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350-MW Taiwan Wind Project Set for Construction (Int'l. Report)
wpd
Date: 2020-09-11
wpd AG reports the 350-MW Guanyin offshore wind project off the coast of Taiwan is set to start construction for planned commissioning in 2022.

According to a release, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply 36 units of its V164 turbine to be mounted on towers from CS Wind Taiwan. Formosa Heavy Industry and CTCI Machinery are providing monopile foundation structures that will be set with HLV seaway Yudin by Seaway Heavilift and Fred Olsen Windcarrier will install the turbines. The submarine cables are intended to be laid by CSBC Deme Wind Engineering (CDWE) and GE Taiwan will build an onshore-substation after the submarine cables have landed on the mainland. (Source: wpd AG, PR, Energy Global, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: wpd AG, Alison Aguile, a.aguile@wpd.fr, www.wpd.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News wpd,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  


BP, Equinor Ink U.S. Offshore Wind Deal (Int'l. Report, M&A)
BP, Equinor
Date: 2020-09-11
In the UK, London-headquartered oil industry major BP is reporting an agreement to purchase a 50 pct stake in two US projects -- Empire Wind and Beacon Wind -- from Norway's Equinor for $1.1 billion. Under the agreement, BP and Equinor will also jointly develop four assets located offshore New York and Massachusetts. The deal is expected to close in early 2021.

BP plans to increase renewable power development from 2.5 GW in 2019 to roughly 50 GW by 2030 as part of its effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: BP, PR, Financial Times, Sept., 2020) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Equinor ,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


ENGIE Fabricom Claims UK Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l Report)
ENGIE Fabricom
Date: 2020-09-11
Offshore wind engineering specialist ENGIE Fabricom is reporting a contract with a major offshore wind provider to analyze the current performance and suitability of its monopile foundations on over 50 wind turbines on a wind farm on the east coast of England.

The work will include complete cathodic protection and pH monitoring of the internal water within each monopile and comprehensive external foundation inspections.(Source: ENGIE Fabricon, PR, Energy Global, Contact: ENGIE Fabricom, Richard Webster, CEO, www.engie-fabricom.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE Fabricom,  Offshore Wind,  


UK Climate Assembly Rejects CCS (Int'l. Report)
CCS
Date: 2020-09-11
The UK's Climate Assembly has released its recommended approaches to meeting the UK's legally binding target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Of the recommendations, 95 pct of climate assembly members backed the use of offshore wind technology to contribute towards the country's climate neutrality goal while 81 pct supported solar power and 78 pct onshore wind and 40 pct backed the use of bioenergy.

22 pct favored the continued use of fossil fuels combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) which "only provides a short-term, expensive solution when better alternatives are available" according to 56 pct of the Climate Assembly members.

This contrasts with UK government support for the technologies. In March it pledged £800 million for CCS development, while in July it announced a £100 million investment in direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) R&D.

Download report details HERE. (Source: UK Climate Assembly, Argus, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: UK Climate Assembly, www.climateassembly.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  


S.Korean National Oil Opting into Offshore Wind (Int'l. Report)
Korea National Oil Corporation
Date: 2020-09-09
In Ulsan, the South Korean state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is reporting plans to build floating offshore wind turbines and establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in an East Sea gas field slated to be shut down in June 2022.

The KNOC initiative is in line with South Korean state -owned energy sector companies efforts to expand into new eco-friendly businesses. (Source: Korea National Oil Corporation, PR, Korea Bizwire, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr/ENG/main.jsp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea National Oil Corporation ,  Offshore Wind,  CCS,  


Iberdrola's Channel Offshore Wind Project Progressing (Int'l. Report)
Iberdrola
Date: 2020-09-09
Spanish utility Iberdrola SA is reporting progress in the development of Saint Brieuc, its first commercial-scale offshore wind project in Brittany.

The €2.4 billion, 62-turbine project is expected to generate sufficient power for 835,000 people and avoid 100,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

An Eiffage Metal and Engie Solutions JV will be in charge of the engineering and construction of the project's substation foundation and topside that houses the transformers and electrical equipment. ENGIE Solutions will carry out final assembly work and commissioning tests.

Fabrication work will be carried out by Eiffage in Belgium and Poland with a scheduled completion date early in 2022.

