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30th July 2018 Global Wind Service relocates in Romania

In line with the GWS strategy our Romanian office supports the development of the local organisation for central Europe and Turkey. Recent projects in the region counts Alibunar and Dolovo as well as various service projects. Due to our continued growth and the need for more office space Global Wind Service (GWS) has relocated to new office facilities within Constanta. The new ...

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In line with the GWS strategy our Romanian office supports the development of the local organisation for central Europe and Turkey. Recent projects in the region counts Alibunar and Dolovo as well as various service projects.

Due to our continued growth and the need for more office space Global Wind Service (GWS) has relocated to new office facilities within Constanta.

The new office is conveniently located in a business building on one of the main boulevards of Constanta. In Total 50 people are employed in the unit which covers technicians, project, finance, HR and wearhouse.

 

New address:

203 Mamaia boulevard

1st floor, apartment 2

900565 Constanta

Constanta county

Romania

 

Tel:  +40 341 451 736

 

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20th July 2018 Universal Foundation Mono Buckets showcased at the Deutsche Bucht pilot project

On the 19th of July Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH announced that the Deutsche Bucht Mono Bucket pilot demonstrator (“Demo”) project has reached financial close. Deutsche Bucht, which is 100 per cent owned by Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc., will be the first offshore wind farm worldwide to test this new type of foundation structure under commercial operating conditions. Kristian Ravn, ...

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On the 19th of July Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH announced that the Deutsche Bucht Mono Bucket pilot demonstrator (“Demo”) project has reached financial close. Deutsche Bucht, which is 100 per cent owned by Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc., will be the first offshore wind farm worldwide to test this new type of foundation structure under commercial operating conditions.

Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation said: “This pilot provides a unique opportunity to utilize the Mono Bucket foundation in a commercial project, demonstrating the above state of the art technology’s low impact on marine habitats. The support from Northland Power has been second to none. All of the parties involved have invested a lot of effort into making this project a reality, and we are delighted that it will now move forward.”

The advantage of the suction bucket construction is that its own weight and vacuum pressure causes it to become firmly embedded in the sea floor. This method eliminates the need for pile driving, and consequently, for noise mitigation measures such as big bubble curtains. It also enables the possibility for complete decommissioning. Consequently, the result of using this technology is less environmental impact, less interference with ocean wildlife making the Mono Bucket highly attractive in noise restrictive areas. Installation of the Mono Bucket foundations is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019. Commissioning of the wind farm is expected to take place in the second half of 2019.

The foundations will be equipped with V164-8.4 MW wind turbines by MHI Vestas. The two turbines will contribute an additional 17 MW of capacity to the base 252 MW project for a total of 269 MW and 33 turbines.

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19th July 2018 New strong industry profiles joining Global Wind Service

As part of Global Wind Service’s (GWS) strategic focus on development and growth two strong industry profiles has been added to the team. Henrik Jensen, former Director of Logistics, Offshore at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy joined the company in the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Thorsten Helweg, former EMEA Subcontracting Manager Wind GP&S at GE Renewable Energy has joined the company ...

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As part of Global Wind Service’s (GWS) strategic focus on development and growth two strong industry profiles has been added to the team.

Henrik Jensen, former Director of Logistics, Offshore at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy joined the company in the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Thorsten Helweg, former EMEA Subcontracting Manager Wind GP&S at GE Renewable Energy has joined the company as Director of Service.

“Demands from our clients and the market are increasing constantly, and to keep a position as market leader and preferred supplier, we need to continuously develop our business. We already have very strong and competent employees at Global Wind Service, and with Henrik and Thorsten now on the team, I am confident that we can become an even stronger player in the market”, said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO at Global Wind Service.

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2nd July 2018 Universal Foundation partner with Siemens Gamesa to perform test installation on industrialised suction bucket concept

Universal Foundation continues in successful partnership with Siemens Gamesa to showcase suction bucket technology with focus on industrialising suction bucket technology. The overall target is to decrease the cost of foundation construction and installation by 40% to support continued decreases in the Levelized Cost of Energy. A consortium including Siemens Gamesa, Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Offshoreenergy.dk has ...

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Universal Foundation continues in successful partnership with Siemens Gamesa to showcase suction bucket technology with focus on industrialising suction bucket technology. The overall target is to decrease the cost of foundation construction and installation by 40% to support continued decreases in the Levelized Cost of Energy.

A consortium including Siemens Gamesa, Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Offshoreenergy.dk has been awarded 3.8m EUR by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. The partnership seeks to demonstrate how an industrialized suction bucket concept can slash the installation costs of offshore wind foundations. The specific purpose of this Part 2 project is to complete an offshore trial installation campaign using the new suction bucket concept prototype.

 The partnership builds on an ongoing project (Part 1) under which a next generation suction bucket concept has been designed and an 8×8 meter prototype has been fabricated. During Part 2, the prototype will be used for the offshore trial installation campaign. The new concept merges the noise free installation advantages of suction buckets with industrialized fabrication methods using coil steel (instead of classical plate steel). The fabrication method was originally developed between Siemens Gamesa and the Danish steel specialist Ib Andresen Industries for application in onshore towers.

“By applying this innovative fabrication method to suction bucket technology in offshore wind, the steel plate thickness can be reduced to below 20mm, compared to today’s typical thickness of 30-40mm for this type of foundation. This means use of lower costs steel with higher supply availability. The assembly process is much more suitable for high volume manufacturing, and hence supply bottlenecks can be eliminated and costs reduced. A key element is to ensure the structural integrity of the foundation both during installation and operation. During Part 2 of the project, we are excited to prove the installation integrity of the system”, Finn Daugaard Madsen, Project Manager, SiemensGamesa.

 “The project is interesting in many ways. We all share the view that suction technology provides some obvious installation advantages, both in terms of environmental impact and costs. Cost of fabrication and supply security continue as one of the challenges to overcome for suction buckets. The competitive environment of offshore wind drives us to think innovation, and this project enables us to cut the total system cost by 40%”, Søren Andreas Nielsen, Head of R&D, Universal Foundation.

The aim is to mature the industrialised suction bucket concept towards full commercial scale.

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2nd July 2018 Global Wind Service crosses halfway point at Borkum Riffgrund II ahead of schedule

Saturday the 30th of June the 28th MHI Vestas 8MW turbine was installed at Borkum Riffgrund II, thereby crossing the half way milestone. Top performance from all involved parties has made it possible to install the 28 turbines almost one week ahead of schedule. The project was kicked-off in May and expected to last until October. Global Wind Service is doing installation ...

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Saturday the 30th of June the 28th MHI Vestas 8MW turbine was installed at Borkum Riffgrund II, thereby crossing the half way milestone.

Top performance from all involved parties has made it possible to install the 28 turbines almost one week ahead of schedule.

The project was kicked-off in May and expected to last until October. Global Wind Service is doing installation and completion on the project working from Bold Tern, owned and operated by our related company Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind farm is located in the North Sea, 57 kilometers off the coast of Germany. Once in operation, the 450MW wind farm will supply 160,000 German households with green energy.

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2nd July 2018 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier reaches halfway point on Borkum Riffgrund II

Saturday 30 June, the 28th MHI Vestas 8MW turbine was installed by Bold Tern on Borkum Riffgrund II, marking the half way milestone. A coordinated solution-oriented approach from all parts has allowed operations to continually adapt and improve, allowing Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to surpass the performance expectations of our client. The fastest installation of four turbines on this project was done in ...

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Saturday 30 June, the 28th MHI Vestas 8MW turbine was installed by Bold Tern on Borkum Riffgrund II, marking the half way milestone.

A coordinated solution-oriented approach from all parts has allowed operations to continually adapt and improve, allowing Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to surpass the performance expectations of our client.

The fastest installation of four turbines on this project was done in just four days. And the fastest installation of one turbine was done in less than 15 hours.

Beginning of June, Bold Tern installed the first MHI Vestas 8MW turbine on a suction bucket jacket foundation. In addition to the 20 suction bucket jacket foundations, the rest of the turbines will be mounted on 36 monopile foundations.

The 450MW Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind farm is located some 57 kilometres off the north-west coast of Germany and is scheduled for commissioning in 2019. It will power 160,000 German households annually once completed. These are the first 8MW turbines delivered to Germany.

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19th June 2018 Crane boom extension completed on Brave Tern

After succesfully getting the crane boom extended by 20m at Damen Shipyard in Amsterdam, Brave Tern is now ready for new projects with a lift height of up to 120m. The work was completed on time without hiccups – thanks to a seamless cooperation between Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and the professional project staff at Damen. Brave Tern is now ready ...

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After succesfully getting the crane boom extended by 20m at Damen Shipyard in Amsterdam, Brave Tern is now ready for new projects with a lift height of up to 120m. The work was completed on time without hiccups – thanks to a seamless cooperation between Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and the professional project staff at Damen. Brave Tern is now ready to install WTG’s with larger turbines and higher hub heights, such as MVOW V164 8MW.

Read more about our vessels Brave Tern and Bold Tern here

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19th June 2018 All former Total Wind A/S projects acquired by Global Wind Service now up and running

Since Global Wind Service (GWS) in early May acquired parts of the bankruptcy estate from Total Wind A/S, things have been moving fast. As a result of an outstanding team effort by GWS employees all implicated projects are now running and more than 150 former Total Wind employees are integrated in the company. As a result of this effort, service work ...

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Since Global Wind Service (GWS) in early May acquired parts of the bankruptcy estate from Total Wind A/S, things have been moving fast. As a result of an outstanding team effort by GWS employees all implicated projects are now running and more than 150 former Total Wind employees are integrated in the company.

As a result of this effort, service work is now carried out at Horns Rev I. Pre-assembly at Port of Esbjerg is running as planned. Technicians are mobilising for Horns Rev III and the blade campaign teams have been mobilised.

“It is no secret that it has been quite a challenge growing with more than 150 employees and several projects overnight. But our organisation has been absolutely amazing and has made an incredible effort to get our new colleagues integrated and get all project up and running to the benefit of our customers. At the same time, it has been a pleasure to see how engaged and committed our new colleagues has been to get well on board GWS.” said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of GWS.

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11th June 2018 Universal Foundation and Ramboll integrates virtual reality in fast track design project

Universal Foundation and Ramboll integrates virtual reality in fast track design project Universal Foundation and Ramboll have established a close collaboration on an on-going joint development project concerning the design and certification of the Mono Bucket concept shown in the video below. The project included load iterations with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. “We have found great value in applying our complementary competencies on ...

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Universal Foundation and Ramboll integrates virtual reality in fast track design project

Universal Foundation and Ramboll have established a close collaboration on an on-going joint development project concerning the design and certification of the Mono Bucket concept shown in the video below. The project included load iterations with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

“We have found great value in applying our complementary competencies on this project, where virtual reality (VR) clearly provides value by being able to visualize and address design issues at all stages of the design”, states Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen, Head of Business Development at Universal Foundation.

The work focused on preparations of Design Basis, Design Briefs, Collision Analysis, Load Calculations and Structural Verifications of the structures. The designs created as part of the scope of the project were subsequently turned into real-scale 3D models as featured in this video animation.

“For Ramboll it has been a valuable learning working with the Mono Bucket concept; a foundation providing the major installation benefit of being virtually noise free. Using the complementary competencies of the companies, we have been able to deliver a detailed design on a highly compressed timeline. VR gives us access to a great tool to address design issues, before they are finally implemented in the project”, states Ronnie Refstrup Pedersen, Senior Chief Consultant at Ramboll.

 

Click here to watch the video.

 

Read more on the VR project on below web link: http://www.ramboll.com/services-and-sectors/energy/wind-energy/virtual-reality-a-new-digital-solution-for-the-visualisation-of-offshore-wind-projects

 

ABOUT RAMBOLL

Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs 13,000 globally and has especially strong representation in the Nordics, UK, North America, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. With more than 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase constantly striving to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our clients, the end-users, and society at large. Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy and Management Consulting.

 

ABOUT UNIVERSAL FOUNDATION A/S

Universal Foundation is the Fred. Olsen related company responsible for bringing the Mono Bucket foundation to the offshore wind industry. The Mono Bucket offers key partners a unique advantage for combining profitability & winning bids with offshore foundations. A unique concept in offshore wind engineering, the Mono Bucket combines the key benefits of a gravity base foundation, a monopile and a suction bucket. It is recognized by industry as the foundation solution for the latest generation of offshore multi-MW wind turbines and stands as a key Balance of Plant component with the potential to significantly lower the Levelized Cost of Energy.

 

The company is currently involved in projects in Europe, the USA and Japan, which underlines the strong industry and market interest in the technology.

 

 

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Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen

Head of Business Development

…………………………………

Universal Foundation

Langerak 17, 1. sal
9220 Aalborg Øst

Denmark

www.universal-foundation.com

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Mobile:    +45 5118 2061

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31st May 2018 Bold Tern is performing bunker operations while loading turbines

For Borkum Riffgrund II all operational processes have been thought out by bringing the relevant stakeholders in execution to the table. This has led to a new bunker solution on Bold Tern. In the planning phase, many possible solutions were discussed as to how bunker operations could be done while loading – and keeping the operation simple was paramount. The solution The ...

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For Borkum Riffgrund II all operational processes have been thought out by bringing the relevant stakeholders in execution to the table. This has led to a new bunker solution on Bold Tern. In the planning phase, many possible solutions were discussed as to how bunker operations could be done while loading – and keeping the operation simple was paramount.

The solution

The solution is using the hydraulic operated boat landing. By using the boat landing that extends below the hull, it can act as a barrier between the vessel and bunker barge – not limiting bunker operations due to the large air gap while jacked up.

On Borkum Riffgrund II the solution works like this:

  • Operation starts 2-3 hours before high tide
  • Boat landing is deployed (takes 5-10 minutes)
  • The bunker barge moores to Bold Tern landing with spring lines on the boat landing at their level, and with head and stern lines up on the bollards on deck level
  • Connect and start pumping – operation stops latest 2-3 hours before low tide again. For Borkum Riffgrund only 200-350 t is bunkered which only takes a couple of hours including connecting and disconnecting. This gives a buffer time of 40% in case of unforeseen delays.

So now it is possible to bunker parallel with load-out and thereby not affecting the load-out at all.

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15th May 2018 Global Wind Service successfully erects first turbine at Badgingarra, Australia

Last Monday afternoon a team of skilled Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians successfully installed rotor on the first of the 37 x SWT-3.6DD turbines at Badgingarra wind farm in Western Australia. GWS has been contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy with the combined crane and installation scope for the wind farm, and technicians have been working on site since the end ...

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Last Monday afternoon a team of skilled Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians successfully installed rotor on the first of the 37 x SWT-3.6DD turbines at Badgingarra wind farm in Western Australia.

GWS has been contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy with the combined crane and installation scope for the wind farm, and technicians have been working on site since the end of March doing pre-installation work.

The wind farm is developed and owned by APA group and once completed, it will power more than 115,000 homes in Western Australia with green energy, saving more than 420,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

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4th May 2018 Global Wind Service acquires part of Total Wind A/S, securing more than 150 jobs and continued progress on ongoing projects

Following the bankruptcy of Total Wind A/S, Global Wind Service (GWS) has acquired all offshore and blade activities from Total Wind A/S. With this acquisition GWS takes over several ongoing projects including customer contracts and employees.   The main activities acquired includes the following projects: Horns Rev I, DK: Service works for Vattenfall Horns Rev III, DK: Installation and completion for MHI Vestas Offshore ...

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Following the bankruptcy of Total Wind A/S, Global Wind Service (GWS) has acquired all offshore and blade activities from Total Wind A/S. With this acquisition GWS takes over several ongoing projects including customer contracts and employees.

 

The main activities acquired includes the following projects:

Horns Rev I, DK: Service works for Vattenfall

Horns Rev III, DK: Installation and completion for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Port of Esbjerg, DK: Pre-assembly activities for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Various blade repair projects in Europe

 

Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of GWS said, “Despite the unfortunate circumstances for Total Wind A/S, we are pleased to announce, that GWS has been able to step in and secure the jobs of more than 150 Total Wind employees. We are also glad to be able to ensure steady progress on the projects which is already ongoing.”

“MHI Vestas has worked with Global Wind Service on a number of successful projects,” said Flemming Ougaard, Chief Operations Officer at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.  “The fact that they can step in here in these testing times and ensure continuity of service and project delivery is very important to MHI Vestas.”

With the acquisition GWS now counts over 800 people and further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of skilled turbine technicians, expertise and services for both onshore and offshore wind projects around the world. This initiative is in line with our defined strategy for future growth and expansion.

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11th April 2018 Global Wind Service crosses half way point at Alibunar Wind Farm in Serbia

In the weekend Global Wind Service (GWS) crossed the half way point at Alibunar Wind Farm in Serbia when a team of GWS technicians successfully completed the installation of turbine number 12 out of a total of 21. Senvion awarded GWS with unloading, pre-assembly and installation of the 21 Senvion MM100 turbines. Work commenced at site at the 1st of February ...

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In the weekend Global Wind Service (GWS) crossed the half way point at Alibunar Wind Farm in Serbia when a team of GWS technicians successfully completed the installation of turbine number 12 out of a total of 21.

Senvion awarded GWS with unloading, pre-assembly and installation of the 21 Senvion MM100 turbines. Work commenced at site at the 1st of February with the onloading of the components.

“We are very happy to be working on this project with Senvion in Serbia, thereby elaborating and further strengthening GWS’ engagement in the country’s wind industry, following the establishment of our local business unit in 2017.” said Michael Høj Olsen, GWS Chief Commercial Officer.

Alibunar wind farm is located between Pancevo and Alibunar village,approx. 60 kilometres north of Belgrade – not far from the Čibuk 1wind farm, where GWS is installing 57 GE turbines. The 21 turbines at Alibunar wind farm have a hub height of 100 meters and are rated to produce two megawatts each. Together they will power around 27,600 households on average per year with green energy.

 

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3rd April 2018 Vestas award Roan Wind Farm contract to DELPRO Wind

DELPRO Wind has been chosen by Vestas as HV Installation partner for Norwegian onshore project Roan wind farm, which is the first part of the very large Fosen wind farm. Jacob Rath, CEO of DELPRO Wind said ‘we are very pleased to be chosen by Vestas for this very interesting project. We our first projects for Vestas in 2017 and believe ...

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DELPRO Wind has been chosen by Vestas as HV Installation partner for Norwegian onshore project Roan wind farm, which is the first part of the very large Fosen wind farm.

Jacob Rath, CEO of DELPRO Wind said ‘we are very pleased to be chosen by Vestas for this very interesting project. We our first projects for Vestas in 2017 and believe that our successful performance on these projects contributed to the award of the Roan project’.

When finished in 2020 the Fosen wind farm will consist of approx. 300 Wind Turbines with a total capacity of 1 GW.

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30th March 2018 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Falcon Global Announce Cooperation Agreement in Offshore Wind

Falcon Global LLC (“Falcon Global”) a subsidiary of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SMHI) (“SEACOR Marine”) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS (“FOWIC”) a wholly owned subsidiary of BONHEUR ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: BON.OL) today announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement whereby each party will exclusively contribute vessels and marine/installation crews to the market and operate a full ...

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Falcon Global LLC (“Falcon Global”) a subsidiary of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SMHI) (“SEACOR Marine”) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS (“FOWIC”) a wholly owned subsidiary of BONHEUR ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: BON.OL) today announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement whereby each party will exclusively contribute vessels and marine/installation crews to the market and operate a full spread of offshore wind installation and feeder vessels for the US offshore wind market.

The Falcon Global fleet, consists of one of the largest existing US-flag and Jones-Act compliant lift boats in the U.S. With a proven track record of operating in US-waters under harsh environmental conditions, The Falcon Global fleet represents a longstanding tradition of highly competent US-officers and crew. The combination of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of highly sophisticated Wind Turbine Installation vessels and the Flacon Global fleet will create a marine spread capable of installing the largest turbines in the market. The Falcon Global vessels will form a feeder-solution of up to 4 vessels depending on installation parameters.

The efficiency of the vessel spread will enable shorter installation periods, reduced costs and feeding renewable energy onto the grid sooner than alternative installation methods.  In addition, the vessel spread will enable access to the existing ports and infrastructure.

Falcon Global vessels and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier successfully installed the five turbine Block Island project in 2016, the first offshore wind farm in the US. The project was installed in only 18 days and with zero safety incidents. Currently, several offshore windfarms are planned along the US North East Coast in 13 leased areas, as reported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Washington, D.C. (BOEM).

John Gellert, President and CEO of SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. commented: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Fred. Olsen, which will allow us to offer highly efficient and cost effective services to our wind customers, building on the successful operation our vessels had with Fred. Olsen during the Block Island campaign. We look forward to working with Fred. Olsen in delivering safe, reliable and efficient solutions to our wind customers in the US, and Europe. This agreement is not only the first significant announcement for our investment in Falcon Global, but also a major milestone for SEACOR, as we continue to implement our strategy of diversifying our customer base outside of oil and gas markets, and expanding in windfarm services where we already have a substantial presence with Windcat Workboats.”

Ketil Arvesen, Vice President of Fred.Olsen Ocean, added “The two companies combine the best of US marine expertise and Jones-Act compliant liftboats with European offshore wind know-how and class leading jack-up vessels for the upcoming US offshore wind farms. This unique combination of available assets and experience in an exclusive agreement will enable installation of multi megawatt offshore turbines in the US, bringing business case certainty to the developers. We are proud to team up with Falcon Global and SEACOR in an exclusive agreement to make this happen.

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13th March 2018 Universal Foundation and Hitachi Zosen team up to push competitive offshore wind in Japan

Universal Foundation is proud to announce that the company is engaged in Japan together with Hitachi Zosen. The cooperation is focused on a feasibility study to assess the application of Mono Bucket technology for a Japanese offshore wind power generation project. The project is looking to combine the achievements from commercial projects in Europe and the US, with the specific ...

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Universal Foundation is proud to announce that the company is engaged in Japan together with Hitachi Zosen. The cooperation is focused on a feasibility study to assess the application of Mono Bucket technology for a Japanese offshore wind power generation project. The project is looking to combine the achievements from commercial projects in Europe and the US, with the specific conditions and requirements relevant to the Japanese offshore wind industry. The work aims to support cost reductions for offshore wind projects in Japan.

“We are very pleased with the trust shown to us by Hitachi Zosen and the project partners. This project enables early engagement in the developing offshore market in Japan. We can provide support with our knowledge from Europe and the US on suction technology and how the Mono Bucket technology can be applied in Japan”, said Søren A. Nielsen, Head of Technology at Universal Foundation.

Hitachi Zosen Co. Ltd. is executing the works under a partnership with Kyoto University (comprising of Kyoto City, Kyoto University, Kyoto University) and Toyo Construction Co. Ltd.

The decision to engage Universal Foundation in the feasibility study was based on a comparative assessment of various foundation types for a wind farm of 15 wind turbines. On an EPCI cost assessment the Mono Bucket was concluded to be the most cost effective and it has the potential to shorten the length of the construction period, making it an attractive overall solution for the specific wind farm.
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9th March 2018 Global Wind Service successfully installs first Merkur turbine

At approx. 16.00 Wednesday afternoon the first of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines was successfully installed at Merkur offshore windfarm, Germany, by a team of experienced Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians. Installation of the full 396MW windfarm is expected to finish around September while commissioning activities are expected to continue until the end of the year. In addition to the ...

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At approx. 16.00 Wednesday afternoon the first of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines was successfully installed at Merkur offshore windfarm, Germany, by a team of experienced Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians.

Installation of the full 396MW windfarm is expected to finish around September while commissioning activities are expected to continue until the end of the year. In addition to the installation scope, GWS was selected as a primary partner for commissioning and completion as well.

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23rd February 2018 Global Wind Service delivering crane and installation for Čibuk 1 wind farm, Serbia

GE Renewable Energy contracted wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) to deliver crane and installation for the commissioning of the Čibuk 1 wind farm in Serbia. Covering 57x 2.75-120m GE wind turbines, it makes it the largest wind project in the Western Balkans. Pre-assembly started at site in November 2017 and installation is planned to finish in ...

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GE Renewable Energy contracted wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) to deliver crane and installation for the commissioning of the Čibuk 1 wind farm in Serbia. Covering 57x 2.75-120m GE wind turbines, it makes it the largest wind project in the Western Balkans.

Pre-assembly started at site in November 2017 and installation is planned to finish in the third quarter of 2018.

The Cibuk 1 wind farm is the first project in Serbia where GWS has been awarded both installation and craning. Vetroelektrane Balkana (WEBG), the project company behind Čibuk 1, is wholly owned by Tesla Wind, a 60:40 joint venture between Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company and Čibuk Wind Holding.

“We are very pleased that GE Renewable Energy has given us this opportunity to take on more responsibility by awarding us with both installation and craning. Having the full scope within one contract will enable us to work more efficiently by means of improved planning and coordination between the two parties,” said Michael Høj Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer at GWS.

Due to expected potential in the Serbian market, and more work secured, GWS has established a local business unit in Serbia – supporting GWS business in the country for not only this, but also future projects.

“GWS has strong emphasis on continued growth and as such, Serbia which is a relatively new wind energy market is very interesting and promising for us,” said Lars Petersen, CEO and co-founder of GWS.

Serbia is a member of the European Energy Community and in the process of joining the EU. The country has committed to increase its share of renewable energy in an action plan. In terms of the electricity sector, Serbia is aiming for 500MW of wind capacity by 2020 –  wind thereby comprising 27.4% of the country’s total planned capacity of renewable energy for the electricity sector.

Image credit: GE Renewable Energy

About GWS: Global Wind Service (GWS) is a leading supplier of turbine technicians, expertise and services to wind farm projects around the world. GWS delivers highly trained people with unique skills and technical expertise to meet customer demands safely and efficiently across turbine types and geography.

About Masdar: Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company which works to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the United Arab Emirates’ long-term vision for the future of energy and water. For more information please visit: http://www.masdar.ae and connect: facebook.com/masdar.ae and twitter.com/Masdar

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30th January 2018 Global Wind Service to work on commissioning and completion at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

Global Wind Service (GWS) was selected by GE Renewable Energy as a primary partner for the commissioning and completion scope for Merkur Offshore Wind Farm, located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany. The rather comprehensive scope consists of several work packages: onshore commissioning preparation activities as well as electrical and mechanical activities offshore such as tensioning, completion, punch-lists, ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) was selected by GE Renewable Energy as a primary partner for the commissioning and completion scope for Merkur Offshore Wind Farm, located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany.

The rather comprehensive scope consists of several work packages: onshore commissioning preparation activities as well as electrical and mechanical activities offshore such as tensioning, completion, punch-lists, MV activities including switchgear testing, MV cable preparation, and HV work.

“We are very pleased that GE Renewable Energy has chosen GWS as their partner on installation, mechanical and electrical completion and commissioning for this project. This gives us a unique possibility to bring synergies to the project in both planning and execution of the work scope,” said Michael Høj Olsen, CCO at GWS.

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19th January 2018 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS enters co-operation agreement with Northern Offshore Services

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS and Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) have, on January 17, 2018, signed a co-operation agreement. The agreement means that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of CTVs will be integrated into N-O-S’s existing management and organisation. “N-O-S is a reputable, competent and highly experienced CTV owner and operator with a varied fleet of modern CTVs. Together with the Bayards and the ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS and Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) have, on January 17, 2018, signed a co-operation agreement. The agreement means that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of CTVs will be integrated into N-O-S’s existing management and organisation.

“N-O-S is a reputable, competent and highly experienced CTV owner and operator with a varied fleet of modern CTVs. Together with the Bayards and the competence and experience of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, the co-operation will further develop the service offered to the clients and allow Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to focus our resources and investments into installation of offshore wind turbines and O&M,” said Even Larsen, CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Rasmus Johansson, CEO of N-O-S: “We are very happy to have signed this agreement with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and we are very excited to see the implications of it. With this agreement we follow our strategy to continue our expansion in the offshore wind sector and we truly believe that it will in a very positive way further enhance our offering to our customers.”

“N-O-S and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have their roots in a long tradition of shipping that has always been driven by innovation. We both believe in being flexible, reliable and professional,” said David Kristensson, owner of Northern Offshore Services. “I believe that our companies’ similar background as family driven businesses has been a help in coming to an agreement. We share the same values. I am glad for this long-term co-operation with Fred, Olsen Windcarrier, a company strongly committed to the offshore wind industry and I am very excited for what the future holds.”

Northern Offshore Services is a market leader of CTVs within the offshore wind industry. With the seven additional vessels from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, N-O-S CTV fleet will consist of 37 vessels.

The co-operation agreement is effective with immediate effect for the commercial management, and effective for operational management from 1 March 2018.

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5th January 2018 Deutsche Bucht and Universal Foundation team up in pilot project

The winner of the competition for additional capacity in the Deutsche Bucht Wind Farm celebrate their opportunity to demonstrate a critical step forward for the industry. Deutsche Bucht was selected by the German authorities as the winner of the Anschlusskapazität für Pilotwindenergieanlagen auf See project based on the Mono Bucket foundation, developed by Universal Foundation. BSH and BnetzA designated the ...

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The winner of the competition for additional capacity in the Deutsche Bucht Wind Farm celebrate their opportunity to demonstrate a critical step forward for the industry. Deutsche Bucht was selected by the German authorities as the winner of the Anschlusskapazität für Pilotwindenergieanlagen auf See project based on the Mono Bucket foundation, developed by Universal Foundation. BSH and BnetzA designated the Mono Bucket as “above state-of-the-art technology” and recognised its ability for improving offshore wind energy development for future projects. The final decision to execute the pilot project is dependent on a few factors. If it moves forward, the pilot will add an additional two foundations and turbines, which will add 17 MW of capacity to the base 252MW project.

“We’ve put our finest efforts into supporting our partners in winning this development bid. Working closely with the visionaries at Northland Power, K2 Management and Green Giraffe made it possible to position our foundation technology as the enabler to win the award for the 16.8MW extension of capacity at Deutsche Bucht. We’ll deploy two Mono Bucket foundations in the project, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to show the world what our foundations can do,” said Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation.

The extension of capacity at Deutsche Bucht has been made possible as part of a special German programme set out by the German authorities BSH and BnetzA in 2016. Through this programme, the industry has been given the opportunity to apply for extra grid capacity for the purpose of demonstrating above state-of-the-art technology. The Mono Bucket technology scores highly on this requirement with its significant contributions to improving both environmental and financial offerings. This includes practically noise-free installation and a foundation structure that can be 100% decommissioned after the planned operational lifetime.

Since the award of additional capacity from the BnetzA in 2016, the team has made significant progress on this project. Both Northland Power and Universal Foundation have invested significantly to drive the pilot project forward and we are fully dedicated to make this a success. Progress has only been possible with the support of our respective owners and the constructive interaction with German authorities. No doubt, this project is receiving a lot of support and attention as it is a beacon for showcasing what above state-of-the-art technology can deliver to an industry under both political, economic and environmental pressure,” said Jens Poulsen, Project Director of Deutsche Bucht.

The technology is well-proven, having been adapted from suction caissons used for decades in offshore platforms for the oil industry. Universal Foundation has been advancing its application for the offshore wind market since 2002, with several pilot and test projects successfully undertaken since then. The Deutsche Bucht pilot will further demonstrate the commercial viability of the foundations, in addition to their environmental features.

In a commercial context, our design uses 20-25% less steel than a comparable monopile, reducing the CO2 emissions footprint. Our practically noise-free installation eliminates many of the challenging requirements around maximum noise emission levels. Our method and technology have a very low impact on marine habitats. And, by eliminating the need for seabed preparations like dredging and extensive rock dumping, offshore marine activities are considerably reduced. This is a real win for positively impacting the overall environmental footprint of offshore wind. Naturally, this also translates into significant cost reductions,” said Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen, Head of Business Development at Universal Foundation.

Universal Foundation has, in partnership with SIF and Harland & Wolff, secured funding from the European programme DemoWind. DemoWind is a programme supported under the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and aims to support the development and demonstration of innovative technologies which can reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.

Deutsche Bucht is Northland Power’s third offshore wind project. It is in approximately 40 meters of water depth and located 95 km northwest of the island of Borkum in the German Exclusive Economic Zone and is 77 km from Northland Power’s other German offshore wind project, Nordsee One. The project features the MVOW 8.4MW wind turbine generator. The total estimated project cost is approximately EUR 1.3 bn, and once operational, it is expected to generate over 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.

