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JAPAN | GRS STARTS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH COLI SCHIFFAHRT & Transport gmbh & CO KG 

The aim of the cooperation is to provide fast and first-class project development of offshore wind farm projects in Japan. “The market entry to Japan is ideal at this point in time,” says Mroß. “Currently all levers are set in motion to achieve the ambitious plans for the expansion of offshore wind energy in Japan. We have monitored the offshore renewables market in Japan for a long time. Now we take the opportunity to enter this market. Building on our experience and expertise, we can ensure that mistakes will be avoided and expansion targets achieved.” GRS Press Release


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BROCKEN CALLED - WE HIKED - 2 DAYS YEAR END TEAM EVENT

load image This month we had a great two days GRS Year End Team Event in the Harz!
After resting in the Torfhaus Harzresort we started to ascend the Brocken Mountain on the Goethe Trail early Friday Morning. From the top of the mountain – 1,141 m – we enjoyed the fantastic view over the Harz National Park. After 16 km hiking we came back to our starting point in Torfhaus for lunch.
Thank you GRS – great tour, great weather, great Team!

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VesselS FOR charter

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Jack Up´s
Starting Day Charter Rate
unpropelled: 23,000 EUR
DP<500t crane: 30,000 EUR
DP>500t crane: 35,000 EUR
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Walk-2-Work
Starting Day Charter Rate
<40 ChrtsPax: 17,000 - 20,000 EUR
>40 ChrtsPax: 22,000 - 25,000 EUR
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Construction Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
DP2<50t gear: 11,000 EUR
DP2>100t gear: 17,000 EUR
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Plattform Supply Vessel (DP2)
Starting Day Charter Rate
Deck< 700 sqm:
7,000 EUR
Deck> 700 sqm: 9,000 EUR
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Crew Transfer Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
12 Pax (12hrs): 2,050 EUR
12 Pax (24hrs): 2,950 EUR
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Guard Vessel
Starting Day Charter Rate
A-Class:  3,050 EUR
B-Class: 2,450 EUR
C-Class:  2,050 EUR
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VesselS FOR SALE

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DSV (#160)
Built:
1972
LoA: 53.15 m
Beam: 11.50 m
Class: RINA
4 Point Mooring

Price: EUR 390,000
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Tug (#812)
Built:
1971

LoA: 26.51 m
BP: 16 ts
Ice Strength
3 Cabins, 6 Berths

Price: EUR 180,000
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Survey Vessel (#644)
Built: 1988
LoA: 53.70 m
DP:
DP 1
Lift: 17.5 ts
33 Berths

Price: EUR 205,000
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OFFSHORE VESSELS


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ADAMS
CHALLENGE

 


GRS successfully brokered the Adams Challenge. The saturation dive support vessel replaces NSS Felinto Perry as the Brazilian Navy’s sole submarine rescue vessel. The 85-metrelong DSV was formerly operated by the Bahraini company Adams Offshore. A cadre of 35 officers and enlisted sailors are currently in Abu Dhabi, where Adams Challenge is moored, to undergo familiarisation and training prior to bringing the vessel to Brazil. 


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VOS START

 

Vroon’s walk-to-work vessel VOS Start has begun operating at the Northwester 2 offshore wind project in Belgium. For the charter, VOS Start has been fitted with a three-dimensional motion-compensation system, with a lifting apacity of up to 5t. The 80m long VOS Start, purpose-built to support offshore operations in the renewables industry, is capable of accommodating up to 60 client personnel. It most recently completed a two-year charter for MHI Vestas. Northwester 2, currently under construction some 50km north-west of Ostend, will comprise 23 MHI Vestas 164-9.5MW turbines placed on monopile foundations. 