Over the next four years, Iberdrola notes it plans to invest up to €4 billion in offshore wind over the next four years. The company presently has operating facilities in the Irish Sea, in German waters of the Baltic and in the North Sea. The company has an installed capacity of 32,695 MW and a renewable energy project pipeline exceeding 58,000 MW, according to the news release. (Source: Iberdrola, Website News Release, Spt., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


Korean National Oil Co. Planning East Sea CCS Project (Int'l.)
Korea National Oil Corporation
Date: 2020-09-09
In Ulsan, the South Korean state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is reporting plans to build floating offshore wind turbines and establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in an East Sea gas field slated to be shut down in June 2022.

The KNOC initiative is in line with state -owned energy sector companies efforts to expand into new eco-friendly businesses. (Source: Korea National Oil Corporation, PR, Korea Bizwire, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr/ENG/main.jsp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea National Oil Corporation news,  


Denmark's Largest Offshore Wind Foundations Completed (Int'l.)
Vattenfall
Date: 2020-09-02
Offshore wind developer Vattenfall is reporting all 72 foundations have now been installed at its 600-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm site in the Danish Baltic Sea.

Turbine installations are slated to start in early 2021, for commissioning and operation before the year end. When fully operational, Kriegers Flak will be Denmark's largest offshore wind facility and will generate sufficient energy for approximately 600,000 Danish households. (Source: Vattenfall, PR, OE, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Offshore Wind,  


Cloudberry Acquiring Sweden's Scandvind2 (M&A, Int'l. Report)
Cloudberry Clean Energy,Scanvind2
Date: 2020-09-02
Oslo, Norway-headquartered renewable energy developer Cloudberry Clean Energy AS reports it has offered to acquire 100 pct of the shares in Oslo, Norway-based Scanvind2 AS, developer of the 16-turbine Rewind Vanern wind power project in Lake Vanern, Sweden's largest lake.

Cloudberry notes it has completed operational, financial, and legal due diligence for the acquisition. The sale price is reported to be a combination of reversal of ScanVind2's existing sales credit to Cloudberry, an issuance of about 2.2 million Cloudberry shares at €1.2 and a cash payment not greater than €670,408. (Source: Cloudberry Clean Energy, Website PR, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Cloudberrry Clean Energy, Anders Lenborg, CEO, +47 48 89 56 92, tap@cloudberry.no, www.cloudberry.no/en; Scanvind2 AS, www.proff.no/selskap/scanvind2-as/oslo/energiforsyning/IF4HS8400BD

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


TOTAL Joins Korean Floating Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l. Report)
TOTAL,Macquarie Green Investment Group
Date: 2020-09-02
Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL reports it is partnering with Macquarie Green Investment Group to develop five floating offshore wind farms off the eastern and southern coasts of South Korea. The first 500-mw project is expected to begin construction by the end of 2023.

Total notes it holds a majority stake in a floating wind project off Wales and is increasing its renewable energy investments overall with the intent of holding stakes in at least 25 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity in 2025. (Source: TOTAL, BNN, Sept., 2020) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; Macquarie Green Investment Group, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Macquarie Green Investment Group ,  


JERA Announces 520-MW Japanese Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
JERA
Date: 2020-08-26
Japanese utility JERA Co Inc, the country's largest power generation company, is reporting plans to construct the 65-turbine, 520-MW Ishikari Bay Offshore Wind Farm on Hokkaido island roughly 2 miles offshore from the cities of Ishikari and Otaru in Ishikari Bay.

The project is expected to include energy storage capacity and is expected to take 36 months to complete. (Source: JERA, PR, Renewables, 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News JERA,  Japan Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


New England for Offshore Wind Coalition Set to Launch (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-08-24
New England for Offshore Wind, a regional coalition that supports the development of offshore wind power, reports it expects to announce its official launch this week. According to the group, which includes environmental advocacy organizations, educational institutions, justice and health organizations, and business alliances, offshore wind power is necessary to address growing energy demands as more power plants go off line in the coming years.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is currently weighing concerns from commercial fishermen, environmentalists, coastal communities and other stakeholders before deciding where leases on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Maine might be allocated and where they wouldn't be allowed. The first offshore wind farm is still six to 10 years from operation, according to the New England for Offshore Wind release. (Source: New England for Offshore Wind, PR, reve, 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: New England for Offshore Wind, www.newenglandforoffshorewind.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


Equinor, Iberdrola Plan Brazilian Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l. Report)
Equinor, Iberdrola
Date: 2020-08-24
Equinor is reporting major offshore wind power developers have begun submitting plans for several gigawatts of new offshore wind farm projects in Brazil with Iberdrola's Brazilian subsidiary, Neoenergia, having three offshore wind projects in the licensing phase.

