Google unveils 1.6-GW corporate renewables off-take deals

2019-09-20T15:12:47+00:00September 20th, 2019|Bureau News|

Internet giant Google LLC on Thursday announced plans to buy up to 1.6 GW of renewable power in what it says is the “biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.” The buy-up will be carried out through 18 deals, including mostly solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) that will lift Google’s [...]

UK offshore wind load factors to ‘exceed 50%’

2019-09-17T13:50:36+00:00September 17th, 2019|Bureau News|

DNV GL carried out research into future expectations for the UK government's BEIS department.  Offshore wind load factors in the UK are expected to increase to over 50% by 2035 from 39% to 47% currently, according to new research by DNV GL. The report – 'Potential to improve load factor [...]

Siemens Gamesa builds giant blade test centre

2019-09-12T20:34:38+00:00September 12th, 2019|Bureau News|

The site in Aalborg in Denmark will be up and running before the year-end.  Siemens Gamesa has begun construction of the world’s largest wind turbine blade test stand in Denmark. The Aalborg site will be capable of performing full-scale tests on future generations of Siemens Gamesa rotor blades. The test [...]

UK offshore wind bird study flies

2019-09-12T12:16:13+00:00September 12th, 2019|Bureau News|

Six developers working with Joint Nature Conservation Committee on initiative to look at project impacts.  The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is working with six offshore wind developers on an initiative that aims to gain a better understanding of how offshore wind farms impact marine birds. The Offshore Wind Strategic [...]

Northwester 2 substation undergoes installation

2019-09-10T14:04:20+00:00September 10th, 2019|Bureau News|

The topside will be constructed using the Scaldis heavy-lift vessel Gulliver. The offshore substation for the 219MW offshore wind farm Northwester 2 off the coast of Belgium in the North Sea is about to be installed. The topside, provided by Bladt with Semco delivering electrical components, is being installed using [...]

TGS, Schlumberger collaborate on reimaging project in Egyptian Red Sea

2019-09-06T12:28:48+00:00September 6th, 2019|Bureau News|

Norwegian survey service firm TGS and US oilfield services company Schlumberger have announced a strategic collaboration on a new 3D seismic reimaging project in the Egyptian Red Sea. As part of the project, data will be reimaged from three overlapping seismic surveys which total 3,600km² acquired between 1999 and 2008. [...]

Total sees ‘new potential’ for North Sea investment

2019-09-04T14:48:42+00:00September 4th, 2019|Bureau News|

Energy giant Total has said it sees “new potential for investments” in the North Sea off the back of exploration successes in the UK. CEO Patrick Pouyanne addressed delegates yesterday at the opening session of Offshore Europe at P&J Live in Aberdeen. He said, despite the North Sea being perceived [...]

MMT maps 800MW Danish project

2019-08-24T08:10:07+00:00August 24th, 2019|Bureau News|

Survey outfit to carry out site investigations for project off Jutland. Danish transmission system operator Energinet has selected marine surveyor MMT to carry out seabed surveys for a new 800MW offshore wind farm off Denmark. MMT will carry out a seabed survey of the project's proposed 440 square kilometre array [...]

Europe’s 52.5TW onshore wind potential revealed

2019-08-24T08:06:52+00:00August 24th, 2019|Bureau News|

Study highlights 46% of land in Europe would be suitable for siting of projects. Analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore wind farms. The study found that [...]

BP awards FMS eight-figure North Sea mooring contract

2019-08-24T08:03:48+00:00August 24th, 2019|Bureau News|

A leading independent supplier of mooring equipment to the global oil and gas industry, has secured a three-year contract with BP for the provision of mooring equipment for its North Sea operations. Steven Brown, managing director for FMS, said “This award demonstrates our capability and capacity to support the mooring [...]

Renewables shipbroker signs Korean collaboration

2019-08-24T08:00:38+00:00August 24th, 2019|Bureau News|

Partnership with SerFac aims to provide efficient project development of offshore wind farm projects. Global Renewables Shipbrokers (GRS) has started a strategic partnership with South Korean wind project development consultancy SerFac. The aim of the cooperation is to provide fast and first-class project development of offshore wind farm projects in [...]

Prosafe bags Mariner extension for ‘Safe Boreas’

2019-08-24T07:56:21+00:00August 24th, 2019|Bureau News|

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has exercised the fourth of six one-month options to extend Prosafe’s Safe Boreas flotel at the Mariner project in the UK sector of the North Sea. Prosafe said on Friday that the unit is being used to accommodate personnel working on Mariner in the [...]