1 07, 2022

K2 Management: ‘Slow down to speed up’ approach needed to hit ambitious renewables targets

By |2022-06-27T09:44:02+02:00July 1st, 2022|OPINIONS|

The European wind industry needs to slow down in its attempts to further drive down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and scale back on building bigger turbines. This, at least, is the view of K2 Management, a leading renewable energy engineering and project management consultancy, which believes that unless the inexorable push to lower [...]

30 06, 2022

Construction of Aurora Line begins – a new interconnector between Finland and Sweden

By |2022-06-30T08:00:49+02:00June 30th, 2022|FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Fingrid, Finnish transmission system operator, and Svenska kraftnät, Swedish grid operator, are jointly preparing a new electricity transmission line between Finland and Sweden. Construction of the 380 km long transmission line, called the Aurora Line, and the substations, that will be part of the project, will begin this year in Finland. […]

12 05, 2022

RWE begins a dialogue with companies about F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm

By |2022-05-12T09:38:51+02:00May 12th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

RWE invites Polish companies to a dialogue about the construction of the offshore wind farm F.E.W. Baltic II. In the first stage, the talks will concern the supply of services and components for the onshore substation of the F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm. The general contractor of the substation, GE Power / PILE Elbud, [...]

12 05, 2022

Hexicon and Elia Grid International collaborate on integrating offshore farms with onshore grids

By |2022-05-12T09:35:15+02:00May 12th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

Hexicon and Elia Grid International (EGI) join forces to connect the wind energy produced by Floating Offshore Windfarms (FOW) to the onshore grid, and that on a global scale. The two companies will develop concepts and projects to integrate large scale floating offshore wind parks into the onshore power systems. The 5-year long cooperation consists [...]

11 05, 2022

Poland to reassess the potential of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea. The report will be presented this fall

By |2022-05-11T16:09:53+02:00May 11th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Experts from Ramboll, KP Consulting, Gdynia Maritime Institute and Gdynia Maritime University, within a jointly formed consortium, will prepare a report on electricity production potential of offshore wind farms located in Polish Baltic Sea areas. A vision for the sector's development until 2050 will also be presented. The study will be released in October 2022. [...]

11 05, 2022

Norwegian Deep Wind Offshore starts up in Sweden

By |2022-05-11T08:34:12+02:00May 11th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

Norwegian company, Deep Wind Offshore recognizes massive potential and great opportunities in the Swedish offshore wind market and is establishing its own company in Sweden.  The aim is to promote and create local jobs and work with local suppliers to build a strong and robust supply chain for offshore wind industry. In the first phase, [...]

10 05, 2022

TSOs, HVDC technology suppliers and the wind industry join forces to build the DC grid of the future

By |2022-05-10T08:30:18+02:00May 10th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

On Monday 2 May transmission system operators, technology providers and the wind industry came together to formally launch the READY4DC project. READY4DC will create a community of experts to work out recommendations on how to plan and build an interoperable and expandable direct current grid in Europe. The project is supported by the European Union’s [...]

9 05, 2022

Seaports in Hamburg and Klaipeda establish cooperation

By |2022-05-09T12:30:49+02:00May 9th, 2022|GERMANY, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Germany’s largest seaport Hamburg and Lithuania’s seaport Klaipeda intend to cooperate more closely on developing and implementing joint projects and creating new logistics routes between Germany and Lithuania. In addition, Lithuania invites German companies to participate in the construction of an offshore wind farm near Klaipeda and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by [...]

9 05, 2022

wpd to sell offshore wind business to Global Infrastructure Partners

By |2022-05-09T08:36:10+02:00May 9th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Global Infrastructure Partners, a leading independent infrastructure investor, and wpd, a leading project developer and independent renewables power producer (IRPP) for onshore wind, offshore wind and solar, are pleased to announce that they have signed definitive agreements for GIP to acquire 100% of wpd offshore GmbH, the offshore wind business of wpd. The transaction is [...]

27 04, 2022

The Nordic Hydrogen Route in the Gulf of Bothnia region will be developed. Wind turbines play an important role

By |2022-04-27T13:05:34+02:00April 27th, 2022|FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

Two Nordic entities – Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi – will launch the Nordic Hydrogen Route, the first large-scale cross-border hydrogen network in Europe. The companies are looking to develop pipeline networks that would transport the energy carrier from producers to consumers. Wind energy – onshore and offshore – will [...]