Neoenergia's projects are considering 15-MW turbines totaling roughly 9 GW in waters off Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Ceara.

Equinor reportedly plans to install 320 turbines totaling 4 GW about 20 km from the coast in Rio and Espírito Santoat. (Source: Equinor, PR,reve, 23 Aug., 2020) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; Iberdrola, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


Vineyard Wind Agrees to $34.4 Mn Mitigation Payment (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-08-14
On Nantucket, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind reports it has agreed to pay the town of Madaket $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for a proposed 84-turbine offshore wind farm 14 miles southwest of the town. Area preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see the wind farm as "potentially environmentally and visually devastating."

Vineyard Wind has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-MW project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system (ADLS) that only activates when planes are overhead to address the concerns. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer & Mirror, 12 Aug., 2020)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


MHI Vestas Cuts Danish Plant Work Force Again (Int'l. Report)
MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-08-12
Citing delays in its offshore wind projects pipeline and a "pause in production capacity growth", MHI Vestas has announced it will cut 148 jobs from its factories in Denmark, beginning September 2020.

The present cuts are in addition to the previously reported elimination of 46 staff in January, this year. (Source: MHI Vestas, PR, renews.biz, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Wind,  


Offshore Wind Notable Quote from GWEC
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-08-10
"As the (offshore wind) market continues to grow, industry innovations such as floating offshore wind power, larger and more efficient turbines, as well as solutions Power-to-X will continue to open new doors and markets for the sector and place the marine industry in an increasingly important position to drive the global energy transition." -- Feng Zhao, Strategy Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Aug., 2020

The world market for offshore wind farm energy has jumped by 24 pct every year since 2013. 29.1 GW are generated in the world and the forecast is that in 2030 we will achieve 234 GW offshore wind turbines, according to the GWEC.

GWEC anticipates that by 2030 more than 205 GW of offshore wind power capacity will be added globally, including at least 6.2 GW of floating offshore wind turbines, according to the GWEC World Report. (Source: GWEC, PR, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News GWEC,  Offshore Wind,  


UMaine Joins $147Mn Floating Offshore Wind Effort (Ind. Report)
University of Maine, Aqua Ventus
Date: 2020-08-07
The University of Maine (UMaine) reports it will collaborate with New England Aqua Ventus LLC, which includes Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., and RWE Renewables , that are investing $100 million in a project aimed at showing the feasibility of a full-scale, floating wind turbine in deep water. The $100 million investment is in addition to $47 million in grants already awarded by the U.S. DOE.

Using a floating concrete hull designed to last 100 years the project will support a 10- to 12-MW wind turbine 2 miles south of Monhegan Island and 14 miles from the Maine coast. Three mooring lines will anchor the hull in 300 feet of water.

UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center will continue with design and engineering, research and development and post-construction monitoring. So far, the VolturnUS technology has been issued 43 patents and is being licensed by UMaine to New England Aqua Ventus for this project. Aqua Ventus will own and manage permitting, construction, assembly, deployment and ongoing operations. Following extensive permitting, deployment is expected by 2023. (Source: University of Maine, Kennebec Sentinel, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117, www.maineaquaventus.com; University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Dr. Habib Dagher, Exec. Dir., 207-581-2123, www.composites.umaine.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Maine,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Aqua Ventus ,  


Aker Solutions Plans Offshore Wind, CC Units Spinoff (Int'l. Report)
Aker Solutions
Date: 2020-08-07
Norwegian offshore engineering and construction firms Aker Solutions ASA is reporting it will spin off and list its offshore wind and carbon capture (CC) divisions.

Aker Offshore Wind Holding AS and Aker Carbon Capture AS will secure funds for their future operations in private placements and list on the Oslo Stock Exchange's Merkur Market. In the offshore wind industry, Aker is involved in projects in California, South Korea and Norway, and has plans to bid in the upcoming ScotWind lease round. In addition, the company is closely monitoring markets like Japan, Vietnam, France and Italy.

Download Aker's offshore wind business details HERE. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions, Aker Offshore Wind, Astrid Onsum, CEO, www.akersolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions ,  CCS,  Offshore Wind,  


China Powering Global Offshore Wind Energy Growth (Int'l Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-08-07
According a new industry report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the world's offshore wind farm capacity could grow to 234GW by 2030 powered by a clean energy surge led by China where 2.4 GW of offshore wind power capacity came on stream in 2019.