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4th January 2018 Global Wind Service celebrates tenth anniversary

Today Global Wind Service (GWS) celebrates ten years since it was founded by Lars Petersen and Michael Nielsen. Since securing its first contract in Esbjerg, Denmark, GWS has worked on over 300 projects in 35 countries. GWS now employs over 600 people from around the world and has local business units in ten countries. Commenting on the ten-year anniversary, Lars Petersen, CEO ...

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Today Global Wind Service (GWS) celebrates ten years since it was founded by Lars Petersen and Michael Nielsen.

Since securing its first contract in Esbjerg, Denmark, GWS has worked on over 300 projects in 35 countries. GWS now employs over 600 people from around the world and has local business units in ten countries.

Commenting on the ten-year anniversary, Lars Petersen, CEO of GWS said: “We founded GWS in Michael’s apartment with the belief that things could be done differently, and with the courage to support our customers and grow to meet their needs as the market developed.”

“Since the very beginning, we have focused on being flexible – finding solutions for our customers and helping them lower the cost of energy. As projects have become more complex and challenging, we have invested in our training, processes and in systems to meet higher standards for safety, quality and technical expertise,” Petersen continued. This approach has ensured that while GWS has grown significantly since 2008, all the company’s first customers remain on board today.

Over the last decade, GWS has expanded its capabilities within onshore and offshore installations and service significantly. Key milestones include taking part in the first offshore projects in German and UK waters and installing America’s first offshore wind turbines ever at Block Island in 2016.

Despite the company’s global profile, hiring local workforces has always been a priority for GWS. “One of the keys to our success is our highly trained employees, who are able to meet the needs of our customers safely and efficiently. We take great pride in hiring talented and dedicated people who can help us grow and develop,” Petersen said.

GWS achieved a strong growth in 2017 and expanded its global footprint with new business units in the U.S., Australia and Serbia with the goal of serving customers in more countries and ensuring competitive solutions.

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2nd January 2018 Global Wind Service secures crane and installation for Badgingarra, Australia

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has awarded Global Wind Service Pty Ltd with a combined crane and installation scope for APA Group’s Badgingarra Onshore Wind Farm in Australia. Pre-installation work is expected to begin at site by the end of March 2018. Once installed, the wind farm will consist of 37 x SWT-3.6DD wind turbines and is located in the Badgingarra ...

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has awarded Global Wind Service Pty Ltd with a combined crane and installation scope for APA Group’s Badgingarra Onshore Wind Farm in Australia.

Pre-installation work is expected to begin at site by the end of March 2018.

Once installed, the wind farm will consist of 37 x SWT-3.6DD wind turbines and is located in the Badgingarra region, Shire of Dandaraga in Western Australia.

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22nd December 2017 Bold Tern Installs Final Turbine on Galloper

German developer Innogy has completed turbine installation at its 353MW Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast of the UK. The project’s final Siemens Gamesa 6.3MW turbine was installed by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up Bold Tern. “We only installed the first turbine in May so it’s great to get it wrapped up in time for Christmas,” said project director Toby Edmonds. Bold Tern ...

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German developer Innogy has completed turbine installation at its 353MW Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast of the UK.

The project’s final Siemens Gamesa 6.3MW turbine was installed by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up Bold Tern.

“We only installed the first turbine in May so it’s great to get it wrapped up in time for Christmas,” said project director Toby Edmonds.

Bold Tern was assisted by Swire Blue Ocean vessel Pacific Orca, which left the site earlier this month and is now being demobilised by Semco Maritime in the Danish port of Esbjerg.

“Our focus now is to finish off commissioning works and get to full power in 2018,” Edmonds added.

Galloper exported first power on 5 November and 12 of the project’s 56 turbines are already sending power to the grid.

Source: ReNews

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20th December 2017 Global Wind Service secures Merkur installation contract

Global Wind Service (GWS) has been contracted for the offshore installation scope on Merkur Offshore Wind Farm by GE Renewable Energy. GWS will be installing 66 Haliade 150 wind turbine at the site, located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany. Installation is expected to last 6 months starting in the middle of February. “We are very delighted about ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has been contracted for the offshore installation scope on Merkur Offshore Wind Farm by GE Renewable Energy.

GWS will be installing 66 Haliade 150 wind turbine at the site, located in the North Sea off the coast of Germany. Installation is expected to last 6 months starting in the middle of February.

“We are very delighted about this award and is looking forward to be working with GE Renewable Energy on this project, drawing on our experience from Østerild in 2016” said Michael Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer at GWS.

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19th December 2017 Final turbine installed at Bearkat I wind farm in Texas, U.S.A.

The last of the 57 V126 3.45 MW turbines was installed by Global Wind Service (GWS) the 29th of November.  Turbines are now in the process of being energised and commissioned by the project owner. The 197.6 MW project was the first in the U.S. where GWS was awarded with the installation scope by KranWind LLC, the project contractor responsible ...

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The last of the 57 V126 3.45 MW turbines was installed by Global Wind Service (GWS) the 29th of November.  Turbines are now in the process of being energised and commissioned by the project owner.

The 197.6 MW project was the first in the U.S. where GWS was awarded with the installation scope by KranWind LLC, the project contractor responsible for turbine installation and mechanical completion.

“We are very pleased to have been working on this project in partnership with KranWind, and are looking forward to be working on more U.S. projects in the future” said Michael Nielsen, Area Manager at GWS.

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6th December 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Secures Five-Year CTV Contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by Vattenfall for the supply of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) on the Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. One of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayard class vessels will start work on the site for five years commencing in December 2017. “We are delighted to work with Vattenfall and look forward to strengthening our working relationship,” said ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by Vattenfall for the supply of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) on the Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden.

One of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayard class vessels will start work on the site for five years commencing in December 2017.

“We are delighted to work with Vattenfall and look forward to strengthening our working relationship,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Sales Manager Thomas Lund.

Lillgrund comprises of 48 Siemens 2.3MW turbines and was fully commissioned in 2013.

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5th December 2017 Dogger Bank Mono Buckets successfully decommissioned

Seafox and their main subcontractor Ardent are pleased to announce the successful decommissioning of the two Forewind Ltd (joint venture of SSE, Statoil and previously Innogy and Statkraft) Dogger Bank Meteorological Masts. The two Mono Bucket foundations and lattice tower structures were installed four years ago to gather climate data to assess the feasibility of one of the UK’s largest potential ...

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Seafox and their main subcontractor Ardent are pleased to announce the successful decommissioning of the two Forewind Ltd (joint venture of SSE, Statoil and previously Innogy and Statkraft) Dogger Bank Meteorological Masts.

The two Mono Bucket foundations and lattice tower structures were installed four years ago to gather climate data to assess the feasibility of one of the UK’s largest potential offshore wind farm developments. In light of minimising the environmental impact of the now decommissioned offshore structures, Forewind Ltd. opted for the efficient installation and removal operation due to the suction bucket concept.

In preparation of the removal operations, that were successfully executed at the end of September 2017, Seafox and Ardent performed a pre-removal survey to reduce any uncertainties and to confirm the proposed removal procedure of the weather data measuring equipment, lattice towers, platforms and Mono Bucket foundations.

Project preparation and assurance was carried out by the project team, including Seafox, Ardent, SSE, Global Maritime, Universal Foundation and Searoc, ensuring that the removal of the structures were as successful as possible. All project engineering, fabrication and execution were carried out by Seafox and Ardent. As the foundations, platforms and lattice towers lend themselves for re-use, options for re-using are being explored although nothing has been confirmed at this stage. The offshore operations were executed more quickly than originally planned, which given the weather of the North Sea was of huge benefit to the project.

The engineering, fabrication, testing and deploying together with SPT Offshore of a project specific interface frame to control the original suction bucket pump system contributed to the successful removal. The heaviest lift, of the Mono Bucket, with potentially clay-sticking, was calculated at 768t. The meteorological masts are composed of an 80-meter lattice tower on a 16 m2 platform, which was mounted on a single pile, secured by a 15-meter diameter wide and 7-meter tall suction bucket. The successful operation is a testimony to both parties experience and hands on mentality whilst performing safe and efficient offshore projects.

Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen, Head of Business Development said: “This project once again proves the strengths of our Mono Bucket technology, and suction technology in general. Both foundations have been 100% decommissioned, leaving nothing behind and hence restoring the site to the original conditions, which is a significant environmental benefit of the technology.”

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26th October 2017 Global Wind Service installs final turbine on Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm

The final turbine was installed on 22 October 2017 on the Wikinger offshore wind farm by Global Wind Service (GWS). The project began with GWS QA technicians on 25 December 2016, with installation technicians joining on New Year’s Eve. Although installation has now been completed, GWS will stay on site to complete NCR, completion and 500-hour service checks on all 70 ...

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The final turbine was installed on 22 October 2017 on the Wikinger offshore wind farm by Global Wind Service (GWS). The project began with GWS QA technicians on 25 December 2016, with installation technicians joining on New Year’s Eve.

Although installation has now been completed, GWS will stay on site to complete NCR, completion and 500-hour service checks on all 70 turbines. During the installation period over 140 GWS technicians have been working on the site to support the project.

Fred. Olsen related company Fred. Olsen Windcarrier provided the jack-up installation vessel, Brave Tern, for the installation. “Working with GWS, drawing on our joint experience from Global Tech I, we were able to deliver a great service to our client despite challenging weather conditions in the Baltic Sea,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager, Alexandra Koefoed.

“The teamwork among both the GWS guys and the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier crew has been absolutely exceptional on this project, and I am really proud of the guys safe and thorough effort out there,” said Martin Udengaard, GWS project manager.

The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island of Rügen in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) consist of 70 Adwen AD 5-135 turbines with a total capacity of 350MW providing over 240.000 households with clean energy.

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26th October 2017 Iberdrola successfully installs all 70 wind turbines at Wikinger offshore wind farm

Iberdrola has successfully installed the 70 wind turbines comprising Wikinger offshore wind farm, the renewable infrastructure which the company is building in German waters of the Baltic Sea. It is a new and significant milestone for the project as it enters the final phase for the plant’s commissioning, having completed the installation of the offshore substation and the inter-array cables connecting the ...

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Iberdrola has successfully installed the 70 wind turbines comprising Wikinger offshore wind farm, the renewable infrastructure which the company is building in German waters of the Baltic Sea.

It is a new and significant milestone for the project as it enters the final phase for the plant’s commissioning, having completed the installation of the offshore substation and the inter-array cables connecting the wind turbines with the substation. 50Hertz, the transmission system operator responsible for connecting offshore wind farms in the German Baltic Sea to the mainland, is currently performing with highest priority the final cable laying works and the technical tests in order to be able to transport the electricity from Wikinger in a reliable manner to the consumer centres.

Iberdrola, Adwen and key subcontractor Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have met all the strict deadlines set for the construction of Wikinger, overcoming the technological challenges associated to an engineering work of this magnitude and the difficulties derived from extreme weather conditions during the winter months.

A flagship project 

With an investment of close to €1.4 billion, Wikinger has 350 megawatts (MW) installed capacity and it will generate clean energy equivalent to avoiding the emission of 600,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.

This facility, located off the north-eastern coast of the island of Rügen, will supply some 350,000 German households, representing more than 20% of the energy demand in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the region where the wind farm is located.

The AD 5-135 turbines, with 5 MW unit capacity each, were manufactured by Adwen in its factories in Bremerhaven and Stade (Germany).

They are the largest wind turbines installed by Iberdrola to date. They comprise a 222 ton nacelle, a rotor that is 443 feet in diameter with 254 feet long blades, and a 246 feet high tower.

Adwen is progressing with the start-up of the turbines, which will be operating in ‘island mode’, waiting for the energisation of the grid connection as soon as possible.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was responsible for transporting and installing the wind turbines using its jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern. Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service supplied 40 installation technicians for the project, with over 100 more for quality control, completion and service to safely and efficiently complete installation on 22 October.

 

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26th October 2017 Final turbines installed on Wikinger

On 22 October 2017, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully installed the final turbine, completing the installation of Adwen turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm. The 70 AD 5-135 turbines will have a total output of 350MW. “I am very proud of our team for their hard work on this project,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s project manager Alexandra ...

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On 22 October 2017, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully installed the final turbine, completing the installation of Adwen turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm. The 70 AD 5-135 turbines will have a total output of 350MW.

“I am very proud of our team for their hard work on this project,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s project manager Alexandra Koefoed said. “We have worked closely with our client Adwen and park operator Iberdrola to safely and efficiently complete installation. Our experience working on the Adwen 5MW turbines on Global Tech I was invaluable.”

Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service (GWS) supplied 40 installation technicians for the project, with over 100 more for QA, completion and service.

“Working together with our related company meant that we were able to work together to deliver a great performance,” said Michael Høj Olsen, CCO of GWS.

The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island of Rügen in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and will provide over 240,000 households with clean energy.

Brave Tern is currently being demobilised and GWS technicians will stay on site to complete non-conformity reporting (NCR), completion and 500-hour service checks.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and GWS joined the project at the turn of the year.

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23rd October 2017 Global Wind Service enters the U.S. wind market, installing the Bearkat I project

Wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) has been contracted by KranWind LLC, to work on the Bearkat I Renewable Energy Project in Texas, U.S.A. The 197.6 MW project, consisting of 57x V126 3.45 MW turbines, is the first project in the U.S. where GWS has been contracted to deliver the full installation scope. This includes installation, ...

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Wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) has been contracted by KranWind LLC, to work on the Bearkat I Renewable Energy Project in Texas, U.S.A. The 197.6 MW project, consisting of 57x V126 3.45 MW turbines, is the first project in the U.S. where GWS has been contracted to deliver the full installation scope. This includes installation, completion, tooling, HSEQ and project management.

Startup of a local business unit in the U.S. during 2017 is part of GWS’ growth strategy. A local workforce of 60+ technicians has been employed to support both Bearkat I and future projects. The new office will temporarily be located in Chicago while GWS is looking for the right location. Michael Nielsen, co-founder of GWS is acting interim Area Manager during the establishment and will help ensure the transfer of GWS values and DNA to the new business unit.

“We are very excited about this opportunity. The U.S. wind market holds an enormous potential for development and growth making it the natural next step for GWS. Growth has always been an important part of our DNA and we are constantly developing our company to meet the needs of our clients. It has long been our ambition to establish ourselves on the U.S. market, so the Bearkat I project was the perfect opportunity for our market entry,” said Michael Nielsen.

GWS is, however, not the only Danish company involved in the Bearkat I project. The wind farm is owned by the Danish Fund ‘Copenhagen Infrastructure II K/S’; Vestas is delivering the 57 turbines for the site and the craning is carried out by the Danish/American KranWind LLC, a joint venture between BMS (DK) and Buckner (USA).

The Bearkat Wind Farm comprises of 30,000 acres of privately owned land in Glasscock Country, Texas.

It is developed by Tri Global Energy using its proprietary business model, the Wind Force Plan, which gives local landowners and community investors the opportunity to partner with and have a substantial ownership in the wind project development leasing their land.

The project is one of various projects in the U.S. for GWS. In 2016, a highly experienced GWS team installed five GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines in only 19 days at Block Island – the first offshore project in U.S. wind history.

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13th October 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayards celebrate 1000 days without a lost time incident

On 12 October, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of seven Bayard class CTVs accomplished 1000 days without a lost time incident (LTI). During this time, our Bayards conducted 39,605 landings, 140,570 transfers and our vessel crews have worked for over 205,934 hours. “A thousand days without an LTI shows that our motto of Think First, Act Safely is more than just words,” Even ...

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On 12 October, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of seven Bayard class CTVs accomplished 1000 days without a lost time incident (LTI).

During this time, our Bayards conducted 39,605 landings, 140,570 transfers and our vessel crews have worked for over 205,934 hours.

“A thousand days without an LTI shows that our motto of Think First, Act Safely is more than just words,” Even Larsen, CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said. “This achievement was only possible thanks to the efforts of our employees on board the Bayard vessels, who make sure passengers and colleagues are transported and transferred safely every day.”

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9th October 2017 Related wind firms create single O&M provider

Four established offshore wind businesses 170 years of maritime heritage 1200 renewables experts Integrated suite of operations and maintenance services Single point of contact Reduced risk, cost and contractual complexity Four well-known renewables firms have joined forces to create an unparalleled operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators. The Fred. Olsen related companies – led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind ...

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  • Four established offshore wind businesses
  • 170 years of maritime heritage
  • 1200 renewables experts
  • Integrated suite of operations and maintenance services
  • Single point of contact
  • Reduced risk, cost and contractual complexity

Four well-known renewables firms have joined forces to create an unparalleled operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators.

The Fred. Olsen related companies – led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind Service, Natural Power and ZephIR Lidar – have come together to offer the full range of their services through a single contact point. The scope will include inspections, major component exchange, integrated service campaigns, blade repair, high voltage management, life extension, decommissioning and repowering.

This alliance means clients can source the complete range of O&M services through a single contracting body, which will reduce risk and management interfaces, simplify contracting and lower costs.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Chief Executive Officer Even Larsen said: “Together we have the people, vessels and expertise required to ensure offshore wind owners maximise the generating potential of their plant.

“Clients will benefit from a single point of contact with a dedicated programme manager who has access to more than 1200 highly skilled employees, each working to the same vision and with the highest commitment to health and safety.

“The four companies have a wealth of compatible competencies that can now be accessed through a single entry point within Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.”

The joint initiative comes at a time when the O&M sector has emerged as a significant industry in its own right, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of a wind farm’s lifetime costs.

“With offshore wind capacity increasing in Europe and around the world, we recognised it was an opportune time to consolidate our complementary skills, shared industry commitment and previous cooperation”.

The O&M initiative is the culmination of a plan envisaged by the Fred. Olsen companies some 25 years ago, when they were early to recognise the potential of offshore wind and started to grow their network of complementary renewables businesses.

With a global presence, Natural Power, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Global Wind Service and ZephIR Lidar are able to build on almost 170 years of maritime and shipping experience and can trace their renewables history back to the early 1990s.

Even Larsen added: “The launch of this cooperation between like-minded Fred. Olsen related companies to create a single market-facing entity is further confirmation of our dedication to the offshore wind industry and commitment to achieving long-term relationships with clients.”

More information about the integrated O&M service offering can be found here.

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26th September 2017 Global Wind Service to install Siemens turbines at Katoen Natie in Antwerp port, Belgium

During summer, Global Wind Service (GWS) was awarded the installation and craning of the 6 SGRE 3MW turbines at Katoen Natie in Belgium. Main installation begins at the start of October and preparations on site have already begun. The 19.2 MW wind farm will be installed on the premises of transport company Katoen Natie in the Antwerp’s port area. The turbines ...

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During summer, Global Wind Service (GWS) was awarded the installation and craning of the 6 SGRE 3MW turbines at Katoen Natie in Belgium. Main installation begins at the start of October and preparations on site have already begun.

The 19.2 MW wind farm will be installed on the premises of transport company Katoen Natie in the Antwerp’s port area. The turbines will be installed between the buildings making space very limited. This means that our high level of HSEQ and detailed planning is integral.

“We are pleased to build on our good relationship with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, continuing the framework agreement we have in place,” said Wilko Baring, Sales Manager at GWS.

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21st September 2017 Global Wind Service installs final turbine at Rampion

At 05.52 yesterday morning Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians completed installation of the final MHI Vestas V112-3.45MW wind turbine at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. During the seven month construction period, over 60 GWS technicians have worked on site. Most of whom can now change out of their work clothes, while a smaller team of technicians will stay on site and work ...

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At 05.52 yesterday morning Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians completed installation of the final MHI Vestas V112-3.45MW wind turbine at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

During the seven month construction period, over 60 GWS technicians have worked on site. Most of whom can now change out of their work clothes, while a smaller team of technicians will stay on site and work on the final tasks for an additional two months.

The first of 116 turbines was installed in March this year, and once in full operation, the wind farm will provide enough green energy to supply over 283,000 homes and reduce carbon emission with 572,840 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is located on a 79 km2 area in the English Channel off Sussex, UK.

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19th September 2017 Last turbine installed by Global Wind Service at Kivivaara and Peuravaara wind farm

On 5 September, a team of Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians successfully completed the installation of the final blade at Kivivaara and Peuravaara wind farm in Finland. The team began the installation of the 30x N131/3000 turbines, which have a hub height of 144 meters, last year, and carried out a safe, professional job, accomplishing 413 days on site without a ...

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On 5 September, a team of Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians successfully completed the installation of the final blade at Kivivaara and Peuravaara wind farm in Finland.

The team began the installation of the 30x N131/3000 turbines, which have a hub height of 144 meters, last year, and carried out a safe, professional job, accomplishing 413 days on site without a single LTI.

“This is the latest project with Nordex, strengthening our successful relationship,” said Antonius Wannet, Project Manager for GWS Benelux. “I am pleased with the whole installation team for their great and safe job.”

The Kivivaara and Peuravaara wind farm is located in the eastern part of Finland, close to the Russian border. The site is challenging as it is surrounded by forest and hills, causing turbulent winds. On top of this, the temperature is often close to freezing.

Once in full operation, the 30 turbines will produce 276GWh of clean energy per year.

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6th September 2017 Global Wind Service completes installation at Hornsdale III

After almost 4 months of hard work, experienced GWS technicians have finalised the installation of 35 Siemens 3.2-113 Direct Drive turbines at Hornsdale III. The project is a continuation of Hornsdale I and II, making the wind farm as large as 99 turbines in total, located on 7,500 hectares of land, 236 km north of Adelaide, Australia. GWS was hired to ...

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After almost 4 months of hard work, experienced GWS technicians have finalised the installation of 35 Siemens 3.2-113 Direct Drive turbines at Hornsdale III. The project is a continuation of Hornsdale I and II, making the wind farm as large as 99 turbines in total, located on 7,500 hectares of land, 236 km north of Adelaide, Australia.

GWS was hired to work on the full installation scope consisting of pre-installation, main installation and mechanical completion.

“Australia, it is an important market for us now and in the future – and the increase of projects has led us to establish Global Wind Service Australia PTY LTD. We are very ambitious about this market and with yet another project successfully completed, we have taken the next step towards our continued business on the continent”, says Lars Petersen, GWS CEO.

See some of the GWS technicians in action in the beautiful video provided by www.hornsdalewindfarm.com.au

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4th September 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern Joins Galloper Installation

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the transport and installation of wind turbines on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. Specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern will mobilise in early September from the Port of Esbjerg, heading to site with a full deck of SWT 6.0-154 turbines before heading to the Port of Hull ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the transport and installation of wind turbines on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.

Specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern will mobilise in early September from the Port of Esbjerg, heading to site with a full deck of SWT 6.0-154 turbines before heading to the Port of Hull to continue operations.

The vessel will be joining the project to ensure timely completion and will be on contract for at least 30 days with options.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have been able to react quickly to agree the contract and ensure prompt mobilisation within only 6-8 weeks after initial contact. Time and cost for mobilisation have been significantly reduced by reengineering the existing grillage from the Veja Mate installation project, which was completed in the German EEZ earlier this summer.

“This is a perfect demonstration of industry pulling together to advance a positive outcome for a project located on a site which is known to have some challenging characteristics. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is looking forward to bringing our experience and capabilities to the project, working with the local supply chain in the East of England” said Martin Degen, Commercial Manger, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is being constructed approximately 30km off the coast of Suffolk, and upon completion will power up to 336,000 average UK households.

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3rd August 2017 Global Wind Service completes second German project with new client Enercon

 On Thursday 3 August, Global Wind Service (GWS) successfully completed the second installation project in Germany for Enercon. GWS was contracted by Enercon to install three E-115 3MW turbines at ‘Twistringen-Borwede’ wind farm in Niedersachsen, Germany. The experienced GWS technicians have completed the installation of the turbines today and once the full wind farm, consisting of seven turbines, is in operation, ...

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 On Thursday 3 August, Global Wind Service (GWS) successfully completed the second installation project in Germany for Enercon.

GWS was contracted by Enercon to install three E-115 3MW turbines at ‘Twistringen-Borwede’ wind farm in Niedersachsen, Germany. The experienced GWS technicians have completed the installation of the turbines today and once the full wind farm, consisting of seven turbines, is in operation, it will provide around 17,400 households with approx. 61 million kWh of green energy.

“We are pleased to expand our customer portfolio with a company such as Enercon. This award gave us the chance to work with a new platform and hereby keep developing our expertise, knowhow and business services in line with our growth strategy,” said CCO Michael Høj Olsen, Global Wind Service.

GWS signed its first contract with Enercon in April 2017, taking on part of the installation scope at ‘Windpark Rechenberg’ in Germany. A full team of GWS technicians installed two out of the three E-115 3MW turbines at the site. The wind farm covers an energy demand of around 5,000 households.

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14th July 2017 Global Wind Service finishes installation at Clyde Extension

At the end of June, experienced Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians installed the 54th and final wind turbine at Clyde Extension in Scotland. GWS was hired by Siemens to carry out preassembly work, main installation, mechanical and electrical completion, cold commissioning as well as 500 hours service. The last GWS technicians will finish at the site at the end of ...

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At the end of June, experienced Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians installed the 54th and final wind turbine at Clyde Extension in Scotland. GWS was hired by Siemens to carry out preassembly work, main installation, mechanical and electrical completion, cold commissioning as well as 500 hours service. The last GWS technicians will finish at the site at the end of September.

“The weather has been challenging at times, we have faced a lot of strong winds, with speeds up to 35 metres per second,” said Lead Site Manager, Michael Bialaska. “The installation was completed successfully due to our focus on health and safety and our skilled and dedicated technicians.”

Clyde is the third largest onshore wind farm in Europe, and now consists of 206 wind turbines with a capacity of approximately 520 MW – supplying over 240,000 households with renewable energy once in full operation.

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6th July 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier reaches halfway point on Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm

The 35th Adwen 5MW wind turbine has been installed today on Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea, marking the half way milestone. Located in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen, the wind farm will supply power to 350,000 households once built. This half way milestone brings the total installed MW for Fred. Olsen ...

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The 35th Adwen 5MW wind turbine has been installed today on Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea, marking the half way milestone.

Located in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen, the wind farm will supply power to 350,000 households once built.

This half way milestone brings the total installed MW for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in German waters to 1,250 MW.

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6th July 2017 DELPRO Wind completes work on Veja Mate

DELPRO Wind successfully supported Siemens Gamesa in the installation and hot commissioning of all 67 Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines during the installation phase of the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm. Twelve specially trained high voltage technicians worked full time on a two-shift rotation 24/7 on the two vessels in close collaboration with Siemens Gamesa’s installation leads and the remaining crew. “It ...

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DELPRO Wind successfully supported Siemens Gamesa in the installation and hot commissioning of all 67 Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines during the installation phase of the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm. Twelve specially trained high voltage technicians worked full time on a two-shift rotation 24/7 on the two vessels in close collaboration with Siemens Gamesa’s installation leads and the remaining crew.

“It has been a very exciting and significant project,” said Head of Division Wind at DELPRO Wind, Ole Kjær. “The close cooperation between all involved, from the vessels as well as back offices between Siemens Gamesa and DELPRO Wind, was a key reason for the success of the project.”

The last of the 67 turbines was commissioned on Wednesday 31st May at the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm – four months ahead of schedule, less than 14 months from the start of the construction phase and 23 months after the financial close of the project.

The two jack-up vessels working on the project out of the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark were Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern and Seajacks’ Scylla, installing the first turbine in early January 2017.

The project was completed four months ahead of schedule and all 67 turbines are now feeding power to the grid.

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29th June 2017 Global Wind Service installs 10 Nordex turbines in Greece under rough weather conditions

At the end of 2016, Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians began installing 10 Nordex wind turbines in a strong-wind region near Athens, Greece: three N100/3300 Delta R75 and two N90/2500 Gamma R80 in Plagia Psiloma as well as five N100/3300 Delta R75 in Mougoulis. It was expected to be “business as usual”, but instead the technicians faced difficult weather conditions with ...

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At the end of 2016, Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians began installing 10 Nordex wind turbines in a strong-wind region near Athens, Greece: three N100/3300 Delta R75 and two N90/2500 Gamma R80 in Plagia Psiloma as well as five N100/3300 Delta R75 in Mougoulis.

It was expected to be “business as usual”, but instead the technicians faced difficult weather conditions with a lot of snow – something which is very uncommon for this area, just an hour outside Athens.

However, despite the somewhat rough and unusual weather, the 12 experienced GWS technicians have now finished the installation – including the high voltage work which was also delivered by GWS and DELPRO’s  joint venture company DELPRO Wind.

Once the two wind farms are complete, they will supply around 34,000 Greek households with power.

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19th June 2017 Global Wind Service Benelux supports commissioning at one of the world’s largest wind farms

Siemens Gamesa contracted Global Wind Service Benelux (GWS) to support with the first service campaign on Gemini Offshore Wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. Covering 150 SWT-4.0-130 wind turbines it makes it one of the world largest offshore wind farms. On March 15 the first team of GWS technicians mobilised to Gemini Wind Farm to start performing service – ...

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Siemens Gamesa contracted Global Wind Service Benelux (GWS) to support with the first service campaign on Gemini Offshore Wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. Covering 150 SWT-4.0-130 wind turbines it makes it one of the world largest offshore wind farms. On March 15 the first team of GWS technicians mobilised to Gemini Wind Farm to start performing service – all specially trained to handle this specific Siemens Gamesa platform.

“As part of our strategy, GWS is constantly looking to expand our service business together with the OEMs, so being part of the service work on a big project like Gemini is important for us,” said Head of Service Morten Damgaard, GWS.

Once completed, Gemini will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind parks, both in terms of size and production. With a total of 600 MW capacity, Gemini is expected to produce about 2.6 TWh of renewable electricity. Enough to provide over 785,000 Dutch households with renewable electricity.

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7th June 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins EnBW Albatros contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines at EnBW’s Albatros offshore wind farm by Siemens Gamesa. The Albatros wind farm is located 100km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects: the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines at EnBW’s Albatros offshore wind farm by Siemens Gamesa.

The Albatros wind farm is located 100km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects: the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation of the 112MW wind farm is scheduled to commence during second half of 2019.

This project follows on directly from the Hohe See wind farm installation, awarded to Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in March 2016.

“This new contract will continue our strong relationship with Siemens Gamesa, emphasising faith in our vessels and future collaboration,” said Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “Being awarded this reinforces our prime position in the German North Sea.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has a strong track record working in the German North Sea with Siemens, completing installation of the Veja Mate wind farm last week and having installed both the Riffgat and Butendiek wind farms, in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

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5th June 2017 All Fred. Olsen Ocean companies ISO/OHSAS certified

Fred. Olsen Ocean and daughter companies including Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S (the CTV business unit) and Universal Foundation A/S have now achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, joining the jack-up business unit Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, who already carried the ISO certifications. The companies now covered by this certification are Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S, ...

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Fred. Olsen Ocean and daughter companies including Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S (the CTV business unit) and Universal Foundation A/S have now achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, joining the jack-up business unit Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, who already carried the ISO certifications.

The companies now covered by this certification are Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S, Universal Foundation A/S and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd.

“These certificates, as well as the ISM Code DoCs, serve as proof that the Fred. Olsen Ocean companies are working in compliance with all significant HSEQ management standards, underlining robust processes and quality across our business” said Jan Fredrik Platou, Head of HSEQ.

The process, which started in autumn 2016, was completed this month, with the aim to establish a streamlined and consistent work process across the Fred. Olsen Ocean companies. A common management system has been established and the administration process has been simplified.

“This is a great advantage to have in the market,” said Casper Toft, Chief Commercial Officer of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “It ensures strong and unified processes across Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, enforcing our focus on the environment, quality and health & safety. This further strengthens our commercial offering to the offshore market.”

”The certification of Universal Foundation’s processes and management system witnesses another important step as a commercial company. It is strong proof to our clients, that they have a professional partner, who can help them in winning tomorrow’s development bids for offshore wind farms. And that makes me proud on behalf of our team,” said Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation A/S.

To view our certificates, please visit the HSEQ pages of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation.

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30th May 2017 Global Wind Service is exhibiting next week at Offshore Wind Energy 2017

Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting next week at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 between 6th and 8th June at the ExCeL Centre, London. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation. We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we will be serving ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting next week at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 between 6th and 8th June at the ExCeL Centre, London. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes – we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Visit us at stand N-F40!

