BRAZIL: Global turbine giants Alstom and Siemens officially deny they are negotiating to supply Brazil's only offshore wind project, the 11.2GW Asa Branca colossus off the north-east coast in Ceará state. However, Eólica Brasil, the project's developer, has revealed offers from both companies.
WORLDWIDE: With the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms accounting for a quarter of the industry's levelised cost of energy, opting for the most cost-efficient system of staff and component transfer has become a crucial issue.
WORLDWIDE: Monopile foundations are growing in size and weight to accommodate the huge turbines planned for far-shore projects. But the industry must respond to the shortage of heavy-lift vessels capable of hoisting these structures if it is to avoid an installation bottleneck.
WORLDWIDE: An alphabetic tour through some of the key companies, developments, innovations and challenges affecting vessels and other means of access to offshore wind projects, plus some of the organisations and agencies responsible for regulation.
German offshore wind developments in the North and Baltic Seas are further from shore and in deeper water than most European projects to date. Eize de Vries investigates the associated technological, manufacturing and logistical problems that foundation designers must address.
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Last updated 16 May 2014
|Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2||Germany||312MW, 582MW||Dong||Convertor construction||16-May-14|
|Cape Wind||US||468MW||Cape Wind||Surveying||13-May-14|
|Gwynt y Mor||UK||567MW||RWE||Cabling progress||12-May-14|
|Block Island||US||30MW||Deepwater Wind||Environmental permits||09-May-14|
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