The report also noted 75 pct of the world's offshore wind farms are in European waters but by the end of the decade China is expected to host more than a fifth of the world's offshore wind turbines, equating to 52GW.

The report notes the offshore wind industry could create 900,000 jobs globally over the next decade and that every 1GW of offshore wind helped to avoid 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere . (Source: GWEC, PR, reve, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: GWEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81 39, alyssa.pek@gwec.net, www.gwec.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council,  Wind,  China Wind,  


Westkuste 100 Renewable Hydrogen Project Confirms Funding (Int'l.)
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2020-08-05
The ten partners of the WESTKUSTE 100 project are reporting confirmation of €30 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy for the first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen project in Germany within a "real-world laboratory" framework. The project has a total budget of €89 million.

With the grant approval, the Westkuste 100 project can now enter its first phase -- a newly founded "H2 Westkuste GmbH" joint venture consisting of EDF Germany, Orsted and the Heide refinery, to construct a 30-MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and to provide information on the operation, maintenance, control and grid services of the plant. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Executive VP and CEO, Orsted Offshore, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Orsted,  


BlackRock Considering Dutch Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l. Report)
BlackRock
Date: 2020-08-05
In the Netherlands, Financieele Dagblad (FD) is reporting BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager , is considering investing in a €1 billion ($1.173 billion) wind farm off the Zeeland coast of the Netherlands. FD offered no details of BlackRock's possible investment.

BlackRockhas already invested $6 billion in sustainable energy projects. (Source: FD, DutchNews,nl, 4 Aug., 2020)Contact: BlackRock, www.blackrock.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock,  Offshore Wind,  


Latvia, Estonia Plan Gulf of Riga Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)

Date: 2020-08-03
In Riga, the Latvian and Estonian economics and energy ministries have announced plans to raise funding from the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to cover the costs of project research and site selection for a proposed joint venture wind farm project in the Gulf of Riga.

Although details have not been announced, the proposed project is projected to be in the 700-1,000 MW range and, if constructed, to come online by 2030. (Source: Baltic Times, 2 Aug., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


World's Largest "Green" Hydrogen Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2020-07-31
The world's largest green hydrogen project has formally kicked off in Denmark. The project is being led by Copenhagen Airport; shipping giant A.P.Moller-Maersk; transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina; shipping and logistics firm DFDS; airline SAS and Danish energy company Orsted, the City of Copenhagen with technical and management support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Denmark-based international engineering, environmental science and economics consultants COWI.

The project will establish a 1.3 GW electrolysis facility in the Greater Copenhagen area capable of generating hydrogen from water in a process that will be powered entirely with offshore wind power. The 'green' hydrogen generated by the project can be used as fuel for heavy road vehicles and/or converted into e-methanol for maritime shipping and e-kerosene for aviation fuel.

At full capacity, the new Danish facility could reportedly reduce carbon emissions from transport by 850,000 tonnes, charting the course for green agenda leading European countries to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target. The facility is expected to open in 2023 with a 10-MW electrolysis capacity. (Source: EU, Consultancy.eu , 30 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  


MHI, CIP Reporting Japan Offshore Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-07-31
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting a 50/50 a joint venture to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Hokkaido, in Japan.

MHI has established a presence within offshore wind via the joint venture MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which is expanding into the Asian Pacific.

CIP is a global fund management company within renewable infrastructure investments established in 2012, having seven funds with approximately €10bn under management, investing in offshore wind, onshore wind, power transmission, biomass, energy-from-waste and solar projects. CIP entered the Japanese renewable energy market in 2018. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; MHI , www.mhi.com/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Japan Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Vestas,  


UK's East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm Completed (Int'l. Report)
Scottish Power Renewables
Date: 2020-07-29
In the UK, Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power Renewables is reporting completion of the £2.5 billion ($3.219 billion), 714 MW, East Anglia One offshore wind farm roughly 20 miles of the Suffolk coast.

East Anglia One, with 102 turbines, is a joint venture between Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power Renewables and Edinburgh-based Green Investment Group (GIG), owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie. When fully operational the facility will generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes or more. (Source: Scottish Power Renewables, Website, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Green Investment Group, +44 (0) 330 123 2167, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com; Scottish Power Renewables, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  East Anglia One,  


WindFloat Atlantic Operating at Full Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Vestas Offshore ,Principle Power
Date: 2020-07-29
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting installation of the third and last V164-8.4 MW wind turbine on Principle Power's semi-submersible WindFloat Atlantic test platform 20 km off the Portuguese coast. The V164-8.4 MW wind turbines are the largest commercially-operating wind turbines installed offshore on floating platforms anywhere in the world.