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30th May 2017 Universal Foundation is exhibiting next week at Offshore Wind Energy 2017

Universal Foundation is exhibiting at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 at the ExCeL Centre in London between 6th and 8th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service (GWS). We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we will be serving cocktails and ...

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Universal Foundation is exhibiting at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 at the ExCeL Centre in London between 6th and 8th June.

Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service (GWS).

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes – we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Visit us at stand N-F40!

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26th May 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at Offshore Wind Energy 2017

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event between 6th and 8th June at the ExCeL Centre in London. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service (GWS) and Universal Foundation. We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event between 6th and 8th June at the ExCeL Centre in London. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service (GWS) and Universal Foundation.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes – we hope to see you there!

Commercial Manager and Head of Fleet Development, Carl Erik Gurrik will be speaking about ‘The Future of O&M: Who will do it, and how much will it cost, and how do we avoid the vessel bottle neck?’ during the ‘Installation challenges & solutions’ session on Day 3 of the event between 09:30 and 10:45.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Meet us at stand N-F40!

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17th May 2017 DELPRO Wind wins attractive contract with Siemens Gamesa in Germany 

DELPRO Wind, the joint venture company of Global Wind Service (GWS) and DELPRO, was recently awarded a contract by Siemens Gamesa to deliver medium voltage commissioning for half of the Siemens Gamesa’s onshore wind turbine fleet in Germany throughout 2017. Prior to the awarded contract, DELPRO Wind had just completed two onshore projects for Siemens Gamesa, most recently ...

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DELPRO Wind, the joint venture company of Global Wind Service (GWS) and DELPRO, was recently awarded a contract by Siemens Gamesa to deliver medium voltage commissioning for half of the Siemens Gamesa’s onshore wind turbine fleet in Germany throughout 2017.

Prior to the awarded contract, DELPRO Wind had just completed two onshore projects for Siemens Gamesa, most recently in Naundorf and Nordmentzhausen, and based on the high quality and high degree of flexibility delivered during these projects, Siemens Gamesa chose DELPRO Wind as a close commissioning partner for a larger part of their fleet in Germany.

“We are extremely proud of this contract and look forward to team up with Siemens Gamesa on a more regular basis during the rest of 2017. Our highly skilled technicians are the backbone of our service and the primary reason why we are able to deliver at such a high level each and every time. During the previous projects for Siemens Gamesa, the technicians were ready to take on the task at a very short notice, and upon completion they showed an excellent quality in their work,” said CEO of DELPRO Wind, Jacob Rath.

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18th April 2017 Global Wind Service UK Ltd. installs at Rampion

Fully equipped with gear and experience a team of Global Wind Service UK LTD (GWS) technicians is currently working on the installation phase of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm on the south coast of England. The full scope of work for GWS includes the installation, and mechanical and electrical completion of a proportion of the turbines. Once ...

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Fully equipped with gear and experience a team of Global Wind Service UK LTD (GWS) technicians is currently working on the installation phase of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm on the south coast of England. The full scope of work for GWS includes the installation, and mechanical and electrical completion of a proportion of the turbines. Once completed, the wind farm will consist of 116 V112.3.45 MW wind turbines. A proven 3MW Vestas platform, which the GWS technicians have significant experience with, most recently the Nobelwind offshore wind farm.

“We are pleased to continue developing our partnership with MHI Vestas on yet another exciting project. Being awarded the Rampion project contributes to an accelerated learning curve on this project as we have been able to utilise our technicians, competencies and insight from Nobelwind,” said CCO Michael Høj Olsen, GWS.

“With a workforce of around 100 UK based technicians, we are also pleased to be able to support the Rampion project with local content,” said Morten Holm, UK Area Manager, GWS.

The 400MW project being built by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge, will, when complete provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 347,000 homes a year. Rampion is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018.

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17th March 2017 Global Wind Service installs 32 Siemens turbines in 13 weeks

  The last Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians are getting out of their work clothes while enjoying a successful installation of 32 Siemens 3.2-130DD turbines in southern Australia. Construction started on 1 December 2016 and GWS completed the installation of phase II at Hornsdale Wind Farm in just 13 weeks – despite a hot South Australian summer period. Together with Siemens ...

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The last Global Wind Service (GWS) technicians are getting out of their work clothes while enjoying a successful installation of 32 Siemens 3.2-130DD turbines in southern Australia. Construction started on 1 December 2016 and GWS completed the installation of phase II at Hornsdale Wind Farm in just 13 weeks – despite a hot South Australian summer period. Together with Siemens site management, our experienced GWS technicians have performed well and we have been awarded with phase III as a direct result of our successful cooperation, starting 15 May 2017. Phase III will consist of 35 x Siemens 3.2-130DD turbines.

“By being awarded phase III in the Hornsdale Wind Farm, GWS has once again demonstrated our willingness and ability to develop our competencies, providing the right teams and keeping pace with the needs of our customer in a rapidly evolving industry,” said Lars Petersen, CEO of GWS.

Neoen partnered with Siemens Wind Power Pty Ltd Australia to further its goals for renewable energy alternatives. Hornsdale Wind Farm will generate approximately 1,050,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity into Australia’s national power grid each year, powering 180,000 homes. This will be the equivalent of taking either 290,000 cars off the road or planting 1,900,000 trees.

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15th February 2017 Global Wind Service relocates and expands in Turkey

Global Wind Service (GWS) recently relocated to new office facilities within Istanbul and has established a second office in Izmir. “Istanbul has historically been a bridge between Europe and the Middle East,” says Hakan Caglayan, Area Manager for GWS’s Turkish operations. “And our Istanbul office will act in the same way, bridging the gap between the European wind market and that ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) recently relocated to new office facilities within Istanbul and has established a second office in Izmir.

“Istanbul has historically been a bridge between Europe and the Middle East,” says Hakan Caglayan, Area Manager for GWS’s Turkish operations. “And our Istanbul office will act in the same way, bridging the gap between the European wind market and that of the Middle East.”

An approach which, among others, has resulted in GWS installing the very first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

In order to keep pace with the development GWS also opened a second office in Turkey in the Izmir region last summer. It serves as a project and operations base with a warehouse, whereas the Istanbul office houses the commercial, finance, HR, IT and legal departments.

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13th February 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier docks CTV fleet with local Cumbria operator MPM Northwest

Last week, MPM Northwest helped prepare and facilitate the latest class renewal for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S with Bayard 4 at their facility in Maryport. This is the sixth time a Bayard has used MPM Northwest in the last two years. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier docked three of their Bayard crew transfer vessels (CTVs) in Maryport over the winter months from ...

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Last week, MPM Northwest helped prepare and facilitate the latest class renewal for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S with Bayard 4 at their facility in Maryport. This is the sixth time a Bayard has used MPM Northwest in the last two years.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier docked three of their Bayard crew transfer vessels (CTVs) in Maryport over the winter months from September 2015 to January 2016. More recently, between November 2016 and February 2017, Bayards 1, 2 and 4 successfully completed their DNV GL five year class renewal at their facility. The mandatory class renewal crowns a series of other certification recently awarded to the Bayard fleet including ISM, MLC, and IMDG – which is not the case for all CTVs in the offshore wind industry.

“We are really pleased with the level of service and the facilities at MPM Northwest. It is a convenient and flexible yard to bring our vessels to for this kind of work. Flexibility is really important to us – conditions at sea in the North West of England are often very harsh and we need to have a strong local supply chain behind us to ensure that our vessels perform to the maximum,” said Benjamin Graff, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S’s Technical Manager.

“We are very happy that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier chose our facilities here in Maryport. We are a part of a thriving local supply chain with a strong presence in the offshore wind sector. We hope to see more vessels from this growing sector in the future,” said Michael John Hawkins, MPM Northwest Director.

Bayard 4 will rejoin her sister vessels at Barrow-in-Furness on 17th February where she will be stationed, along with her crew for the foreseeable future.

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1st February 2017 DELPRO Wind opens new UK office

DELPRO Wind has recently opened a new office in Lowestoft, UK. “Opening an office in Lowestoft is an important step for DELPRO Wind and I am delighted to be heading up our operations in the UK,” said UK Area Manager Jason Royal-Smith. DELPRO Wind opened a Polish office in October 2016 and continued growth has led to another office opening in ...

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DELPRO Wind has recently opened a new office in Lowestoft, UK.

“Opening an office in Lowestoft is an important step for DELPRO Wind and I am delighted to be heading up our operations in the UK,” said UK Area Manager Jason Royal-Smith.

DELPRO Wind opened a Polish office in October 2016 and continued growth has led to another office opening in the UK.

The office is located in the OrbisEnergy building with Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

DELPRO Wind was formed as a joint venture between Global Wind Service A/S and DELPRO A/S in 2014.

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27th January 2017 Global Wind Service installs first wind turbine ever in Saudi Arabia

In January, GWS installed the very first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia. A highly experienced installation and project management team were deployed from GWS’s Turkish business unit to the gulf state to install a GE 2.75-120 wind turbine. The wind turbine has a power output of 2.5MW, a blade tip height of 145 metres, and will supply enough energy to ...

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In January, GWS installed the very first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia. A highly experienced installation and project management team were deployed from GWS’s Turkish business unit to the gulf state to install a GE 2.75-120 wind turbine. The wind turbine has a power output of 2.5MW, a blade tip height of 145 metres, and will supply enough energy to power 250 Saudi households. A bulk plant in Turaif will be powered by the new system, which is projected to reduce the amount of diesel fuel needed to power the plant by some 18,600 barrels of oil annually.

By installing the first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia, GWS is taking an important step, in cooperation with General Electric (GE) and Saudi Aramco, towards increasing the global renewable energy footprint. Saudi Aramco partnered with GE to promote wind power and further its goals for renewable energy alternatives – aiming to produce 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030.

“We are proud to play a role in this historic project together with GE Renewable Energy and Saudi Aramco. It is not only a milestone for the development of renewable energy in this region, but also the continuation of the strong partnership between GWS and GE when entering new markets like Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Høj Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer of GWS.

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24th January 2017 Fred. Olsen Ocean and Teekay Offshore form joint venture

Fred. Olsen Ocean AS and Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore) have entered into an agreement to develop a new vessel design for the offshore wind market. John B. Andersen, VP Business Development in Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (a Fred. Olsen Ocean company), will lead this new initiative and the corresponding team. “We are very excited to work with Teekay Offshore ...

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Fred. Olsen Ocean AS and Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore) have entered into an agreement to develop a new vessel design for the offshore wind market.

John B. Andersen, VP Business Development in Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (a Fred. Olsen Ocean company), will lead this new initiative and the corresponding team.

“We are very excited to work with Teekay Offshore and we see great potential in developing a vessel that fills the gap between crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and service operations vessels (SOVs) in the offshore wind space,” said John B. Andersen.

The two companies are planning to co-develop a vessel that will allow technicians to access wind turbines in higher sea states at a lower cost. It is a game changer and the first step on a journey to bring the HiLoad technology to offshore wind. Sea trials will start in the end of 2017.

“Teekay is very pleased to have the opportunity to join forces with Fred. Olsen Ocean AS,” said Tor Olav Øie, Head of Strategic Development in Teekay Offshore’s Stavanger office. He added that “we are excited about the idea of combining our existing HiLoad maritime technology with Fred. Olsen Ocean’s strong operational experience within the renewable energy sector, a market that we both see promising future potentials in.”

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18th January 2017 Brave Tern ready for Wikinger

Brave Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel, has successfully mobilised for the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm installation project and load out has commenced. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will transport and install 70 ADWEN AD 5-135 turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen. Once built, the wind farm will supply power ...

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Brave Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel, has successfully mobilised for the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm installation project and load out has commenced.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will transport and install 70 ADWEN AD 5-135 turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen.

Once built, the wind farm will supply power to 350,000 households.

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18th January 2017 Bold Tern installs first turbine at Veja Mate

On Tuesday, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern installed her first complete Siemens 6MW turbine at the Veja Mate offshore wind farm. Bold Tern’s flexible deck layout allows her to carry the components for four complete turbines. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is working in parallel with Seajacks’ Scylla to install the 67 turbines. Full commissioning of the wind farm is expected by late ...

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On Tuesday, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern installed her first complete Siemens 6MW turbine at the Veja Mate offshore wind farm.

Bold Tern’s flexible deck layout allows her to carry the components for four complete turbines.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is working in parallel with Seajacks’ Scylla to install the 67 turbines.

Full commissioning of the wind farm is expected by late 2017.

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11th January 2017 DELPRO Wind welcomes new Head of Division for Wind

DELPRO Wind is delighted to announce Ole Kjær as the new Head of Division, Wind. Ole Kjær has a strong professional track record in the electrical power business including four years at Schneider Electric and 20 years at ABB. Ole Kjær holds an Electrical Engineering BSc from Odense University, Denmark. “I am very happy to get Ole Kjær on board at DELPRO ...

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DELPRO Wind is delighted to announce Ole Kjær as the new Head of Division, Wind.

Ole Kjær has a strong professional track record in the electrical power business including four years at Schneider Electric and 20 years at ABB. Ole Kjær holds an Electrical Engineering BSc from Odense University, Denmark.

“I am very happy to get Ole Kjær on board at DELPRO Wind, and I look forward to working closely together to further our growth by delivering high quality services to our customers,” said Jacob Rath, CEO of DELPRO Wind.

DELPRO Wind has grown significantly during the last year with more new, interesting projects and two new offices, one in Szczecin, Poland and the second in Lowestoft, UK.

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28th December 2016 Bold Tern mobilises for Veja Mate

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern has successfully mobilised for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm installation project. Bold Tern will be working with Seajacks Scylla to install the 67 Siemens 6MW turbines at the 400MW wind farm. Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern has successfully mobilised for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm installation project.

Bold Tern will be working with Seajacks Scylla to install the 67 Siemens 6MW turbines at the 400MW wind farm.

Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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1st December 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier appoints new CEO

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Even Larsen as the new CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. Even has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier since 2013, where he worked on innovation and product development before becoming project manager for the Global Tech I project. In 2014, Even became Head of Commercial and Projects. “To be able to continue ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Even Larsen as the new CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Even has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier since 2013, where he worked on innovation and product development before becoming project manager for the Global Tech I project. In 2014, Even became Head of Commercial and Projects.

“To be able to continue with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in this new capacity is an honour and I look forward to taking the company forward and continuing its successes,” said Even.

Even is qualified as a Naval Architect and holds a Master’s degree in Marine Hydrodynamics.

“Since joining in 2013, Even has proved himself to be a real asset to the organisation,” said Fred. Olsen Ocean CEO Anette Olsen. “We congratulate him on his appointment and wish him continued success in working with us.”

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28th November 2016 Bayard 1 celebrates fifth birthday with class renewal and new certificates

Last week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayard class crew transfer vessel (CTVs) fleet received the International Safety Management (ISM) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) certification by DNV GL. The certificate was issued after a thorough auditing process by DNV GL confirming all procedures and operations were compliant with the ISM code enabling the company to meet the future requirements within HSEQ for ...

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Last week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayard class crew transfer vessel (CTVs) fleet received the International Safety Management (ISM) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) certification by DNV GL.

The certificate was issued after a thorough auditing process by DNV GL confirming all procedures and operations were compliant with the ISM code enabling the company to meet the future requirements within HSEQ for offshore wind.

The certificate reaffirms the high standards to which the company delivers its services and solid HSEQ track record.

At the end of November, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier completed the 5 year class renewal and bottom survey of Bayard 1 with no condition of class. Once again highlighting the high quality and safety awareness of our company and employees.

The Bayards are Norwegian-built, Danish-flagged vessels classed under the DNV GL High Speed Light Craft code (1A1 HSLC wind farm Service R1) providing a first class service for wind farm owners, operators and sub suppliers in Northern Europe.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is able to provide Bayard class vessels with DNV GL and DMA approval for the carriage of dangerous goods (IMDG), hot storage facilities, as well as additional options as requested by clients.

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10th October 2016 DELPRO Wind wins first UK contract

DELPRO Wind has been awarded their first contract in the UK by Siemens. This month, DELPRO Wind began the HV work for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm at the Siemens pre-assembly site in Hull. DELPRO Wind is also working in Belfast, Ireland for MHI Vestas, where they are performing the HV pre-assembly for the Burbo Bank Extension. “We are very pleased that our ...

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DELPRO Wind has been awarded their first contract in the UK by Siemens.

This month, DELPRO Wind began the HV work for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm at the Siemens pre-assembly site in Hull.

DELPRO Wind is also working in Belfast, Ireland for MHI Vestas, where they are performing the HV pre-assembly for the Burbo Bank Extension.

“We are very pleased that our UK and Irish activities are growing and we plan to move our UK office to Lowestoft early next year, where our business partner Global Wind Service already has their UK office,” said DELPRO Wind CEO Jacob Rath.

“We expect to recruit more new colleagues in the UK & Ireland in the near future.”

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19th September 2016 Global Wind Service is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg next week

Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. We will be hosting a stand reception on day 2 of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes – we hope to see ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

We will be hosting a stand reception on day 2 of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes – we hope to see you there.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition.

Visit us at stand B4 EG 326.

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19th September 2016 Universal Foundation is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg next week

Universal Foundation is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September in Hamburg. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. We will be hosting a stand reception on day 2 of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes, ...

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Universal Foundation is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September in Hamburg. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

We will be hosting a stand reception on day 2 of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our clients and colleagues during the exhibition. Visit us on stand B4 EG 326!

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19th September 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg next week

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September in Hamburg. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation. We will be hosting a stand reception on day two of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September in Hamburg. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation.

We will be hosting a stand reception on day two of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

David Matthews, General Manager UK, will be presenting a poster at the attached WindEurope conference on day 3 between 9.30 and 10.30.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Visit us at stand B4 EG 326!

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19th August 2016 Last turbine on Block Island Wind Farm successfully installed

The last blade was installed yesterday on the fifth and final GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbine on the Block Island Wind Farm. The first turbine was installed on 4th August, meaning the project was completed successfully well ahead of schedule. “We are extremely proud to have been part of this historic first offshore wind project in the US together with ...

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The last blade was installed yesterday on the fifth and final GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbine on the Block Island Wind Farm. The first turbine was installed on 4th August, meaning the project was completed successfully well ahead of schedule.

“We are extremely proud to have been part of this historic first offshore wind project in the US together with GE Renewable Energy, Deepwater Wind, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and the rest of the involved parties,” said Michael Høj Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer of Global Wind Service (GWS).

“This is yet another example of the importance of thorough planning and assigning the right team of skilled and experienced technicians and project management. There is no doubt that our extensive experience in GWS has been key to deliver on yet another offshore wind project.”

For questions regarding the project or GWS activities in the US please contact CCO, Michael Høj Olsen.

 

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19th August 2016 Brave Tern completes installation of the Block Island offshore wind farm

On Thursday 18th August, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully completed the installation of five GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. The project has been a great success for both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its partners having finished the offshore installation safely and well ahead of schedule. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is proud to have ...

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On Thursday 18th August, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully completed the installation of five GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm.

The project has been a great success for both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its partners having finished the offshore installation safely and well ahead of schedule.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is proud to have played a key role in this historic first offshore wind farm project in the US. The US market has a large untapped potential, which could provide significant growth to the industry.

“The Block Island Wind Farm project has truly been a team effort. As this project is the first ever offshore wind farm constructed in the US, it has required meticulous planning and preparations to ensure the safe and efficient completion,” said project manager Eskil Røset.

Brave Tern will now commence its transit back to Europe for final demobilisation in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service (GWS) has contributed significantly with skilled and experienced technicians for the offshore assembly work under a separate contract for GE Renewable Energy.

Read more about the Block Island Wind Farm project from Deepwater Wind.

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11th August 2016 Brave Tern reaches halfway mark on Block Island

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern has completed more than half of the installation at the Block Island Wind Farm. Three of the five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbines have been successfully installed. “The first turbine on this landmark project was installed on 4th August. Installation is progressing well and on schedule,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager Eskil Røset said. This ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern has completed more than half of the installation at the Block Island Wind Farm.

Three of the five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbines have been successfully installed.

“The first turbine on this landmark project was installed on 4th August. Installation is progressing well and on schedule,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager Eskil Røset said.

This is the first offshore wind farm to be installed in US waters and the first project Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has worked on outside of Europe.

View our gallery and follow us on twitter (@fowindcarrier) for more updates and images.

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25th July 2016 Brave Tern crossed the mid-Atlantic

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has passed the halfway mark in her journey to the Block Island Wind Farm carrying five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW nacelles. To see more images from this stage of Brave Tern’s journey, click here.

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has passed the halfway mark in her journey to the Block Island Wind Farm carrying five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW nacelles.

To see more images from this stage of Brave Tern’s journey, click here.

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15th July 2016 Brave Tern completed loading in France and will be leaving for Block Island, US

Brave Tern has successfully completed loading all of the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles and will commence transit to the US east coast and Block Island Wind Farm in the coming days. “Brave Tern is now ready for her first transatlantic voyage,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Vessel Master Tony Cato. “We will be sailing via the Azores and Bermuda ...

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Brave Tern has successfully completed loading all of the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles and will commence transit to the US east coast and Block Island Wind Farm in the coming days.

“Brave Tern is now ready for her first transatlantic voyage,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Vessel Master Tony Cato. “We will be sailing via the Azores and Bermuda to take advantage of the favourable winds and ocean currents, before reaching the East coast of the US, and anticipate arriving in two and a half weeks.”

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12th July 2016 Brave Tern arrives in St. Nazaire, France

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has arrived in St. Nazaire in western France. The process of loading the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles onto the Brave Tern for the Block Island Wind Farm project will begin shortly. “This is an exciting project to be working on and we look forward to working closely with GE and Deepwater Wind ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has arrived in St. Nazaire in western France.

The process of loading the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles onto the Brave Tern for the Block Island Wind Farm project will begin shortly.

“This is an exciting project to be working on and we look forward to working closely with GE and Deepwater Wind to safely and efficiently install the first offshore wind farm in America,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen.

Brave Tern is the largest offshore wind jack-up vessel to make port in France.

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11th July 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH moves office

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s German office moved into new offices in the Hafencity area of Hamburg last week. “The office move reiterates our commitment to the German market,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen. To celebrate the opening, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a reception on the roof terrace of the new office on Thursday. “Our new offices are in a fantastic area, in ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s German office moved into new offices in the Hafencity area of Hamburg last week.

“The office move reiterates our commitment to the German market,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen.

To celebrate the opening, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a reception on the roof terrace of the new office on Thursday.

“Our new offices are in a fantastic area, in close proximity to many of our colleagues and clients,” said Iris Stempfle, General Manager Germany.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH previously had offices on the banks of the Elbe in Neumühlen, Hamburg.

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8th July 2016 Global Wind Service is ready for Block Island Wind Farm project

After making the preparations to deliver manpower, tools and safety equipment for the Block Island Wind Farm project, Global Wind Service is now starting up the project. “We are very proud to be a part of bringing offshore wind to the U.S. and we see great future opportunities for their growing offshore wind industry,” said Chief Commercial Officer Michael Olsen. “We have ...

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After making the preparations to deliver manpower, tools and safety equipment for the Block Island Wind Farm project, Global Wind Service is now starting up the project.

“We are very proud to be a part of bringing offshore wind to the U.S. and we see great future opportunities for their growing offshore wind industry,” said Chief Commercial Officer Michael Olsen.

“We have worked with the Haliade turbine on a number of occasions, firstly at the Belwind test site and more recently the test turbine at Østerild. Our technicians will use this experience to perform the installation safely and efficiently.”

GWS were awarded the contract for lift supervision and installation of the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles late last year.

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8th July 2016 Brave Tern ready for Block Island Offshore Wind Farm

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has successfully mobilised for the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm project in Esbjerg, Denmark. Mobilisation included welding of large steel structures on deck to elevate and support the nacelles for the planned transatlantic voyage. Brave Tern is now en route to St. Nazaire, France, where the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has successfully mobilised for the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm project in Esbjerg, Denmark. Mobilisation included welding of large steel structures on deck to elevate and support the nacelles for the planned transatlantic voyage. Brave Tern is now en route to St. Nazaire, France, where the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles will be waiting to load onto the vessel. After load-out the vessel will transit across the Atlantic to install the turbines at Block Island Wind Farm before returning to Europe.

Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service (GWS) – providers of manpower, expertise and services to wind farm projects – have been awarded the contract for lift supervision and installation of the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines.

Brave Tern has also been fitted with the ZephIR Lidar 300 to complement the onboard technology with delivery of real-time accurate wind information. ZephIR Lidar have provided wind resource assessments since 2011 to the Deepwater Wind project.

Block Island offshore wind project:

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm is the first offshore wind farm in America. The wind farm is 4.8km (3 miles) south-east of Block Island, Rhode Island. Once completed, the wind farm will generate 30MW of power – meeting approximately 90% of Block Island’s electricity demand.

For more images, visit our gallery.

For more information on Global Wind Service please contact:

Michael Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer

Mobile: +45 61 89 23 20

Email: mo@globalwindservice.com

For more information on ZephIR Lidar please contact:

Alex Woodward, Head of Commercial Marketing & Product Development

mobile:    +44 7825 159 082

email:      alex.woodward@zephirlidar.com

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30th June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins DONG Energy Borkum Riffgrund 2 contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for 56 Vestas 8MW turbines at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm. Borkum Riffgrund is located 57km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and installation is set to commence in the second quarter of 2018. The 450MW wind farm will power 460,000 homes annually once completed. “This is ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for 56 Vestas 8MW turbines at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm.

Borkum Riffgrund is located 57km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and installation is set to commence in the second quarter of 2018. The 450MW wind farm will power 460,000 homes annually once completed.

“This is our second contract signed with DONG Energy and our first project installing the Vestas 8MW turbines, it is an exciting project and one we are pleased to have won,” said Even Larsen, Head of Commercial and Projects.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier recently upgraded Brave Tern to be able to handle the coming ‘multi MW’ turbines. Sister vessel Bold Tern is currently undergoing the same modifications with completion in July.

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28th June 2016 Global Wind Service and DELPRO Wind open shared office

Global Wind Service (GWS) and joint venture company DELPRO Wind have opened a shared office in Esbjerg, Denmark. “We have been considering an office in this area for a while, and now is the perfect time. We will be closer to our customers and therefore able to offer an improved service and local set up,” said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) and joint venture company DELPRO Wind have opened a shared office in Esbjerg, Denmark.

“We have been considering an office in this area for a while, and now is the perfect time. We will be closer to our customers and therefore able to offer an improved service and local set up,” said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of GWS.

The new office is located in a converted warehouse dating back to 1902.

DELPRO Wind was formed as a joint venture between Global Wind Service A/S and DELPRO A/S in 2014.

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28th June 2016 Fred. Olsen Ocean AS and Shoreline AS simulate best O&M solution for bigger offshore wind farms

An operations and maintenance (O&M) logistics study by Norwegian software simulation experts Shoreline, for Fred. Olsen Ocean, has found the use of an offshore accommodation platform combined with fast in-field vessels will be key to maximising efficiencies for large, far-from-shore wind farms. The O&M simulation was performed in collaboration with a major developer and based on the indicative layout of a ...

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An operations and maintenance (O&M) logistics study by Norwegian software simulation experts Shoreline, for Fred. Olsen Ocean, has found the use of an offshore accommodation platform combined with fast in-field vessels will be key to maximising efficiencies for large, far-from-shore wind farms.

The O&M simulation was performed in collaboration with a major developer and based on the indicative layout of a 100, 200 and 300 turbine offshore wind project in the UK. Three scenarios with different marine logistics combinations were modelled.

The three base scenarios were:

  1. A single service operation vessel (SOV) with on-board accommodation and access to a helipad
  2. Two walk-to work-vessels (converted platform supply vessels) working alongside an offshore accommodation platform such as Fred. Olsen Windbase
  3. Three large 30m crew transfer vessels (CTVs) working alongside an offshore accommodation platform such as Fred. Olsen Windbase

All three scenarios included the use of a helicopter for troubleshooting and additional CTVs over the summer period for scheduled maintenance.

The met ocean data was taken from weather observations over 18 years – between February 1994 and January 2012 – so factored in seasonal changes, and included significant wave height and mean wind speed.

Shoreline employed its MAINTSYS software tool, developed in 2012 as part of a PhD project at University of Stavanger and the Norwegian Centre of Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) and already adopted by several offshore wind farm developers for marine logistics modelling.

The key finding of the simulation, which used a maintenance strategy with specific work order priorities, emergency response time limits and two types of technicians, was that time availability was highest in the third scenario – that of a fixed offshore accommodation platform being used in partnership with larger CTVs.

Fred. Olsen Windbase Project Director David Matthews said that the initial input data for each of the specified base cases was realistic but optimistic, however sensitivity analysis was also included in the report, to consider worst case scenarios as well.

“All three scenarios performed with relatively high time based results, but the best availability – nearly 98% – was with the scenario employing three CTVs combined with an offshore accommodation platform,” he said.

“The main difference was that the scenarios relying on the vessels equipped with walk-to-work access system had less availability when the overall workload was increased because of their low in-park speed in dynamic positioning mode and the limited number of access systems deployed.”

“On larger projects the robustness of the solution chosen is tested as the failures rise. We quickly saw which solution started to fail first and quickest. In short the distances between failures on any given day showed that multiple low cost access vessels performed best.”

“The modelling coupled with a site specific day rate and scope, allows developers to model a fixed offshore facility against other solutions in offshore wind.”

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15th June 2016 Global Wind Service is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind next week

Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week in Manchester. Also exhibiting on our stand is Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation. We are hosting a stand reception on day 1 of the exhibition where we will be serving cocktails and canapes from 16:30. We hope to see you there! We look forward to catching up ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week in Manchester. Also exhibiting on our stand is Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation.

We are hosting a stand reception on day 1 of the exhibition where we will be serving cocktails and canapes from 16:30. We hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with clients and colleagues during the exhibition, visit us at stand 124.

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14th June 2016 Universal Foundation is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind next week

Universal Foundation will be exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week in Manchester between 21st and 22nd June. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service. We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 1 of the exhibition from 16:30 where we will be serving cocktails and canapes, we hope to see you ...

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Universal Foundation will be exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week in Manchester between 21st and 22nd June. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 1 of the exhibition from 16:30 where we will be serving cocktails and canapes, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with colleagues and clients, visit us at stand 124.

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13th June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind next week

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week between 21st and 22nd June in Manchester. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation and Global Wind Service. David Matthews, General Manager UK will be giving a talk about Fred. Olsen Windbase at the Speakers’ Spotlight at 10.30 on 21st June. We will be ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week between 21st and 22nd June in Manchester. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation and Global Wind Service.

David Matthews, General Manager UK will be giving a talk about Fred. Olsen Windbase at the Speakers’ Spotlight at 10.30 on 21st June.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 1 of the event from 16:30 on our stand where we will serve cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Visit us at stand 124!

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8th June 2016 Global Wind Service opens second office in Turkey

Global Wind Service (GWS) has opened an office and warehouse in the Izmir region of Turkey. “We are strengthening our set up in the Turkish market,” said Ugur Kendir Head of Project Execution in GWS Turkey. “The Turkish market is expanding and with our new office in Izmir, we will be able to offer our clients even more solutions and services.” The ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has opened an office and warehouse in the Izmir region of Turkey.

“We are strengthening our set up in the Turkish market,” said Ugur Kendir Head of Project Execution in GWS Turkey. “The Turkish market is expanding and with our new office in Izmir, we will be able to offer our clients even more solutions and services.”

The 900m2 office and warehouse serves as project and operations base to support all activities in the Izmir region.

GWS opened their first Turkish office in Istanbul in 2009.

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3rd June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S celebrates 500 days without a lost time injury

On 2 June 2016, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S’s Bayard vessels celebrated 500 days without a lost time injury (LTI). With a total exposure of 115,617 hours, this is a significant milestone for both our crew and clients. The fleet of Bayards have been active at Walney 1+2, Butendiek, Baltic 2, Femern Belt, Borkum Riffgrund, Gwynt y Môr and the Gode Wind ...

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On 2 June 2016, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S’s Bayard vessels celebrated 500 days without a lost time injury (LTI).

