Wind Energy

Hochtief training for offshore workers

 Correct climbing techniques are just one of the many topics covered by the training to become an “offshore worker”. (Photo: Hochtief)

Hochtief Solutions AG will be commencing work on installation of the offshore wind farm Global Tec I in July. Beforehand, its personnel will be attending special training in Bremerhaven. This “offshore worker” training programme is unique in Europe.

New offshore wind farm in China

The wind farm Jiangsu Rudong is located off the coast of the Rudong district, 250 km north east of Shanghai. (Photo: Siemens)

With the offshore wind farm Jiangsu Rudong, a further Chinese offshore wind power project went into operation in May. It consists of 21 Siemens wind turbines of the type SWT-2.3-101 with a total capacity of around 50 MW. The customer is the Jiangsu Longyuan Offshore Wind Power Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the China Longyuan Power Group.

SoWiTec completes development phase for wind farm in Chile

Photomontage illustrating the future 90 MW wind farm in the Valle de Los Vientos, Chile (Photo: SoWiTec)

The German wind energy project developer SoWiTec has completed the five-year planning phase for the 90 MW wind farm Valle de Los Vientos in the north of Chile. The construction phase should start in the next months, and the wind farm is scheduled to go online in mid-2013.

Gamesa: new high-volume orders from Brazil

Gamesa, the Spanish turbine manufacturer, has sold a further 129 wind turbines for a total of ten wind farms in Brazil. The company signed a contract with Santa Vitória do Palmar Holding for the delivery and installation of the G97 2.0 MW turbines in mid-September.

Alstom signs contracts totaling € 270 million for wind projects in Brazil

The ECO 122 – a 2.7 MW onshore wind turbine is the latest evolution of Alstom’s proven ECO 100 turbine platform. (Photo: Alstom)

Alstom has signed two contracts totaling € 270 million with Queiroz Galvão, one of the main infrastructure groups in Brazil.

Wind farm plans for the Gobi Desert are moving forward

Huge wind farms could be constructed in the Gobi Desert in the future, which would be able to supply half of Asia with power. (Photo: Mark Lehmkuhler)

SB Energy Corp., the renewable energy arm of the Japanese Softbank Corp., wants to find a wind power site in the Gobi Desert together with the Mongolian company Newcom LLC. The first wind farm, with 300 MW, could go into operation as early as 2014, and feasibility studies for three further wind farms are to follow.

Largest Wind Farm in Canada Commissioned in Québec

Gaspé / Québec - Cartier Wind Energy announced the operation of its Gros-Morne Phase II wind project, powered by 74 GE (NYSE: GE) 1.5-77 wind turbines and located in the Gaspésie region of Québec. The amount of energy generated by the Gros-Morne wind farm can power approximately 20,000 homes in the province of Québec.

DNV and Germanischer Lloyd to merge

From left: Hinrich Stahl, Maryland GmbH, Erik van der Noordaa, CEO GL Group, Henrik O. Madsen, CEO DNV (Photo: DNV GL)

Pending the approval of antitrust authorities, the GL Group will lose its independence and merge with DNV. The DNV Foundation will hold a 63.5% stake in the new DNV GL Group. The owner of the GL Group, Mayfair S.E., will hold a 36.5 % share.

SGS Holds QHSE Presentation at Renewable UK Health & Safety Conference

SGS Global Renewables QHSE Manager, Jim Green was a guest presenter at the January 2013 Renewable UK (RUK) Health and Safety Conference held in the English city of Sheffield.

Fourth high-speed support vessel for Marineco

The ‘Marineco Thunderbird’ is UK based Marineco’s fourth FCS 2610 Twin Axe. Marineco was the first customer to buy one of these vessels nearly two and a half years ago, based on a design for an Offshore and Offshore Wind support vessel which Damen really believed in. The recent purchase of Thunderbird is proof of the concept and its future.