WindFloat Atlantic is the first floating offshore wind farm in continental Europe, and will deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 consumers in one year. The WindFloat Atlantic project was developed by the Windplus consortium, made up of EDP Renewables, Engie, Repsol and Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, PR, reve, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  Vestas,  WindFloat,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  MHI Vestas,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP),  


Global Offshore Wind Project Pipeline Up 30 pct (Int'l. Report)
RenewableUK
Date: 2020-07-27
In the UK, according RenewableUK's latest Offshore Wind Project Intelligence, the global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has grown by 30 pct in the last 12 months from 122 GW to 159 GW.

The report notes the UK dominates the market with a pipeline of 38.9 GW -- a quarter of the global total. China has 19.3 GW -- an increase of 7.3 GW, up 60 pct. The US grew from 15.7 GW to 17.8 GW, an increase of 13 pct while Germany has 16.5 GW --almost the same over the last 12 months. Taiwan's project pipeline grew by 28 pct from 8.9 GW to 11.4 GW.

The top five countries represent 65 pct of the total global pipeline, with 104 GW of capacity between them. Europe has 60 pct of the pipeline with 96 GW. In terms of operational capacity, the UK still leads the world with 9.7 GW, Germany is second at 7.5 GW, China third with 3.3 GW, Belgium fourth at 1.8 GW and Denmark fifth with 1.7GW, according to the report. (Source: RenewableUK, July, 2020) Contact: RenewableUK, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 -- fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenewableUK,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


ENGIE, EDP Launch Ocean Winds (Ind. Report)
ENGIE, EDP
Date: 2020-07-27
Global energy companies ENGIE and EDP have announced the launch of a new offshore wind energy company, Ocean Winds as the exclusive investment vehicle of ENGIE and EDP within the global offshore wind market.

Ocean Winds (OW) is equally controlled by both companies and aims to become one of the top five offshore global operators by combining the industrial and development capacity of both parent companies. (Source: ENGIE, EDP. Smart Energy, 23 July, 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  EDP,  Offshore Wind ,  


BayWa, Elicio, Ideol Partner on ScotWind Bid (Int'l. Report)
BayWa, Elicio, Ideol
Date: 2020-07-24
German renewables specialist BayWa r.e. GmbH is reporting it will join the consortium formed by Paris-headquartered Ideol and Belgian offshore wind developer and operator Elicio, to prepare a joint bid for the Crown Estate Scotland's recently launched ScotWind tender call. The ScotWind leasing projects could potentially surpass £8.0 billion ($10.2 billion).

Crown Estate Scotland is the government agency the manages Scotland's seabed. (Source: Crown Estate Scotland, Riviera, 23 July, 2020) Contact: ScotWind, Crown Estate Scotland, www.crownestatescotland.com; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com; Elicio NV, +32 59 56 97 00, +32 59 56 97 01-fax., info@elicio.be, www.elicio.be/en; Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Elicio,  Ideol ,  Offshore Wind,  


NY Launches 2.5-GW Offshore Wind Solicitation (Ind. Report)
New York State
Date: 2020-07-24
In the Empire State, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have launched the largest combined clean energy solicitation ever issued in the US, seeking up to 4.0 GW of capacity, including the state's second offshore wind solicitation for up to 2.4 GW of projects.

The solicitation includes a multi-port strategy and requirement for offshore wind generators to partner with any of the 11 pre-qualified New York ports to stage, construct, manufacture key components or co-ordinate operations and maintenance activity. The solicitation has the potential to bring New York State halfway toward its goal of 9.0 GW of offshore wind by 2035.

Funding for port investment will include $400 million in public and private funding. NYSERDA will accept offshore wind bids between 400 MW and up to 2,500 MW. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYSERDA, Riviera, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov; NYSERDA , Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Offshore Wind,  Andrew Cuomo,  


Offshore Wind Project Pipeline Up 30 pct (Int'l Report)
RenewableUK
Date: 2020-07-24
In the UK, according to RenewableUK's Offshore Wind Project Intelligence report the global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has grown from 122 GW to 159 GW -- 30 pct -- in the last 12 months

The UK leads the market with a pipeline of 38.9 GW -- a quarter of the global total. China has moved up from fourth to second place with 19.3 GW -- an increase of 7.3 GW, up 60 pct. The US grew from 15.7 GW to 17.8 GW, an increase of 13 pct while Germany's total of 16.5 GW has remained almost unchanged over the last 12 months, adding just 68 MW. Taiwan's project pipeline grew by 28 pct from 8.9 GW to 11.4 GW, according to the report.