16 02, 2022

Morten Petersen: The offshore renewables strategy will help to fulfill large CO2 reductions

By |2022-02-18T13:04:57+01:00February 16th, 2022|OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

During the February 2022 plenary session, Parliament voted on an own-initiative report on the EU offshore renewable energy strategy, as prepared and adopted by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. This constitutes Parliament’s response to the Commission’s strategy paper on the subject, adopted in November 2020 as part of [...]

16 02, 2022

Synchronization of Lithuania’s system with the European continental grid will expand RES development opportunities

By |2022-02-19T10:22:51+01:00February 16th, 2022|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Litgrid, the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator, said it is receiving an increasing number of requests from developers to investigate the possibility of connecting new wind or solar power plants to the transmission grid. The operator argues that Litgrid’s preparations for the synchronization process and other system development projects will [...]

10 01, 2022

IMCA finalises Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations

By |2022-01-10T19:19:52+01:00January 10th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has expanded its ‘Guidelines for Walk to Work (W2W) Operations’ (IMCA M254). Originally published in October 2020, the guidelines were produced to help standardise the way in which vessels give personnel safe access to offshore structures, both in the wind and oil & gas industries, and were developed [...]

10 01, 2022

Valentin Novakovic: High-performance sensors and data analysis is key to optimising critical energy infrastructure 

By |2022-01-09T20:38:23+01:00January 10th, 2022|OPINIONS|

The development of renewable energy sources is linked to the expansion of the distribution and transmission network. The expanding electricity grid requires constant monitoring of its functioning, especially in real-time. We talked with Valentin Novakovic, manager from Ampacimon, who presented us with a way to measure the condition of the [...]

15 12, 2021

Eni and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners extend their collaboration in offshore wind to Poland

By |2021-12-15T11:24:15+01:00December 15th, 2021|DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

Eni, through its subsidiary Eni gas e luce that will become Plenitude in 2022, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through its New Markets Fund I, have extended their offshore wind partnership in France by signing an agreement to collaborate also in connection with the anticipated allocation of offshore wind areas in Poland. By implementing [...]

14 12, 2021

Litgrid and PSE carried out the emergency support test on the Polish-Lithuanian interconnection

By |2021-12-09T21:03:49+01:00December 14th, 2021|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Last Saturday, 4 December, Litgrid and PSE, the operators of the Lithuanian and Polish electricity transmission systems, carried out the emergency support test on the Polish-Lithuanian interconnection. The test was aimed at verification of Lithuanian system restoration and black-start capabilities using the interconnection together with newly installed autotransformers in Alytus substation. [...]

15 11, 2021

Vestas enters strategic partnership with Maersk on all containerised transport

By |2021-11-15T00:30:32+01:00November 15th, 2021|DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS|

To serve the growing global market for sustainable energy solutions and protect profitability in an increasingly challenging global business environment for renewables, Vestas continuously looks for partners that can help mitigate negative impact from the current supply chain challenges and scale business efficiently in the long-term. […]

12 11, 2021

Climate Neutral Nordics. Grid operators publish a report, predicting doubling of RES capacity

By |2021-11-12T17:12:36+01:00November 12th, 2021|DENMARK, FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

Nordic grid operators Fingrid, Energinet, Statnett and Svenska kraftnät have published the Nordic Grid Development Perspective (NGDP) 2021 report. The study presents a path to a climate-neutral Nordic energy system. The “Climate Neutral Nordics” scenario foresees a doubling of RES capacity by 2040. […]

12 11, 2021

Baltic Power to hold talks with suppliers about successive project stages

By |2021-11-09T23:23:04+01:00November 12th, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Baltic Power, the vehicle responsible for the construction of PKN ORLEN and Northland Power’s first offshore wind farm, is arranging another meeting for potential contractors interested to join the supply chain for the project. Its participants will learn about detailed plans for each of the seven ‘installation packages’ making up the project implementation process. [...]

11 11, 2021

Cable laying for offshore wind grid connection in the Baltic Sea completed on schedule

By |2021-11-11T21:01:25+01:00November 11th, 2021|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

50Hertz’s Ostwind 2 project reaches the next milestone. Around 170 kilometres of cable have been laid at sea and on land over the past months to connect two offshore wind farms to the German extra-high voltage grid. Now the last section of the submarine cable is being laid on schedule to complete the second of [...]

