Offshore Wind Energy

GE completes Romanian wind farm

GE supplied and installed 20 wind turbines of the type 2.5-103 for the Belani wi

GE has completed the installation of 20 wind turbines of the type GE 2.5-103 for a 50-MW wind farm in Baleni, a town in eastern Romania. The systems were manufactured at the production site in Salzbergen, Germany, where GE's European wind business headquarters is located. In addition to the delivery, installation and commissioning of the wind energy systems, GE will also be responsible for maintenance as part of a ten year service agreement. The contract also includes GE's Condition Monitoring System. GE will ensure operational readiness and productivity of the power plants through permanent on-site support as well as cooperation with the local GE Service Centre. Additionally, the customer support centre in Salzbergen will provide remote monitoring services.

SylWin1 has been delayed


Siemens is facing further delays in their offshore wind business. The grid connection project SylWin1 has been delayed all in all for about a year, because they hit an unexpected soft substrate layer underground.

ITW has completed grouting at London Array

ITW Densit, a pioneer in producing ultra high performance cementitious materials for the offshore industry, finalized its part in the London Array project.

Successful sea trials of Turbine Access System

 The Turbine Access System (TAS) by Houlder and BMT has passed sea trails at Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm. (Photo: Houlder)

The British companies Houlder Ltd. and BMT Nigel Gee have announced that their jointly developed Turbine Access System (TAS) has successfully completed an extensive set of offshore trials. The TAS was fitted to Turbine Transfers’ 24 m vessel Cemlyn Bay.

Substation for Global Tech 1 is complete

The substation for Global Tech 1 is completely enclosed to protect electrical equipment from the harsh offshore environmental conditions. (Photo: Global Tech 1/Derek Henthorn)

The consortium composed of Alstom Grid and Keppel Verolme delivered the substation for the offshore wind farm Global Tech 1 in the North Sea on 8 May. The installation of the 9,000-tonne colossus was performed using suction bells, so no heavy installation vessels were required.

Narec boosts offshore renewables with £ 2.8 million

IHC will work with Narec on the development of an inter-array cable trencher for offshore wind farms (Photo: Narec)

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has established a £ 2.8 million public-private initiative to support small and medium enterprises (SME) in the North East of England to move into the rapidly developing offshore wind and marine renewable energy supply chain.

UN environment organization honours Suzlon head Tanti

In the early 90s, Tanti managed a textile company in his home country India and suffered from the energy supply shortfalls in the public infrastructure. In 1993, he acquired his first two wind turbines. Together with his brothers Vinod, Jitendra and Girish, he founded the company Suzlon in the Indian city of Pune in 1995.

Siemens supplies turbines for London Array and Butendiek

For Dong Energy – one of the project owners along with E.on and Masdar– Siemens is supplying the turbines of the type SWT-3.6-107. They will be produced in Denmark and transported to the Thames Estuary, were they will be installed in up to 23 m deep waters.

Vestas receives orders with a volume of 247 MW

The offshore wind farm Bligh Bank, which will be built 46 km off the Belgian coastal city of Zeebrugge, will be equipped with 55 turbines of the type V90-3 MW. The order has been placed by Belwind N.V., a consortium of Belgian and Dutch investors, and includes the production, delivery, installation and start of operation of the turbines as well as five years of maintenance.

2.5xl for cold regions

The installation of a "Cold Weather Extreme" package (CWE) ensures that the turbine can be operated at temperatures of down to –30 °C and can even endure temperatures of down to 40 °C when it is not running. This package is especially interesting for Scandinavia and Canada, says GE Energy.