With a total exposure of 115,617 hours, this is a significant milestone for both our crew and clients. The fleet of Bayards have been active at Walney 1+2, Butendiek, Baltic 2, Femern Belt, Borkum Riffgrund, Gwynt y Môr and the Gode Wind 1.

In this time, the Bayards have worked 41384 operational hours and made 22336 landings, and completed a total of 78050 passenger transfers.

This achievement is a combined effort between the vessels crew in close cooperation with the clients.

A contributing factor to the achievement is participation in the ‘Think first’ safety campaign for risk awareness and observation techniques.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier launched the “Think First. Act Safely” campaign in Q4 2014 promoting risk awareness and observation techniques which has contributed to this achievement.

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1st June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S welcomes new Managing Director

Casper Toft, who comes from the position of Sales Director for MHI Vestas Offshore, has this week joined Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S to head up the CTV business out of Fredercia, Denmark. “I am very excited to join the Fred. Olsen related companies. They have a great reputation in the offshore wind industry and are known for their dedication, strong company values ...

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Casper Toft, who comes from the position of Sales Director for MHI Vestas Offshore, has this week joined Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S to head up the CTV business out of Fredercia, Denmark.

“I am very excited to join the Fred. Olsen related companies. They have a great reputation in the offshore wind industry and are known for their dedication, strong company values and diverse product offering,” Casper Toft said.

“I see great opportunities for developing Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s CTV business even further and I look forward to working together with the committed and highly qualified people from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.”

Casper’s background includes seven years at Vestas Offshore working in business development, sales and marketing. Casper was involved in the commercial launch of the 8MW platform and was the key account director for Dong Energy.

“With his skills and experience in offshore wind, Casper is a great addition to Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S,” said Rolf Normann, Fred. Olsen Ocean CEO.

Casper has an MSc in Business Administration and Marketing from Aarhus School of Business.

Due to the development and expansion of the company, Kasper Juul-Schirmer has been appointed Head of Operations.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S owns and operates eight highly efficient crew transfer vessels.

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31st May 2016 Cleveland wind project awarded $40 million DOE grant to develop Lake wind farm

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $40 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build a six-turbine pilot wind farm in Lake Erie by the end of 2018. The award caps a 10-year struggle that began as an idea in the mind of Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard upon his arrival in Cleveland. The ...

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $40 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build a six-turbine pilot wind farm in Lake Erie by the end of 2018.

The award caps a 10-year struggle that began as an idea in the mind of Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard upon his arrival in Cleveland.

The money will be delivered in three $13.3 million grants, provided LEEDCo. continues to meet engineering, permitting and construction goals set by the DOE.

To make the award, the DOE withdrew funding from two offshore ocean projects that had not kept up with the department’s interim engineering benchmarks.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the ranking member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the $40 million grant Friday morning on a patio at the Great Lakes Science Museum overlooking the lake.

Unlike so many previous LEEDCo hopeful announcements at the same location, this one had more of a tone of victory, instead of merely another update.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and LEEDCo President Lorry Wagner spoke about solving the engineering problems and overcoming political obstacles to get the project this far.

Richard talked about jobs, about re-branding the city and about the intent of Ohio’s state lawmakers who are now trying to permanently freeze the state’s renewable energy standards.

Kaptur said the small wind farm should be the beginning of a new wind-powered energy grid along the southern shores of the Great Lakes from Buffalo to Toledo initially, but extending into Canada and points west, as well.

“There is something that will be born here that is larger than this installation. What will be born is the concept of a new grid, not just for this region but for the entire Great Lakes,” she said. 

“It isn’t every day that a place in America receives $40 million. I congratulate the collaboration that you have managed to achieve here and the perseverance that allowed this project to both be funded and carried forward.”

Wagner said LEEDCo already has 15 local companies involved in the project and hopes to attract more. Fabrication and construction will create 500 jobs, he said.

Agreeing with Kaptur, Wagner said the underlying goal of the project “is to position us to take hold of the future, whatever that future is, whether it is manufacturing for the Atlantic coast or putting wind turbines in the lake, if we are not a leader in the industry, then we cannot control our future. This project is about leading the nation in clean energy.”

Jackson and Budish focused on the potential economic impact of the project, which from the very beginning has been seen as a way to jump-start manufacturing and create jobs.

“This is about positioning Cleveland and the region for the future,” said Jackson. “We already have manufacturing of [turbine] parts in this region. This will give us the ability to not only manufacture parts but to assemble turbines here. We want to position Cleveland to be an exporter . . . to provide this technology to North America.”

Budish said the project “represents the best in collaboration” in this community and between the county and the city. So many people, so many organizations worked together to make this happen,” he said.

Budish recalled sitting in an office listening to Richard talk about building hundreds, even thousands, of turbines in the lake and thinking to himself, “I don’t know about this guy.”

Richard credited the bi-partisan efforts by not only Kaptur and Republican U.S. Rep. David Joyce, but also by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman. He also credited Gov. John Kasich and his Democratic predecessor Ted Strickland.

Calling Lake Erie “our greatest fixed asset,” Richard said thousands of lake-based wind turbines would be an environmental asset because they help replace coal-burning, a national security asset and a powerful economic stimulus. 

“I think it will also change the brand of Cleveland to ‘Cleveland, powered by wind,'” he said.

“Someday, I would like to see Cleveland off the grid, so that if we have a cyber attack, we will be immune — which will help us attract more companies, especially defense industry companies.”

Richard also used the occasion to talk about the wisdom of state lawmakers who seem intent on permanently freezing Ohio’s renewable energy standards. Created in 2008, the standards would require that 12.5 percent of the electricity sold in the state be generated with renewable technologies.

“Ohio was first in flight … and we need to be first in advanced energy. if you think of the Wright Brothers in 1903, if the state legislature then had decided to not allow planes to take off or land in Ohio, it would not have prevented the aviation industry from occurring in the United States, it would just have ensured that it did not happen in Ohio,” he said.

LEEDCo’s decision to adopt the European-designed “Mono Bucket” foundation, which eliminates pile driving in the bedrock below the lake bed, may have been crucial to the DOE’s decision to fully fund the project.

“The innovative Mono Bucket foundation will reduce installation time, costs, and environmental impacts compared to traditional foundations that require pile driving,” a DOE analysis states. “The Mono Bucket not only is a solution for the Great Lakes, but also has broader national applicability for offshore wind installations off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.”

LEEDCo previously received three DOE grants totaling $10.7 million. The $40 million award will take the federal share to more than $50 million.

The Cleveland Foundation has given LEEDCo, or its predecessor, $1.7 million.

Total cost of the project to prove that a fresh-water wind farm can survive ice floes has been estimated at about $120 million.

LEEDCo’s European partner, Fred. Olsen Renewables, the largest independent power producer in the United Kingdom and the fifth largest in Europe, is expected to raise the remaining $70 million through a combination of bank loans and private equity investors.

Source: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/05/cleveland_wind_project_awarded.html#incart_email

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24th May 2016 The Universal Foundation Workshop 2016 a success

Last week the third Universal Foundation workshop successfully took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, attracting around 100 delegates from over 50 companies. “The workshop is designed to bring together key stakeholders in the industry, to share and spread knowledge on suction technology,” Universal Foundation’s Managing Director Kristian Ravn said. “It was a great success and the perfect forum ...

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Last week the third Universal Foundation workshop successfully took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, attracting around 100 delegates from over 50 companies.

“The workshop is designed to bring together key stakeholders in the industry, to share and spread knowledge on suction technology,” Universal Foundation’s Managing Director Kristian Ravn said. “It was a great success and the perfect forum to discuss the future of foundations and how suction technology contributes to reduce the cost of offshore wind.”

Universal Foundation discussed the Mono Bucket foundation and an external presenter from DBB Jack-up Services showed delegates how the seabed at Horns Rev 2 had returned to normal after the successful removal of the met. mast and supporting Mono Bucket after six years in operation. There was also a project update on Fred. Olsen Windbase, the “game-changer” for O&M, which can utilise the Mono Bucket technology.

As per tradition one dedicated delegate was awarded the “Golden Bucket” for a quote which perfectly captured the general conclusions of the event: “I think that the Mono Bucket is a beautiful design in regards to the noise concerns, and will definitely give monopiles a challenging future”.

The workshop had a mix of speakers and panel discussions, with participants from Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation, Fred. Olsen Ocean and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier as well as LEEDCo, The Carbon Trust, Siemens Wind Power, Van Oord and more.

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12th May 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins first UK installation contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a transport and installation contract for installation of Siemens 7MW turbines at the Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm, developed by DONG Energy Wind Power. Approximately half of the 174 turbines are expected to be installed under this contract. Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm will become the largest offshore wind farm ever built, and ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a transport and installation contract for installation of Siemens 7MW turbines at the Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm, developed by DONG Energy Wind Power. Approximately half of the 174 turbines are expected to be installed under this contract.

Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm will become the largest offshore wind farm ever built, and is located approximately 60 nautical miles east of Hull in the North East of England and will generate 1.2GW of power in total.

“This is a very exciting project for us as it is the first large transport and installation project we will have worked on in the UK,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen. “Not only that, but it is our first project working with DONG Energy Wind Power. We are proud to have been chosen for such an important project for DONG Energy Wind Power, and hope it will be the start for a long and strong relationship between us and the leading offshore wind development company in the world.”

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12th April 2016 GE has appointed Global Wind Service for an extensive operations and maintenance contract in Romania

Global Wind Service (GWS) has recently provided an experienced team of 18 O&M specialists and 5 sets of professional tools to perform service work across 11 wind farms in Romania covering a total number of 300 GE turbines. “O&M is a key competence for GWS and we are happy to extend our track record with the annual maintenance, anchor bolts tightening ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has recently provided an experienced team of 18 O&M specialists and 5 sets of professional tools to perform service work across 11 wind farms in Romania covering a total number of 300 GE turbines.

“O&M is a key competence for GWS and we are happy to extend our track record with the annual maintenance, anchor bolts tightening and transformer cleaning across the range of GE wind farms: Cogealac and Fantanele, Baleni, Silistea and others,” said Chief Commercial Officer Michael Høj Olsen.

These wind farms are located in the Dobrogea region of south-east Romania, close to where GWS has a business unit. A highly skilled team of local technicians and logistics staff will take on the task.  The project will be executed in a timely and cost efficient manner under the management of Dragos Popescu.

The project is due to finish end of Q3/beginning of Q4 2016.

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16th March 2016 New GE offshore prototype to rise in Denmark by the hands of Global Wind Service

From April 2016, Global Wind Service (GWS) will undertake a new and exciting installation of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine prototype at the National Test Center for Large Wind Turbines in Osterild, Denmark. Together with BMS Heavy Cranes and their giant LR 11350 crane, with power boom and a 160 ton crawler, GWS have been given the opportunity to ...

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From April 2016, Global Wind Service (GWS) will undertake a new and exciting installation of a Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine prototype at the National Test Center for Large Wind Turbines in Osterild, Denmark. Together with BMS Heavy Cranes and their giant LR 11350 crane, with power boom and a 160 ton crawler, GWS have been given the opportunity to further expand their knowledge within the technological platform of GE and therefore will be well prepared for future GE offshore projects.

GE Project Manager Elsa-Laure Rondeleux said “GWS has been awarded the Installation contract for our Osterild project based on the good experience we had with this company at the Belwind project in 2013. GWS was able to propose a full package for installation and manpower with crane partner BMS. This project is aim to be good training for further collaboration, notably for GE’s next project: Block Island in the US.”

A full installation team from GWS and a group of BMS crane operators will be responsible for full crane and installation scope including lifting supervision and mechanical and electrical installation.

“GWS have previously worked with the Haliade 150 turbine in 2013 at the Belwind site together with our related company Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. We look forward to working with this turbine again and to strengthening our relationship with GE even further,” said GWS Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Olsen.

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1st March 2016 Brave Tern successfully upgraded

Brave Tern, one of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, has this week been successfully upgraded. The modifications were executed at Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, by Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS. The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This ...

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Brave Tern, one of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, has this week been successfully upgraded.

The modifications were executed at Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, by Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS.

The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This will include both an insert piece for the crane boom and an extension of the A-frame. The lifting height will become 120m from the main deck.

“The upgrades to Brave Tern have been a success and she will be available in time for her next project,” Even Larsen, Head of Commercial and Projects, said. “These modifications were carried out because offshore wind turbines are growing in size and capacity. Brave, and soon Bold will be capable of handling the latest generation turbines.”

Sister vessel, Bold Tern, will undertake the same upgrades within the next 12 months.

With the upgrades in place, the two Tern Class vessels will be capable of transporting 4 complete ‘multi MW’ turbines with full towers throughout the year in water depths of up to 55m – up to 60m in the summer.

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1st March 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins EnBW Hohe See contract

Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier transport and installation services at the EnBW Hohe See wind farm for their 7MW wind turbines. EnBW Hohe See is located 90km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects, the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation of the 497MW ...

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Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier transport and installation services at the EnBW Hohe See wind farm for their 7MW wind turbines.

EnBW Hohe See is located 90km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects, the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation of the 497MW wind farm is scheduled to commence during first half of 2019.

Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said, “This new contract will continue to reinforce our prime position in the German North Sea and strengthen our relationship with Siemens”.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier are experienced at working in the German North Sea with Siemens, having installed the Riffgat and Butendiek wind farms, in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and will be installing the Veja Mate wind farm in 2017.

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24th February 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier host media day on board Brave Tern

This week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a party of journalists on board jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern to show off the nearly-completed vessel modifications. Industry journalists were invited on board and given a presentation by Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen and Project Manager Ove Rylandsholm, giving an in depth look at what the vessel upgrades mean for the Brave ...

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This week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a party of journalists on board jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern to show off the nearly-completed vessel modifications.

Industry journalists were invited on board and given a presentation by Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen and Project Manager Ove Rylandsholm, giving an in depth look at what the vessel upgrades mean for the Brave Tern, before being given a tour of the vessel.

The vessel upgrades will be completed this week and Brave Tern will be ready in time for her next project.

The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This will include both an insert piece for the crane boom and an extension of the A-frame. The lifting height will become 120m from the main deck.

With the upgrades in place, the two Tern Class vessels will be capable of transporting 4 complete ‘multi MW’ turbines with full towers throughout the year in water depths of up to 55m – up to 60m in the summer.

Sister vessel, Bold Tern, will undertake the same upgrades within the next 6 months.

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20th January 2016 Global Wind Service wins a contract with Siemens for multiple projects in the UK and Ireland

The first UK project is planned to kick-off in May 2016 in Scotland. All in all 102 turbines will be installed across four wind farms: Aikengall, Dersalloch, Crystal Rig 3 and Clyde Extension. The project will continue into 2017, moving into Ireland in March, where Global Wind Service (GWS) will install 15 SWT 3MW turbines at the Scartaglen wind farm. The majority ...

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The first UK project is planned to kick-off in May 2016 in Scotland. All in all 102 turbines will be installed across four wind farms: Aikengall, Dersalloch, Crystal Rig 3 and Clyde Extension.

The project will continue into 2017, moving into Ireland in March, where Global Wind Service (GWS) will install 15 SWT 3MW turbines at the Scartaglen wind farm.

The majority of the turbines will be the SWT 3.2MW-101, however the SWT 2.3MW-82 has been chosen for Crystal Rig 3.

“We see a very active market in the UK from various suppliers, and with our local presence we believe GWS is a strong partner for installation and service work both onshore and offshore in the UK. We look forward to continue, and grow, our partnership with Siemens with these pipelines in the UK and Ireland,” said CCO Michael Høj Olsen.

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11th January 2016 Global Wind Service and Vestas to kick-start 2016 with a hot project in the cold North

Over the course of 2016 a series of Vestas turbines will rise in Sweden and Finland and Global Wind Service (GWS) has been appointed to carry out installation with two GWS teams for the Finnish projects and one GWS team for the Swedish project. The initial projects consist of approx. 125 turbines in total. Sörby will be the first wind farm ...

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Over the course of 2016 a series of Vestas turbines will rise in Sweden and Finland and Global Wind Service (GWS) has been appointed to carry out installation with two GWS teams for the Finnish projects and one GWS team for the Swedish project.

The initial projects consist of approx. 125 turbines in total. Sörby will be the first wind farm in Sweden to be powered by the V117-3.3MW turbines – 37 of its kind to be exact. The remaining turbines will be erected across a series of Finnish wind farms from Ilmajoki to Nikkarenkaarto and will all be equipped with the V126-3.45MW turbines.

“Executing wind projects in countries like Finland and Sweden with extreme weather conditions is always challenging, but our technicians are suitably skilled to deal with the harsh environments,” said COO Michael Nielsen.

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21st December 2015 Job advert: Chief Financial Officer

Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. is searching for a CFO to work from our Oslo office. For more details about the job and how to apply, please click here. The application deadline is 10th January 2016.

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Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. is searching for a CFO to work from our Oslo office. For more details about the job and how to apply, please click here.

The application deadline is 10th January 2016.

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17th December 2015 Global Wind Service is pleased to capture new Siemens projects in Turkey

The first two wind turbines are already running at the Kanije wind farm in Edime-Tekirdag. From February 2016 the installation of the remaining turbines will begin, followed by the Zeliha, Bereketli, Airres 4 and Kinik wind farms. The final turbines will be ready to spin late summer at the Kinik wind farm near Izmir. Global Wind Service (GWS) once again teams ...

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The first two wind turbines are already running at the Kanije wind farm in Edime-Tekirdag. From February 2016 the installation of the remaining turbines will begin, followed by the Zeliha, Bereketli, Airres 4 and Kinik wind farms. The final turbines will be ready to spin late summer at the Kinik wind farm near Izmir.

Global Wind Service (GWS) once again teams up with Siemens – this time to manage the installation of 74 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 236MW.

“GWS has been operating in Turkey since 2009 and the business is growing. We are proud to partner up with Siemens for this Turkish pipeline and it is a positive step towards GWS’s continuous growth and position in Turkey,” says CEO Lars Petersen.

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14th December 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up vessels to be upgraded

Brave Tern and Bold Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, will undertake major upgrades within the next 12 months. Brave Tern will be the first of the Terns to undergo the upgrades, having already arrived at the modification yard, Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, where Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS are executing the modification. “With offshore wind turbines growing in ...

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Brave Tern and Bold Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, will undertake major upgrades within the next 12 months.

Brave Tern will be the first of the Terns to undergo the upgrades, having already arrived at the modification yard, Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, where Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS are executing the modification.

“With offshore wind turbines growing in capacity, with a greater weight and larger rotor diameter, and increased hub heights, the vessels will need to be adapted to meet this need,” Even Larsen, Head of Commercial and Projects, said. “These modifications will ensure that our vessels are capable of handling the latest generation ‘multi MW’ offshore wind turbines.”

The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This will include both an insert piece for the crane boom and an extension of the A-frame. The lifting height will become 120m from the main deck.

With the upgrades in place, the two Tern Class vessels will be capable of transporting 4 complete ‘multi MW’ turbines with full towers throughout the year in water depths of up to 55m – up to 60m in the summer.

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11th December 2015 Universal Foundation Welcomes New Managing Director

Kristian Ravn, who comes from the position of Managing Director at Semco Maritime Norway, has joined Universal Foundation, a Fred. Olsen related company, as Managing Director this month. “I have a strong belief in the Mono Bucket and have been impressed with the professionalism and drive of Universal Foundation during the years of development, design and testing of this innovative product,” ...

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Kristian Ravn, who comes from the position of Managing Director at Semco Maritime Norway, has joined Universal Foundation, a Fred. Olsen related company, as Managing Director this month.

“I have a strong belief in the Mono Bucket and have been impressed with the professionalism and drive of Universal Foundation during the years of development, design and testing of this innovative product,” Kristian Ravn said.

“I am sure that the technology will provide a strong contribution in bringing down costs for offshore wind farms, at the same time reducing risks and environmental impact.”

Kristian started his career at MT Højgaard before spending ten years at ABB, starting in 2003 as a structural engineer and working his way up to Vice President of the Denmark business unit.

During his time at Semco Maritime Norway, Kristian was responsible for the “Think New!” strategy, an innovative drive to make the company a more cost-effective alternative to larger Norwegian competitors. Semco Maritime is an EPCI-contractor for the offshore Oil and Gas sector.

“Kristian is innovative by heart and has extensive experience in large scale project deliveries. We feel he is the perfect fit with Universal,” Rolf Normann, CEO of Fred. Olsen Ocean said.

Kristian has an MSc in Structural Engineering and holds a certificate in Business Administration (HD-O), specialised in innovation.

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26th November 2015 Global Wind Service signs framework agreement with Nordex

Global Wind Service (GWS) and Nordex Energy GmbH have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of one installation team throughout Germany for 2016 on a continuous basis. GWS´s scope of supply is to deliver manpower and tooling for some of the German sites. The signing of this agreement shows the commitment between Nordex and GWS to continue building a strong ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) and Nordex Energy GmbH have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of one installation team throughout Germany for 2016 on a continuous basis. GWS´s scope of supply is to deliver manpower and tooling for some of the German sites.

The signing of this agreement shows the commitment between Nordex and GWS to continue building a strong relationship. GWS has successfully finished the first four projects in this pipeline in 2014 and 2015 in Sweden, Lithuania, Turkey and the Netherlands.

“We appreciate the confidence Nordex shows in GWS to continue and to expand the cooperation into 2016, and we look forward to delivering on our partnership,” said Chief Commercial Officer Michael Høj Olsen.

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20th November 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier launch “game-changer” for offshore O&M

Wind farms larger and further from shore have created the need for a new approach to operations and maintenance (O&M) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has developed what their UK General Manager believes will be a “game-changer” for the industry. David Matthews, who is also Project Director for Fred. Olsen Windbase, has said that by marrying established technologies and services ...

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Wind farms larger and further from shore have created the need for a new approach to operations and maintenance (O&M) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has developed what their UK General Manager believes will be a “game-changer” for the industry.

David Matthews, who is also Project Director for Fred. Olsen Windbase, has said that by marrying established technologies and services from within the Fred. Olsen related companies, they can create a fixed offshore facility that offers developers a way to reduce operating costs for the next generation of wind farms built further from shore.

“We’ve seen floating solutions and even man made islands proposed for projects located far from shore. E.ON’s Amrumbank offshore wind farm will use the island of Helgoland to launch its island based service concept, which will no doubt be a great success and one that Fred. Olsen Windbase will replicate across Europe,” David Matthews said.

“But new concepts must offer business case certainty and use established technologies with an experienced supplier in offshore marine contracting.”

Fred. Olsen Windbase is a flexible solution with a mix of facilities and capabilities. These can be delivered individually or in combination with other offshore marine assets. Fred. Olsen Windbase includes an accommodation module, a full service base and a fully operational offshore heliport, removing the requirement for an onshore quayside facility.

“The beauty of this new approach lies in the fact that it offers a through-life capability, deployed very early in the construction phase for installation and commissioning, and remaining onsite until the project is re-powered or decommissioned,” David Matthews said.

“I’m sure that through use it will evolve over time, with year on year efficiency gains further reducing O&M costs.”

An investment decision on the first full-scale version is expected in the first half of 2016.

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12th November 2015 DELPRO Wind launches new website

DELPRO Wind launched its new and improved website earlier this week. The company was created in 2014 as a joint venture between Global Wind Service (GWS) and DELPRO. DELPRO Wind, a Fred. Olsen related company, are a service and installation provider in the onshore and offshore wind industry with a focus on High Voltage (HV) and Medium Voltage (MV) installation and ...

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DELPRO Wind launched its new and improved website earlier this week.

The company was created in 2014 as a joint venture between Global Wind Service (GWS) and DELPRO. DELPRO Wind, a Fred. Olsen related company, are a service and installation provider in the onshore and offshore wind industry with a focus on High Voltage (HV) and Medium Voltage (MV) installation and service works.

www.delpro-wind.com

 

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28th October 2015 DELPRO Wind Host Siemens HV Switchgear Training

DELPRO Wind played host to the Siemens Wind Power (SWP) HV switchgear training at their HV training centre in Vamdrup last week. This was part of Siemens’ recently developed 5-day training programme for HV technicians. The programme is expected to become a mandatory for HV technicians working for SWP in the future. “October 22nd was a historic day at DELPRO Wind. The ...

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DELPRO Wind played host to the Siemens Wind Power (SWP) HV switchgear training at their HV training centre in Vamdrup last week.

This was part of Siemens’ recently developed 5-day training programme for HV technicians. The programme is expected to become a mandatory for HV technicians working for SWP in the future.

“October 22nd was a historic day at DELPRO Wind. The feedback from both Siemens Wind Power and the participants were very positive, and next training will be held in January 2016,” said CEO of DELPRO Wind, Jacob Rath.

Elkonsultenterne, a HV education consultancy, designed and operates this training session.

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25th September 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier awarded the transport and installation contract for Wikinger by Adwen

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by Adwen for the transport and installation of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines, AD 5-135, at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm, with manpower supplied by related company Global Wind Service. Construction is expected to start in early 2017 with estimated completion during the second half of 2017. The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by Adwen for the transport and installation of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines, AD 5-135, at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm, with manpower supplied by related company Global Wind Service.

Construction is expected to start in early 2017 with estimated completion during the second half of 2017.

The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island of Rügen in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea and once built will supply power to 350,000 households.

Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said “We are delighted to have won the Wikinger installation contract and look forward to working for Adwen once again in the delivery of this project. From previous experience they are a highly efficient and professional company to work with and we have established a strong relationship with their project teams”.

Markus Dülks, Wikinger project director of Adwen said: “By combining Adwen expertise with Fred Olsen know-how and proven track record regarding offshore wind turbines installation, we are reaching a new milestone for a successful realization of the Wikinger project. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation”.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is experienced at installing Adwen turbines after contributing to the erection of AD 5-116 at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German Bight last year.

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22nd September 2015 Mono Bucket shortlisted for RenewableUK Breakthrough Award

We are delighted that our Mono Bucket foundation has been shortlisted for the RenewableUK Breakthrough Award. The winners will be announced at the RenewableUK Gala Dinner in Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall on 7th October. We hope to see you there. http://www.renewableuk.com/en/events/conferences-and-exhibitions/renewableuk-2015-awards/awards/index.cfm

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We are delighted that our Mono Bucket foundation has been shortlisted for the RenewableUK Breakthrough Award.

The winners will be announced at the RenewableUK Gala Dinner in Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall on 7th October.

We hope to see you there.

http://www.renewableuk.com/en/events/conferences-and-exhibitions/renewableuk-2015-awards/awards/index.cfm

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4th September 2015 Global Wind Service wins contract for two UK projects

Global Wind Service (GWS) has won the contract for the crane and installation of 13 Vestas V90 2MW turbines at Burnhead and 9 Vestas V112 turbines at Fraisthorpe. The Fraisthorpe wind farm is situated in England, north of Hull, and the Burnhead wind farm, which is already in progress, is located in Scotland, near Falkirk. These projects build on the fantastic relationship ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has won the contract for the crane and installation of 13 Vestas V90 2MW turbines at Burnhead and 9 Vestas V112 turbines at Fraisthorpe.

The Fraisthorpe wind farm is situated in England, north of Hull, and the Burnhead wind farm, which is already in progress, is located in Scotland, near Falkirk.

These projects build on the fantastic relationship GWS has with Vestas and shows our UK track record is getting even stronger.

This continues the pipeline of Vestas projects in the UK, where GWS has previously worked on East Youlstone, Daventry, Garlenick, Ramsey II and Dungavel.

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10th July 2015 Bold Tern completes installation of the Butendiek offshore wind farm

On Friday 12th June, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern successfully completed the installation of 80 Siemens turbines at the Butendiek offshore wind farm. The 80 SWT 3.6-120 turbines have a total output of 288MW. The wind farm delivered its first kilowatt hours into the public grid in February this year and now that it is complete will supply around ...

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On Friday 12th June, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern successfully completed the installation of 80 Siemens turbines at the Butendiek offshore wind farm. The 80 SWT 3.6-120 turbines have a total output of 288MW.

The wind farm delivered its first kilowatt hours into the public grid in February this year and now that it is complete will supply around 370,000 households with power.

Butendiek offshore wind farm is located west of Sylt, in the German Bight, where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has installed around 200 turbines making us the leading installer in German waters.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager Eskil Røset said, “Our team performed in an efficient and professional manner and our relationship with Siemens is growing ever stronger. We look forward working together on our next project.”

Read more about the Butendiek project on developer and operator wpd’s web pages: www.owp-butendiek.de

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9th July 2015 First Mono Bucket is decommissioned after 6 years of service

On 7th July, the meteorological mast, supported by a Mono Bucket foundation, at the Horns Rev 2 wind farm, Denmark, was successfully decommissioned.  The met. mast was no longer required at the Horns Rev 2 wind farm by the current owner Dong Energy. The Mono Bucket was one of the very first to be employed and has been in situ for ...

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On 7th July, the meteorological mast, supported by a Mono Bucket foundation, at the Horns Rev 2 wind farm, Denmark, was successfully decommissioned.  The met. mast was no longer required at the Horns Rev 2 wind farm by the current owner Dong Energy.

The Mono Bucket was one of the very first to be employed and has been in situ for 6 years, having been installed in March 2009. The weight of the foundation is 165t with a total height of 38meters. It was installed to within 0.1 degree of true vertical and with a 0.6m stick-up.

The Mono Bucket has been completely removed from the site by DBB Jack-Up Services by reversing the suction process. By applying pressure into the Mono Bucket the foundation was lifted from the seabed, leaving it unmarked.

Universal Foundation’s Head of Business Development, Kristian Jacobsen said: “Since 2009 the project has served as a key showcase to Universal Foundation and proved the feasibility of the Mono Bucket in an offshore working environment. The installation itself was innovative in the sense that the foundation was floated to the site by means of two simple tug boats, installation was quick and during operations the Mono Bucket required no scour protection proving that our system works. We are now delighted to add a successful decommissioning of the foundation to the project results. This is yet another testimony to the feasibility and flexibility of the Mono Bucket and suction technology in offshore wind”.

For DBB Jack-Up Services this was an important step in expanding into offshore wind decommissioning: “Combined with the experience and skills of the DBB Jack-Up project organisation, our crew and jack-up vessels have once again completed a very challenging decommissioning task” says Ole Jacob W. Nielsen, Chief Commercial Officer of DBB Jack-Up Services A/S, and continues: “In the race for cost-reduction we need to allow ourselves to step off the beaten track to test innovative solutions like the Mono Bucket foundation.”

The Mono Bucket has recently been chosen to support 6 3MW turbines at the Icebreaker project in the United States.

Image courtesy of DBB Jack-Up Services A/S

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22nd June 2015 Global Wind Service is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind this week

Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation. We will be hosting a stand reception on our stand on Day 1 of the exhibition from 17:00. We’ll be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation.

We will be hosting a stand reception on our stand on Day 1 of the exhibition from 17:00. We’ll be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand 62.

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22nd June 2015 Universal Foundation is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind this week

Universal Foundation is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service. We will be hosting a stand reception on our stand on Day 1 of the exhibition from 17:00. We’ll be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you ...

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Universal Foundation is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service.

We will be hosting a stand reception on our stand on Day 1 of the exhibition from 17:00. We’ll be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand 62.

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22nd June 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind this week

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation. Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen will be speaking on 24th June during the B3: Construction Lessons Learnt 1 between 14:00 and 15:15. We will be hosting a stand ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation.

Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen will be speaking on 24th June during the B3: Construction Lessons Learnt 1 between 14:00 and 15:15.

We will be hosting a stand reception on our stand on Day 1 of the exhibition from 17:00. We’ll be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand 62.

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4th June 2015 New general manager of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (UK) Ltd. elected to RenewableUK board

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier UK’s new general manager, David Matthews, has been elected to the board of RenewableUK in his second month in post. Mr. Matthews becomes one of 12 influential industry leaders elected to the board to represent the UK wind and marine energy industry. “It’s a real honour to be elected to the RenewableUK board. We work in an industry in ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier UK’s new general manager, David Matthews, has been elected to the board of RenewableUK in his second month in post.

Mr. Matthews becomes one of 12 influential industry leaders elected to the board to represent the UK wind and marine energy industry.

“It’s a real honour to be elected to the RenewableUK board. We work in an industry in which the UK is the world leader. I’m looking forward to contributing to the further evolution of this fast-moving and exciting industry in a different capacity to my day-to-day role.”

