Vestas has become the latest wind manufacturer to join the race to develop giant offshore wind turbines, after unveiling plans this morning for a new 15MW turbine model with a record-breaking rotor diameter. The Danish wind turbine giant said the V236-15.0MW model would help slash costs for wind farm developers, elevate industry performance benchmarks, and make the firm “highly competitive in offshore tenders”.
Business Green 10th Feb 2021 read more »
SSE Renewables and Total have announced that Global Energy Group’s (GEG) Port of Nigg near Inverness, Scotland, has been selected as the marshalling, storage and logistics base for 114 wind turbine foundation structures destined for the 1075 MW Seagreen Offshore Windfarm being constructed in Scotland’s Firth of Forth. The offshore wind contract award will support 141 skilled jobs at Port of Nigg in Tain during peak construction, including work for 93 permanent roles already on-site as well as the creation of an additional 48 new roles at the port, delivering a green jobs boost to the Scottish Highlands. Recruitment for the new roles at Port of Nigg will begin in the coming months and opportunities will be advertised on Global Energy Group’s recruitment and social media channels.
Inverness Courier 11th Feb 2021 read more »
The Offshore Wind Industry Council has set out the priority areas in which it is working with the Government to support the development of the UK’s rapidly growing supply chain. Recognising the economic opportunity created by the Prime Minister’s decision to set a target of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, the industry has identified turbine blades, towers, monopile foundations and power cables as the prime areas in which the UK can secure new investment to boost our domestic manufacturing capabilities. Developers of planned projects are engaging with manufacturers to provide greater visibility of their demands and timelines, which will encourage companies to invest in new facilities. The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, a £100m fund set up by the industry to accelerate supply chain development, is leading on work to identify high-value components for blades, generators, nacelles, towers and electrical systems which could be sourced in the UK. These make up the lion’s share of capital expenditure on projects and more of them could made in the UK. The OWGP will produce a report with recommendations to industry and Government later this year.
Renewable UK 4th Feb 2021 read more »
RenewableUK is responding to the results of The Crown Estate’s Invitation to Tender Stage 2 (ITT 2) process for the Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4. The Crown Estate is making available six new areas of seabed to develop nearly 8 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind projects in the UK and the IIT 2 process has used an auction system to determine which companies will be allocated the option to develop these new sites. Companies were invited to submit bids for an ‘option fee’ for each of the available sites which will be paid annually until companies finalise their plans to build the new wind farms, up to a maximum of 10 years. This is the first time a bidding process to set ‘option fees’ has been used in the leasing process for offshore wind farms. Previously The Crown Estate had set fixed annual option fees. The industry had warned that the limited number of sites available and high demand risked an auction that resulted in very high bids. The nearly 8GW awarded in this 4th Leasing Round is significantly lower than the 32GW secured in the 3rd leasing round held in 2010. The option fees announced today totalling £879m per year, or £111m per GW per year, represent a very significant sum for developers. In comparison, developing and constructing a 1GW offshore wind farm currently requires investment of c.£2.5bn.
Renewable UK 8th Feb 2021 read more »