AREG Weekly Report – 21 July 2017

Carbon Trust launch new subsea inspection competition (The Carbon Trust)

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator has recently launched a new global subsea inspection competition to identify and support innovative concepts which could be developed or adapted to address the most significant challenges for subsea inspection of offshore wind farms. The challenges identified are grout integrity inspection and weld flaw detection, for both monopile and jacket structures. The winning concepts will have access to mentoring support from nine leading offshore wind farm owners, the opportunity to demonstrate their technology at an operational offshore wind farm in Europe, and further publicity support. The OWA is a joint industry project, involving nine offshore wind developers representing 76% of Europe’s installed capacity, and backed by the Scottish Government. More information:

Rovco to inspect Wave Hub subsea cable system (Subsea World News)

UK-based company Rovco will carry out a subsea cable system survey of the offshore renewable energy test site Wave Hub. The purpose of the project, scheduled to start on 25th July, is to inspect the Wave Hub subsea cable system with multibeam echo-sounder bathymetry and ROV visual survey. The survey works will be conducted up to 100m either side of Wave Hub subsea cables.

Nordex nails French prize (reNEWS)

Nordex Group is to supply and install turbines totalling 14.4MW for Neoen’s Pays Chaumontais wind farm in France. The German manufacturer will deliver six N117/2400 turbines in the first quarter of 2018 for installation at Jonchery about 250km south-west of Paris. Nordex will also provide operation and maintenance for 16 years at the wind farm. It is the company’s first deal with Neoen, a French independent power producer.

First Hywind turbine sets sail (reNEWS)

The first 6MW Siemens Gamesa floating turbine for the 30MW Hywind Scotland offshore wind demonstration scheme has left the port of Stord in Norway for the project site. The turbine is being towed for installation at the site, which is located 25km off the coast of Peterhead in Scotland. The wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of this year. Statoil and Masdar are developing the Hywind Scotland project.

EnerMech lands contract for work on polar research ship (The Scotsman)

Aberdeen-based engineering services specialist EnerMech has been awarded a contract on the £150 million polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The new polar ship has been commissioned by the National Environment Research Council (NERC) and will be operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Named after the world-famous naturalist and broadcaster, the vessel is part of a major government polar infrastructure investment programme designed to keep Britain at the forefront of research in Antarctica and the Arctic. EnerMech will manufacture and install hydraulic systems aboard the ship, which is due to be commissioned next summer and embark on its first Antarctic scientific voyage for the 2019/20 season following sea trials.

Renewable energy mega island tested in extreme waves (Energy Voice)

MARIN, the Dutch maritime institute, has this week tested out a mega island floating structure that could revolutionise the renewable energy sector. Given the difficulty and environmental effect large built in structures can have on oceans this project as, part of the Blue Future initiative, aims to seek sustainable solutions to such problems. Olaf Waals, project manager and the concept developer said: “As sea levels rise, cities become overcrowded and more activities are carried out at sea, raising the dikes and reclaiming land from the seas are perhaps no longer an effective solution. An innovative alternative that fits with the Dutch maritime tradition is floating ports and cities.”

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