Baltic Sea News

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Poland and Denmark to Build Baltic Gas Pipeline

Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System and its Danish counterpart have given the final go-ahead to invest in building a gas pipeline linking Poland with Norway's deposits via the Baltic Sea and Denmark, Gaz-System said on Friday.The 900-kilometres (560-mile) pipeline, known as the Baltic Pipe, is a Polish project designed to reduce its reliance on Russian gas. The Baltic Pipe is expected to be ready in 2022 when Poland's long-term deal with Russia's Gazprom expires.(Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Adrian Croft)

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels

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Knud E. Hansen, DTU Aqua Pact on Marine Research Vessel

design with minimal operating and lifespan costs. Such a ship will in a European context become a unique platform for marine research and polar exploration in the Arctic regions at an attractive price.Like the R/V DANA IV the new research vessel will be designed for operations in icy waters in both the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic. The vessel should be classed to Polar Code PC B 6/7 as well as comply with high standards for low level of underwater radiated noise during scientific operations.The ship will be designed with an efficient fishing gear configuration and will have several laboratories. Also

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Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online

The Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea has supplied the first electricity into the German electricity grid.The 385 MW project, operated by E.ON in partnership with Equinor, when completed can deliver power to approximately 400,000 German households. After the first of 60 turbines now being online, further wind turbines will be launched into operation.“First power in the Arkona wind project represents a milestone in the market of renewable energy and we are proud to participate together with E.ON and the transmission system operator 50Hertz. Arkona is Equinor’s

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Offshore Wind: Fugro Starts Site Survey in the Baltic

Fugro has commenced a marine site characterization program at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over €10 million ($11 million), Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a program of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

Pipes for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Kotka, Finland (Photo: Gazprom)

Environmental group files complaint to stop Nord Stream 2 in Finland

the complaint, but added that it had agreed with Finnish authorities on mitigation measures to reduce the impact on marine life.The proposed pipeline between Russia and Germany, owned by Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom, is set to cross around 375 km of Finland's economic zone through the Baltic Sea.Like Finland, Germany has also approved the pipeline. The project is currently collecting permits from Russia, Sweden and Denmark.Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines (Image: Gazprom)(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; editing by Jason Neely

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German North Sea Wind Production on the Rise

to four to five big nuclear plants, or 44.4 percent of Germany's existing nuclear reactor total.North Sea wind accounted for 15.1 percent of total German wind production in that period, although that is not a fixed number because it depends on weather patterns.If a contribution of 0.87 TWh from Baltic Sea wind is included, German offshore and onshore wind together amounted to 54 TWh of power in first-half 2018, supplying 17 percent of all German power.The Dutch-German group said operators have plans to raise offshore wind capacity in the German North Sea, for which it will ready 8,032 MW of transmission

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Warm Sea Water Limits Nuclear Reactor Capacity

Swedish utility Vattenfall said its Ringhals 2 nuclear reactor was running at 49 percent capacity on Tuesday as the sea water used to cool it nears an upper temperature limit.Water from the Baltic Sea is used to cool several nuclear reactors along Sweden's coastline, but temperatures are unusually warm following a prolonged period of hot weather.Vattenfall on Monday posted plans to take Ringhals 2 out of operation after water reached that reactor's 25 degree Celsius limit.However Vattenfall spokesman Peter Stedt said on Tuesday it had opted to keep capacity at 49 percent after the sea water

An ROV operates from the vessel Trio to explore the seabed close to Lubmin, Germany. (File photo: © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

Nord Stream 2 Dredging Starting Off German Coast

group Shell.Poland's anti-monopoly office said last week it had launched proceedings against Gazprom and the five European firms financing Nord Stream 2 over a potential breach of anti-monopoly laws.Poland sees the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would double Russia's gas export capacity via the Baltic Sea, as a threat to Europe's energy security and argues it will strengthen Gazprom's already dominant position in the market.(Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Adrian Croft

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Nord Stream 2 Seeks Alternative Route to Avoid Danish Waters

The Russia-led Nord Stream 2 consortium said on Friday it has applied to Denmark for an alternative gas pipeline route through the Baltic Sea that would avoid the Nordic state's territorial waters.Denmark is facing a dilemma on whether the project can be built near its Baltic coast and its parliament may pass legislation allowing it to veto the Nord Stream 2 pipeline going through Danish territorial waters on security grounds.Russia is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional

Denmark’s GST Selects New Depth Management System

Production Database (HPD) for chart production to The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto. In 2015, Teledyne CARIS was awarded a major implementation contract providing Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Other successful implementations in the Baltic Sea region include solutions for the Norwegian, German, Polish, Latvian, Netherlands, and United Kingdom hydrographic agencies

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Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, it said on Wednesday.Sweden approved the pipeline in June, but ClientEarth's complaint argues that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have on wildlife in the Baltic Sea.The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea floor along the project's 510 km route in Sweden and ClientEarth said that could cause serious harm to marine mammals, including protected harbour porpoises.Gazprom-owned Nord Stream 2 AG spokesman Lars Grönstedt said that as

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Multifunctional Plough Completes First Job for Assodivers

Subsea equipment designer and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) said its Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough, delivered to Greek offshore contractors Assodivers Ltd in Spring this year, has completed its first offshore job in the Baltic sea.The Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough is the newest addition to SMD's power cable installation and protection product range. This plough has configurations for boulder clearing, trenching and backfill. The boulder clearance pass clears a 13.0m wide route including surface and submerged boulders. The trenching pass creates an engineered ‘Y’ trench profile

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

; Kongsberg’s Integrated Vessel Concept for research vessels delivers a fully integrated operator environment, equipped with high level acoustic data acquisition, dynamic positioning, propulsion control, navigation and vessel automation.   Atair II will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and wreck search operations in addition to marine environmental monitoring, as well as the technical testing of navigation and radar equipment. The vessel is scheduled to enter service in early 2020.    Regional Class Research Vessels Gulf Island Fabrication

A turbine at the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm offshore Scotland (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Statoil)

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

that total installed capacity offshore could increase fivefold to 70 GW by 2030 according to the central scenario, or by as much as 99 GW in the high scenario. The majority of offshore wind installations will occur in the North Sea, with almost 48 GW installed by 2030 in the central scenario. In the Baltic Sea, where 1.5 GW of offshore wind is online today, projects in Poland, Estonia, Germany, Denmark and Sweden could add 9 GW installed by 2030. In the Atlantic Sea, where there is almost no capacity today, close to 8 GW could be reached thanks to installations in France, the U.K. and, on a smaller scale

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Boskalis, Van Oord JV Awarded Nord Stream 2 Rock Placement LOI

N.V. and Van Oord has been awarded a LoI (Letter of Intent) for rock placement services for the Nord Stream 2  project. The award was made by the project developer Nord Stream 2 AG and is a part of the construction of the planned twin 1,200 kilometer gas pipelines running through the Baltic Sea, connecting Russia to Europe. The contract value is approximately EUR 250 million ($285 million), with a 50 percent share for Boskalis. Contract details are expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.   Rock needs to be installed at specific locations along the pipeline route to level

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Applied Acoustics Supplies 500th USBL System

Applied Acoustics said it has reached a company milestone with its latest contract to supply subsea positioning equipment to a major European subsea pipeline contractor.   Contractors working in the Gulf of Finland in the eastern Baltic Sea have selected Applied Acoustics’ Nexus 2 USBL system to carry out sidescan sonar surveys in advance of engineering works as well as for use in marine archaeological operations. The award of this contract marks the 500th USBL system that the Great Yarmouth, U.K. based manufacturer has supplied to the marine industry.   According to the manufacturer

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