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Vole au vent

 


Jan De Nul’s jack-up vessel Vole au vent has completed the installation of all monopile foundations at the Northwester 2 offshore wind project, a spokesperson from Parkwind told Offshore WIND. According to Parkwind, Vole au vent completed the installation of all 23 monopiles on 13 November and is currently preparing for the installation of turbines. The vessel installed the first foundation at the site on 30 July, within one month after the start of the offshore construction works. Northwester 2 will comprise 23 MHI Vestas V164-9.5MW turbines, making it the first wind farm to feature this turbine model. 

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OFFSHORE WINDParks

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CLEARING THE WAY FOR NEART NA GAOITHE

Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited (NnGOWL) has applied for licences from Marine Scotland to conduct seabed preparation and UXO clearance ahead of starting major construction works for the Neart na Gaoithe off-shore wind farm. The developers aim to start work this autumn, including UXO clearance and works to relocate or remove boulders in the vicinity of the array, substation and interconnector and export cable routes. The geophys-ical survey to identify clearance targets concluded last week. Other pre-construction works include rock place-ment to infill seabed depressions, and the placement of gravel on the seabed to protect the spud cans of the jack-up to be used during construction from exposed bedrock. EDF acquired the project from Mainstream RP in 2018. The 448 MW wind farm is located to the northeast of the Firth of Forth, 15.5 km directly east of Fife Ness on the east coast of Scotland. The project will feature 54 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, with Saipem due to supply and install jacket foundations. A financial close announcement is expected imminently with offshore works due to com-mence during 2020 and commissioning in 2022-2023.
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JAPAN TO BUILD FIRST LARGE SCALE PROJECT

Construction of Japan’s ‘first’ offshore wind farm could start next year. Marubeni, as lead developer, expects to make Financial Close on the 140 MW Akita Port and Noshiro Port projects before the end of the year and hopes to start offshore construction in 2020, according sources at the Japan offshore wind energy conference in Osaka. The projects are due to be commissioned in 2022 and will be Japan’s first commercial scale fixed offshore wind farm. 4C Offshore estimates that ~2.3 GW offshore wind could be underway in Japan by 2030, based on the current project pipeline. Given the characteristics of the Japanese coast, floating offshore wind is expected to make a significant contribution.
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SSE SETTLES ON SEAGREEN TRANSMISSION 

SSE has settled on a transmission system for the 1075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm. The developer intends to install one offshore substation platform rated at 1075 MW, which houses three separate circuits rated at 360 MW. Power will be then be transported to shore vis three 220 kV export cable circuits of approximately 67 km each. Three 19 km onshore cables will link to the proposed 220/275 kV AC onshore substation at Tealing, located adjacent to the existing Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Tealing substation. Nexans has been appointed preferred contractor to design, supply and install the onshore and offshore export cables. SSE was awarded a Contracts for Difference for 454 MW, with a strike price of £41.61/MWh. The CfD contract only represents 42% of the total project capacity although SSE is comitted to build out the remaining capacity of 621 MW to yield a total 1,075 MW. SSE is exploring the potential for achieving price stability for the remaining output, including PPAs. Plans are in place to progress financing and an equity stake sell-down to move towards a final investment deci-sion in early 2020. MHI Vestas has been announced as the preferred turbine supplier for the project and is expected to supply 114 V174-9.5 MW turbines. The wind farm is due online in 2024/2025.

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OFFSHORE News

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POLES PLAN RENEWABLE AUCTION

The Polish Energy Regulatory Office has announced plans to hold auctions for the sale of electricity from renewable energy sources, including offshore wind, in early Decem-ber. The auction is to cover energy sales guarantees for installations with a total capacity of up to 3.4 GW, of which 2.5 GW is to be allocated to wind and 0.7 GW to solar. Offshore wind is to compete against biolquids, hy-dro and geothermal. Reportedly, bids will be ranked ac-cording to price. The Polish government has set a target for 10 GW of offshore wind installed by 2040, including 5 GW by 2030. Major European offshore wind developers have taken steps towards entering the burgeoning Polish market. PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. and Ørsted have opened talks regarding the sale of a 50% stake in two offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea. Earlier this year Equinor acquired a 50% interest in two wind farms, as did EDPR. This week RWE also announced the acquisi-tion of a pipeline of up to four offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW.
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EEW KICKS OF HORNSEA TWO PRODUCTION

