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Well attended open day at De Veenwieken Wind Farm

On 7 september, initiators De Wieken (Windunie, Greenchoice and ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund) and Pure Energie organised an Open Day at De Veenwieken Wind Farm which is currently under construction. More than 150 persons, in 7 groups, were given the opportunity to visit two locations at the construction site to learn more about the…

Province of Overijssel is positive towards development of wind energy

The provincie of Overijssel, in the east of the Netherlands, is positive towards the development of wind energy in the region Noordoost Twente. It does place the condition that the development takes into consideration social acceptance, participation and local spatial and scenic values. This was the message given by deputy Tijs de Bree (Energy) during…

Borssele Alpha ready for Borssele I & II connection

With obtaining certification by DNV GL, TenneT’s Borssele Alpha offshore grid connection is now ready for operation. TenneT’s first and at the same time largest connection system for wind farms on the Dutch North Sea will be used to connect Ørsted’s 700 MW offshore wind farms Borssele I and II. The connection system was completed to schedule and…

MHI Vestas receives new Service Operation Vessel

On Wednesday 4 September, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) ESVAGT Albert Betz was christened in the Eemshaven. The new vessel will be servicing the German offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht for the next 15 years. The SOV ESVAGT Albert Betz was built by ESVAGT. It is the second delivered to MHI…

COBRA interconnector cable ready to transport green energy

As of delivery day 7 September, the 700 MW COBRA interconnector cable between the Netherlands and Denmark will be available for the electricity market. The subsea high-voltage direct current cable of approximately 325 kilometres is an initiative of the Dutch high-voltage grid operator TenneT and the Danish electricity and gas grid operator Energinet. The cable makes Dutch capacity…

Fugro to perform geotechnical investigations in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea

Fugro will be performing geotechnical site investigations at potential offshore wind farm development areas in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. The company was awarded a multi-annual contract by Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Das Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)). The contract has a value of approximately 25 million euro. The starting date is targeted…

SeaZip signs MOU with Taiwanese TOWSC

Crew transfer vessel service provider SeaZip has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese offshore wind farm O&M service provider Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Services Corp. (TOWSC). The two companies will explore potential businesses for the provision of logistic solutions, from construction and commissioning to O&M stages, for offshore wind farm projects in Taiwan.…

Van Oord’s Aeolus completes Deutsche Bucht turbine installation job

Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus has successfully completed the installation of 31 turbines on monopiles at the 269 MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm. As the Balance of Plant contractor, Van Oord was responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter array cables and offshore substation. The Aeolus was…

BAM withdraws from offshore wind foundation market

Royal BAM Group has decided to exit their activities in offshore wind foundations. The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing portfolio review. BAM announced this in their first half year results. The first half of 2019 showed a 52 million euro loss. In the same period last year, the company recorded a 44 million…