Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy revealed plans to send a proposal on hearing to open the area of Utsira Nord outside the coast of Rogaland for applications on floating offshore wind. The hearing is planned to open before summer.
Eleven million people are working in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017. Offshore wind could be an especially attractive option for leveraging domestic capacity and exploiting synergies with the oil and gas industry.
Ahead of House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing, NOIA President Randall Luthi submitted a letter saying that the offshore wind energy boom in the US will need a skilled workforce trained and capable of operating in the unique offshore environment.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator has launched a competition to boost the development of technologies with the possibility to reduce vessel emissions and fuel consumption. Up to £100,000 in funding will be awarded to the winning technologies, from an overall funding pot of £300,000, to support technology development or showcase.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed legislation his administration introduced with the support of legislative advocates, authorizing the development of offshore wind in Connecticut. Now, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to begin the RFP process immediately.
Spain’s first floating wind platform was officially presented during an event in the Canary Islands Wednesday, after more than ten years of research. Built and assembled in the Canary shipyard, the W2Power prototype is the first multi-turbine wind platform worldwide to reach this technological level.
In Technavio’s report on the ‘Global Offshore Wind Power Market’ for the forecast period 2019-2023, the company says that this market will grow by more than USD 17 billion, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) close to 18%. Wind and solar power recorded a double-digit growth rate in 2018, mainly driven by China, Europe, and the US.
Nautilus stated that the UK Home Office decision to extend an immigration waiver that enables offshore wind construction companies to employ foreign crew, risks jobs and training in the sector. The specific waiver allows companies to pay non-European workers, who are often out at sea for 12 hours or more a day, less than the UK minimum wage.
Global wind turbine order intake rose 7% year-on-year during the first quarter of 2019, surpassing the last record which was achieved in the first quarter of 2018 for capacity in the quarter by 875MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
The world’s biggest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) is set to enter into service in the coming months for Heerema Marine Contractors, for offshore oil, gas and renewable energy installation and decommissioning jobs. This is also the world’s first dual-fuel crane vessel.
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