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GRS opens up new office in taiwan

New office in Taiwan! The Taiwanese offshore wind market is increasingly gaining in importance for GRS. In order to guarantee an even better accessibility for our customers, GRS has established its first office in the region of the Taiwanese capital Taipei in September 2019. 
We introduce you to our new local Taiwanese Colleague, James Jheng. Please also refer to following GRS News. 

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GRS welcomes james jheng

James Jheng (Taiwanese citizenship) will manage all Offshore Renewable Activities for our valuable clients in Taiwan. Directly from our Taipei Office James will give you access to our broad selection of different contractors, service providers and vessels in one package - fast, independent and free of charge just as you know it from our shipbroking service.
Get in touch with him:
James Jheng: +886 958 257 662
E-Mail: taiwan@grs-offshore.com

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GRS secures largest procurement contract in company history

GRS has been awarded a contract for procurement consulting services for transport and installation of the largest offshore wind farm in the Asia Pacific region to date. On behalf of the project developer, GRS is to take on the task of selecting and contracting all service providers for the transport of foundations from Europe to Taiwan as well as the subsequent efficient installation at sea. The task involves a total of 80 monopile foundations partly weighing 1,800 tons (t) and more, and 80 transition pieces that are required for the construction of the Yunlin wind farm. “The Asiatic-Pacific region has seen huge growth rates in the field of offshore wind energy for years. We are very happy to put our experience of many years in consulting and shipbroking into practice in order to contribute to the successful realization of the largest wind farm in Taiwan,” Matthias Mross, managing partner at GRS, is pleased to say. The Yulin offshore wind farm will be set up eight kilometers off Taiwan’s west coast and will have a total capacity of 640 megawatts (MW). Details as per the official Press Release.

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Jack Up´s
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unpropelled: 25.000 EUR
DP<500t crane: 30.000 EUR
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<40 ChrtsPax: 18.000 EUR
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Work Boat (#180)
18,75 m
8,70 m

Draft: 1,30 m
Price: GBP
45 tm

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CTV (#617)
Built: 2013
LoA: 17,00 m
Beam: 6,70 m
1,18 m
20 kn
Price: GBP        460.000,-
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Built: 2016
LoA: 59,60 m
Beam: 15,20 m
Draft: 4,80 kn
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DP 2
350 sqm
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Bibby Marine Services’ second Service Operations Vessel (SOV), Bibby WaveMaster Horizon, has started her sea trials, according to Damen Shipyards Galati. Bibby WaveMaster Horizon is scheduled to be delivered later this year to start maintenance work on the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms in the German North Sea for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and EnBW. The vessel will be homeported in Emden and used for operations & maintenance services on the two wind farms. Located approximately 98 kilometres from the German coast, the 497MW Hohe See wind farm comprises 71 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines the last of which was installed at the site mid-August by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up Blue Tern. The wind farm delivered first power mid-July. The commissioning of all of the 71 turbines at Hohe See, as well as the 16 units at the neighboring Albatros, is expected to take place by the end of the year.

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leonardo da vinci

Italian cable specialist Prysmian has announced the start of keel laying work for the cable-laying (CLV) vessel Leonardo da Vinci at Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. Ordered in April 2018, the new cable-layer is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2021.“ The acquisition of €700 million Viking Link contract confirms Prysmian’s undisputed market leadership and allows us to pursue opportunities in the submarine cable market, in particular in offshore wind farm sector,”  said Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects, Prysmian Group.” Leonardo da Vinci will be the most advanced cable layer in the market and it will dramatically improve the Group’s project execution capabilities and ability to support our customers, TSOs and Utilities, in matching the increasing need for upgrading power grids to support the energy transition.”  