EEW SPC has started manufacturing the foundations for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm at its facilities in Rostock. The company was contracted by Ørsted to supply 168 monopiles with a tonnage of ~148,000 t. Foundation installation is due to start in Q3 2020 using DEME’s DP3 Orion installation vessel. Due online in 2022, Hornsea Two will feature 65 Siemens Gamesa 8MW SG 8.0-167 DD turbines with a combined capacity of 1.4 GW. Hornsea Two will be located approximately 89 km off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea, adjacent to the 1.2 GW Hornsea One project. All turbines have been installed at Hornsea One with commissioning certificates and 240 hour tests also completed. When commissioned the two wind farms will supply over 2 million homes.
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GE TO LAUNCH 12 MW TURBINE IN CHINA

GE and Chinese energy powerhouse SPIC (State Power Investment Corporation Ltd.) have signed an agreement to introduce the 12MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine to the Chinese market. The cooperation agreement will also see the construction of an offshore wind assembly factory in Jieyang City to promote GE’s offshore wind operation and research in Guangdong Province. The Haliade-X fea-tures 107m long blades and a capacity factor of 63%, enabling up to 67 GWh gross annual energy production. Today GE also celebrated the energisation of its first Hali-ade-X 12 MW wind turbine at a test site at Maasvlakte facility, in the Port of Rotterdam. A second Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle is currently being assembled at Saint-Nazaire, for dispatch to the ORE Catapult test centre in Blyth, Unit-ed Kingdom and this week a blade arrived at the Massa-chusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston to undergo further testing prior to commercialisation of the model in 2021. GE has already signed supplier agreements for the Skipjack and Ocean Wind projects in the US and the Dogger Bank wind farms off the East coast of England.
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NEXUS ARRIVES TO FIX NORTHER CABLE WOES


Cable lay vessel Nexus has arrived at the Norther wind farm to carry out the replacement of the array cables. In early 2019 an issue associated with the Fibre Optic Core of the array cables was detected meaning the cables did not meet the developer's requirements. The project features 70 km of 33 kV aluminium AC subsea array cables with cross-sections between 185 mm² and 800 mm². Each cable is made up of three power cores and a FOC used for communication and control purposes. Nexus was previ-ously used to install the array cables in 2018. The 370MW project reached full commercial operations in June 2019 and features 44 V164-8.0 MW turbines. 
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FRENCH LAW TARGETS 1 GW/YR OFFSHORE WIND


New French energy and climate legislation has been for-mally adopted into law by President Macron and pub-lished in the official gazette on 9th November. The legisla-tion includes 55 articles which modify and clarify the ob-jectives of France’s energy policy, with the overall aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The government will commit to increase offshore wind tender targets from 750 MW to 1 GW per year from now until 2024. An updated offshore wind roadmap is expected to be published in due course, outlining the new tender regime to reflect an increase in targets. 
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CHINESE COMPANY SEEKS CONSTRUCTION TEAM

Guangdong Wind Power Company is tendering for pro-curement and installation of an offshore substation and turbine foundations for the 300 MW Yudean Yangjiang Shapa offshore wind farm. Located 20km off the coast of Shapa, Yangxi County, Yangjiang City, Guangdong Prov-ince, the wind farm will feature 55 turbines of 5.5 MW, 35 kV array cabling, a 220 kV step-up offshore substation and two 220 kV export cables. The developer is seeking com-panies for: the supply and construction of 49 sets of foun-dation pin piles; the fabrication and installation of an offshore substation topside; as well as providing accesso-ries and related works such as testing and commissioning. Bidding registration is open until 3rd December.
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