Mr. Matthews was recently appointed to head up Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in the UK “It’s an honour to join such an innovative and forward thinking management team, with ambitious growth plans.”

One of his priorities is to explore opportunities for the companies under the Fred. Olsen Ocean umbrella including Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Global Wind Service, Universal Foundation and Fred. Olsen Marine Services.

David emphasised that “we are working together so that we can provide a broader scope of work to projects reducing project complexity and risk. Developers are beginning to evolve their approach to contracting, increasingly moving towards partnerships with companies that can take on more scope and manage the risk”.

“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for example, comes with a vessel spread that includes jack-ups and crew transfer vessels (CTV’s), as well as project management, engineering expertise, and marine management services. Related company Global Wind Service can provide the technical manpower, lift supervisors and site management. While they work together to take on bigger scopes of work, the companies will maintain their individual brands and identities.”

Well-connected and respected across the wind industry in which he has worked for many years, David said his appointment is “part of the business growth plan in key markets”.

“I’ve had a great working relationship with different Fred. Olsen companies over the years, an organisation that truly believes in renewable energy and has demonstrated its commitment by investing in technology, people and assets.

“Off the back of installing around 50 percent of all offshore wind turbines in Germany, next year Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will install the first offshore wind farm in the US for Deepwater Wind, the 30-MW Block Island project, near Rhode Island.

Previously head of sales for AREVA Wind in the UK, David was part of building the AREVA UK organisation from scratch to be viewed as a “credible alternative to market leading wind turbine manufacturers.”

David began his career as an apprentice mechanical engineer working in a factory in Kendal, Cumbria, which made hydropower turbines, before going on to gain a degree from Lancaster University.

He lives in Cumbria with his wife and two daughters, aged nine and seven, where he enjoys sailing on Lake Windermere.

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2nd June 2015 Icebreaker Offshore Wind Project to Incorporate New Foundation Design

Mono Bucket foundations by Universal Foundation will increase efficiency and reduce costs. The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that the Icebreaker offshore wind project planned for the Ohio waters of Lake Erie will utilize an innovative foundation design developed in Europe. Mono Bucket foundations, developed by Denmark-based Universal Foundation (UF), will significantly reduce installation costs for the pilot ...

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Mono Bucket foundations by Universal Foundation will increase efficiency and reduce costs.

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that the Icebreaker offshore wind project planned for the Ohio waters of Lake Erie will utilize an innovative foundation design developed in Europe. Mono Bucket foundations, developed by Denmark-based Universal Foundation (UF), will significantly reduce installation costs for the pilot project compared to the modified monopile concept LEEDCo developed in 2013.

“Universal Foundation’s Mono Bucket foundation recently emerged as one of the most promising technology developments in the European offshore wind industry,” said Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo. “We are always vigilant about finding the most cost-effective solutions to build a competitive industry in Lake Erie and we’re excited to be the first to deploy this state-of-the-art innovation in U.S. waters.”

To evaluate the Mono Bucket design, LEEDCo considered its technical performance, manufacturing costs, installation costs and comparative risks. LEEDCo’s evaluation team included veteran offshore wind engineers from UK-based Offshore Design Engineering and wind industry supply chain experts from Cleveland-based GLWN (formerly Great Lakes Wind Network).

“Our evaluation concluded that the Mono Bucket will achieve significant cost savings while meeting the technical performance requirements for Lake Erie’s soil and winter weather conditions,” Wagner said. “It is lighter than our original concept, requires significantly less time on the water during construction, and can be fabricated locally.”

The Mono Bucket foundation is an all-in-one steel structure consisting of a monopile shaft attached to a large-diameter bucket. It is installed with a unique suction system that requires no pile driving or dredging – eliminating noise and soil disturbance. A prototype has been supporting a 3MW turbine in Denmark since 2002. A second prototype has been supporting a met mast at Horns Rev 2 in Denmark since 2009.

In 2011, UF was selected as one of four finalists in the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition, an initiative led by the nine largest utilities in Europe to identify and de-risk promising technology innovations in the offshore wind industry. Backed by the OWA program, UF successfully installed two met masts at Dogger Bank in the middle of the North Sea in 2013. A year later, UF completed a series of 29 successful trial installations in various challenging soil conditions off the east coast of England. This campaign was a joint effort among Universal Foundation, the Carbon Trust, Statoil, DONG Energy, E.ON and Statkraft. In addition to Icebreaker, Mono Buckets are also being considered for a number of European projects.

“After more than a decade of R&D work, trial installations and due diligence, we are thrilled that the Mono Bucket foundation has reached the appropriate level of industry acceptance to begin deployment in commercial projects. We very much look forward to delivering an optimized total solution in close cooperation with related company, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, who has previously been selected as a member of LEEDCo’s team,” said UF CEO Torgeir Ramstad. “We are proud to partner with LEEDCo to be a part of the first offshore wind project in Lake Erie.”

UF will join LEEDCo’s team to complete the detailed design of the Mono Bucket foundations for the Icebreaker project. The team will work closely with U.S. steel fabricators to ensure the design is optimized for fabrication in the United States. The final design will be complete in early 2016.

“This is yet another innovation we are bringing to the U.S. offshore wind industry that will help meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s cost of energy targets,” Wagner said. “Not only does it move Icebreaker forward, it enables the Lake Erie region to become a central hub of the U.S. offshore wind industry.”

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1st June 2015 Universal Foundation speaking at International Conference Offshore Foundations

Kristian Jacobsen, Head of Business Development at Universal Foundation in Denmark, will be holding a presentation on “Driving the Universal Foundation Mono Bucket to commercial readiness” at the fifth International Conference Offshore Foundations from 01 – 03 July 2015 in Swissôtel, Bremen, Germany. The presentation will cover following topics: De-risking of suction technology Field results and installation experience at Hornsea, Dogger Bank ...

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Kristian Jacobsen, Head of Business Development at Universal Foundation in Denmark, will be holding a presentation on “Driving the Universal Foundation Mono Bucket to commercial readiness” at the fifth International Conference Offshore Foundations from 01 – 03 July 2015 in Swissôtel, Bremen, Germany. The presentation will cover following topics:

  • De-risking of suction technology
  • Field results and installation experience at Hornsea, Dogger Bank and Dudgeon
  • Economic potential and cost-reductions for deepwater sites

Find out more information about the event here: http://bit.ly/offshore_foundations_event_2015

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22nd April 2015 Universal Foundation on cusp of Denmark deal

Universal Foundation has this week participated in two rare and exclusive articles revealing some of the possible up-coming plans for the company. Read the Recharge article ‘Universal Foundation on cusp of Denmark deal’ Read the TU article ‘Dette vindmølle-fundamentet suger seg ned i havbunnen’

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Universal Foundation has this week participated in two rare and exclusive articles revealing some of the possible up-coming plans for the company.

Read the Recharge article ‘Universal Foundation on cusp of Denmark deal’

Read the TU article ‘Dette vindmølle-fundamentet suger seg ned i havbunnen’

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22nd April 2015 Bold Tern celebrates 500 days without a lost time injury

On 20 April 2015, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern celebrated 500 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI). With a total exposure of more than 600 000 hours, this is a significant milestone for both the crew and our clients. Bold Tern has been engaged in several projects in this LTI-free period, which spans the installation of the Alstom ...

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On 20 April 2015, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern celebrated 500 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).

With a total exposure of more than 600 000 hours, this is a significant milestone for both the crew and our clients. Bold Tern has been engaged in several projects in this LTI-free period, which spans the installation of the Alstom Haliade test turbine on Belwind in Belgium, the turbine installation on Global Tech I and the ongoing turbine installation on Butendiek, both in Germany.

As a combined effort between the marine crew, installation technicians and client representatives, the Bold Tern has demonstrated a high commitment to safety.

A contributing factor to the achievement is participation in the ‘Think first’ safety campaign for risk awareness and observation techniques.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier launched the “Think First. Act Safely” campaign inQ4 2014 promoting risk awareness and observation techniques which has contributed to this achievement.

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22nd April 2015 Global Wind Service secures contracts at Kentish Flats and Luchterduinen

Global Wind Service (GWS) has secured Labour hire contracts for installation at UK and Dutch offshore wind sites Kentish Flats and Luchterduinen. The Kentish Flats Extension project will commence in mid-June 2015 and will see the installation of 15 MHI Vestas 3.3MW V112 wind turbines. Installation has already commenced this month at Luchterduinen wind farm and GWS are taking part in the ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has secured Labour hire contracts for installation at UK and Dutch offshore wind sites Kentish Flats and Luchterduinen.

The Kentish Flats Extension project will commence in mid-June 2015 and will see the installation of 15 MHI Vestas 3.3MW V112 wind turbines.

Installation has already commenced this month at Luchterduinen wind farm and GWS are taking part in the installation of 43 MHI Vestas 3.3MW V1112 wind turbines.

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9th April 2015 Global Wind Service wins contract on Mazeikiai wind farm

Global Wind Service (GWS) has signed a contract for the installation of 9 N117 2.4MW Nordex Gamma Generation wind turbines in Lithuania. The project will commence in early June 2015 and is situated in the Mazeikiai area, in the north west of Lithuania. Michael Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer for GWS said “We are proud to announce the signing of this contract. We ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has signed a contract for the installation of 9 N117 2.4MW Nordex Gamma Generation wind turbines in Lithuania.

The project will commence in early June 2015 and is situated in the Mazeikiai area, in the north west of Lithuania.

Michael Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer for GWS said “We are proud to announce the signing of this contract. We have a successful working partnership with Nordex, having worked with them on projects in Sweden and Holland since 2014”.

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1st April 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins Veja Mate contract

Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier the contract for the transport and installation of 67 Siemens 6MW wind turbines at the Veja Mate 400MW wind farm. Construction is expected to start in early 2017. Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in close proximity to BARD Offshore 1 where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installed ...

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Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier the contract for the transport and installation of 67 Siemens 6MW wind turbines at the Veja Mate 400MW wind farm. Construction is expected to start in early 2017.

Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in close proximity to BARD Offshore 1 where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installed the final 14 complete turbines in 2013.

Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said “We are delighted to be working on the Veja Mate project, building on our unprecedented experience constructing the world’s most advanced offshore wind farms in Germany and building on our excellent relationship with Siemens. “

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is currently working for Siemens in the German North Sea, having recently reached the half way mile stone on the Butendiek project.

Image courtesy of Siemens AG

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20th March 2015 Bold Tern reaches halfway mark on Butendiek

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern reached a milestone on 19 March 2015 when turbine number 40 was successfully installed on the Butendiek project – bringing the installation campaign to its halfway mark. The work is carried out on behalf of Siemens AG – which supplies its SWT 3.6-120 turbines for the project. Cooperation between the installation teams from Siemens ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern reached a milestone on 19 March 2015 when turbine number 40 was successfully installed on the Butendiek project – bringing the installation campaign to its halfway mark.

The work is carried out on behalf of Siemens AG – which supplies its SWT 3.6-120 turbines for the project. Cooperation between the installation teams from Siemens and the crew on board Bold Tern has been very good, which has enabled the installation of the first 40 turbines in a safe and efficient manner. Bold Tern will continue to install the remaining 40 turbines throughout the spring.

The offshore wind farm Butendiek is located west of Sylt in the German North Sea. The wind farm comprises 80 turbines with a total output of 288MW, and once completed it will supply around 370,000 households with renewable energy.

The project also reached another important milestone in February, as the first wind turbines started operation and the wind park delivered its first kilowatt hours into the public grid.

Read more about the Butendiek project on developer and operator wpd’s web pages: www.owp-butendiek.de

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18th March 2015 Prize Poster for Universal Foundation PhD Fellow

Universal Foundation Industrial PhD Fellow and Project Engineer, Ionut Emanuel Stroescu received an award last week during EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, for a poster entered into the science and research category. The awarded poster titled ’Scour Behaviours of Bucket Foundations’ displayed results from surveys carried around the installed Mono Buckets in Horns Rev II and Dogger Bank in North Sea. Mr. ...

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Universal Foundation Industrial PhD Fellow and Project Engineer, Ionut Emanuel Stroescu received an award last week during EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, for a poster entered into the science and research category.

The awarded poster titled ’Scour Behaviours of Bucket Foundations’ displayed results from surveys carried around the installed Mono Buckets in Horns Rev II and Dogger Bank in North Sea.
Mr. Stroescu studies the scour development around Mono Buckets as part of the Industrial PhD program that he is enrolled in at Aalborg University. The research programme is carried out under the supervision of Peter Frigaard from Aalborg University and Morten Fejerskov and Søren Andreas Nielsen from Universal Foundation A/S.

The objective of the research is to study the scour development phenomenon around Mono Buckets, to assess the suitable environmental ranges to which no scour protection is required and assess the risk of designs with no scour protection.

‘I am proud of this accolade and honoured that the poster was so well received by the judges. I look forward to continuing my work in this field, contributing to the body of knowledge regarding scour behaviour and suction buckets’ said Mr. Stroescu.

Download the prize winning poster Scour Behaviours of Bucket Foundations

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11th March 2015 Mono Buckets ready for commercial deployment will bring down LCoE

Delegates in attendance at the second Universal Foundation Workshop recently in Hamburg heard how suction technology will be the answer to significant cost reduction for the offshore wind industry. Attended by 130 leading experts, the event provided a unique platform for open sharing of information concerning suction bucket technology in offshore wind and followed the hugely successful introduction workshop which took ...

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Delegates in attendance at the second Universal Foundation Workshop recently in Hamburg heard how suction technology will be the answer to significant cost reduction for the offshore wind industry.

Attended by 130 leading experts, the event provided a unique platform for open sharing of information concerning suction bucket technology in offshore wind and followed the hugely successful introduction workshop which took place in 2014.

“We had to double the capacity of the event for 2015 after last years’ workshop was oversubscribed” said Kristian Ascanius Jacobsen, Head of Business Development at Universal Foundation. “We are very proud to see so many key people taking interest in our workshops. To us it is a clear sign that suction buckets are gaining rapid traction in the industry and our clients are realising the significant technical, environmental and commercial benefits the technology can bring to their portfolio”.

The event was opened by announcing that Universal Foundation’s concept from now on will be named the “Mono Bucket”. This was followed by a surprise visit from Mr. Fred. Olsen who took to the stage to share his vision of significant cost reductions in the offshore wind industry – setting the scene perfectly for the two day event. Participants’ recognised that Fred. Olsen, who has vast experience in offshore and marine business, is passionate about offshore wind and sees the Mono Bucket as one of the critical steps forward in delivering the cost reduction in support of his vision.

Mr. Fred. Olsen gave delegates a sneak preview of a new concept utilising the Mono Bucket to support movable accommodation and service units, due to be officially launched at EWEA Offshore this week.

Throughout the event delegates received a unique insight into Universal Foundation’s Mono Bucket, including the operational experience from the two Mono Bucket foundations supporting met. masts at the Dogger Bank site in the UK since 2013, and the key lessons learned from the Trial Installation – the most recent offshore campaign which was successfully concluded in September 2014.

Marc Costa Ros, Senior Manager at the Carbon Trust highlighted the strong support the suction bucket technology continues to receive under the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme. He pointed out that the two met. mast Mono Buckets gave the industry partners an appetite to initiate the Trial Installation campaign and in parallel, launch the DONG Energy suction bucket jacket concept.

“The Trial Installation is a comprehensive joint industry effort between Statoil, Statkraft, E.ON, DONG Energy, Carbon Trust, Aalborg University and EUDP. Based on the 29 installations performed in a record breaking 24 days, we have secured the partners access to a unique soil data base” said Mr. Jacobsen. “We have gained highly valuable information about soil sensitivity, penetration ability, control of verticality, new installation techniques, seabed levelling ability and more. The project was recognized by all as one of the final major steps towards de-risking of suction technology in the offshore wind industry”.

The audience also heard from clients and third parties including presentations from Tor Inge Tjelta from Statoil who shared close to 30 years of experience with suction technology from oil and gas, Gerrit Schmitt from Mareval who presented the lessons learned from using suction technology to deploy the transformer station at Global Tech I and Michael Hauschildt from DNV GL who gave guidance on the requirements from the certifying community’s perspective. Professor Dr. Martin Skiba closed day one with reflections on the market developments in Germany.

Day two saw the focus on how the Mono Bucket design can be driven towards large scale deployment. Jonathan Guest from Harland & Wolff discussed how the industry can learn and adapt LEAN principles from the automotive industry. Barbara Zuiderwijk, founder and partner of Green Giraffe, completed the session by addressing how innovations can be accepted by the financing community.

Building on last years’ success, participants were once again encouraged to share their honest opinions and concerns in an open and informal setting. Panel discussions both days demonstrated active and constructive engagement from all participants.

“This helps us to continuously improve the Mono Bucket and build on the industry’s shared knowledge of suction technology as a whole. It provides an ideal opportunity for us to address any outstanding questions in the industry.”

With the second event concluded we look forward to seeing delegates back next year. Now that the Mono Bucket has completed the testing phase it is ready for commercial projects and we soon hope to announce a commercial demonstration project with a Mono Bucket supporting a multi MW turbine”, concludes Mr. Jacobsen.

Universal Foundation also looks forward to welcoming participants at EWEA Offshore to their exhibition stand (C2-A18), shared with related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service, where Mr. Fred. Olsen’s preview announcement at the workshop will be revealed.

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9th March 2015 Mr. Fred. Olsen’s exclusive interview

Fred. Olsen has spent most of his long and fascinating career avoiding the media spotlight. Recently he granted Fortune the first extensive interviews he’s ever conducted. Read the article about Mr. Olsen’s incredible life here in Fortune Magazine and find out about how he came to be so passionate about Offshore Wind – and watches! (Image courtesy of ...

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Fred. Olsen has spent most of his long and fascinating career avoiding the media spotlight. Recently he granted Fortune the first extensive interviews he’s ever conducted.

Read the article about Mr. Olsen’s incredible life here in Fortune Magazine and find out about how he came to be so passionate about Offshore Wind – and watches!

(Image courtesy of Franck Ferville—Agence VU for Fortune)

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18th February 2015 Universal Foundation exhibiting at EWEA Offshore Wind 2015

Universal Foundation is delighted to be exhibiting at EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark between 10th and 12th March. Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will also be exhibiting on the stand. We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30. We will be celebrating ...

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Universal Foundation is delighted to be exhibiting at EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark between 10th and 12th March.

Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will also be exhibiting on the stand.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30.

We will be celebrating the completion of our trial installation campaign which saw 29 successful installations in 24 days, leading to unprecedented knowledge of soil/structure behaviour of suction technology in offshore wind.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand C2-A18.

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18th February 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier exhibiting at EWEA Offshore Wind 2015

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark between 10th and 12th March. Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will also be exhibiting on the stand. We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30. We look forward to ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark between 10th and 12th March.

Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will also be exhibiting on the stand.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand C2-A18.

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18th February 2015 Global Wind Service exhibiting at EWEA Offshore Wind 2015

Fred. Olsen related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation will also be exhibiting on the stand. We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30. We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand C2-A18.

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Fred. Olsen related companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation will also be exhibiting on the stand.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand C2-A18.

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16th February 2015 Global Wind Service continues good partnerships with Vestas in Finland and UK

Global Wind Service (GWS) has secured a new contract in the UK on E.ON’s Dungavel wind farm for the installation of 13 Vestas V80 turbines. The project, located near Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, will commence with installation in March 2015 and once complete will provide a total output of 29.9MW. Having installed Vestas 2 MW turbines in 2014 at UK sites ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has secured a new contract in the UK on E.ON’s Dungavel wind farm for the installation of 13 Vestas V80 turbines. The project, located near Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, will commence with installation in March 2015 and once complete will provide a total output of 29.9MW. Having installed Vestas 2 MW turbines in 2014 at UK sites East Youlstone, Daventry and Garlenick, and most recently Ramsey II which approaches completion, Dungavel will be the next project in a pipeline of Vestas installations by GWS in the UK.

In Finland, GWS continues the strong cooperation with Vestas. Having recently installed Siikainen with 8 x V126 and Kopsa with 10 x V126 turbines, GWS has now moved to the Kalajoki site where the installation of 22 x V126 turbines is well under way. All three sites featured Vestas Large Diameter Steel Tower (LDST) shell towers.

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6th February 2015 Global Wind Service wins contract on Blaiken wind farm

BMS Heavy Cranes has awarded Global Wind Service (GWS) the contract to install 30 Dongfang 2.5MW turbines during the third stage at Blaiken wind farm in Sweden next year.  The new turbines have an installed capacity of 75MW. GWS will be partnering with BMS to provide complete craning and installation services, building on their existing relationship, having previously worked with them ...

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BMS Heavy Cranes has awarded Global Wind Service (GWS) the contract to install 30 Dongfang 2.5MW turbines during the third stage at Blaiken wind farm in Sweden next year.  The new turbines have an installed capacity of 75MW.

GWS will be partnering with BMS to provide complete craning and installation services, building on their existing relationship, having previously worked with them on various projects in Finland, Germany and the UK, most recently the Mid-Hill II extension in Scotland.

When fully developed, the wind farm will consist of 100 wind turbines and a total output of approximately 250 MW.

Blaiken wind farm is located in the north of Sweden, in the Arjeplog municipality and is being developed by a joint venture between Skelleftea and Finnish energy company Fortum Oyj.

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with BMS and Dongfang in this project. We are a global player and this comes across clearly in the signing of this contract. We are always looking for new opportunities and welcome working with Dongfang, who is a new client for us,” said CCO Michael Olsen from GWS.

“As an international power generation equipment manufacturer and a global power project contractor, we are excited about the Blaiken III wind farm project in Sweden. We believe Blaiken is a very important project for Dongfang, BMS and GWS. And we look forward to working with BMS and GWS on this project,” said Zhao Kechao, General Manager of Projects Division of Dongfang.

Left to right: Wilko Baring (GWS), Hans Schumacher (BMS), Zhao Kechao (Dongfang), Zhong Honghua (Dongfang)

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30th January 2015 Global Wind Service is increasing capacity in Germany

In response to the growing industry and increasing demand, Global Wind Service (GWS) is moving its German business unit from Niebüll to Flensburg. The new office is strategically located between its Denmark headquarters and Hamburg, where many of their customers are based and where GWS already shares an office space with Fred. Olsen related companies, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation. Stephan ...

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In response to the growing industry and increasing demand, Global Wind Service (GWS) is moving its German business unit from Niebüll to Flensburg.

The new office is strategically located between its Denmark headquarters and Hamburg, where many of their customers are based and where GWS already shares an office space with Fred. Olsen related companies, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation.

Stephan Jacobsen, Area Manager for Global Wind Service GmbH, said:

‘We are delighted with the new facility which offers more warehouse and office space for the company, as we expand to meet the increasing demand. The move also reflects our commitment to Germany – a key market for our on- and offshore wind activities.’

The business unit will continue to be the main hub for GWS operations and commercial activity in Germany and will enhance the company’s capabilities and capacity.

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9th January 2015 Global Wind Service completes contract for cold commissioning of AREVA turbines at Global Tech I

Global Wind Service (GWS) has recently completed a contract with AREVA supporting the cold commissioning of the 5MW wind turbines on the Global Tech I offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The scope of work covered the mechanical and electrical completion works. The contract was a continuation of the successful work already completed by GWS on the Global Tech ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has recently completed a contract with AREVA supporting the cold commissioning of the 5MW wind turbines on the Global Tech I offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The scope of work covered the mechanical and electrical completion works.

The contract was a continuation of the successful work already completed by GWS on the Global Tech I project – the installation of 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars, in an eight month campaign with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (a Fred. Olsen related company). GWS worked on the project for 12 months in total, from December 2013-14.

GWS were able to deliver core teams for the execution of both mechanical work and MV work. The recently formed joint venture, DELPRO WIND, formed on a 50/50 basis between Global Wind Service (GWS) and DELPRO AS, enabled GWS to widen their offering, to provide a stronger and more complete solution on the cold commissioning phase of the project.

‘The agreement for supporting the cold commissioning on Global Tech I underlined the confidence that our customers have in GWS to add value to multiple phases of the project. We have gained a solid understanding and knowledge of the AREVA M5000 turbines and the Global Tech I project through the installation and cold commissioning phases and we look forward to working with them more in the future’ said CCO Michael Høj Olsen from GWS.

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7th January 2015 New Business Unit Opened in Germany

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is pleased to announce the opening of their first German business unit in Hamburg. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH, which opened officially on January 1st 2015, will be the centre of business development activity for the company’s interests in the German offshore wind market, focused on identifying and securing new business opportunities. The office will also support the interests of ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is pleased to announce the opening of their first German business unit in Hamburg.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH, which opened officially on January 1st 2015, will be the centre of business development activity for the company’s interests in the German offshore wind market, focused on identifying and securing new business opportunities.

The office will also support the interests of Denmark based related companies Universal Foundation and Global Wind Service who will utilise the office facilities in Hamburg, adding to their existing operations in Germany.

Heading up the new German business operation is Iris Stempfle, general manager, joining the company from her previous position as project manager grid affairs at German electric utilities company EnBW.

Rolf Normann, managing director of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Fred. Olsen Ocean said:

‘We are delighted to have Iris on board heading up this key business unit. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is committed to the German market and it is essential that we have the right team in place to drive it forwards’.

Iris has a Master’s degree in Scandinavian studies, business administration and politics. She is well equipped to head up the German office for a company of Norwegian heritage, having previously worked for Innovation Norway as a senior consultant for Renewable Energy.

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19th November 2014 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Joins LEEDCo Team as Installation Partner for Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Joins LEEDCo Team as Installation Partner for Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that experienced wind turbine installation firm Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS is joining the development team for Project Icebreaker, an offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie designed to establish Northeast Ohio as a key region for offshore ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Joins LEEDCo Team as Installation Partner for Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that experienced wind turbine installation firm Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS is joining the development team for Project Icebreaker, an offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie designed to establish Northeast Ohio as a key region for offshore wind development and expertise.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, based in Oslo, Norway, provides innovative and tailored services for the transport, installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Their role on the “Icebreaker” project will be to help develop an installation strategy that leverages existing regional assets such as barges, port infrastructure and local manufacturing companies. The strategy will also consider future offshore wind projects both in Lake Erie and throughout the Great Lakes.

“Offshore wind in Lake Erie is a tremendous economic and environmental opportunity, and the long-term market outlook for Northeast Ohio is very strong,” said Rolf Normann, chief executive officer of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “There is an abundant untapped renewable resource, a wealth of existing infrastructure, and a need for new sources of electricity generation as Ohio’s coal plants begin to retire. We see the Icebreaker project as the key to catalyzing this new industry for the region, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is a leading installer of offshore wind turbines; they own and operate two highly specialized jack-up installation vessels and have extensive experience installing some of the largest offshore wind turbines in Europe. The company plans to use the Cleveland-based demonstration project as a central part of its strategy to expand operations further into the United States. Earlier this year, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was selected as the installation contractor for the Block Island wind farm in Rhode Island.

“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is the gold standard when it comes to offshore wind installation, and we are proud to have them join our team,” said Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo. “Helping international offshore wind companies establish a presence in Northeast Ohio is one of the ways we can create local jobs as we build the industry here.”

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11th November 2014 New appointments for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Denmark

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S is delighted to announce the appointment of Kasper Juul – Schirmer as CEO Of the Denmark Business unit, responsible primarily for the company’s crew transfer vessels. An internal appointment, Kasper has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for 3 years, previously in the position of Technical Director. Prior to working for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Kasper worked as Dual ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S is delighted to announce the appointment of Kasper Juul – Schirmer as CEO Of the Denmark Business unit, responsible primarily for the company’s crew transfer vessels.

An internal appointment, Kasper has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for 3 years, previously in the position of Technical Director. Prior to working for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Kasper worked as Dual Officer for A.P. Moeller Maersk.

Benjamin Graff has been appointed as the new Technical Director from his previous position as Superintendent at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Martin Brommann has joined the team in Fredericia as the new HSEQ Manger, having worked for the company as First Mate on board Bayard 6 since 2012.

The company also recently appointed a new Crewing Manager Sabine Christensen.

These internal changes and new appointments build on the already strong team. All crew boats are currently under contract and the company is proud to receive consistent positive feedback from clients for the excellent service and attitude of their employees.

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11th November 2014 Global Tech I Wind Turbine Installation

This film follows the Brave Tern for 5 days, installing the towers and nacelles, followed by 5 days on the Bold Tern, installing the rotor stars.

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This film follows the Brave Tern for 5 days, installing the towers and nacelles, followed by 5 days on the Bold Tern, installing the rotor stars.

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3rd November 2014 Universal Foundation put through its paces across major UK Round 3 project sites

The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme. The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal Foundation, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, Statkraft, EON and DONG Energy, in ...

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The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme.

The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal Foundation, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, Statkraft, EON and DONG Energy, in close co-operation with Aalborg University. It also received funding from EUDP, the Danish Energy Agency.

The trial installation was conducted to run a series of tests with a scaled down Universal Foundation design, as well as a “standard” suction anchor for benchmarking and referencing. It focused on penetration ability, verticality, water injection impact on soil plug, forces and stress in skirt structure and internal soil levelling capability. Installation was completed across a range of challenging soil conditions including soft clay,moraine clay, boulder bank clay – with sand spikes and layers, clay crust, sand and silt.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern departed from Frederikshavn on the 5th September 2014 to mark the start of the campaign. On deck were two suction foundation structures – one Universal Foundation structure measuring 8m in diameter with a 6m skirt and a reference structure of 4m diameter with 6m skirt. Within the 24-day campaign, 28 suction installations were achieved between the two structures.

“We are delighted with the progress of the project and now follows an equally important period of data analysis with results expected early 2015 to conclude the project”, said Lars Kjuul Kristensen, project manager from Universal Foundation.

“The structures were successfully installed and retrieved in some of the most challenging soil conditions experienced by the participating developers. The Universal Foundation bucket achieved full penetration with 0.1 degree inclination or less, and the functionality of the internal top soil levelling system has been proven. This marks a major step forward in the de-risking of suction technology.”

It marks a milestone in the development of the Universal Foundation and follows on from last year’s successful installation at Dogger Bank, a major Round 3 offshore wind site, where Universal Foundations support two meteorological masts. In addition, an offshore met mast foundation was installed at Horns Rev 2 in Denmark in 2009 and a 3MW turbine on a Universal Foundation has been fully operational in Frederikshavn for 12 years.

Otto Jermiin Nielsen, CEO of Universal Foundation in Denmark said, “The collaboration among the parties involved in this project was extraordinary. Through the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator we were able to bring together the right industry players to make the trials happen, and the involvement of Aalborg University made the project set up truly unique. The ability to bring commercial and scientific interests together is the trademark of this project. The results will impact the wind industry for years to come and will be the basis for further important research.”

Jan Matthiesen, Director of Innovation at the Carbon Trust commented, “The results from this latest trial further establish Universal Foundation suction bucket as a promising structure that could be a real game changer for the industry. We have backed the design, along with our partners in the Offshore Wind Accelerator ever since it was shortlisted from the Foundation competition in 2009. We have seen it go from concept through to a detailed de-risking process and now pleased to support this critical phase of installation testing. Universal Foundation will achieve critical cost reduction and has proven it can deliver on a number of key aspects including elimination of noise, faster, easier installation, and now has achieved a big leap forward by demonstrating it can be installed successfully in testing soil conditions.”

“We are very pleased to have completed the test-program of the suction bucket trial installation project and to be able to capture valuable experience and gathered essential data for various types of soil conditions in the North Sea. We are looking forward to a thorough analysis of the results and consider these tests an important step of bringing cost effective foundation technologies further to commercial use in our future projects”, says Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, project lead and technology manager for Offshore Wind in Statoil.

Universal Foundation’s ‘suction bucket’ was one of four novel low cost foundation designs that were shortlisted following an international competition run by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator in 2009 to discover world leading innovation in this area.

Further findings from the trial installation project will be published in due course.

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3rd November 2014 Universal Foundation put through its paces across major UK Round 3 project sites

The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme. The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal Foundation, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, Statkraft, EON and DONG Energy, in ...

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The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme.

The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal Foundation, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, Statkraft, EON and DONG Energy, in close co-operation with Aalborg University. It also received funding from EUDP, the Danish Energy Agency.

