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The Technology and Construction Court in London has ruled that cracking discovered on some of the 140 monopiles built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd (ZPMC) for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm ”was largely a result of various failures by ZPMC to maintain correct preheat temperature of the welds to the monopiles.”
This paper argues that the methods and data used when estimating effects of offshore wind turbines on seabird population rates and the potential impacts on seabird populations are grossly inadequate. As a result, Environmental Impact Assessments cannot solely be relied on to report risks. The conclusions cited in the paper are provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
The delay follows the decision by Theresa May to abolish the energy department and fold it into a new Business Energy and Industrial Strategy department after she became prime minister following the Brexit vote.
Scottish Ministers and two offshore wind developers will appeal against court rulings that seek to void planning permission for as much as 2.3 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity.
Dong Energy has cancelled its plans to build a base port at the Able Marine Energy Park (Amep) on the River Humber, northeast UK, as it could not "justify the investment".
A legal challenge from RSPB Scotland to the granting of consent for four major offshore wind farms has been upheld. The bird protection charity had objected to the Scottish Government’s consent for the developments in the Forth and Tay regions.
Germany plans to cap the expansion of offshore wind power at the start of the next decade to ensure the future growth of renewables keeps step with the construction of new power lines.
"The constant, extremely loud thudding 'heartbeat' late into the night, night after night from pile driving the new crop of these monsters is hardly evidence of whoever is behind this scheme showing any consideration for the residents of Wirral. "These wind farms are rapidly becoming an ugly blot on what is otherwise a beautiful view along the Wirral coastline."
The Danish government said on Friday it wanted to scrap plans to build five offshore wind farms as their output would become too expensive for consumers.
Due to harsh weather, A2SEA's installation vessel, Sea Worker, has capsized off the coast of Nymindegab, Denmark. The evacuation took place on 27-Jan-2016 at approximately 03:10am off the North Sea coast by a lifeboat from Hvide Sande. The vessel was was in transit to Esbjerg.
Developer Dong Energy, which is majority-owned by the Danish state, said it had taken a final decision to proceed with the 1.2 gigawatt project that would be capable of powering one million homes and create 2,000 jobs during construction.
This is an essential factor for the maintenance and repair costs of offshore wind turbines which can add up over the years to one hundred times the costs for new construction. While a metal coating in the construction of onshore wind facilities can cost 20 to 30 euros per square meter, the cost for offshore plants can be several thousand euros. These costs must be reduced significantly.
Offshore wind market service provider A2SEA has confirmed that its jack-up barge Sea Worker ran aground early Wednesday morning off the coast of Nymindegab, south of Hvide Sande in Denmark.
A Mersey diver’s death at an off-shore wind farm is to be re-investigated after authorities wrongly ruled that he died from an undiagnosed heart condition. Stephen O’Malley was throttled when his neck dam ring, connected to his helmet, tightened as he worked in the North Sea, off the German shore, more than three years ago.
Tenders for 700 MW of offshore wind will be delayed after the Dutch senate gave the thumbs-down to the new Electricity and Gas Act, which includes, among other matters, the plan for the offshore grid network.
The 400-MW Anholt offshore wind farm is operational again after the replacement of two parts of the subsea cable connecting it to the grid was completed faster than expected.
Two hours after midnight on October 19, the cable to Dong Energy’s 209-MW Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm in Danish waters also went out of service due to an error. Energinet.dk has set November 25 as the tentative date for the repair.
Navitus Bay project director Stuart Grant said today: "After careful consideration, Navitus Bay has chosen not to challenge the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse consent for the proposed wind park.
The replacement of parts of the subsea cable connecting the 400-MW Anholt offshore wind farm to the Danish grid is expected to take place October 26 and November 23, if the weather permits.
Fishermen say they are being priced out of a port used by their ancestors for centuries to make way for energy firms running large off-shore wind farms. ...Boat owners put the blame on the Association of British Ports for giving priority at Lowestoft in Suffolk to the wind farm industry.