3%, says the operator consortium DOTI. The positive earnings trend is expected to continue in the first quarter of 2013.

Scotland’s first graduate training programme for divers launched

Scotland’s first graduate training programme for divers has been launched by diver training facility The Underwater Centre and Stork Technical Services (Stork), a global provider of knowledge-based integrity services for the oil and gas, chemical and power sectors.

Grouting continues at Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm

Livingston - The foundation installation at the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is well underway, with half of the 160 monopiles installed at the 576MW offshore wind farm.

OSBIT Power's MaXccess‐T18 goes to work at Walney

UK based, OSBIT Power (OP) announced today that its latest MaXccess‐T18 offshore access system is to be deployed at DONG Energy and SSE’s Walney Offshore Wind Farm to provide safe high sea state access at the exposed west coast site.

Liebherr presents its offshore crane simulator at the Offshore Europe 2013

Liebherr has launched its range of maritime crane simulators. Based on original software and hardware, the Liebherr simulators increase safety and productivity by providing a cost-effective and highly professional crane operator training solution. In September, the simulator will be part of the Liebherr booth at the Offshore Europe in Aberdeen.