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nov Jack up 

Japan’s Shimizu Corporation has awarded National Oilwell Varco (NOV) with a contract to provide equipment package and design for a newbuild offshore wind farm installation vessel. NOV, through its subsidiary GustoMSC has worked with Shimizu on the customized jack-up design which has a total tonnage of 28,000t and is capable of accommodating 130 people. The vessel will also incorporate a proprietary 2500t telescopic leg crane designed specifically for the offshore wind market to provide a combination of high elevation hoisting capability for turbine installation and heavy load capability for foundation installation. Japan Marine United shipyard will carry out the construction of the unit. Delivery of this vessel, which will be the largest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, is expected in late 2022.   

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Green light

The proposed 700MW Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) offshore wind farm has been given the all clear ahead of the tender launch. On August 12th, the Council of State said it had received appeals against Project & Site Decision (PSD) for HKN. However, it has since declared that the received appeals are not admissible and that the PSD is now irrevocable. The PSD details set out the conditions for the wind farm development and operation and is a mandatory stage prior to tendering for the wind farm permit. A final version of the PSD for HKN will be published on 8th October and a summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment will also be available as an Appendix. A tender is expected to be launched later this year with the bidding window and awards to take place early 2020. The project area is located 18.5km off the coast of Petten, NL. And is set to be operational from as early as 2022. The wind farm will ultimately contribute to the Government’s target of 11.5GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030.
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Innogy has submitted a revised project design for the Kaskasi offshore wind farm, located 33km off the coast of Heligoland in the German North Sea, with average wind speeds of 10.1m/s and water depth of 18-25m. The company was originally awarded the rights to develop the project in the second German offshore wind auction in 2018. Innogy has subsequently sought approval to make various changes to the design, including increasing the wind farm capacity by 17 MW and increasing turbine parameters. Innogy hopes to install 38 SGRE SG 8.0-167 turbines with a rated capacity of 8.6 MW and power boost potential to 9 MW yielding a total capacity of 342 MW. Each turbine will have a rotor diameter of 167m and a hub height of 107.5m. Innogy hopes to install several pilot turbines with innovations such as ‘Vibro & Self Expanding pile shoe’, ‘slotted monopiles,’ and ‘collared monopiles’. Financial Close is planned for Spring 2020, manufacturing works will also begin in 2020 followed by foundation installation from Q1 2021 and commissioning in 2022.
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BORSSELE 1&2  START Construction

Construction of the Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm is due to kick off later this year. The wind farm area will be closed off to shipping from mid-November/December when installation of the foundations is expected to start. Ørsted won the rights to the Borssele 1&2 site in July 2016, with an average bid strike price, excluding transmission costs, of €72.70MWh for the first 15 years of the project's operation. Located 23 km off the coast of Zeeland (Westkappele), the 752 MW project will feature 94 SG 8.0-167 DD turbines with monopile foundations supplied by Sif and EEW SPC. GeoSea (DEME Group), is responsible for foundation installation in water depths of 14-36 metres including scour protection, anode cages and bolted transition pieces. Earlier this month TenneT celebrated the completion of the Borssele Alpha grid connection system which will carry power from the wind farm to the shore. The platform, including jacket, weighs 6,600 tonnes was built by HSM offshore and NKT supplied 125 km of 200 kV cabling. The wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2020.