The top five countries represent 65 pct of the total global pipeline, with 104 GW of capacity between them. Europe has 60 pct of the pipeline with 96 GW. In terms of operational capacity, the UK still leads the world with 9.7 GW, Germany is second at 7.5 GW, China third with 3.3 GW, Belgium fourth at 1.8 GW and Denmark fifth with 1.7GW. (Source: RenewableUK, July, 2020) Contact: RenewableUK, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 - fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  RenewableUK,  


Doosan Ramping Up S.Korean Offshore Wind Effort (Int'l. Report)
Doosan Heavy Industries
Date: 2020-07-20
Changwon, South Korea-based Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd is reporting plans to boost its annual sales from its offshore wind farm business to over 1 trillion won ($830 billion US) by 2025, more than the 660 billion won the company generated since 2010.

Doosan's plan is in line with the South Korean government's recently released Green New Deal seeking to drastically transform the country's fossil fuel-reliant economy into a low-carbon, environmentally friendly green economy. To that end, Seoul plans to spend 73.4 trillion won for the initiative, including 14 trillion won on new offshore wind farms with a combined generation capacity of 2.4 gigawatts.

Doosan Heavy has reportedly developed technologies and equipment specifically fit for South Korea's lighter winds and to date has invested 180 billion won in the wind farm business and plans to expand its investment in related R&D and production facilities. (Source: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction , Yonhap, 16 July, 2020) Contact: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd., www.doosanheavy.com/en

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IEA Foresees Massive Offshore Wind Growth (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-07-15
A recent study from the Swiss-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that if offshore wind farms were constructed across all useable sites which are no further than 37 miles off the coast, and where coastal waters are no deeper than 60 metres, they could generate 36,000 terawatt hours of renewable electricity a year and easily meet the current global demand for electricity of 23,000 terawatt hours.

The study predicts offshore wind generation will grow 15-fold to emerge as a $1 trillion industry in the next 20 years and will prove to be the next great energy revolution.

"Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3 pct of global power generation, but its potential is vast," according to IEA executive director, Fatih Birol. (Source IEA, July, 2020) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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Skipjack Wind Farm Interconnection Facility On Hold (Ind. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-07-13
Orsted reports it is dropping a previously agreed upon interconnect facility for the Skipjack offshore Wind Farm at Delaware's Fenwick Island State Park on the grounds that a large potion of it is in undisturbed wetlands and would accordingly run contrary to its commitment to sustainably.

In 2019 the company inked a non-binding MOU with DNREC to construct the Skipjack Wind Farm's interconnection facility within the park. The company reportedly now looking for an alternative site.

The 20-mw Skipjack Wind Farm is under development 19 miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast and will generate sufficient power for 35,000 homes when fully online. (Source: Orsted, WGMD Delmara, 11 July, 2020) Contact: Skipjack Wind Farm, www.skipjackwindfarm.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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Dominion Offshore Wind Project Installs First Turbines (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2020-07-13
Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports the installation of two 12-mw turbines at the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project off the coast of Virginia Beach. The turbines, which will now undergo acceptance testing, are expected to be fully operational latter this summer when they will generate sufficient energy for 3,000 Virginia homes. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, July, 2020)Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

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Clean Energy Virginia Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)

Date: 2020-07-10
On Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) launched Clean Energy Virginia, a new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and help meet the Commonwealth's goals for clean energy production, which include powering 100 pct of the state's electricity from carbon-free sources.

The initiative follows the recent enactment of the Virginia Clean Economy Act and other signature solar, wind, and energy efficiency legislation. These clean energy policies require all carbon emitting sources of electricity to retire by 2045, while replacing them with new investments in solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, energy efficiency, and battery storage. (Source: Office of Gov. Ralph Northam, Shore Daily News, 9 July, 2020)Contact: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, www.governor.virginia.gov

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Belgium Trails UK, Germany in European Offshore Wind Prod. (Int'l.)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2020-07-10
With the installation of Northwester 2, the country's largest off-shore wind farm in Flanders, Belgium has achieved 1,775 MW in installed capacity following the UK with 10,428 MW; Germany with 7.659 MW.

