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US announces $18.5 million fund for offshore wind research

The US Department of Energy selected the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to grant an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development consortium. The consortium will gather industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies.

Norway considers the construction of floating wind farms

Norwegian energy minister Terje Soeviknes will have meeting with companies on Wednesday, June 20, with the target to explore the possibility of constructing offshore floating wind farms. Terje Soeviknes wants to finalize the discussions within a few months. Namely, he stated that he is hoping to have proposal by autumn.

Watch: UK’s largest offshore wind farm officially opens

Race Bank, a new offshore wind farm capable of powering over half a million UK homes, officially opened at a ceremony in Grimsby, on 12 June. Race Bank is capable of generating 573 MW from its 91 Siemens Gamesa 6 MW wind turbines. Located off North Norfolk, it is UK’s largest offshore wind O&M base. 

New oil discovered in the North Sea

Norwegian oil major Equinor and its partners, Swedish Lundin and Spirit Energy, have struck oil in the PL 167 licence at the Utsira High in the North Sea. The discovery is currently estimated to contain 15-35 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent, which “adds new volumes in an important area of the North Sea”.

Norway approves operation of oil field in Barents Sea

The Norwegian Parliament approved the plan for development and operation of the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea, on Monday 11 June. The plan will now be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for formal approval. The field will be operated by Equinor, and its first oil scheduled for 2022.

New offshore wind project to be created off California

German EnBW will develop an offshore wind project off the coast of Central California. Namely, EnBW and Trident Winds will create a 650–1,000 megawatt ‘Morro Bay’ wind farm with a grid connection in Morro Bay. The focus of the joint venture is to obtain the site lease and then secure the grid connection.

New solution to improve electric transmission from offshore wind farms

This new system synchronises the wind turbines without using any additional element, since it uses the wind turbines’ capacity to contribute to voltage and frequency control. A key aspect of the project is the use of diode rectifier stations, which reduces the cost of the offshore rectifier platform by up to 30%. 

Offshore liftboat capsizes in South China Sea

Ezion Holdings informed that its offshore liftboat “Teras Lyza”, capsized in the South China Sea on Tuesday, June 5. Teras Lyza was being dead towed from Vung Tau, Vietnam to Taichung, Taiwan when a sudden list to the stern took place, causing the liftboat to capsize. The vessel was unmanned at the time of the incident.

PSA reports non-conformities at Jotun A facility

From 26 February 2018 to 22 March 2018, Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority carried out an audit of Point Resources’s Jotun A. The audit aimed to find how the company is ensuring compliance with requirements about major accident risk, including the company’s processes for risk, barrier and maintenance management.

PSA audit finds non-conformities on ‘Safe Scandinavia’

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority informed that it has identified a number of non-conformities and improvement points onboard Prosafe’s mobile accommodation facility ‘Safe Scandinavia’, within the areas of emergency preparedness, logistics, working environment and employee participation.

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