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Study: Offshore Wind Could Save California Ratepayers $1-2 Billion

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-19 18:34:25

Castle Wind, a joint venture between Trident Winds and EnBW North America, has released a new study that indicates offshore wind off the coast of California could save ratepayers $1-2 billion on a net present value basis by 2040. The savings could be achieved through the installation of 7-9GW of offshore wind, according to the study commissioned by Castle Wind from Energy + Environmental Economics (E3). This represents enough energy to power four million homes and meet approximately 10 percent...

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World's Longest Offshore Wind Turbine Blade Arrives in U.K.

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-18 16:51:44

The world’s longest offshore wind turbine blade has arrived at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s testing facilities in Blyth, Northumberland. The production of the 107-meter (351-foot) LM Wind Power blade represents a milestone for the wind industry, as it is the first wind turbine blade to surpass 100 meters in length. The blade is larger than the total wingspan of an A380 aircraft and is designed to operate from GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12 MW turbine, which is also...

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Sunset view from the installation vessel Blue Tern (Photo: ENBW / ERSG, Adam Blackman)

Turbine Installation Complete at Hohe See Offshore Wind Farm

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-14 19:08:43

German utility EnBW has installed all 71 wind turbines of its offshore wind farm Hohe See in the German North Sea. The turbines are now being commissioned; 27 turbines have already been put into operation and feed electricity into the grid. After completing the installation work at Hohe See, the vessels Blue Tern and Brave Tern are sailing to the adjacent wind farm Albatros to complete 16 more wind turbines.  Together, EnBW's Hohe See and Albatros represent the largest offshore...

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Watch: Life On Board Australia's Prelude FLNG

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-14 18:29:07

Shell has produce a film about living on board the Prelude FLNG. The facility is located 475 kilometers (295 miles) North East of Broome in Western Australia.  In June, the first shipment of LNG departed the facility destined for customers in Asia. The first cargo was loaded more than eight years after final investment decision and nearly two years after the facility arrived in Australia. The Prelude FLNG facility will produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa...

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Vineyard Wind Project Delayed

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-11 20:58:30

The Vineyard Wind project, Massachusetts’ first offshore wind project, has been delayed indefinitely after the federal government's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) delayed its environmental approval. Local media report that the company's plan to break ground by the end of 2019 would have made it eligible for a 12 percent tax credit from the state, timing that some believe is essential to Vineyard Wind's competitive power pricing.   BOEM has not made public comment about the details of the...

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Report Identifies Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Offshore Wind

By Liz Burdock and Jay Borkland 2019-08-07 16:26:56

The offshore wind energy revolution has arrived on American shores. In a relatively short period of time, East Coast states are breaking offshore wind records as they compete with each other over wind power. A recent report, though, by the Business Network for Offshore Wind finds that industry challenges will slow growth unless offshore wind states work together to find solutions. Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the largest offshore wind project in the country. His climate change bill...

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Australia Launches Record Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-06 19:37:01

Australia has opened bidding for its 2019 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release which includes 64 areas across  the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands. It is the largest release since 2000 and involves over 120,000 square kilometers of acreage.  Australia is expected to overtake Qatar as the world’s largest exporter of LNG next year, as the final two projects in Australia’s recent wave of LNG investment ramp...

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DeepGreen Responds to Greenpeace Seabed Mining Report

By DeepGreen 2019-07-31 19:09:28

We appreciate the recent Greenpeace report, In Deep Water: The emerging threat of deep sea mining, issued July 3, 2019, as a well-intentioned effort to protect the deep sea. We agree with its recommendations to (1) establish a comprehensive network of marine reserves covering at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030; and (2) establish a strong Global Ocean Treaty in 2020 that promotes sanctuaries across the global ocean, protects marine life from multiple extraction activities and delivers...

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Consortium to Develop Offshore Solar Platforms for North Sea

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-30 21:43:38

A consortium of DEME, Tractebel, Jan De Nul Group, Soltech and Ghent University has launched a project to develop floating solar technology. The partners strongly believe that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in offshore waters are an essential future green energy source. Combined in the same location with aquaculture and offshore wind power, this technology would allow for more efficient use of available space.  Solar PV technology costs are constantly decreasing, and the consortium believes an evolution towards high-wave offshore applications...

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Official opening of Beatrice

Scotland's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-29 18:32:24

The world’s fourth largest offshore wind farm – and Scotland’s largest – was officially opened on Monday. Situated in the North Sea, 13 kilometers (eight miles) off the coast of Caithness, Beatrice’s 84 turbines will generate 588MW of energy – enough to power 450,000 homes every year – and save around eight million tons of carbon emissions over its expected 25-year lifetime operation. The £2.5 billion ($3 billion) Beatrice project is the largest ever single private investment in Scotland and was...

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