11 11, 2021

Baltic TSOs to establish the Baltic electricity system joint coordination centre

By |2021-11-09T21:59:43+01:00November 11th, 2021|ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Baltic electricity transmission system operators (TSO) Elering, AST (JSC “Augstsprieguma tīkls”) and Litgrid entered into an agreement to establish a Baltic Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) based in Tallinn and submitted a corresponding proposal to the competition authorities of the three countries. […]

10 11, 2021

Environmentally friendly offshore wind energy development. OCEaN Coalition makes recommendations

By |2021-11-10T11:00:42+01:00November 10th, 2021|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|

The Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) is a coalition of wind farm operators, transmission systems and environmental organizations that provides an open forum for discussion. The German working group presented six recommendations for the nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy. […]

10 11, 2021

MEP Jerzy Buzek for BalticWind.EU: The end does not justify the means!

By |2021-11-10T07:18:18+01:00November 10th, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, REGULATORY|

The development of offshore wind energy in EU countries is associated with the need to speed up the issuance of permits for the construction of wind farms. The offshore wind industry has long stressed that the lack of fast and common procedures is one of the main bottlenecks that could prevent ambitious plans for [...]

10 11, 2021

Port’s „to be or not to be”. We already know about the Polish plan, faster action is needed

By |2022-04-08T09:25:11+02:00November 10th, 2021|OPINIONS, POLAND|

The Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal signed on 15 September 2021 is another milestone in the development of this sector in Poland, next to the Act on the Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms of December 2020. This article is part of a series of comments on the main challenges to be met [...]

9 11, 2021

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners will become more involved in offshore wind energy

By |2021-11-09T11:01:32+01:00November 9th, 2021|DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) fund plans to invest €100 billion in RES assets by 2030. Investor representatives argue that swift political action is needed to accelerate the pace of RES development and achieve the Paris Agreement targets. This is particularly important in the context of the ongoing COP26 climate summit. [...]

9 11, 2021

Preparation for the offshore wind in the Port of Gdynia

By |2021-11-08T18:45:38+01:00November 9th, 2021|OPINIONS, POLAND|

The Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal signed on 15 September 2021 is another milestone in the development of this sector in Poland, next to the Act on the Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms of December 2020. This article is part of a series of comments on the main challenges to be [...]

30 10, 2021

The road to Polish wind farms full of challenges

By |2021-11-02T10:56:50+01:00October 30th, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

The Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal signed on 15 September 2021 is another milestone in the development of this sector in Poland, next to the Act on the Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms of December 2020. This article is part of a series of comments on the main challenges to be met [...]

29 10, 2021

Lina Kinning, SWEA: The transparent and open dialogue will be crucial in Swedish offshore grid development

By |2021-10-30T22:52:53+02:00October 29th, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS, SWEDEN|

The Swedish government announced in October that electricity system operator Svenska Kraftnät would be tasked with developing the offshore transmission grid in connection with plans to develop offshore wind power. Lina Kinning, offshore energy and European policy expert at the Swedish Wind Energy Association (SWEA), in a commentary for BalticWind.EU [...]

28 10, 2021

BLIX to create an offshore grid technology catalogue for TSOs Elering and Augstsprieguma tīkls

By |2021-10-28T09:46:32+02:00October 28th, 2021|ESTONIA, LATVIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Estonian TSO Elering AS and the Latvian TSO Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) are developing a business case, investigating the possibilities to invest in an offshore grid. In order to evaluate the business cases of future projects, an offshore grid technology catalogue is needed. BLIX Consultancy has been commissioned to perform [...]

16 09, 2021

Giles Dickson: Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal is a great example of government-industry collaboration

By |2021-09-16T12:21:40+02:00September 16th, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

On 15 September, representatives of the Polish government, business, companies, financial and research institutions signed a sector deal on offshore wind energy. The agreement is to become the basis for building a new industry in Poland. Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, said a few words about this initiative in a special [...]

15 09, 2021

Michał Kurtyka: We want the greatest possible participation of Polish entrepreneurs in the development of offshore wind energy sector

By |2021-09-15T12:59:26+02:00September 15th, 2021|OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

The energy potential of the Polish part of the Baltic Sea is considered to be one of the largest in the region. For this reason, offshore wind energy will be a key tool enabling the construction of a modern, zero-emission and safe energy system – says Michał Kurtyka, Minister of [...]