With its 1,775 MW production capacity, wind power on the Belgian North Sea provides sufficient electric power for 1.8 million homes. By the end of 2020, when SeaMade, the largest wind farm in Flanders' North Sea territory is fully operational, Belgium will reach an installed capacity of 2,262 MW and produce enough electricity to power 2.2 million homes. The first of SeaMade's 58 turbines was installed in June. (Source: Flanders Investment and Trade, July, 2020)

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Simply Blue Plans Irish Floating Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.)
Simply Blue Energy,Principle Power
Date: 2020-07-08
In the UK, Simply Blue Energy reports it has submitted an application to the Irish Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage to carry out site investigations for a potential floating offshore wind project near the Kinsale gas field in the Celtic Sea off Ireland's south coast.

The Emerald project, which would use Principle Power's WindFloat floating foundations, is expected to have a total capacity of up to 1 GW.

The project is expected to get underway in summer 2021, starting with a 100 MW demonstration array and building to the overall capacity of 1 GW. (Source: Simply Blue Energy, offshorebiz, July, 2020) Contact: Simply Blue Energy, +44 808 284 9441, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, www.simplybueenergy.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

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Gulf Energy Takes $631Mn Stake in Borkum Riffgrund (Int'l. M&A)
Borkum Riffgrund, Gulf Energy Developement
Date: 2020-07-08
In Bangkok, Gulf Energy Development Pcl -- Thailand's second largest power producer -- is reporting acquisition of a 50 pct stake in the 464.8-MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Wind Farm (BKR2 Project) for roughly $631.10 million.

Gulf Energy Development PCL's portfolio consists of electricity, steam and chilled water generating projects and other related business, according to Wikipedia.(Source: Gulf Energy Development Pcl, July, 2020) Contact: Gulf Energy Development Pcl, +662-080-4499, Fax: +662-080-4455, contact@gulf.co.th, www.gulf.co.th/en

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Romania Investing €12.5Bn in Energy, Decarbonization (Int'l.)
Romania
Date: 2020-07-08
In Bucharest, the Romanian Government reports it plans invest an estimated €12.5 billion in the National Energy System for the period 2020-2025. (€1 = 4.84 RON). Among the sectors being funded:
  • Green energy -- onshore and offshore wind parks (2x300MW) RON 4.6bn; new hydropower production capacities RON 1.6 billion;

  • RON 15.69 billion for State controlled natural gas provider Romgaz's gas turbine power plants , development of offshore projects in the Black Sea, methanol plant in partnership with private companies.

  • RON 7.2 billion for restructuring and decarbonization plan 2020-2025;

  • Increased nuclear power production capacity with at least one unit by 2030 and extending the life of Unit 1 by 30 years;

  • RON 1.175 billion for a proposed Romgaz natural gas-to-methanol production unit. (Source: Gov. of Romania, Energy Review, 6 July, 2020) Contact: ROMGAZ, www.romgaz.ro

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  • Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Pilot Completed (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy, Orsted
    Date: 2020-07-01
    The Richmond-based utility Dominion Energy and its partner Orsted are reporting the installation of the second of two Siemens Gamesa 6-MW wind turbines and thus the completion of the second offshore wind facility ever built in U.S. waters -- the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot located 30 miles off Virginia Beach. When fully operational the pilot installation will generate sufficient energy for roughly 3,000 homes.

    As previously reported, Dominion is planning a 2,600 MW follow-up wind farm adjacent to the pilot site project site with construction slated to get underway in 2024 (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    Fecamp Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Eolien Maritime France
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Croydon UK-based global engineering firm Mott MacDonald is reporting construction on the 497 MW Fecamp offshore wind farm in the English channel 13 km northwest of the town of Fecamp, France is underway.

    The project will incorporate 71 Siemens Gamesa 154-7.0 MW direct drive wind turbines installed on gravity-based foundations. When fully operational in 2023, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient energy for as many as 770,000 people annually.

    Mott MacDonald, technical advisor on the project on behalf of prospective lenders, provided a due diligence review of the project, identifying technical risks and working with the developer to find suitable mitigations Eolien Maritime France (EMF) , a consortium of EDF Renouvelables France and Enbridge, along with wpd are the owners of the wind farm. (Source: Mott MacDonald, PR, reve, 28 June, 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Manon de Cassini-Herail, +33 (0)1 40 90 48 22, manon.decassini-herail@edf-re.fr, www.edf-renewables.com; Enbridge, Mandy Dinning, (888)992-0997, John Whelen, EVP, CDO, www.enbridge.com; wpd AG, Alison Aguile, a.aguile@wpd.fr, www.wpd.fr

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    Scottish Floating Wind Project Secures £380Mn Loan (Int'l.)
    Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm
    Date: 2020-06-26
    Edinburgh-based wind energy equipment manufacturer Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited reports it has secured £380 million ($472.8 million) through a 'Certified Climate Bond' deal for a floating wind project planned off the coast of Scotland.

