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European Offshore Wind Capacity up 18%

was up 91% – showing how quickly costs are falling and how much more bang you now get for your buck.WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Offshore wind continues to grow strongly in Europe. The total capacity expanded by a further 18% last year. Offshore wind now represents 2% of all the electricity consumed in Europe. And with a big pipeline of projects under construction and development, this number will rise significantly."“More and more governments are recognising the merits of offshore wind. Poland is the latest to embrace it with an ambitious plan to build 10 GW by 2040.

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Ørsted, Tepco Join Forces for Japan Offshore Push

“Our vision is to create a world that runs entirely on green energy, and we look forward to expanding our presence in the Asia-Pacific region and bringing over two decades of offshore wind knowledge into this partnership for the Choshi project.”“As the largest player in the Japanese electricity industry, TEPCO has deep insights into the local power market and the regulatory requirements. This MOU is the first step in Ørsted and TEPCO’s aspirations to deliver on Japan’s ambitions for domestic renewable power generation at a large scale and contribute to making Japan

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GE to Test 12MW Turbine in Netherlands

to install the Haliade-X 12 MW on the Sif site in Rotterdam, supporting Sif's ambition to remain at the forefront of developments in the offshore wind industry. The project also fits Sif's ambition to become entirely CO2 neutral as the Haliade-X 12 MW will supply carbon-free energy to the electricity grid.Activities in Rotterdam to prepare the site for future installation have just begun. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections

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Siemens Gamesa Launches First 10MW Offshore Turbine

Unit.The nacelles of this new offshore wind turbine will be initially manufactured at the SGRE factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, the world's largest plant for offshore wind turbine nacelles.The annual energy production of one SG 10.0-193 DD is sufficient to supply about 10,000 European households with electricity. This means that an offshore wind park composed of 20 of these turbines would cover the annual electricity consumption of a city the size of Liverpool

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Offshore Wind Market Expected to Reach $50 bln by 2023

to grow over USD 49.74 billion by 2023 at an estimated CAGR of around 11.12% during the period 2017 to 2023.The growth in this sector can be attributed to the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy in order to reduce the global carbon emissions and to maintain ecological balance by generating electricity through renewable resources, said a report by Market Research Future.However, high initiating capital cost of the projects with high maintenance cost and logistics issues, can hinder the offshore wind market. Also, high tidal winds and bad weather conditions making it difficult to access the offshore

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Meet WaveGem: New Offshore Power Platform

measures 21 x 14 x 7 m and is equipped with 150 KW power capacity, designed to produce energy courtesy of waves and sun. It is starting an 18-month test period on the site of SEM-REV operated by Central Nantes and located off the coast of Le Croisic in France.The system to convert waves energy into electricity relies on a smooth sea water flow through a turbine, with the constant water flow in different corridors enabling the platform to deliver consistent power. To increase the production of electricity, theunit is equipped with 70 sq. m. of solar panels.WAVEGEM is designed to be a simple and reliable

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Aqueos Supports South Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline

Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline. The South Texas-Tuxpan Gas Pipeline is being constructed by a joint venture between TransCanada (60%) and Sempra Energy’s Mexican unit IEnova (40%), also known as Infraestructura Marina del Golfo (IMG). The $3.1 billion project is being sponsored by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico.Carrying U.S. natural gas to Mexico from west Texas, this 42-in. pipeline is ~800km in length and runs offshore from Brownsville, Texas to a shore-end approach and pump station in Altamira, Mexico back offshore then making landfall in Tuxpan, Mexico. The pipeline will

Tideway's new cable and installation vessel Living Stone, one of more than 35 vessels involved in the installation. (Photo: Ørsted)

Hornsea One Export Cable Installation Completed

and increases the vessel’s workability.The 1.2GW capacity Hornsea One, a 50/50 joint venture between Ørsted A/S and Global Infrastructure Partners, is a record-setting project in more ways than one. When fully operational in 2020, its 174 Siemens 7MW turbines will generate enough clean electricity for well over one million homes. The electricity generated out at sea will pass through one of three offshore substations, before being carried by three high voltage subsea export cables (245kV), via the reactive compensation station, to shore.“This record-breaking project is a step up in

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Nexans Wins $113m Subsea Contract

Vice President Nexans Subsea and Land Systems Business Group."Leveraging on Nexans' cutting-edge submarine cabling technology and our teams' deep water installation know-how, we look forward to contributing to the construction of a single national grid, which will provide a more reliable electricity transmission to the Philippine people," Vincent added.With the completion of the MVIP, expected by 2020, NGCP aims to ensure a more stable and secure supply of power in the country and maximise the use of available local energy resources