The trial installation was conducted to run a series of tests with a scaled down Universal Foundation design, as well as a “standard” suction anchor for benchmarking and referencing. It focused on penetration ability, verticality, water injection impact on soil plug, forces and stress in skirt structure and internal soil levelling capability. Installation was completed across a range of challenging soil conditions including soft clay,moraine clay, boulder bank clay – with sand spikes and layers, clay crust, sand and silt.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern departed from Frederikshavn on the 5th September 2014 to mark the start of the campaign. On deck were two suction foundation structures – one Universal Foundation structure measuring 8m in diameter with a 6m skirt and a reference structure of 4m diameter with 6m skirt. Within the 24-day campaign, 28 suction installations were achieved between the two structures.

“We are delighted with the progress of the project and now follows an equally important period of data analysis with results expected early 2015 to conclude the project”, said Lars Kjuul Kristensen, project manager from Universal Foundation.

“The structures were successfully installed and retrieved in some of the most challenging soil conditions experienced by the participating developers. The Universal Foundation bucket achieved full penetration with 0.1 degree inclination or less, and the functionality of the internal top soil levelling system has been proven. This marks a major step forward in the de-risking of suction technology.”

It marks a milestone in the development of the Universal Foundation and follows on from last year’s successful installation at Dogger Bank, a major Round 3 offshore wind site, where Universal Foundations support two meteorological masts. In addition, an offshore met mast foundation was installed at Horns Rev 2 in Denmark in 2009 and a 3MW turbine on a Universal Foundation has been fully operational in Frederikshavn for 12 years.

Otto Jermiin Nielsen, CEO of Universal Foundation in Denmark said, “The collaboration among the parties involved in this project was extraordinary. Through the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator we were able to bring together the right industry players to make the trials happen, and the involvement of Aalborg University made the project set up truly unique. The ability to bring commercial and scientific interests together is the trademark of this project. The results will impact the wind industry for years to come and will be the basis for further important research.”

Jan Matthiesen, Director of Innovation at the Carbon Trust commented, “The results from this latest trial further establish Universal Foundation suction bucket as a promising structure that could be a real game changer for the industry. We have backed the design, along with our partners in the Offshore Wind Accelerator ever since it was shortlisted from the Foundation competition in 2009. We have seen it go from concept through to a detailed de-risking process and now pleased to support this critical phase of installation testing. Universal Foundation will achieve critical cost reduction and has proven it can deliver on a number of key aspects including elimination of noise, faster, easier installation, and now has achieved a big leap forward by demonstrating it can be installed successfully in testing soil conditions.”

“We are very pleased to have completed the test-program of the suction bucket trial installation project and to be able to capture valuable experience and gathered essential data for various types of soil conditions in the North Sea. We are looking forward to a thorough analysis of the results and consider these tests an important step of bringing cost effective foundation technologies further to commercial use in our future projects”, says Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, project lead and technology manager for Offshore Wind in Statoil.

Universal Foundation’s ‘suction bucket’ was one of four novel low cost foundation designs that were shortlisted following an international competition run by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator in 2009 to discover world leading innovation in this area.

Further findings from the trial installation project will be published in due course.

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27th October 2014 Crew Transfer Vessel – Round-up

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s crew transfer vessels (CTVs) have all been fully contracted, and have been particularly busy in UK waters this year. The CTVs Bayard 1, Bayard 4 and Bayard 7 are employed on an operations and maintenance contract at Walney offshore wind farm, where they will continue working for the duration of their 3 year contract. Bayard 5 is currently working ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s crew transfer vessels (CTVs) have all been fully contracted, and have been particularly busy in UK waters this year.

The CTVs Bayard 1, Bayard 4 and Bayard 7 are employed on an operations and maintenance contract at Walney offshore wind farm, where they will continue working for the duration of their 3 year contract.

Bayard 5 is currently working out of Liverpool on the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, on a 24/7 contract with Siemens. Since October 18th, Bayard 2 has also been working on the wind farm, on a 6 month trial for RWE Innogy.

Bayard 3 and Bayard 6 recently completed planned services on Horns Rev 2 for Dong Energy.

Bayard 3 will join Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Jack-up vessel Bold Tern, which is installing wind turbines on the Butendiek Windfarm. The CTV is operating out of Havneby Harbor on the island of Rømø on a 24/7 contract for Siemens.

The Bayard 6 is now employed on Baltic ll, operating out of Rødvig in Germany, also on a 24/7 contract for Siemens.

The Windcrew-1 is currently working out of Esbjerg, also on the Butendiek project, for Balast Nedam.

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26th September 2014 Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier showcased on German Television

During the installation of the Global Tech I project in Germany, Global Wind Service (GWS) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier personnel were filmed for the German documentary series ‘Made in Germany’. The film crews followed key members of the installation and vessel crews to showcase the professional efforts and capabilities of the companies, the extreme conditions under which we operate and ...

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During the installation of the Global Tech I project in Germany, Global Wind Service (GWS) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier personnel were filmed for the German documentary series ‘Made in Germany’. The film crews followed key members of the installation and vessel crews to showcase the professional efforts and capabilities of the companies, the extreme conditions under which we operate and the impressive scale of the engineering involved in the offshore wind industry.

The project included a combined scope of work between Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to transport and install 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars for the 80 5 MW AREVA wind turbines on the Global Tech I offshore wind farm.

The film will air on German television in four parts over the next few months. Part one will follow the installation phase of the project from the prospective of the Brave Tern and is title ‘Working on the Edge’.
Each episode is also available to view online by following this link.

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4th September 2014 Final turbines installed on Global Tech I

The final turbines have been installed on the latest offshore wind farm, Global Tech I, in the German North Sea. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two high performance vessels transported and installed 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars of the total of 80 AREVA 5MW turbines, bringing the project to completion on schedule. The installation vessels, Bold Tern and Brave Tern, completed ...

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The final turbines have been installed on the latest offshore wind farm, Global Tech I, in the German North Sea.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two high performance vessels transported and installed 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars of the total of 80 AREVA 5MW turbines, bringing the project to completion on schedule.

The installation vessels, Bold Tern and Brave Tern, completed construction of the turbines in eight months, largely due of their experience, capability and reliability and flexible deck layout.

The vessels were able to transport and install four complete towers and nacelles or two towers and nacelles together with two rotor stars on each deployment without the need to change the deck layout.

By separating the installation work schedule to suit the weather-sensitivity of the turbine components, Bold Tern and Brave Tern achieved good progress throughout the winter, spring and summer. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also obtained multiple gold awards among its suppliers in the project for its excellence in HSE culture and a low number of incidents.

The flexibility of the Bold Tern and Brave Tern was the key to achieving its operational target – their record performance was the transportation and installation of eight turbines in one week, including 10 hours transfer time each way to the wind farm.

The loading of the towers and nacelles took place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsula of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven. The processes ran smoothly, with the loading of four towers and nacelles in just over one day.

Pre-assembly and loading of the AREVA rotor stars was performed at JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven. Trips with two rotor stars, each weighing 100-tonnes with a diameter of 116 metres took four days, including loading and installation, without any weather delays.

As well as the vessels, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also provided engineering services, project management and technical manpower to the wind farm’s development – one of the first to feature the AREVA 5MW turbines.

Global Wind Service, a Fred. Olsen-related company, brought invaluable knowledge and experience to the project, supplying a total of 65 offshore workers, including offshore construction managers, lifting supervisors, deck foremen, technicians and QA personnel.

Felix Fliege, Package Manager Transport and Installation, of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH, the project company building and operators of the wind farm, said:The key to success in the offshore wind farm’s construction was, thanks to the flexible decks layout, the deployment of the jack-up crane vessels either for the tower or nacelle or the rotor star installation. This flexibility enabled us to amend installation plan when ever needed.”

Even Larsen, project manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, said Brave Tern had begun installation at the turn of the year, loading from Bremerhaven and installing the first tower and nacelle at the end of January, with Bold Tern joining her sister in March.

Global Tech I was Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s third installation project in the German waters since the Brave Tern and her sister vessel Bold Tern were launched in 2012/13.

Global Tech I was a really fast track project for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, where complete project planning including full engineering scope in addition to grillage design, manufacturing and installation was completed in 2 months.

“Global Tech I was an excellent example of how the Fred. Olsen related companies can work together to deliver a market-leading performance under a single contract interface. We hope that this teamwork will be repeated in many projects to come,” said Lars Petersen Global Wind Service CEO.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has its own in-house engineering team making such fast track projects possible. All project-specific lift plans, transit procedures, jacking procedures and HSEQ plans were completed and approved in time for the project.

Carl McGrath, lifting supervisor, said time had been saved on the project by leaving the AREVA designed lifting frame on the components avoiding the need to reattach and disassemble the frames.

“We are delighted to have contributed to the timely completion of such a high-profile project. Weather in the German bight may sometimes be quite rough, and all jacking locations were at a water depth of approximately 40 meters. This project has perfectly demonstrated the flexibility and efficiency of our vessels.”

The lifting sequence was the 180-tonne S3 tower followed by the S2 and S1 tower sections tower weighing 90 tonnes each finishing with the nacelle, which weight 235 tonnes.

The Bold Tern is currently mobilising for installation on Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm, also in the German Bight, whilst the Brave Tern will shortly transit to Fredrikshavn to begin mobilsation for the Carbon Trust Trial Installation project for Universal Foundation.

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4th September 2014 Final turbines installed on Global Tech I

The final turbines have been installed on the latest offshore wind farm, Global Tech I, in the German North Sea. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two high performance vessels transported and installed 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars of the total of 80 AREVA 5MW turbines, bringing the project to completion on schedule. The installation vessels, Bold Tern and Brave Tern, completed ...

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The final turbines have been installed on the latest offshore wind farm, Global Tech I, in the German North Sea.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two high performance vessels transported and installed 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars of the total of 80 AREVA 5MW turbines, bringing the project to completion on schedule.
The installation vessels, Bold Tern and Brave Tern, completed construction of the turbines in eight months, largely due of their experience, capability and reliability and flexible deck layout.

The vessels were able to transport and install four complete towers and nacelles or two towers and nacelles together with two rotor stars on each deployment without the need to change the deck layout.

By separating the installation work schedule to suit the weather-sensitivity of the turbine components, Bold Tern and Brave Tern achieved good progress throughout the winter, spring and summer. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also obtained multiple gold awards among its suppliers in the project for its excellence in HSE culture and a low number of incidents.

The flexibility of the Bold Tern and Brave Tern was the key to achieving its operational target – their record performance was the transportation and installation of eight turbines in one week, including 10 hours transfer time each way to the wind farm.

The loading of the towers and nacelles took place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsula of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven. The processes ran smoothly, with the loading of four towers and nacelles in just over one day.

Pre-assembly and loading of the AREVA rotor stars was performed at JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven. Trips with two rotor stars, each weighing 100-tonnes with a diameter of 116 metres took four days, including loading and installation, without any weather delays.

As well as the vessels, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also provided engineering services, project management and technical manpower to the wind farm’s development – one of the first to feature the AREVA 5MW turbines.
Global Wind Service (GWS), a Fred. Olsen-related company, brought invaluable knowledge and experience to the project, supplying a total of 65 offshore workers, including offshore construction managers, lifting supervisors, deck foremen, technicians and QA personnel.

Felix Fliege, Package Manager Transport and Installation, of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH, the project company building and operators of the wind farm, said: “The key to success in the offshore wind farm’s construction was, thanks to the flexible decks layout, the deployment of the jack-up crane vessels either for the tower or nacelle or the rotor star installation. This flexibility enabled us to amend installation plan when ever needed.”

Even Larsen, project manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, said Brave Tern had begun installation at the turn of the year, loading from Bremerhaven and installing the first tower and nacelle at the end of January, with Bold Tern joining her sister in March.

Global Tech I was Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s third installation project in the German waters since the Brave Tern and her sister vessel Bold Tern were launched in 2012/13.
Global Tech I was a really fast track project for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, where complete project planning including full engineering scope in addition to grillage design, manufacturing and installation was completed in 2 months.

“Global Tech I was an excellent example of how the Fred. Olsen related companies can work together to deliver a market-leading performance under a single contract interface. We hope that this teamwork will be repeated in many projects to come,” said Lars Petersen Global Wind Service CEO.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has its own in-house engineering team making such fast track projects possible. All project-specific lift plans, transit procedures, jacking procedures and HSEQ plans were completed and approved in time for the project.

Carl McGrath, lifting supervisor, said time had been saved on the project by leaving the AREVA designed lifting frame on the components avoiding the need to reattach and disassemble the frames.

“We are delighted to have contributed to the timely completion of such a high-profile project. Weather in the German bight may sometimes be quite rough, and all jacking locations were at a water depth of approximately 40 meters. This project has perfectly demonstrated the flexibility and efficiency of our vessels.”

The lifting sequence was the 180-tonne S3 tower followed by the S2 and S1 tower sections tower weighing 90 tonnes each finishing with the nacelle, which weight 235 tonnes.

The Bold Tern is currently mobilising for installation on Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm, also in the German Bight, whilst the Brave Tern will shortly transit to Fredrikshavn to begin mobilsation for the Carbon Trust Trial Installation project for Universal Foundation.

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1st September 2014 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at WindEnergy 2014 in Hamburg, Germany between 23rd and 26th September. Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will be also be exhibiting on the stand. We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 24th September. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 4pm and 6pm. Join us to celebrate ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at WindEnergy 2014 in Hamburg, Germany between 23rd and 26th September.

Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will be also be exhibiting on the stand.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 24th September. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 4pm and 6pm.

Join us to celebrate the completion of installation on Global Tech I where the Brave and the Bold Tern, together with Global Wind Service technicians, will have installed 75 AREVA towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars.

In addition, Universal Foundation is delighted to be marking a significant milestone in the development of their technology. In partnership with the Carbon Trust, DONG Energy, E.On, Statoil and Statkraft, this September will see the trial installation and retrieval of suction buckets in several locations across three different UK consented sites.

Building on 165 years of offshore and marine experience, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was established in 2008 to service the growing offshore wind sector.  The company currently owns and operates the Bold Tern and the Brave Tern; two class leading purpose-built jack-up vessels and a fleet of eight modern service vessels for transporting crew and equipment to and from offshore wind farms.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at exhibition. Visit us in Hall B4 GF, Stand 114.

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1st September 2014 A Second project for Nordex and a long awaited installation project for GWS Benelux

Global Wind Service (GWS) has been awarded the contract for the installation (including the delivery of tooling) of the Delfzijl project in the Netherlands for Nordex. The project comprises of 19 x N100 Delta WTG with 100m hub-height. The project will be executed in Q4 2014 and Q1 2015. After Bosjovarden (in Sweden) this is the second Nordex project for GWS. ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has been awarded the contract for the installation (including the delivery of tooling) of the Delfzijl project in the Netherlands for Nordex. The project comprises of 19 x N100 Delta WTG with 100m hub-height. The project will be executed in Q4 2014 and Q1 2015.

After Bosjovarden (in Sweden) this is the second Nordex project for GWS. More importantly, this is the first installation contract in the Netherlands since 2009. Recent announcements in Holland had meant that the Dutch onshore and offshore market has committed to a more demanding forecast of 6000MW to be installed by 2020. Once again Holland will be an interesting market for GWS.

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1st September 2014 New Project in Sweden – New Customer for Global Wind Service

Global Wind Service (GWS) has been awarded with the installation and delivery of tooling for the Bösjövarden project in Sweden for Nordex. The project comprises of 9 x N100 GAMMA WTG with 100m hub-height and Anti Icing System. The project will be executed in Q3 of this year. Since starting GWS in 2008 this is the first project to feature the ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) has been awarded with the installation and delivery of tooling for the Bösjövarden project in Sweden for Nordex. The project comprises of 9 x N100 GAMMA WTG with 100m hub-height and Anti Icing System. The project will be executed in Q3 of this year.

Since starting GWS in 2008 this is the first project to feature the installation of Nordex turbines. GWS is looking forward to successfully completing this inaugural Nordex project and to demonstrating our capability and capacity in the field and in the back office.

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1st September 2014 First Turbine Installed on the Mid HIll Extension

Following the successful completion of the Mid Hill wind farm earlier this year, Global Wind Service (GWS) was awarded the extension contract comprising of 8 x SWP 2.3 turbines together with our crane partner BMS. GWS will have overall responsibility for the craning and installation of the whole project. To the right, you can see the first turbine of the Mid Hill ...

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Following the successful completion of the Mid Hill wind farm earlier this year, Global Wind Service (GWS) was awarded the extension contract comprising of 8 x SWP 2.3 turbines together with our crane partner BMS. GWS will have overall responsibility for the craning and installation of the whole project.

To the right, you can see the first turbine of the Mid Hill extension successfully installed (08:40 – 1st September 2014).

The Mid Hill wind farm complex is owned by Fred. Olsen Renewables and we are very happy to be involved in the project alongside our colleagues at Natural Power. Our focus, as ever, will be on safety and we aim to at least achieve the same excellent level of safety and quality as delivered on the main project for Siemens Wind Power earlier on this year.

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30th June 2014 Global Wind Service and DELPRO join forces to form DELPRO Wind

Global Wind Service A/S (GWS) and DELPRO A/S have founded DELPRO Wind A/S as a 50/50 joint venture. DELPRO Wind will be a Service and Installation provider in the onshore and offshore wind industry with a focus on High Voltage (HV) and Medium Voltage (MV) installation and service works. By joining forces GWS and DELPRO Wind will offer total installation and ...

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Global Wind Service A/S (GWS) and DELPRO A/S have founded DELPRO Wind A/S as a 50/50 joint venture. DELPRO Wind will be a Service and Installation provider in the onshore and offshore wind industry with a focus on High Voltage (HV) and Medium Voltage (MV) installation and service works.

By joining forces GWS and DELPRO Wind will offer total installation and service works to the global wind industry.DELPRO Wind A/S will have its headquarters at the same address as DELPRO A/S in Vamdrup, Denmark. GWS CEO Lars Petersen will be chairman of the board, and DELPRO CEO Jacob Rath will be CEO of DELPRO Wind.‘Over the last years GWS has experienced very positive growth in the wind industry with a focus on mechanical installation and service work. The next step in our growth is to be able to offer full service and installation concepts including MV & HV services to our customers in the wind industry. We are confident that this partnership with DELPRO will deliver the next important development for our companies and further enhance our offering to the global industry’, said GWS CEO Lars Petersen.Jacob Rath, CEO DELPRO: ‘DELPRO is very pleased to be playing a stronger role in the growing and changing wind market. We will maintain our focus on our core competencies in HV and MV works and by joining forces with GWS we will be a part of the growing market for total installation and service works in the wind industry’, said DELPRO CEO Jacob Rath.

For further information please contact:
Lars Petersen GWS CEO
Telephone: +45 2655 2569 Email: lp@globalwindservice.com

Jacob Rath CEO DELPRO
Telephone: +45 4213 1000 Email: jra@delpro.dk

About GWS
GWS plays a leading role in the global onshore and offshore wind industry providing mechanical installation and service works and project management services. GWS currently has 450 highly skilled technicians working globally from the headquarter in Fredericia, Denmark and from subsidiaries in The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania, Turkey and South Africa.

About DELPRO
DELPRO is a leading Danish supplier in the HV and MV market for wind turbines, cables and substations. DELPRO has currently 100 highly skilled HV technicians working from the headquarter in Vamdrup (near Kolding) Denmark, and from subsidiaries in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg in Denmark and from Cambridge in the UK.

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24th June 2014 Contract award for Bayards’ on Walney

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S has entered into an agreement with Walney (UK) Offshore Windfarms Limited for the operations and maintenance on Walney offshore wind farm. The three year contract, signed on the 18th June 2014, is for the supply and operation of three crew transfer vessels commencing in July 2014. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will establish a 24/7 site office with spare part ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S has entered into an agreement with Walney (UK) Offshore Windfarms Limited for the operations and maintenance on Walney offshore wind farm.

The three year contract, signed on the 18th June 2014, is for the supply and operation of three crew transfer vessels commencing in July 2014.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will establish a 24/7 site office with spare part facilities and will supply a site supervisor and technical support, mainly from UK technicians.

The intended vessels for the assignment are the Bayard 1, Bayard 5 and Bayard 7.

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16th June 2014 Jack-up vessel BOLD TERN now assisting in rotor star installation

The installation vessel Bold Tern from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now also installing rotor stars at the Global Tech I offshore wind farm. In accordance with planning, the project company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH is flexibly deploying its three installation vessels VIDAR, BOLD TERN and BRAVE TERN for the construction of the AREVA turbines. Arjen Schampers, Technical Managing Director ...

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The installation vessel Bold Tern from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now also installing rotor stars at the Global Tech I offshore wind farm.

In accordance with planning, the project company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH is flexibly deploying its three installation vessels VIDAR, BOLD TERN and BRAVE TERN for the construction of the AREVA turbines. Arjen Schampers, Technical Managing Director of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH: “The final commissioning work of each wind turbine follows directly upon completion of the rotor star installation. It is important for us that all 80 turbines are fully operational to coincide with the grid connection via BorWin beta due this autumn. Since we finished construction of the towers and nacelles more quickly than anticipated, we have decided to deploy two vessels henceforth to install the rotor stars.” Pre-assembly and transhipment of the AREVA rotor stars is performed at JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven. Progress of the construction phase is continuously reviewed and the logistics planning is modified accordingly. The deck layouts of both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels are flexible, enabling their deployment for the installation of towers and nacelles or alternatively for rotor stars.

There are also changes planned for the rotor star installations performed by AREVA Wind: in June the HOCHTIEF vessel VIDAR will be replaced by installation vessel INNOVATION, owned by the HOCHTIEF subsidiary HGO InfraSea Solutions, at the wind farm. The INNOVATION is capable of transporting four rotor stars at a time to the wind farm and installing them on site.

So far more than 60 towers and nacelles have been erected and well over a third of rotor stars installed. According to the Global Tech I project status, construction of the wind farm will be fully complete and ready for operation this summer.

Picture copyright: JadeWeserPort Realisierungsgesellschaft

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11th June 2014 £6.5M trial of new low cost offshore wind foundation to commence this summer

Low cost foundations could cut energy costs by 10% over next decade. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the ...

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Low cost foundations could cut energy costs by 10% over next decade.

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the capital costs of offshore wind energy by up to £1bn over the next decade and reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind farms by 10%.

The £6.5m joint industry trial will be executed in Q3 this year, and will see installation of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ together with a reference bucket at a number of different locations at the sites of three planned major offshore wind farms in the North Sea. The foundations will be installed at each site, then withdrawn and moved onto the next site for testing. The Carbon Trust has estimated that new lower cost foundations could save developers up to a billion pounds on the basis of new foundation designs driving a 10% reduction in the cost of energy from 2,500 offshore wind turbines expected to be deployed over the next decade.

Commenting on the trial Jan Matthiesen, Director of the Carbon Trust’s OWA said: “The ‘suction bucket’ foundation is a really great innovation for the industry as you can install it faster and at lower costs than conventional steel foundations. That is good for developers and for consumers as it means it brings down the cost of offshore wind energy. This trial is critical as it will determine the extent to which it can be applied for future offshore wind projects.”

Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, Technology Manager for Offshore Wind in Statoil said: “This is an important industry project, demonstrating cost reduction through industry collaboration and partnering. It represents also a de-risking activity, moving technology further and securing future cost reductions in the offshore wind market. We hope to see results from this project benefit the whole offshore wind industry, especially in the UK market.”

Universal Foundation has teamed up with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to perform the trials at sites with differing soil conditions to determine the potential range of use for the new foundation which is quicker to install and requires less steel than conventional monopile foundations.

Universal Foundation’s ‘suction bucket’ was one of four novel low cost foundation designs that were shortlisted following an international competition run by the Carbon Trust in 2009 to discover world leading innovation in this area. Two Universal Foundation ‘suction buckets’ are currently installed at Dogger Bank, a Round 3 offshore wind site, where they support two meteorological masts. In addition, an offshore met. mast foundation was installed in Denmark in 2009 and a 3MW turbine on a Universal Foundation has been fully operational in Frederikshavn since 2002.

Torgeir Ramstad of Universal Foundation said: “We are very pleased to be working jointly with key stakeholders to demonstrate the potential of this unique technology, which we believe will bring substantial cost reductions to future offshore wind farms. Not only are we able to install in a wide range of soil conditions, carrying the largest turbines in deeper waters, we can accomplish installation of turbines immediately following foundation installation thus entering the production phase much faster – These are just a few of the key benefits of our value proposition.–.”

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11th June 2014 £6.5M trial of new low cost offshore wind foundation to commence this summer

Low cost foundations could cut energy costs by 10% over next decade The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the ...

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Low cost foundations could cut energy costs by 10% over next decade

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the capital costs of offshore wind energy by up to £1bn over the next decade and reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind farms by 10%.

The £6.5m joint industry trial will be executed in Q3 this year, and will see installation of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ together with a reference bucket at a number of different locations at the sites of three planned major offshore wind farms in the North Sea. The foundations will be installed at each site, then withdrawn and moved onto the next site for testing. The Carbon Trust has estimated that new lower cost foundations could save developers up to a billion pounds on the basis of new foundation designs driving a 10% reduction in the cost of energy from 2,500 offshore wind turbines expected to be deployed over the next decade.

Commenting on the trial Jan Matthiesen, Director of the Carbon Trust’s OWA said: “The ‘suction bucket’ foundation is a really great innovation for the industry as you can install it faster and at lower costs than conventional steel foundations. That is good for developers and for consumers as it means it brings down the cost of offshore wind energy. This trial is critical as it will determine the extent to which it can be applied for future offshore wind projects.”

Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, Technology Manager for Offshore Wind in Statoil said:

“This is an important industry project, demonstrating cost reduction through industry collaboration and partnering. It represents also a de-risking activity, moving technology further and securing future cost reductions in the offshore wind market. We hope to see results from this project benefit the whole offshore wind industry, especially in the UK market.”

Universal Foundation has teamed up with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to perform the trials at sites with differing soil conditions to determine the potential range of use for the new foundation which is quicker to install and requires less steel than conventional monopile foundations.

Universal Foundation’s ‘suction bucket’ was one of four novel low cost foundation designs that were shortlisted following an international competition run by the Carbon Trust in 2009 to discover world leading innovation in this area. Two Universal Foundation ‘suction buckets’ are currently installed at Dogger Bank, a Round 3 offshore wind site, where they support two meteorological masts. In addition, an offshore met. mast foundation was installed in Denmark in 2009 and a 3MW turbine on a Universal Foundation has been fully operational in Frederikshavn since 2002.

Torgeir Ramstad of Universal Foundation said:

“We are very pleased to be working jointly with key stakeholders to demonstrate the potential of this unique technology, which we believe will bring substantial cost reductions to future offshore wind farms. Not only are we able to install in a wide range of soil conditions, carrying the largest turbines in deeper waters, we can accomplish installation of turbines immediately following foundation installation thus entering the production phase much faster – These are just a few of the key benefits of our value proposition.”

Source: www.windcarrier.com/6-5m-trial-of-new-low-cost-offshore-wind-foundation-to-commence-this-summer

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19th May 2014 Seal of approval for emergency procedure

A trapped seal put Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s emergency procedure to the test on a windfarm construction project in the German North Sea. It was a story with a happy ending both for the seal and the team from Fred. Olsen Windcarriers’ jack-up Brave Tern after the distressed mammal was spotted, taking refuge in the jacking pin hole of one of the ...

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A trapped seal put Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s emergency procedure to the test on a windfarm construction project in the German North Sea.

It was a story with a happy ending both for the seal and the team from Fred. Olsen Windcarriers’ jack-up Brave Tern after the distressed mammal was spotted, taking refuge in the jacking pin hole of one of the vessel’s legs, after becoming entangled in some discarded netting.

Brave Tern had just finished jacking up at the Global Tech 1 site when technicians across the gangway on the turbine foundation saw the seal in trouble.

They raised the alarm and the Master launched the fast response boat to see if the seal could be freed.

The coxwain manoeuvred the boat to allow the crew to reach the seal and lift it on board. They carefully removed the net and returned the seal to the sea. It swam a few metres and then paused to look back – as if to give a ‘thank you’ nod – before heading for the open water.

Despite this interruption, the project remains within the schedule.

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24th April 2014 Global Wind Service move its Danish operation to new offices in Fredericia, Denmark.

The new facility will be shared with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and provide more space as the two companies continue to grow. It has excellent access to the major road connections to mainland Europe and across the Danish archipelago and is less than an hour from Billund and the Port of Esbjerg. The building, which used to house the old print ...

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The new facility will be shared with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and provide more space as the two companies continue to grow. It has excellent access to the major road connections to mainland Europe and across the Danish archipelago and is less than an hour from Billund and the Port of Esbjerg. The building, which used to house the old print works offers ample warehousing facilities for both companies.

Both Global Wind Service (GWS) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier look forward to welcoming clients in their new facility soon.

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22nd April 2014 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier continues to grow

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, together with related company Global Wind Service, has moved its Danish operation to new offices in Fredericia, Denmark. The new facility provides more space as the companies continue to grow. It has excellent access to major road connections to mainland Europe and across the Danish archipelago and is less than an hour from Billund and the Port of Esbjerg. ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, together with related company Global Wind Service, has moved its Danish operation to new offices in Fredericia, Denmark.

The new facility provides more space as the companies continue to grow. It has excellent access to major road connections to mainland Europe and across the Danish archipelago and is less than an hour from Billund and the Port of Esbjerg. The building, which used to house the old print works, offers ample warehousing facilities for both companies.

Both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service look forward to welcoming clients in their new facility soon.

New Denmark address:

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Denmark A/S
Strevelinsvej 28
7000 Fredericia

Telephone: 45 76 20 36 50

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also has offices in Oslo – Norway, Lowestoft – UK, and Pieta – Malta.

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14th April 2014 Outstanding performance: Installation of eight turbines in one week

The 40th AREVA Wind turbine has been installed within the wind farm Global Tech I The construction of towers and nacelles in the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I is running in full gear: During the weekend the 40thAREVA Wind turbine has been installed. The two high performance vessels Brave Tern and Bold Tern of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have been ...

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The 40th AREVA Wind turbine has been installed within the wind farm Global Tech I

The construction of towers and nacelles in the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I is running in full gear: During the weekend the 40thAREVA Wind turbine has been installed. The two high performance vessels Brave Tern and Bold Tern of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have been deployed since January and March of this year respectively. Since then, they installed both together 35 turbines. The record performance so far was eight turbines during one week including ten hours transfer times to the wind farm. The transhipment of the components takes place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsular docks of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven. The processes are all running so smoothly that the loading of four towers and nacelles is done within a little more than one day.

Until now, 40 towers and nacelles and nine rotor stars have been successfully installed. According to the programme, the wind farm will be fully erected and operational this summer. When Global Tech I is connected via the BorWin beta converter station to the grid, the 80 5 megawatt turbines of AREVA Wind will then start to supply environmentally-friendly power for the equivalent needs of 445,000 households.

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19th March 2014 Global Tech I at Full Deployment

The Global Tech I project is now in full deployment with more than 60 Global Wind Service (GWS) personnel on board both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels (The Bold Tern and Brave Tern). This is one of Europe’s premier offshore projects and a significant milestone in the development of the 5MW+ WTG platform which will become the standard in the years ...

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The Global Tech I project is now in full deployment with more than 60 Global Wind Service (GWS) personnel on board both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels (The Bold Tern and Brave Tern). This is one of Europe’s premier offshore projects and a significant milestone in the development of the 5MW+ WTG platform which will become the standard in the years to come. Global Tech I is also the first time that both the Bold Tern and Brave Tern have worked alongside each other which represents a massive opportunity for GWS and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to prove our collective capabilities and expertise.

Transhipment of the components takes place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsular docks of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven. The ABC Peninsular also acts as an intermediate storage location for the components.
The self-propelled vessels take approximately ten hours to sail from Bremerhaven to the installation site.

Wind farm construction is due for completion over the course of the coming summer and as the 80 turbines are installed they will be brought successively into operation.

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10th March 2014 Global Wind Service win the Sidensjö Project in Sweden

Global Wind Service A/S (GWS) has secured a new contract with Siemens A/S. The contract covers the supply of cranes & installation personnel for the installation of 24 x SWT 3.0-113 turbines with a hub height of 115m. The wind farm is called Sidensjö and located in Grätnäs, 893 95 Sidensjö approx 25km west of Örnskoldsvik. The Sidensjö projects consists ...

