Orsted has lined up Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines to the Contracts for Difference-backed 1386MW Hornsea 2 wind farm off east England. The manufacturer will supply its 8MW machine featuring a 167-metre rotor diameter with the “majority” of the blades to be delivered from the Siemens Gamesa facility in Hull.
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Europe powers up record levels of offshore wind energy. The UK and Germany led the way as Europe powered-up a record amount of offshore wind energy last year, it’s emerged. Countries installed 3.1 gigawatts of new sea-based renewable power, making it the continent’s biggest year ever, according to WindEurope. The industry body says rapidly falling costs means investing in offshore wind is now more attractive. The vast majority of new power came from the UK and Germany, but France, Finland and Belgium also connected wind farms to the grid. Among the UK’s new additions was Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, situated off the coast near Aberdeen. Its turbines, tethered to the seabed, can be moved to deeper waters than conventional wind farms, allowing them to be moved to more productive locations.
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Engineering firm BiFab has notified the Scottish government of the potential for redundancies among its workforce. The Unite union has warned that 260 workers could lose their jobs at yards operated by the company in Fife and Arnish on Lewis. BiFab said it was going through a “natural down-manning process” as it approached the end of work on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project. It has warned this could also mean redundancies among permanent staff. BiFab has informed workers about potential planned redundancies, but said that no decisions had been taken. The Scottish government said it has been “fully focused and working intensively” to secure the company’s long-term future.
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Ministers have insisted that they are doing everything they can to save the engineering firm Burntisland Fabrications after the company announced that 260 jobs were likely to be lost in Scotland because of a lack of orders.
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