    The 50 MW wind farm incorporates a 2-MW Vestas turbine and five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines and will be the world's largest floating wind project when completed. French corporate and investment bank Natixis will act as the coordinating firm behind the loan. (Source: Groupo Cobra, Energy Voice, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm Limited, Groupo Cobra, +34 91 456 95 00, Fax: +34 91 456 94 50, www.groupocobra.com

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    Siemens Gamesa Turbines for UK's Sofia Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of a conditional order for 100 units of its new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines for installation at Innogy's 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. A comprehensive service and maintenance contract is included in the conditional order.

    When fully operational, the project will generate sufficient power for more than 1.2 million British households. The final investment decision is expected to be made in Q1 of 2021. Installation is expected to begin in 2024 at the UK North Sea Dogger Bank location. (Source: Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru,Siemens Gamesa, 23 June, 2020) Contact: Innogy, Julian Garnsey, Project Dir., www.innogy.com; Seimens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com

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    LEEDCo Appeals Icebreaker Wind Deal Breaker Ruling (Ind. Report)
    LEEDCo
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Following up on our 27th May report, Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is calling for the Ohio Power Sitting Board (OPSB) to reconsider its ruling that the 20.7 MW Lake Erie (offshore) Icebreaker Wind demo project cease operations every night from March until November, which renders the project "financially untenable", according to LEEDCo.

    As previously reported, the project was reviewed by more than a dozen state and federal agencies including U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ohio EPA, and others. It has the support of many environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Ohio Environmental Council. (Source: LEEDCo, Offshore Wind, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Dave Karpinski, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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    Copenhagen Approves Energy Islands Hubs (Int'l Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Copenhagen, the Danish parliament reports it has approved plans for the world's first two energy island "hubs" and a 1GW North Sea offshore wind farm as included in the government's new climate plan . Technology-specific onshore wind and solar PV tenders for the project would be held in 2020 and 2021. According to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) the energy islands could be completed without government funding due to investors' -- Pension Danmark, PFA and SEAS-NVE -- expressed €50 million combined interest in the project.

    Denmark plans to source 100 pct of its electric power from renewable energy by 2027, and to reduce emissions by 70 pct by 2030 from a 1990 baseline. (Source: WindPower, Various Trade Media, 22 June, 2020)

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    JERA, Partners Plan 2-GW Floating Offshore Wind JV (Int'l.)
    JERA,Ademe Investissement,Ideol
    Date: 2020-06-22
    Japanese utility JERA reports it has partnered with France's Ademe Investissement and Ideol SA to develop at least 2 GW of global floating offshore wind projects over the next five years.

    The three firms will finance the development phase of several floating offshore wind projects all of which will be based on Ideol's high-local-content technology

    "JERA combines the strengths of the Tokyo Electric Power Group and the Chubu Electric Power Group, JERA can fulfill the public interest of providing internationally competitive energy to Japan while ensuring a strong position on the increasingly competitive international energy market," according to its website. (Source: JERA, Website, 22 June, 2020) Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

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    Innogy's Triton Knoll Installs Second Offshore Substation (Int'l.)
    Innogy
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Innogy is reporting the second offshore substation platform (OSP) incorporating Siemens Energy offshore transformer module technology has been installed at the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the east coast of England.

    When fully operational the two OSPs will each receive electricity generated by the wind farm's 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5MW turbines. The first power is expected early next year. (Source: Innogy, renews, Others, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Innogy, Julian Garnsey, Project Dir., www.innogy.com

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    Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

    The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

    OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

    Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

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    Crown Estate Scotland Seeks Offshore Wind Developers (Int'l.)
    Crown Estate Scotland
    Date: 2020-06-12
    Crown Estate Scotland, which manages the country's seabed, is reporting the launch of ScotWind Leasing , a new round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters.

    The offshore wind program could help Scotland meet a net-zero by 2045 future, deliver more than enough green electricity to power every Scottish household , save six million tpy of CO2 and be worth more than £8 billion, according to the release. ScotWind Leasing details are available from Crown Estates Scotland. (Source: Crown Estates Scotland, The National, June, 2020) Contact: Crown Estate Scotland, www.crownestatescotland.com

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