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Global Wind Service A/S (GWS) has secured a new contract with Siemens A/S. The contract covers the supply of cranes & installation personnel for the installation of 24 x SWT 3.0-113 turbines with a hub height of 115m. The wind farm is called Sidensjö and located in Grätnäs, 893 95 Sidensjö approx 25km west of Örnskoldsvik. The Sidensjö projects consists in total 48 turbines, of which 24 will be installed by GWS.  The project is scheduled to commence on the 19th of May 2014 with pre-assembly to be later followed by erection with the main crane starting from the 13th of June 2014.

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7th March 2014 Bold Tern awarded Global Tech I Transport & Installation contract – joining sister vessel Brave Tern

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an additional contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for the installation vessel “Bold Tern”. The Bold Tern will join sister vessel Brave Tern, which commenced work on the project in December 2013, for the transport and ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an additional contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for the installation vessel “Bold Tern”.

The Bold Tern will join sister vessel Brave Tern, which commenced work on the project in December 2013, for the transport and installation work of Areva 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The contract for Bold Tern commences immediately and is expected to last for around 4 months. The scope of work includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK) a company indirectly owned 51% by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

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7th March 2014 Jack-up vessel BOLD TERN joins sister vessel at the Global Tech I site

The installation vessel BOLD TERN from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now deployed for the installation of wind turbines in the Global Tech I project. Together with sister vessel BRAVE TERN, according to plan, two crane vessels will work on the tower and nacelle installations at the North Sea wind farm. Both of these installation vessels have large decks and can each ...

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The installation vessel BOLD TERN from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now deployed for the installation of wind turbines in the Global Tech I project. Together with sister vessel BRAVE TERN, according to plan, two crane vessels will work on the tower and nacelle installations at the North Sea wind farm.

Both of these installation vessels have large decks and can each transport four towers and nacelles each trip to the wind farm location and install them there. Transhipment of the components takes place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsular docks of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven.

The ABC Peninsular also acts as an intermediate storage location for the components. The self-propelled vessels take approximately ten hours to sail from Bremerhaven to the installation site. The vessel BRAVE TERN is currently preparing for its fourth trip to the construction field to install towers and nacelles. All in sum 15 towers and nacelles are installed so far in the construction field.

Having three vessels involved allows much flexibility in the schedule for installation of the turbines. Wind farm construction is due for completion over the course of the coming summer and as the 80 turbines are installed they will be brought successively into operation.

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6th March 2014 Industry experts gather to discuss the future generation of offshore wind foundations

Nearly 100 international delegates congregated in Hamburg last week for the first technical conference led by Universal Foundation, focused on knowledge sharing for offshore wind suction bucket foundation technology. The technical workshop brought together industry specialists, developers, turbine suppliers, certifiers and approval bodies, engineering, fabrication and installation contractors, authorities as well as academic experts to discuss and share experiences in an ...

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Nearly 100 international delegates congregated in Hamburg last week for the first technical conference led by Universal Foundation, focused on knowledge sharing for offshore wind suction bucket foundation technology.

The technical workshop brought together industry specialists, developers, turbine suppliers, certifiers and approval bodies, engineering, fabrication and installation contractors, authorities as well as academic experts to discuss and share experiences in an open forum and reflect on lessons learnt in the evolving offshore wind sector as well as experiences that can be taken from the well-established oil and gas sector.

“The workshop was designed to encourage open sharing which is something we firmly believe that we should be doing more of as an industry,” said Torgeir Ramstad, Managing Director of Universal Foundation Norway. “The industry must find new ways of working together if we are to reach the required cost reductions, which are essential for ensuring a sustainable industry and to address the increased technical challenges with turbines being installed further offshore in deeper waters.”

The Universal Foundation technology is an innovative application of suction bucket technology learned from over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. The technology is a hybrid design combining the benefits of a suction anchor, monopod and gravity based foundation once installed.

Delegates heard from Tor Inge Tjelta, Geotechnical Specialist from Statoil, regarding their vast experience with suction bucket technology dating back to the 1980s and many delegates were surprised to hear that more suction buckets of different kinds have been installed globally, than monopiles in the offshore wind industry.

“The basic concept behind Universal Foundation is not new technology, the innovation is in its application to offshore wind foundations and the controlled installation system which ensures that the turbine can achieve true verticality, eliminating the requirement for a separate transition piece with challenging grouted connections, and reducing the number of marine operations,” said Otto J. Nielsen, Managing Director of Universal Foundation (DK).

The foundation technology is already proven, with two foundations installed last year for met masts on Dogger Bank in the UK, as well as a near shore turbine demonstrator installed in Frederikshavn in Denmark in 2002 and another met mast installation at Horns Rev in Denmark in 2009.

The Carbon Trust, together with industry partners Statoil, Statkraft, E.ON and DONG are supporting the next steps to commercialisation of this next generation of WTG foundation, with the trial installation demonstration project which will test the installation of a Universal Foundation suction bucket at a number of sites in the North Sea; proving the technology in a wide range of seabed conditions and also demonstrating the noise free installation and reverse installation procedure, which allows for complete removal of the foundation.

According to a presentation made by RWE Innogy, the Universal Foundation is seen as the most mature technology of all deeper water foundation concepts. The engineering house Grontmij added that according to results from a large rotor study, the Universal Foundation is well suited for the world’s largest turbines in water depths from 25-55m.w.d.

The next major step for Universal Foundation is to secure a full scale demonstrator site for a large turbine in deep waters. This is a challenge facing the whole industry right now and Universal Foundation urge developers, turbine manufacturers and governments to support technology innovation and open up opportunities for test sites if we are going to reach set cost reduction targets.

The two day event held at the Radison Blu Hotel in Hamburg was an invaluable learning opportunity for all involved and is something which Universal Foundation is keen to repeat in due course.

Photo caption: Suction technology demonstration by Tor Inge Tjelta from Staoil.

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18th February 2014 The Bold Tern awarded U.S. installation contract with Deepwater Wind

Bold Tern Ltd. , a company in the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Group(“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier”) has secured a contract for the installation of wind turbines at Block Island Wind Farm, one of the first offshore wind farms in the United States. The American developer Deepwater Wind revealed last week that the site will consist of five Alstom Haliade™ 150-6 MW wind turbines, ...

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Bold Tern Ltd. , a company in the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Group(“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier”) has secured a contract for the installation of wind turbines at Block Island Wind Farm, one of the first offshore wind farms in the United States.
The American developer Deepwater Wind revealed last week that the site will consist of five Alstom Haliade™ 150-6 MW wind turbines, generating approximately 125,000 MWH of electricity each year, enough to power over 17,000 homes.The project is an ideal fit for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier which is fast gaining a reputation for its forward thinking approach to the developing offshore wind sector.

Deepwater Wind is at the forefront of America’s evolving offshore wind market and is bringing some of the world’s most innovative offshore wind technology to the United States and jumpstarting an East Coast offshore wind industry.

“We are very pleased to add Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to our world-class team for the Block Island Wind Farm.  The Bold Tern is a class-leading vessel for offshore installation and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier brings deep experience in offshore construction and high standards of excellence to the work they do.”  Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind.

Not only will this project be one of the first wind farms to be developed offshore in the U.S.A., but it will also be the first wind farm to feature Alstom’s powerful 6MW turbine. Having previously installed Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6 MW offshore demonstrator turbine in Belgium last autumn, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will bring all important experience to the project.

‘We are truly delighted to be installing this significant project which is driving forward the Offshore Wind industry in the United States. We have already established a very good relationship with the people in the project team at Deepwater Wind and we will once again be working with Alstom to install their impressive 6MW turbine” said Ketil Arvesen of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s class-leading self-propelled jack-up vessel Bold Tern will perform the installation off the coast of Rhode Island. The Bold Tern is due to commence work in the third quarter of 2016.

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29th January 2014 Project Update: Brave Tern commences WTG installation at Global Tech I

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has installed its first AREVA M5000 WTG on the Global Tech I wind farm in the German Bight in the North Sea. The Global Tech I wind farm is due to be completed this summer and will consist of 80 AREVA wind turbines in total. The Brave Tern entered the project in late December 2013 for loading from ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has installed its first AREVA M5000 WTG on the Global Tech I wind farm in the German Bight in the North Sea.

The Global Tech I wind farm is due to be completed this summer and will consist of 80 AREVA wind turbines in total.

The Brave Tern entered the project in late December 2013 for loading from Bremerhaven and the first tower and nacelle was fully installed earlier this month.

In total, the vessel will install a further 44 WTG’s on Global Tech I, following the recently announced extension to her existing work, taking the contract from 30-45 WTG’s.

The Brave Tern is a flexible vessel for the project with her 3200m² deck area allowing for transportation of 4 sets of complete towers and nacelles.

This is Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s third installation project in the German Bight since the Brave Tern and her sister vessel Bold Tern were launched in 2012/13.

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28th January 2014 Global Tech I Contract Extension

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an extended contract with the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH. The work will be performed using the jack-up vessel “Brave Tern”. The contract is a direct continuation of the current work on the German North ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an extended contract with the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH. The work will be performed using the jack-up vessel “Brave Tern”.

The contract is a direct continuation of the current work on the German North Sea project and will take the total WTG’s to be installed by Brave Tern from 30 to 45. The contract commenced in December 2013 and with the extension is anticipated to take 170 days.

The contract includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK) a company indirectly owned 51% by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

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20th January 2014 Global Wind Service Win Middlewick – Essex

Global Wind Service (GWS) UK Ltd has secured a new contract with Siemens Plc. The contract covers the supply of cranes & installation personnel for the installation of 9 x SWT 2.3-101 turbines with a hub height of 73.5m.  The wind farm is called Middlewick and is located 2km South East of the village of Southminster on the Essex marshes. The Middlewick ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) UK Ltd has secured a new contract with Siemens Plc. The contract covers the supply of cranes & installation personnel for the installation of 9 x SWT 2.3-101 turbines with a hub height of 73.5m.  The wind farm is called Middlewick and is located 2km South East of the village of Southminster on the Essex marshes. The Middlewick project presents a number of interesting challenges. Most significantly, all the turbine components will be craned on to site from a barge in the River Crouch on to a specially constructed crane pad just metres from the river defenses.

Work on the project is due to begin in February and (weather permitting) should last for 9 – 10 weeks.

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20th January 2014 Global Wind Service and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Win Global Tech I (GTI)

Global Wind Service (GWS) have recently started work on German offshore project Global Tech I. The contract have been awarded together with  Fred. Olsen Windcarrier which includes transport and installation work of AREVA 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The contract commences in December 2013 and is ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) have recently started work on German offshore project Global Tech I. The contract have been awarded together with  Fred. Olsen Windcarrier which includes transport and installation work of AREVA 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The contract commences in December 2013 and is anticipated to take 110 days with options for extensions. The work will be performed using the installation vessel “Brave Tern”. The contract includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK).

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20th January 2014 New Contract for Global Wind Service in Sweden

In late November 2013 Global Wind Service (GWS) won another new installation project in Sweden. The site is 320km North West of Stockholm in Dalarna County and will consist of 7 Vestas V112 turbines with a hub height of 119m. The first installations were due to start in earnest at the beginning of December and the project should be completed ...

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In late November 2013 Global Wind Service (GWS) won another new installation project in Sweden. The site is 320km North West of Stockholm in Dalarna County and will consist of 7 Vestas V112 turbines with a hub height of 119m. The first installations were due to start in earnest at the beginning of December and the project should be completed (weather permitting) in February 2014.

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23rd December 2013 Brave Tern Awarded Global Tech I Installation Contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded a contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for transport and installation work of Areva 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The contract ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded a contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for transport and installation work of Areva 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The contract commences in December 2013 and is anticipated to take 110 days with options for extensions.

The work will be performed using the installation vessel “Brave Tern”. The contract includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK) a company indirectly owned 51% by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

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20th December 2013 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier celebrates 3 million hours without a lost time injury – Think First – Act Safely

The new build construction of Brave Tern and Bold Tern are making good progress in Dubai and the Fred Olsen motto of Think First; Act Safely is alive and well in the process. Lamprell Energy as the EPC contractor are reaching the final stages of construction on Brave Tern and are focusing on an engine start up target in late December. ...

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The new build construction of Brave Tern and Bold Tern are making good progress in Dubai and the Fred Olsen motto of Think First; Act Safely is alive and well in the process.

Lamprell Energy as the EPC contractor are reaching the final stages of construction on Brave Tern and are focusing on an engine start up target in late December. The final fit out works are in progress and the remaining structural work on the funnel and helideck and being prepared for erection. Having cut steel 15 months ago the Brave Tern has consumed 2.3 million man hours and is due for delivery in May 2012.

Her sister ship the Bold Tern is following behind and nearing 1 million man hours with delivery planned in September of the same year.

Lamprell Energy’s Project Manager Mr. Darren MacDonald said “we are extremely proud of our safety achievements on this program and it is a credit to all involved to have exceeded 3 million hours without a Lost Time Injury. The input and experience from the Fred Olsen site team and their attention to safety has been a welcomed contribution and both parties are intent on seeing the vessel delivered with a zero LTI record”.

This photograph of the October HSE awards was taken at Lamprell’s Jebel Ali facility from the Brave Tern aft deck. The management of Lamprell and Fred Olsen presented awards to 26 workers who have been recognized as positively influencing the safety aspects of the project. Lamprell has a positive approach to safety and each month there is a celebration held with all personnel involved on the project to recognize achievements and focus on the importance of thinking and acting safely.

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4th December 2013 Second Met Mast Erected at Dogger Bank

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern erected the second of two planned meteorological masts at Forewind’s Dogger Bank using Universal Foundation’s innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement. The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern erected the second of two planned meteorological masts at Forewind’s Dogger Bank using Universal Foundation’s innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement.

The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for the Dogger Bank offshore wind energy development. It is located approximately 150 kilometres from the UK coast.

Installed by Fred. Olsen United utilising the 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern, the operation was completed smoothly and without any accidents or injuries.

The foundation, designed by Universal Foundation, was installed by applying suction in the bucket, to pull it into the seabed. Hundreds of water jets integral to the base steered the foundation to keep it level during its installation. Next the 93-metre lattice tower was manoeuvred into place using a “human free” technique employing guide cones, and therefore enabling the crew to stay on deck and avoid lifting hazards.

Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke said the use of a new foundation technology combined with the safer installation technique shows how the growing offshore wind industry provides companies and contractors with the scope to put new ideas into practice for the benefit of all.

“The scale and scope of the Round 3 projects like Dogger Bank will continue to provide ongoing opportunities to introduce innovative technological advances and improved methods that will help reduce costs and improve efficiencies industry-wide,” Dr Clarke said.

The foundation was constructed at Harland and Wolff’s facility in Belfast and Project Manager Ken Hawkins said they were delighted that that it was installed exactly as intended.

“We are investing heavily in new facilities and equipment to ensure we can continue to drive down costs while enhancing our capacity and the quality of the product,” he said.

The Forewind project was supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment.

“This is great news,” said the Carbon Trust’s Associate Director, Innovation, Phil de Villiers.

“Novel foundations being developed through the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme are essential to rapidly reduce the capital costs of the next large-scale offshore wind farms.”

“The successful deployment of the second Bucket Foundation at Dogger Bank is a major step in giving offshore wind developers more options as they look to select components for future Round 3 projects.”

Dogger Bank Met Mast West will now be set-up and commissioned and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of September.

View video footage of the installation on the Forewind website.The video can be found on the second slide on the homepage.

Source: http://www.windcarrier.com/second-met-mast-erected-at-dogger-bank

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4th December 2013 Second Met Mast Erected at Dogger Bank

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern erected the second of two planned meteorological masts at Forewind’s Dogger Bank using Universal Foundation’s innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement. The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern erected the second of two planned meteorological masts at Forewind’s Dogger Bank using Universal Foundation’s innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement.

The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for the Dogger Bank offshore wind energy development. It is located approximately 150 kilometres from the UK coast.

Installed by Fred. Olsen United utilising the 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern, the operation was completed smoothly and without any accidents or injuries.

The foundation, designed by Universal Foundation, was installed by applying suction in the bucket, to pull it into the seabed. Hundreds of water jets integral to the base steered the foundation to keep it level during its installation. Next the 93-metre lattice tower was manoeuvred into place using a “human free” technique employing guide cones, and therefore enabling the crew to stay on deck and avoid lifting hazards.

Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke said the use of a new foundation technology combined with the safer installation technique shows how the growing offshore wind industry provides companies and contractors with the scope to put new ideas into practice for the benefit of all.

“The scale and scope of the Round 3 projects like Dogger Bank will continue to provide ongoing opportunities to introduce innovative technological advances and improved methods that will help reduce costs and improve efficiencies industry-wide,” Dr Clarke said.

The foundation was constructed at Harland and Wolff’s facility in Belfast and Project Manager Ken Hawkins said they were delighted that that it was installed exactly as intended.

“We are investing heavily in new facilities and equipment to ensure we can continue to drive down costs while enhancing our capacity and the quality of the product,” he said.

The Forewind project was supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment.

“This is great news,” said the Carbon Trust’s Associate Director, Innovation, Phil de Villiers.

“Novel foundations being developed through the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme are essential to rapidly reduce the capital costs of the next large-scale offshore wind farms.”

“The successful deployment of the second Bucket Foundation at Dogger Bank is a major step in giving offshore wind developers more options as they look to select components for future Round 3 projects.”

Dogger Bank Met Mast West will now be set-up and commissioned and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of September.

View video footage of the installation on the Forewind website. The video can be found on the second slide on the homepage.

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27th November 2013 Bold Tern installs Alstom’s pioneering Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern has installed the largest offshore wind turbine ever to be positioned in sea waters. Installation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 was successfully completed on November 16th despite serious interruptions from severe weather at the Belwind site 45km off the Ostend coast. The exceptional dimensions of the new turbine meant Alstom called for ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern has installed the largest offshore wind turbine ever to be positioned in sea waters.

Installation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 was successfully completed on November 16th despite serious interruptions from severe weather at the Belwind site 45km off the Ostend coast.

The exceptional dimensions of the new turbine meant Alstom called for the Bold Tern, one of the latest generation of jack-up vessels, which entered service with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in February 2013.

As well as its large deck area of 3,200m2, the Bold Tern is equipped with a robust and versatile crane capable of handling 800tonne components at sea.

The Bold Tern also has a DP2 dynamic positioning system for increased safety and can cope with challenging weather conditions. It was ideal to manage Alstom’s massive turbine with its 73.5m long blades and rotor diameter of 150m. The overall weight of the turbine and its structure totals 1,500tonnes.

The installation set up consists of the three tower sections, the nacelle with hub and two blades attached in the bunny ear configuration and a single third blade. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s scope of work was to deliver the fully mobilised Bold Tern along with engineering services, lift supervision and WTG technicians, supplied by Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service, to ensure successful installation for a pioneering project.

Bold Tern was loaded at the Port of Ostend during the week beginning September 30th and left for Belwind on October 7th, ready to start installation the following day.

“The tower sections were smoothly installed before there was a period of severe winds when work was halted,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier lead engineer Sten Rundström. “When the required weather window finally happened, the remaining installation of the nacelle and final blade went very well and in the early hours of November 16th the first Alstom Haliade 150 6MW offshore turbine was successfully installed.”

The installation will demonstrate how the machine behaves in the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed and developed. It follows successful tests performed in March 2012 at Le Carnet site in France.

Its scale makes the turbine more efficient, with a yield 15% better than existing offshore turbines, supplying power to the equivalent of about 5,000 households.

Operating without a gearbox (using direct drive), its permanent-magnet enerator means there are fewer mechanical parts inside, making it more reliable and helping reduce operating and maintenance costs.

This installation is seen as a key milestone in the industrialisation process of Alstom’s 6MW turbine. The current construction of two factories in Saint-Nazaire (nacelles and generator) should be complete by summer 2014. Work on two Cherbourg factories (blades and towers) will follow.

“This project with Belwind asserts our technological leadership and our innovative abilities. The installation of our turbine which is simple, robust and efficient thus contributing in boosting the competitiveness of offshore wind energy,” said Alstom Wind senior vice-president Alfonso Faubel.

Project Manager Per Dyberg said ‘the strong relationship between Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Alstom, based on mutual trust and respect, was fundamental to the entire project.

‘The successful installation was thanks to the skilled and flexible engineering team, the proactive and dedicated project management team and the vast experience of the offshore construction team. And having a highly competent client that was able to take decisions on site ensured that the installation of the prototype went smoothly in spite of many challenges.’

This installation concludes the sixth successful project for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up vessels Bold Tern and her sister ship, Brave Tern, in their inaugural year of operation.

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16th November 2013 Alstom’s First Offshore Installation Success

The combined efforts and expertise of Alstom, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service (GWS) have resulted in the successful installation of Alstom’s first offshore wind turbine. The final 73.5m blade of the Haliade 150 6MW turbine was lifted from the deck of the Bold Tern at 23:30 on the 15th November. By 06:15 the following morning all 70 nuts were ...

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The combined efforts and expertise of Alstom, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service (GWS) have resulted in the successful installation of Alstom’s first offshore wind turbine.

The final 73.5m blade of the Haliade 150 6MW turbine was lifted from the deck of the Bold Tern at 23:30 on the 15th November. By 06:15 the following morning all 70 nuts were in place and tensioned. All works are scheduled to be completed by 16:00.

This project is an important landmark in the development of the next generation of offshore wind turbines and further testament to the capabilities of the Fred. Olsen related companies.

Congratulations to Alstom on the installation of their first offshore wind turbine.

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15th November 2013 Alstom’s 6MW Haliade offshore wind turbine loaded at Ostend

The various components of Alstom’s 6MW offshore wind turbine, currently one of the most powerful on the market, are in the process of being loaded onto the liftboat or self-elevating wind turbine installation and crane unit, “Bold Tern”, in the port of Ostend, Belgium. The vessel, owned by Fred Olsen Windcarrier, specialists in the transport and installation of offshore wind ...

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The various components of Alstom’s 6MW offshore wind turbine, currently one of the most powerful on the market, are in the process of being loaded onto the liftboat or self-elevating wind turbine installation and crane unit, “Bold Tern”, in the port of Ostend, Belgium. The vessel, owned by Fred Olsen Windcarrier, specialists in the transport and installation of offshore wind turbines, will then carry out its installation in the Belwind wind park, 45 km off the Ostend coast.

It is because of the exceptional dimensions of its new 6MW offshore wind turbine that Alstom has contracted the services of the latest generation of liftboats.  With its 73.5m long blades, the rotor has a diameter of 150m.

Built in 2012, the Bold Tern entered into service with Fred Olsen Windcarrier in February 2013 to manage the installation of the newest offshore wind turbines.  In addition to its open deck area of 3,200m2, the vessel is equipped with extremely robust cranes to cope with loading 800 tonne components as the ship is at sea. The Bold Tern is equipped with a DP2 dynamic positioning system for increased safety.  These specific features enable the vessel to cope with challenging weather conditions.

Key dates

  • 25 September: Bold Tern ship arrives at the Port of Ostend in Belgium.
  • 30 September – 01 October: loading of the tower components
  • 5-6 October: loading of the rotor and the third blade
  • 7 October: Bold Tern ship leaves Port of Ostend
  • 8 October: Bold Tern arrives at Belwind wind park, and starts installation of tower components
  • 11 October: 2 first tower components installed, but the rough weather conditions have put operations on hold.
  • 15 October: third tower component installed during a less windy night. Rough weather conditions have put operations on hold again.

Key figures:

  • A 6MW Haliade wind turbine provides sufficient energy to power 5,000 homes.
  • The diameter of the Haliade wind turbine’s rotor measures 150m – one of the largest ever built.
  • The blades are 73.5m long.
  • The Haliade 150 rotor can cover a surface area of 17,860m2.
  • The nacelle weighs around 400 tonnes and the total weight of the Haliade 150, its jacket foundation and the mast is 1,500 tonnes.
  • Offshore wind sub-stations installed or in the process of being installed by Alstom Grid will produce a total of more than 2.9 GW.
  • The 6MW Haliade 150 is adapted to sites where the wind reference speed is 50 m/s (average over 10 minutes) and with gusts which could reach 70 m/s (average over 3 seconds), in other words, the highest speed registered over the past 50 years.

Keep up to date with the latest developments on the installation project via the Alstom website.

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30th October 2013 Global Wind Service Opens New Business Unit in South Africa

Global Wind Service (GWS) have launched into the growing South African market by opening Global Wind Service (SA Pty) Ltd. in Gauteng near Johannesburg. GWS have initiated their eighth operational business unit in South Africa to complement their other operations in Denmark, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania and Turkey. The first project in the pipeline for GWS in South ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) have launched into the growing South African market by opening Global Wind Service (SA Pty) Ltd. in Gauteng near Johannesburg.

GWS have initiated their eighth operational business unit in South Africa to complement their other operations in Denmark, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

The first project in the pipeline for GWS in South Africa is the installation of the 46 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines on the Eskom owned Sere Wind Farm in the Western Cape. GWS will utilise one installation team on the project  and will focus on training local technicians during the six month long project to further increase their capability in the country.

“We believe that South Africa is one of the most interesting emerging onshore wind markets today. Industry analysts suggest that around 3.3GW of onshore wind will need to be installed by 2020 in order to meet the countries ambitious renewable energy targets.” said Lars Petersen, CEO.

“We have taken the initiative and the necessary investment to build up a world-class company. And our philosophy has been to do this on a local basis as we believe this will ensure our best chance of long-term success”.

Installation work on the R2.4-billion Sere project started at the beginning of October. The project is scheduled to begin feeding electricity into the grid in the first half of 2014 and will be the flagship of Eskom’s renewable fleet.

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7th October 2013 The Mid Hill II Project Begins

October saw the start of preparation work on the Mid Hill project site in Scotland. This project consists of 25 SWP 2.3MW turbines with hub heights of 78.5m and 58.5m which is situated Southwest of Aberdeen, Scotland. After the successful execution of the Rothes II project last year, Mid Hill will be the 2nd project where Fred. Olsen Renewables are ...

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October saw the start of preparation work on the Mid Hill project site in Scotland. This project consists of 25 SWP 2.3MW turbines with hub heights of 78.5m and 58.5m which is situated Southwest of Aberdeen, Scotland. After the successful execution of the Rothes II project last year, Mid Hill will be the 2nd project where Fred. Olsen Renewables are the final customer.

Global Wind Service (GWS) has the contract for the Craning & Installation and BMS will be the partner for the craning. After the installation of the first 25 turbines there is a possibility for 8 more turbines to follow next year on the same site.

Our technicians will face extreme conditions during the installation as the winter in Scotland can be very tough, we will, however, ensure that all GWS site staff have the necessary equipment, training, information and site facilities to enabling a successful execution.

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7th October 2013 Installation Complete at Chelveston

At the end of September Global Wind Service (GWS) finalised its most recent GE installation project at Chelveston in the UK. The project consisted of 4 x GE 2.85 MW turbines. “The GWS team delivered a great performance under challenging circumstances. The whole GFO and Projects team is very satisfied with the outcome of the project” said a customer representative. The Chelveston ...

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At the end of September Global Wind Service (GWS) finalised its most recent GE installation project at Chelveston in the UK. The project consisted of 4 x GE 2.85 MW turbines.

“The GWS team delivered a great performance under challenging circumstances. The whole GFO and Projects team is very satisfied with the outcome of the project” said a customer representative.

The Chelveston project was also a first for many different reasons. It was the first GE wind farm installed in the UK for 8 years, the first GE 2.85 MW DFIG turbines to be installed in the UK and the first time GE has taken the role of Principle Contractor under the CDM guidelines.

This project will hopefully also be the first of many for GE in the UK.

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4th October 2013 Heaviest Lift Ever for Global Wind Service

Global Wind Service (GWS) is very proud to announce their heaviest ever lift. The operation which took place on the Belwind project was to lift in to position the jacket foundation which will hold the new Halaide 150-6MW offshore wind turbine from Alstom. The jacket weighed in at approximately 1,000 tonnes and is positioned in the North Sea of the ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) is very proud to announce their heaviest ever lift. The operation which took place on the Belwind project was to lift in to position the jacket foundation which will hold the new Halaide 150-6MW offshore wind turbine from Alstom. The jacket weighed in at approximately 1,000 tonnes and is positioned in the North Sea of the coast of Zeebrugge in Belgium.

GWS are currently mobilising for the turbine installation phase of the project which will begin in earnest.

“This is a great achievement for GWS and our technicians. Lifting and positioning 1,000 tonnes in the North Sea is a serious undertaking and we are very pleased with the performance of all our technicians” said Lars Petersen (GWS CEO).

The Belwind wind farm is 46 km off the coast of Zeebrugge on the Bligh Bank. It is the furthest offshore wind farm and therefore cannot be seen from land. A section of its phase 2 concession has been made available to serve as a testing site and laboratory for companies who are willing to invest in R&D and who have shown a dedication to establish themselves in the world of offshore wind energy, to test their latest technologies in real conditions.

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25th September 2013 Second meteorological mast installed at Dogger Bank

Offshore wind developer Forewind’s second of two planned meteorological masts erected at Dogger Bank using innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and “human free” technique for the steel tower placement. Offshore wind developer Forewind’s second of two planned meteorological masts was erected at Dogger Bank during the weekend using the innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the ...

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Offshore wind developer Forewind’s second of two planned meteorological masts erected at Dogger Bank using innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and “human free” technique for the steel tower placement.

Offshore wind developer Forewind’s second of two planned meteorological masts was erected at Dogger Bank during the weekend using the innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement. 

The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for the Dogger Bank offshore wind energy development. It is located approximately 150 kilometres from the UK coast.

Installed by Fred. Olsen United utilising the 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern, the operation was completed smoothly and without any accidents or injuries. 

The foundation, designed by Universal Foundation, was installed by applying suction in the bucket, to pull it into the seabed. Hundreds of water jets integral to the base steered the foundation to keep it level during its installation. Next the 93-metre lattice tower was manoeuvred into place using a “human free” technique employing guide cones, and therefore enabling the crew to stay on deck and avoid lifting hazards.

Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke said the use of a new foundation technology combined with the safer installation technique shows how the growing offshore wind industry provides companies and contractors with the scope to put new ideas into practice for the benefit of all. 

“The scale and scope of the Round 3 projects like Dogger Bank will continue to provide ongoing opportunities to introduce innovative technological advances and improved methods that will help reduce costs and improve efficiencies industry-wide,” Dr Clarke said.

The foundation was constructed at Harland and Wolff’s facility in Belfast and Project Manager Ken Hawkins said they were delighted that that it was installed exactly as intended.

“We are investing heavily in new facilities and equipment to ensure we can continue to drive down costs while enhancing our capacity and the quality of the product,” he said.

The Forewind project was supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment.

“This is great news,” said the Carbon Trust’s Head of Offshore Wind, Phil de Villiers.

“Novel foundations being developed through the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme are essential to rapidly reduce the capital costs of the next large-scale offshore wind farms.”

“The successful deployment of the second Bucket Foundation at Dogger Bank is a major step in giving offshore wind developers more options as they look to select components for future Round 3 projects.”

Dogger Bank Met Mast West will now be set-up and commissioned and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of September.

Source: http://www.carbontrust.com/about-us/press/2013/09/second-meteorological-mast-installed-at-dogger-bank

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24th September 2013 Second meteorological mast installed at Dogger Bank

Forewind’s second of two planned meteorological masts was erected at Dogger Bank during the weekend using the innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement. The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for ...

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Forewind’s second of two planned meteorological masts was erected at Dogger Bank during the weekend using the innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement.

The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for the Dogger Bank offshore wind energy development. It is located approximately 150 kilometres from the UK coast.

Installed by Fred. Olsen United utilising the 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern, the operation was completed smoothly and without any accidents or injuries.

The foundation, designed by Universal Foundation, was installed by applying suction in the bucket, to pull it into the seabed. Hundreds of water jets integral to the base steered the foundation to keep it level during its installation. Next the 93-metre lattice tower was manoeuvred into place using a “human free” technique employing guide cones, and therefore enabling the crew to stay on deck and avoid lifting hazards.

Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke said the use of a new foundation technology combined with the safer installation technique shows how the growing offshore wind industry provides companies and contractors with the scope to put new ideas into practice for the benefit of all.