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Siemens Gamesa Firms Belgian Offshore Wind Project

Business Unit of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.The 252 MW SeaMade Seastar site is located 40 km off the Belgian coast, and features water depths up to 38 meters. The 30 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines will be installed on monopiles, and supply approximately 260,000 Belgian households with electricity.The 235 MW SeaMade Mermaid site is located approximately 54 km off the Belgian coast, and features water depths up to approximately 40 meters. The 28 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines will also be installed on monopiles. It will supply approximately 230,000 households with electricity.&ldquo

Google to Tap the Power of Offshore Wind

, the latest investment in the Nordic region which is known for its abundant renewable energy.Google said it would match the new centre's use of energy made from fossil fuels with green energy generated through so-called power purchase agreements (PPAs).The Nordic countries, which can generate electricity relatively cheaply from renewable sources such as hydropower and wind, have long been a magnet for heavy power-using industries, but are now attracting power-hungry data centres.Annual investment in Nordic data centres could double to more than 4 billion euros ($4.57 billion) by 2025, a new study

Maneuvering the Subsea Power Hub over the pier for the first system wet trial. (Photo: Nortek)

Tidal Power for Seabed Oil and Gas Installations

There is great potential for large underwater turbines engineered to harness power from tides and ocean currents to produce industrial-scale levels of electricity. At the smaller scale, tidal power can be just as useful and, indeed, can be much easier to deploy to meet commercial needs.A team of subsea engineers from the North Sea oil and gas industry saw one such potential opportunity and decided to set up their own company – EC-OG – to pursue it in 2013. The result of their endeavors is the Subsea Power Hub, a compact tidal- and ocean-current-based electricity generator, suitable for

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Nexans Wins Hornsea 2 Contract

more than 150 million euros.Located in the North Sea, approximately 89 kilometers from the Yorkshire coast, the 1.4 GW Hornsea 2 is the sister project to Hornsea 1. Ørsted is now constructing the project, with completion set for 2022. Once Hornsea 2 begins operating, it will provide enough electricity to power more than 1.3 million homes. The cables for Hornsea 2 project will be manufactured at Nexans Norway site in Halden.The project will be equipped with Nexans three-core HVAC submarine cables in order to bring the electricity produced by the wind farm onshore. These 245 kV XLPE cables

Portugal, Morocco Seek Power Link

Portugal and Morocco will invite bids to build an undersea electricity cable linking the two countries after technical and financial feasibility studies are completed in early 2019, a senior Portuguese official said on Monday.Morocco and Portugal agreed in 2015 on plans for a 1,000 megawatt (MW) link. Feasibility studies were launched in 2016.Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy Joao Galamba told Reuters that the two governments aimed to issue the invitations to bid "immediately after the feasibility study""Both governments are strongly committed to this project," he said on

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Denmark-Netherlands Subsea Power Cable Reaches Dutch Coast

A subsea power line set to link the networks of Denmark and the Netherlands reached the Dutch coast on Friday as part of plans to share excess electricity from wind farms and other sources.The 325 km (202 mile) long COBRAcable, short for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, has a capacity of around 700 megawatts (MW) and is expected to become fully operational in the third quarter of 2019."This is an important step towards the integration of electricity networks in western Europe," said Jeroen Brouwers, spokesman for Dutch grid operator TenneT."We will now have the first link between the

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Engie Gets Green Light for Offshore Wind Projects in France

after it obtained the final authorization from the government on Monday.A spokesman said the wind farms are expected to be operational by 2021.The farms are in an 83 square kilometers zone, and they will have 62 turbines manufactured by Siemens Gamesa Renewable and will produce 1,900 megawatt hour of electricity per year, which represents electricity consumed by around 790,000 people.Engie said the Yeu and Noirmoutier projects, together with the Dieppe project which was confirmed in June, will give it a combined capacity of around 1 GW.($1 = 0.8802 euros)(Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

associated accessories will be delivered by Nexans Switzerland plant located in Cortailod, Switzerland.The Northwester 2 wind farm is expected to make a significant contribution to Europe’s Climate and Energy Policy, saving around 500,000 metric tons of carbon per year. It will provide enough electricity to power approximately 220,000 Belgian homes.Pursuing an active exit strategy from nuclear power, the Belgian government is set to double the area of the country’s North Sea waters made available to offshore wind parks after 2020. The country already has four offshore wind parks that produce

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