10 09, 2021

RWE plans to build offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea

By |2021-09-10T09:34:05+02:00September 10th, 2021|GERMANY, TOP NEWS|

As announced by the German Federal Network Agency today, the RWE – Essen-based energy company – was awarded two offshore wind sites. In the North Sea, RWE was able to secure a lease (N-3.7) for an offshore wind farm with a potential capacity of 225 megawatts (MW). A second site [...]

9 09, 2021

OWC to assess wind conditions for future German offshore wind tendering sites

By |2021-09-09T09:38:38+02:00September 9th, 2021|GERMANY, TOP NEWS|

Offshore wind consultancy OWC has been awarded a contract by Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie/BSH) to analyse and assess wind conditions for two future German offshore wind tendering sites.  OWC, an AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group) company, has assembled a team of internal experts and external cooperation partners, including Fraunhofer IWES and ProPlanEn, [...]

8 09, 2021

Port of Tallinn will lead the establishing of the Baltic Sea green infrastructure hub in Estonia

By |2021-09-08T09:14:03+02:00September 8th, 2021|ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|

Port of Tallinn has unveiled an ambitious plan to design the hub of the Baltic Sea green infrastructure in Estonia together with the partners, which would contribute to Estonia’s climate neutrality goals and increase the country’s competitiveness. It is also looking for the best ways to convert ferries to hydrogen [...]

7 09, 2021

AST and Elering will study the possible onshore connection sites for Elwind

By |2021-09-07T08:11:39+02:00September 7th, 2021|ESTONIA, LATVIA, PROJECTS|

The Transmission System Operators – Latvian AS Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) and Estonian Elering AS, in scope of the ELWIND project, together with an Estonian consultant Skepast & Puhkim OÜ will carry out an in-depth study of possible onshore land line corridors towards the planned offshore wind park sites which have [...]

7 09, 2021

Global Offshore awarded array cable installation contract at Parkwind’s Arcadis Ost 1

By |2021-09-07T08:21:31+02:00September 7th, 2021|DENMARK, PROJECTS, TOP NEWS|

Global Offshore, a leading provider of cable installation, repair and trenching services to the offshore renewables, utilities and oil & gas markets, and part of the Global Marine Group, has been awarded a contract for the installation and burial of 27 array cables at Parkwind’s Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind [...]

6 09, 2021

DNV: The offshore wind energy market in Poland is evolving and our role is to support it

By |2021-09-06T11:35:26+02:00September 6th, 2021|OPINIONS, POLAND, PROJECTS, TOP NEWS|

The independent assurance company DNV was selected to certify the Baltic Power offshore wind farm project – one of the first offshore wind farms in Poland. We talk with company representatives about the prospects for the development of this sector in the Baltic Sea, the challenges of the newly emerging [...]

2 09, 2021

WindEurope: Offshore wind continues to break new boundaries

By |2021-09-02T08:58:33+02:00September 2nd, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS|

Offshore wind continues to break new boundaries – WindEurope said in a statement. Europe has 120 offshore wind farms already. The EU wants much more and sees offshore wind producing around 20% of our power by 2050. The first 6 months of this year have seen some significant developments which give confidence that this can be achieved. [...]

2 09, 2021

Port of Roenne selected as wind turbine installation port for Baltic Eagle offshore windfarm

By |2021-09-03T14:46:58+02:00September 2nd, 2021|DENMARK, GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Iberdrola and Vestas have signed a contract to supply 50 units of the offshore wind turbine V174-9.5 MW for the Baltic Eagle project situated in German waters 40 km west of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. The central position in the Baltic Sea is a factor for Port of Roenne A/S to secure another contract [...]

1 09, 2021

Iberdrola signs land lease agreement for Baltic Eagle operations building

By |2021-09-01T08:03:20+02:00September 1st, 2021|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Iberdrola and the port of Sassnitz (Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH) have signed the lease agreement for the new operations and maintenance building that will serve the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, at a ceremony chaired by the Prime Minister of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig. The agreement delivers another important milestone in the offshore [...]

5 08, 2021

The local content indicator in Polish wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea can reach as much as 50 percent

By |2021-08-05T09:13:37+02:00August 5th, 2021|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

Polish decision-makers have long emphasized the issue of the involvement of Polish companies in the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea. A report has been prepared which shows that the current potential of local content in the supply chain for offshore wind energy is estimated at 20-25 [...]

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