6 10, 2022

Lessons from explosions on Nord Stream I and II for wind farms in the Baltic Sea

By |October 6th, 2022|EDITOR'S CHOICE, OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

When pursuing offshore wind farm projects, it is necessary to consider a variation of risks to ensure their safe operation. The recent events related to the explosions that damaged the Nord Stream I and II pipelines further highlight such necessity, writes PhD Rafal Miętkiewicz, Assistant Professor at the Polish Naval Academy of the Heroes of [...]

5 07, 2022

Baltic grid operators discuss winter energy demand

By |July 5th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

At the end of June in Tallinn, representatives of electricity system operators from the Baltic Sea region discussed energy production and demand during the winter. The situation is unique in the context of the outbreak of war in Ukraine and the countries cutting off Russian fossil fuel imports. […]

30 06, 2022

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

By |June 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

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

By |May 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 |May 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 |May 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 |May 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 |May 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 |May 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 |April 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 |February 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 |February 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 |January 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 |January 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 |December 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 |December 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. [...]

12 11, 2021

Baltic Power to hold talks with suppliers about successive project stages

By |November 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. [...]

9 11, 2021

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners will become more involved in offshore wind energy

By |November 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 |November 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 |October 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 |October 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 |October 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 |September 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 |September 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 |September 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 |September 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 |September 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 [...]

2 09, 2021

WindEurope: Offshore wind continues to break new boundaries

By |September 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. [...]

1 09, 2021

Iberdrola signs land lease agreement for Baltic Eagle operations building

By |September 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 [...]

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