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The Moray East offshore wind has reached a major milestone with installation of pin piles at 56 of the 100 turbine locations. GeoSea has been contracted to carry out piling operations in water depths of 38- 54m using MV Apollo. The pin piles have been manufactured by BiFAB and EEW SPC, and will support three-legged jacket foundations supplied by Lamprell and Smulders. Located 22km off the coast in Moray Firth, Scotland, the 950MW wind farm will feature 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines. The project is jointly owned by Diamond Green Limited (33.4%), EDPR (33.3 %), ENGIE (23.3%) and CTG (10%) and secured a Contract for Difference of £57.50/MWh from the UK Government in 2017. According to the current schedule, the jackets will be installed onto the pre-installed piles from August 2020 until December 2020, followed by the turbines in 2021 and with full commissioning expected later that same year.
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North America’s first fresh water offshore wind farm continues to make steady progress. An adjudicatory hearing for the 20.7MW Icebreaker project was held by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on 20th August. The purpose of hearing was to allow formal parties to present pre-filed testimony and evidence, and to cross examine other parties’ witnesses. The meeting follows an agreement made in May between the staff of the OPSB and LEEDCo which details the extensive regulations that will govern the project and important protective and precautionary measures for wildlife. The hearing puts the project partners LEEDCo and Fred. Olsen Renewables one step closer to obtaining the final construction permit from the OPSB. The project is set to feature six MHI Vestas 3.45MW turbines with mono bucket foundations on Lake Erie, 8-10 miles off the shores of Cleveland. Depending on when the OSPB awards the permit, construction could begin as early as 2021/22.
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The European Commission has revealed the previously confidential renegotiated tariffs for the first six French offshore wind farms: Fécamp, Saint Nazaire, Calvados, Saint Brieuc, Dieppe - Le Tréport, and Iles d’Yeu et de Noirmoutier. These round 1&2 projects were originally granted tariffs in the region of €200/MWh in 2012 and 2014. However, in 2018, the French authorities opted to renegotiate the original tariffs due to recent cost reduction and risk of overcompensation. The wind farms will now be built with tariffs of €131-155/MWh, Saint Brieuc being the most expensive and Dieppe - Le Tréport being the cheapest. State aid will be awarded based on the difference between the market price, estimated to be ~€51/MWh, and the purchase price. The maximum amount of state aid payable over 20 years for each project is on average €3.7 billion. The wind farms are due to start commercial operations during the period of 2022-2024. 
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Quadran Energies Marines has received a favourable opinion from the commission of inquiry for its floating offshore wind farm Eolmed, located off the coast of Gruissan and Port-La-Nouvelle. Quadran filed the consent authorisations in June 2018 and the public inquiry took place from 21st June to 22nd July 2019. The public made 217 observations, of which 88% was favourable. The commission has given a favourable opinion with three recommendations: to set up a steering group to assess economic impact to fishing industry; rigorous monitoring of results against socioeconomic objectives; and that construction will not take place during the months of May-September in consideration of impact to wildlife. The developer hopes to receive final authorisations this autumn and intends to install four 6.2M125 Senvion turbines with Ideol’s ‘damping pool’ floating foundation. Commissioning of the 24.8 MW wind farm is expected in 2021.
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Future sites

The Crown Estate has officially launched Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4, opening up the potential for at least 7 GW of new seabed rights for offshore wind development in the waters around England and Wales. The seabed landlords have made four bidding areas in water depths up to 60 metres available to the market: Dogger Bank, Eastern Regions, South East, and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea. Within these four areas, bidders will have the freedom to identify and propose their own project sites, supported and informed by data and analysis made available by The Crown Estate. The Round 4 tender process will commence in October 2019 and run until autumn 2020. Projects are required to up to 1.5 GW and at least 400 MW (600 MW in the Dogger Bank area).  With 9.9 GW of offshore wind capacity installed and 3.7 GW underway the UK is well on its way to meeting the 30 GW by 2030 target. In June 2019, the government set a further net-zero by 2030 target for greenhouse gas emissions. The Committee on Climate Change suggests this could require 75 GW of offshore wind by 2050. 
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New Zealand is looking towards an alternative energy system to meet goals of 100% renewable electricity generation by 2035 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The government has published a Green Paper outlining plans to accelerate the use of Green Hydrogen. Energy Minister Megan Woods stated that to increase the commitment to hydrogen the country needs to increase the amount of renewables. One potential solution mentioned in the paper is oil and gas rigs retrofitted with electrolysers using renewables such as offshore wind. Earlier this year, the government also announced investment of $27 million in a National New Energy Development centre in Taranaki which will test and trial technologies across a range of new energy forms, such as offshore wind and hydrogen. Canterbury University recently published research on the offshore wind potential of an area the coast of Taranaki. Average five-year wind speeds were ~10 m/s and a ~1065 km2 zone was identified as suitable for fixed offshore wind development, as well as additional space for floating, with a combined potential of ~7 GW.
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