“The scale and scope of the Round 3 projects like Dogger Bank will continue to provide ongoing opportunities to introduce innovative technological advances and improved methods that will help reduce costs and improve efficiencies industry-wide,” Dr Clarke said.

The foundation was constructed at Harland and Wolff’s facility in Belfast and Project Manager Ken Hawkins said they were delighted that that it was installed exactly as intended.

“We are investing heavily in new facilities and equipment to ensure we can continue to drive down costs while enhancing our capacity and the quality of the product,” he said.

The Forewind project was supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment.

“This is great news,” said the Carbon Trust’s Associate Director, Innovation, Phil de Villiers. “Novel foundations being developed through the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme are essential to rapidly reduce the capital costs of the next large-scale offshore wind farms.

“The successful deployment of the second Bucket Foundation at Dogger Bank is a major step in giving offshore wind developers more options as they look to select components for future Round 3 projects.”

Dogger Bank Met Mast West will now be set-up and commissioned and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of September.

Source: http://www.forewind.co.uk/news/84/34/Second-meteorological-mast-installed-at-Dogger-Bank.html

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1st September 2013 Bucket foundation may cut wind turbine costs

Suction piles have anchored offshore oil and gas production for years, but a new type – called a bucket foundation – is being promoted for offshore wind turbines in an effort to reduce costs. In February, Forewind, a consortium planning a huge turbine farm in the North Sea, started testing the bucket foundation system, using it for a meteorological station at ...

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Suction piles have anchored offshore oil and gas production for years, but a new type – called a bucket foundation – is being promoted for offshore wind turbines in an effort to reduce costs.

In February, Forewind, a consortium planning a huge turbine farm in the North Sea, started testing the bucket foundation system, using it for a meteorological station at Dogger Bank site where the farm is to be built. Universal Foundation, a Danish affiliate of Fred. Olsen of Norway, originated, designed and patented the new foundation type. Harland & Wolff of Belfast is the manufacturer.

Universal’s bucket is one of four innovative foundations being pushed by the UK Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator research and development program, which aims to cut offshore turbine construction costs and make wind power more competitive.

The other three OWA-endorsed designs are a tri-bucket system from SPT Offshore, a twisted jacket from Keystone Engineering, and a gravity base from GBF. All four, including Universal’s bucket foundation, aim to cut costs by simplifying installation.

The Universal design is the closest of the three in appearance to a monopile, although it has a much wider base. It amounts to a giant upside-down bucket with a shaft rising from the center of its upturned bottom.

The shaft extends above the water and is topped by a distinctive integrated transition piece onto which a wind turbine or other topside structure can be installed. Usually, adding the transition structure is a separate step, Universal says.

Universal says the bucket foundation can work in waters out to 50m deep, the relative shallow water depth at which most of the world’s wind turbines are installed.

Like traditional suction piles used in the oil and gas industry, the bucket foundation fills with water when placed into the sea at the start of installation. Pumps then suck out the water, creating a pressure gradient that, along with the structure’s weight, pushes it into the seabed, like a cookie cutter slicing into dough.

Unlike suction piles, the bucket foundation’s skirt has controllable, water-emitting jets or nozzles lining the lip where the skirt cuts into the seabed. Varying the force of water shooting from the jets into the seabed helps ease the bucket into place in a level orientation.

“The rim of the skirt is equipped with a unique system for distribution of water pressure,” says Soren Nielsen, Universal’s technology director. “The bucket structure will, by these means, be steered vertically, allowing precise location within the inclination tolerances.”

Using this approach, the monopilelike structure extending above the water ends up almost perfectly vertical, without grouting or other subsea work. The typical wind turbine inclination limit is 0.25°. Universal can achieve installation within 0.1 degree of vertical, promoters say.

As for stability and strength after installation, the bucket foundation can resist the large forces exerted on it by wind and waves and remains in place because it combines the benefits of a gravity structure and a monopile, Nielsen says. The design also prevents scour, avoiding the need for anti-scouring measures.

“The stability of the foundation is ensured by a combination of earth pressures on the skirt and the vertical capacity of the foundation,” he says.

There have been questions about the bucket foundation: Installation in seabed that is too rocky presents challenges; manufacture requires a lot of welding; delivery and installation methods remain to be perfected.

Universal has answers for all of the questions: If installers encounter unexpected rocks, the bucket foundation is easy to shift slightly; the relative shallowness of its penetration into the seabed, compared with traditional suction piles, also helps when installing in potentially problematic seabed.

As for the welding in manufacturing, promoters say it is a benefit because it enables the cost savings associated with unitization.

As for hauling and installation, existing jackup vessels have the capability needed for delivery, and other hauling options are being studied for larger projects; installation has been proven at Dogger Bank and will be optimized in future projects, Universal says. But the bucket foundation has to do more than work effectively to be competitive. It has to cost less.

The Carbon Trust’s head of offshore wind, Phil de Villiers, warned a recent UK conference that offshore wind power development could stall without more powerful turbines, lower-cost foundations and full-scale demonstrations that the technology can be cost effective.

Cost is clearly an issue; especially with offshore turbines costing as much as four times onshore turbines, in the range of £3-4 million per MW of capacity.

Universal is happy to talk about cost. They estimate the design can shave 30% off the cost of traditional subsea foundations (the old-style monopoles, jackets and gravity bases).

First, the bucket foundation is much lighter. It uses less steel. “Compared to monopiles, we expect to demonstrate a 25-30% reduction in weight,” says Universal spokeswoman Michelle Maria Langkilde.

With the transition piece already attached, installation requires fewer steps. Importantly, the design avoids the grouted connection that can lead to future problems.

“The traditional foundation relies on a grouted connection, and in recent years, failing grout connections have gained the attention of industry experts and could result in huge upgrade investments for already operational wind farms,” Langkilde says.

Universal points to the bucket’s comparative ease of decommissioning and removal, which allows it to be reused or recycled, cutting costs even more.

Complete removability also is an environmental benefit. When a site is decommissioned, pulling the bucket completely out returns the seabed to its prior condition. Traditional monopoles often are cut off at the seabed with their bottoms left embedded.

Promoters also tout the lower environmental impact of installation. Unlike conventional foundations, Universal’s requires neither pile drivers nor vibration machines that disturb marine life. Two other Universal bucket foundations have been installed; one in 2002 to support a 3-MW demonstrator turbine at Frederickshavn (harbor), Denmark, and a second in 2009, to carry a meteorological station at the Horns Rev 2 wind turbine site, also in Danish waters.

Two other bucket foundations are under contract for met stations; one at Dogger Bank, and for the Seagreen turbine site in Scotland’s Firth of Forth, Langkilde says.

It is too early to say which foundations will be used for the wind turbines at Dogger Bank as that decision will be made by the lead operators of the various parts of the sprawling development, a Forewind spokeswoman says.

But Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke notes the bucket’s advantages, saying that it was chosen for two met masts because it uses less steel than conventional piled foundations and its design removes the need for pile driving, seabed preparations, scour protection and a transition piece.

“We have taken our requirements for met masts to look beyond the standard approach and instead use the opportunity to demonstrate a new, and potentially very exciting, technology with possible benefits well beyond just the Dogger Bank development,” he says.

Source: http://www.oedigital.com/regions/arctic/item/3845-bucket-foundation-may-cut-wind-turbine-costs

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15th August 2013 Riffgat Project Successfully Completed

The first vessel in the world to deliver and install eight complete turbines at a windfarm site in a single deployment finished work on its first project on the 18th of July. By loading and transporting the towers in one piece, saving on lifting operations and freeing up deck space, the Bold Tern was able to carry up to eight turbines ...

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The first vessel in the world to deliver and install eight complete turbines at a windfarm site in a single deployment finished work on its first project on the 18th of July.

By loading and transporting the towers in one piece, saving on lifting operations and freeing up deck space, the Bold Tern was able to carry up to eight turbines per voyage, reducing the number of transit operations and sailing time. And after a significant learning curve, turbines are now being installed in less than 12 hours on average, with a record of just under 10 hours.

Cooperation between all parties involved (EWE, Siemens Windpower, Blue Water Shipping and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier) ensured the fast and smooth completion of the project.

Simultaneously to Bold Tern’s deployment, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier had a total of three Bayard service vessels in the area; two of which worked alongside Bold Tern on the Riffgat project while a third Bayard was working in the same area on the BARD project along-side Brave Tern.

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22nd July 2013 Riffgat – Completed Ahead of Schedule

Global Wind Service (GWS) is very pleased to announce the successful completion of the installation contract on the Riffgat wind farm in the German Bight. The project, which consists of 30 Siemens 3.6 MW turbines, was completed in record breaking time (a total of 57 working days) and utilised a full spread of Fred. Olsen related companies including, GWS, Fred. ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) is very pleased to announce the successful completion of the installation contract on the Riffgat wind farm in the German Bight. The project, which consists of 30 Siemens 3.6 MW turbines, was completed in record breaking time (a total of 57 working days) and utilised a full spread of Fred. Olsen related companies including, GWS, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S.

The Bold Tern and Bayard 1 both performed excellently throughout the project and the GWS installation teams recorded no accidents throughout the project.

Bold Tern has subsequently demobilised and remobilised for her next project in UK waters.

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14th June 2013 Lack of foundation test sites ‘a risk for UK offshore wind’

The Carbon Trust has warned that innovations to reduce offshore wind costs are at risk as Britain has nowhere to demonstrate new, lower-cost foundations with more powerful offshore wind turbines. Carbon Trust believes that without an urgent solution many cost saving innovations won’t be available in time for the rollout of Round 3 projects, which are expected to deliver up to ...

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The Carbon Trust has warned that innovations to reduce offshore wind costs are at risk as Britain has nowhere to demonstrate new, lower-cost foundations with more powerful offshore wind turbines.

Carbon Trust believes that without an urgent solution many cost saving innovations won’t be available in time for the rollout of Round 3 projects, which are expected to deliver up to 18GW of new generating capacity by 2020.

According to Carbon Trust, the cost of offshore wind energy is currently around £140 to £150/MWh. With innovation and cost reduction in a number of key areas, such as new foundations, the Carbon Trust has shown that costs can be reduced to around £100/MWh. The organisation warns that this level of cost reduction won’t happen unless new innovations are properly tested in situ to provide developers and financiers with technical assurance before undertaking major multi-billion pound procurement programmes.

The foundations of an offshore wind farm currently account for about 30 per cent of the typical wind farm costs, so improving their designs and reducing their installation costs can have a material impact on cutting the overall cost of energy generation.

The Carbon Trust, through its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), is backing four new foundation designs that include the Universal Foundation, which can be installed without piling as it uses a giant suction bucket to bury the steel structure into the seabed, and the Keystone twisted jacket structure, which uses less steel than traditional foundations.

Prototypes of the Keystone and Universal Foundation designs have already been installed in UK waters, at the Hornsea and Dogger Bank Round 3 zones in the North Sea. They have been fitted with meteorological masts.  The next important step is to demonstrate the new foundations with 130 meter high wind turbines on top.  The lack of demonstration sites puts this important next step at risk.

In a statement, Phil de Villiers, the head of Offshore wind at the Carbon Trust said, ‘At present we have a Catch 22.  We have the technology but we have no way of proving that it can work at scale because we currently have no suitable offshore demonstration sites in the UK ready to use.

‘The bottom line is that unless we sort this issue out in the next few months we could be putting at risk the mass rollout of major new cost saving technologies which, in turn, can help reduce the overall offshore wind build bill by billions of pounds.

‘We have a duty to ensure we hit our carbon targets at the least cost possible, so it’s in everyone’s interest, including the government, the industry and consumers, to fix this problem and fix it fast.’

Source: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/civil-and-structural/news/lack-of-foundation-test-sites-a-risk-for-uk-offshore-wind/1016509.article#ixzz30NX4hwxN

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12th June 2013 Carbon Trust warns time is running out to test important cost-saving technology for offshore wind

Carbon Trust will today issue a warning to the offshore wind industry that important new innovations to slash the cost of offshore wind power are at risk of remaining on the drawing board as the UK currently has nowhere to demonstrate new lower-cost foundations with more powerful offshore wind turbines. Carbon Trust will today issue a warning to the offshore wind ...

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Carbon Trust will today issue a warning to the offshore wind industry that important new innovations to slash the cost of offshore wind power are at risk of remaining on the drawing board as the UK currently has nowhere to demonstrate new lower-cost foundations with more powerful offshore wind turbines.

Carbon Trust will today issue a warning to the offshore wind industry that important new innovations to slash the cost of offshore wind power are at risk of remaining on the drawing board as the UK currently has nowhere to demonstrate new lower-cost foundations with more powerful offshore wind turbines.

The issue has become so critical that the Carbon Trust believes that without an urgent solution many of these new cost saving innovations won’t be available in time for the major rollout of Round 3 projects, which are expected to deliver up to 18GW of new generating capacity by 2020.

The cost of offshore wind energy is currently around £140 to £150/MWh. With innovation and cost reduction in a number of key areas, such as new foundations, the Carbon Trust has shown that costs can be reduced by up to a third; down to around £100/MWh.  This level of cost reduction won’t happen unless new innovations are properly tested in situ to provide developers and financiers with technical assurance before undertaking major multi-billion pound procurement programmes.

The foundations of an offshore wind farm currently account for about 30 per cent of the typical wind farm costs, so improving their designs and reducing their installation costs can have a material impact on cutting the overall cost of energy generation. The Carbon Trust, through its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), is backing four new foundation designs. They include the Universal Foundation, which can be installed without piling as it uses a giant suction bucket to bury the steel structure into the seabed, and the Keystone twisted jacket structure, which uses less steel than traditional foundations, thus reducing cost.

Prototypes of the Keystone and Universal Foundation designs have already been installedin UK waters, at the Hornsea and Dogger Bank Round 3 zones in the North Sea. They have been fitted with meteorological masts.  The next important step is to demonstrate the new foundations with state-of-the-art 130 meter high wind turbines on top.  The lack of demonstration sites puts this important next step at risk.

Phil de Villiers, the Head of Offshore wind at the Carbon Trust, speaking at the wind industry’s Offshore Wind 2013 conference in Manchester said:

“At present we have a Catch 22.  We have the technology but we have no way of proving that it can work at scale because we currently have no suitable offshore demonstration sites in the UK ready to use.  The bottom line is that unless we sort this issue out in the next few months we could be putting at risk the mass rollout of major new cost saving technologies which, in turn, can help reduce the overall offshore wind build bill by billions of pounds.  We have a duty to ensure we hit our carbon targets at the least cost possible, so it’s in everyone’s interest, including the government, the industry and consumers, to fix this problem and fix it fast.”

Source: http://www.carbontrust.com/about-us/press/2013/06/carbon-trust-warns-time-is-running-out-to-test-important-cost-saving-technology-for-offshore-wind

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24th May 2013 Global Wind Service Win First Contract in South Africa

Global Wind Service (GWS) are very proud to announce our first contract in South Africa. The Sere wind farm owned by Eskom (the South African state-owned electricity group) is a 100MW development on the 3,700 ha site near Vredendal in the Western Cape approximately 300km North of Cape Town. The project will consist of 46 Siemens 2.3MW turbines with a hub ...

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Global Wind Service (GWS) are very proud to announce our first contract in South Africa. The Sere wind farm owned by Eskom (the South African state-owned electricity group) is a 100MW development on the 3,700 ha site near Vredendal in the Western Cape approximately 300km North of Cape Town.

The project will consist of 46 Siemens 2.3MW turbines with a hub height of 115m and a rotor diameter of 108m. The construction phase is due to start in the second half of 2013 and is scheduled to be supply electricity to the grid by the first half of 2014.

Sere, which takes its name from the Nama word for ‘cool breeze’, is Eskom’s first utility-scale wind farm and is predicted to save an estimated 252,603 tonnes of carbon every year.

The Sere project is an excellent opportunity for GWS to make strong inroads in to the South African market and we hope that more large-scale project will follow in the years to come.

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15th May 2013 Mid Hill II Installation Contract Awarded

Following on from the success of the Rothes II installation in Scotland earlier this year we are pleased to announce that Global Wind Service (GWS) has been awarded the installation contract for the Mid Hill II wind farm project (also in Scotland). The project will comprise initially of 25 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. A further 8 turbines will be added ...

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Following on from the success of the Rothes II installation in Scotland earlier this year we are pleased to announce that Global Wind Service (GWS) has been awarded the installation contract for the Mid Hill II wind farm project (also in Scotland). The project will comprise initially of 25 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. A further 8 turbines will be added immediately after the initial installation phase has been completed.

Once again, GWS will partner with BMS to provide a complete Craning and Installation package on what is considered to be a significant project in the UK market. The project is due to start at the beginning of September and should run up until Christmas with the final 8 turbines to be installed in early 2014.

Mid Hill II wind farm is situated 16 km West of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. When completed the site will have an installed capacity of 76 MW which could power up to 41,000 homes.

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6th May 2013 First Wind Turbine Installed at Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm (Germany)

The first of a total of 30 wind turbines for EWE’s Riffgat offshore wind farm at the North Sea has been installed. “Further seven turbines are already on board the specialized vessel, so that Riffgat will now continue to grow very rapidly,” says EWE’s Dr. Torsten Köhne. The plan is to have the wind farm ready by summer. “If everything continues ...

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The first of a total of 30 wind turbines for EWE’s Riffgat offshore wind farm at the North Sea has been installed. “Further seven turbines are already on board the specialized vessel, so that Riffgat will now continue to grow very rapidly,” says EWE’s Dr. Torsten Köhne. The plan is to have the wind farm ready by summer.

“If everything continues to run well, Riffgat will be Germany’s first fully erected commercial wind farm in the North Sea,” Köhne announced.

After the start of construction in June last year, the project team had initially built all the foundations for the offshore wind turbines and completed the wiring inside the park. The substation, situated in the center of the wind farm, was installed in February.

Now, everything is ready for the SWT-3.6-120 wind turbines that have been made in the recent months by Siemens in Denmark. The tower sections, nacelles and rotor blades are loaded in Esbjerg on the installation vessel “Bold Tern” from the Norwegian shipping company Fred Olsen WindCarrier. From there, the components go toward Borkum Riffgat. The vessel will commute four times in the coming weeks, until all systems are installed at their destination.

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29th April 2013 Brug bøtten og spar kassen – ny opfindelse skal sænke prisen på havmøller

En professor fra Aalborg Universitet og en Aalborg virksomhed står bag en revolutionerende opfindelse, der skal spare de store omkostninger til havmøllers fundament. Opfindelsen, et såkaldt bøttefundament, vil kunne give vindmølleindustrien milliardbesparelser, skabe nye danske arbejdspladser og samtidig skåne miljøet i forhold til eksisterende løsninger. Højteknologifonden investerer 15 millioner kroner i projektet. Tag et tonstungt jernfundament til en havvindmølle, send det ...

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En professor fra Aalborg Universitet og en Aalborg virksomhed står bag en revolutionerende opfindelse, der skal spare de store omkostninger til havmøllers fundament. Opfindelsen, et såkaldt bøttefundament, vil kunne give vindmølleindustrien milliardbesparelser, skabe nye danske arbejdspladser og samtidig skåne miljøet i forhold til eksisterende løsninger. Højteknologifonden investerer 15 millioner kroner i projektet.

Tag et tonstungt jernfundament til en havvindmølle, send det ned på bunden af havet og få det til at suge sig fast i havbunden: det virker måske som noget, der kun vil fungere i et Anders And-blad. Men det er realistisk i den virkelige verden: metoden er afprøvet, og den virker.

Næste skridt er at gøre produktet THE BUCKET FOUNDATION, et såkaldt bøttefundament, klar til industriel masseproduktion.

Undersøgelser fra Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) viser, at omkostninger til fundamenter i en havvindmøllepark kan reduceres med op til 30 procent, hvis man bruger bøttefundamenter. Fundamenterne kan tilpasses forskellige jordbundsforhold og vil dermed være anvendelige i 80-90 procent af vindemølleparkerne i Nordeuropa. Derfor vil The Bucket Foundation være særdeles interessant for vindmølleindustrien.

”Masseproduktion af bøttefundamenter i Danmark har stort potentiale og vil skabe mange nye danske arbejdspladser,” siger professor Lars Bo Ibsen fra Aalborg Universitet, som har deltaget aktivt i udviklingen.

Udviklingen foregår i et tæt samarbejde mellem Aalborg Universitet og virksomheden Universal Foundation, og de næste to-tre år vil de og projektets øvrige partnere arbejde tæt sammen om den højteknologiske proces, der skal gøre det muligt at fabriksproducere bøttefundamenterne. Ligesom på en bilfabrik skal elementerne designes, skæres, svejses og transporteres i et automatiseret flow, der gør produktionen rentabel.

Parterne forventer, at projektet vil styrke virksomhedernes markedsposition betydeligt og skabe værdi til det danske samfund. Og det er store værdier, der er på spil. Markedspotentialet for havmøllefundamenter forventes at udgøre 35 milliarder euro, og det er vel at mærke kun for det europæiske marked frem til 2020. Allerede nu ringer Universal Foundations telefoner hyppigere end før.

”Vi oplever interesse fra flere steder i verden. Men især for Tyskland og England er The Bucket Foundation et særligt konkurrencedygtigt alternativ på grund af dets miljømæssige fordele. Teknologien gør det muligt at installere og afinstallere fundamentet med en særlig sugeteknik. Det betyder, at støjgener for havdyr holdes på et absolut minimum, og at hele fundamentet kan fjernes og genbruges,” forklarer teknisk direktør i Universal Foundation, Søren A. Nielsen.

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12th March 2013 Global Wind Service on Lynn and Inner Dowsing

Following on from the continued success of the Hercules II project and the winning of the Siemens Service and Maintenance framework contract, Global Wind Service (GWS) currently has a new team of three technicians working on the Lynn and Inner Dowsing (LaID) wind farm with a further four technicians to follow. The project is part retrofit and part service and will keep ...

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Following on from the continued success of the Hercules II project and the winning of the Siemens Service and Maintenance framework contract, Global Wind Service (GWS) currently has a new team of three technicians working on the Lynn and Inner Dowsing (LaID) wind farm with a further four technicians to follow. The project is part retrofit and part service and will keep a rolling team of technicians working until the summer. A similar situation presents itself at London Array with work orders coming in on a monthly basis for teams of GWS technicians to take the second man positions within the Siemens service teams.

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12th March 2013 Romanian Market Remains Buoyant

The work continues to come in for our Romanian business unit. At the beginning of 2013 Global Wind Service (GWS) won the contract to perform the 500 hour service on the Barragan wind farm in Romania. The Barragan wind farm consists of 22 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Work started in January and was completed at the end of March. From Barragan ...

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The work continues to come in for our Romanian business unit. At the beginning of 2013 Global Wind Service (GWS) won the contract to perform the 500 hour service on the Barragan wind farm in Romania. The Barragan wind farm consists of 22 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Work started in January and was completed at the end of March.

From Barragan our Romanian teams will then head straight on to the Zephyr wind farm to complete the remaining works before performing the 500 hour service on the 78 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. This contract is scheduled to continue until the end of July 2013.

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5th March 2013 Bold Tern delivered

Bold Tern delivered from Lamprell Shipyard- 18.02.2013 Bold Tern Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred.Olsen Windcarrier AS, which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has today taken delivery of the newbuild “Brave Tern” from the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai. The “Bold Tern” is a self-elevating vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines ...

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Bold Tern delivered from Lamprell Shipyard- 18.02.2013 Bold Tern Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred.Olsen Windcarrier AS, which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has today taken delivery of the newbuild “Brave Tern” from the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai.

The “Bold Tern” is a self-elevating vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines and associated equipment. It will be operated through Fred.Olsen Windcarrier to provide transport and installation services to the expanding offshore wind markets. The vessel will shortly mobilize to perform its first contract.
The vessel is the second J/U Installation vessel that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has built at Lamprell Shipyard. The organization and crew is proud to take delivery of the vessel and engage her in operation from day one!

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22nd February 2013 Innovative Foundations Installed at Potential Site of Large Offshore Wind Farm

One of the world’s largest offshore wind farms came a step closer to reality in recent weeks as suction-installed foundations for the project left their Irish shipyard to begin their journey to the site of the Dogger Bank wind farm, 125 kilometres off the UK’s east coast. The structures, known as bucket foundations, can reduce costs as there is no need ...

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One of the world’s largest offshore wind farms came a step closer to reality in recent weeks as suction-installed foundations for the project left their Irish shipyard to begin their journey to the site of the Dogger Bank wind farm, 125 kilometres off the UK’s east coast.

The structures, known as bucket foundations, can reduce costs as there is no need for transition piece costs or additional grouting as would be the case for more traditional foundations.

They are literally gigantic steel buckets that will sink solidly into the sea floor using a suction method and jetting systems, as opposed to floating or more conventional monopole, jacket or tripod foundations which are generally tethered to the seabed.

The structures will support two meteorological masts that will provide weather information that is essential for assessing available wind capacity. The met masts are set to be installed towards the end of February once the foundations are firmly in place.

The Dogger Bank project is being developed by Forewind, a consortium of RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil, and with agreements already in place for the development of six wind farms, the group hopes to have up to 9.6GW of output by 2020. Ultimately the £3 billion (€3.47 billion) project could use thousands of wind turbines to generate as much as 10% of Britain’s power needs, according to the UK Carbon Trust.

The potential to produce huge amounts of electricity from offshore wind turbines is clearly there. The European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a 2009 report that offshore wind power’s economically competitive potential is around 3,400 TWh in 2030, about 80% of the EU’s projected electricity demand. Today offshore wind covers 0.5% of the EU’s electricity demand produced by a total of 5,000 MW of offshore power from 55 offshore wind farms across the continent.

Some have predicted that current high costs of developing offshore wind farms could fall by one-third by the end of the decade as experience develops and the supply chain becomes specialised. But for the moment, the extra expenses compared to onshore farms continue to pose a problem. Phil De Villiers, head of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, said he was therefore “excited” about what the use of this new technology could mean for offshore wind development. “The foundations [of offshore turbines] represent 30% of the total cost of a wind farm [and so] reducing the capital and installation costs could really make an impact on the viability of future projects,” said De Villiers.

The foundations were developed by the Danish firm Universal Foundation through the OWA programme, which aims to take the best designs for offshore wind turbine foundations and see them through from design to deployment.

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/02/innovative-foundations-installed-at-potential-site-of-large-offshore-wind-farm

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22nd January 2013 Load-out marks first stage of development at Dogger Bank

Innovative suction-installed wind turbine foundations on their way to Dogger Bank site, for first stage of construction at the world’s largest offshore wind farm, 125 kilometres off the UK’s east coast. The innovative suction-installed foundations that represent the first stage of construction at the world’s largest offshore wind farm are now on their way to the site at Dogger Bank, 125 ...

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Innovative suction-installed wind turbine foundations on their way to Dogger Bank site, for first stage of construction at the world’s largest offshore wind farm, 125 kilometres off the UK’s east coast.

The innovative suction-installed foundations that represent the first stage of construction at the world’s largest offshore wind farm are now on their way to the site at Dogger Bank, 125 kilometres off the UK’s east coast.

The structures, known as Bucket Foundations, will support two meteorological masts that will provide essential weather information. They were developed by Danish firm Universal Foundation – a Fred. Olsen-related company – through The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best designs for offshore wind turbine foundations from design through to deployment.

“This is the first deployment of the Bucket Foundation in UK waters,” said Phil De Villiers, head of the OWA programme. “We’re excited about what this means for offshore wind development. The foundations represent 30% of the total cost of a wind farm. Reducing the capital and installation costs could really make an impact on the viability of future projects.”

Dogger Bank is being developed by Forewind Limited – a consortium comprised of leading international energy companies RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil. With agreements already in place for the development of six wind farms, the group hopes to have up to 9.6GW of output by 2020.

“This is certainly a momentous occasion for us,” said Lee Clarke, Forewind project director and general manager. “The foundations will be the first structure put in place at the Dogger Bank site. It’s a sign that this project is really beginning to take shape.”

The met masts and foundations were fabricated by Fred. Olsen-related companies under an EPCI contract between Forewind and Fred. Olsen United. They are being ferried to the site from the new Harland and Wolff fabrication plant in Belfast by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern. This was the inaugural job for the Brave Tern, which was built in Dubai last year.

“It’s wonderful to see the Brave Tern and its cargo underway,” said Fred. Olsen United project manager Lars Kjuul Kristensen. “We’re so pleased to be playing a vital role right at the start of this major development.”

The met masts themselves are set to be installed towards the middle of February.

Source: http://www.carbontrust.com/about-us/press/2013/01/load-out-marks-first-stage-of-development-at-dogger-bank

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22nd January 2013 ‘Suction bucket’ lays new foundation for offshore wind

Engineering solution is hoped to bring down costs and provide a basis for ambitious offshore plans. Taken from a Guardian environment article. A gigantic steel bucket will be lowered upside-down through the deep, murky waters of the North Sea within the next few days, and, through a smart engineering trick, it will sink rapidly into the sandy sediment on the sea ...

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Engineering solution is hoped to bring down costs and provide a basis for ambitious offshore plans.

Taken from a Guardian environment article.

A gigantic steel bucket will be lowered upside-down through the deep, murky waters of the North Sea within the next few days, and, through a smart engineering trick, it will sink rapidly into the sandy sediment on the sea floor. Once nestled into place, it will become stuck fast and form a rock-solid foundation for a structure towering far above the waves.

If all goes well, the technology may also provide a secure basis for the thousands of giant offshore wind turbines planned for UK waters: the most ambitious offshore wind rollout in the world, potentially providing electricity for 26m homes by 2030. The foundation could help calm the war being waged over the building of turbines in the countryside by significantly cutting the extra cost of placing them out to sea and out of sight.

“The ‘suction bucket’ foundation is a really great innovation for the industry as you can install it faster and at lower costs than conventional foundations,” said Phil de Villiers, of the Carbon Trust, which has supported its development. “That is good for everyone as it brings down costs.”

He estimates the foundation could save developers more than £5bn if used for the 6,000 turbines planned in the next decade or so, because it is 20% cheaper than conventional foundations, which make up about 30% of the £90bn total cost.

Two of the foundations, which resemble giant sink plungers, left the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast on Wednesday and will become the first deepwater deployment of the technology once planted 25 metres below the surface at Dogger Bank on Monday.

The ‘suction bucket’ foundations are loaded on to a carrier.
According to Søren Nielsen, technical director at Universal Foundation in Aalborg, Denmark, which developed the design, the secret is creating a quicksand around the rim of the 16-metre-diameter bucket, so it slips easily into the seabed. When the inverted steel bucket reaches the bottom, a pipe running up through the stem above sucks water out of the bucket. This causes water to flow into the bucket through the sediment, creating a sloppy quicksand at the rim. But when the bucket is in place, the pump is turned off, forming an extremely strong foundation.

“Trying to pull it out creates a vacuum in the bucket, like when you try to pull your foot out of wet sand on the beach,” Nielsen said.

The two foundations are the biggest infrastructure put in place by Forewind, a developer that aims to spend £24bn erecting 2,000 huge turbines on Dogger Bank, about 125 miles off the Yorkshire coast.

Mark Legerton, head of engineering at Forewind – a consortium of four major energy companies, RWE, SSE, Statoil and Statkraft – said the bucket foundation’s attraction was its cost-effectiveness. “We also think it will be generally applicable to a wide variety of sites,” he said, though Forewind is still considering alternatives. The foundations will support 120-metre meteorology masts, which will provide essential wind data for siting the turbines. They will be operational in March, with the project costing more than £10m.

Conventional foundations for offshore wind turbines are either a giant steel rod, driven into the seabed, or a steel jacket resembling an electricity pylon. Both need more steel – an expensive material – bigger, more specialised ships for deployment and are more prone to costly weather delays.

The government has placed a heavy emphasis on offshore wind turbines as part of its plan to deliver a secure, low-carbon energy supply. But reducing costs is critical, with onshore wind much cheaper at present but opposed by some communities.

De Villiers’ work focuses on developing cost-cutting technologies, including ways to prevent engineers getting seasick, and he is optimistic. “Ultimately, you should have costs that are equal to or lower than those onshore,” he said. “The advantage of offshore wind is there is a much bigger wind resource and you can have much larger turbines. Furthermore, they are now getting so big that there are constraints on what you can physically move on land, but you don’t have that problem with turbines constructed in ports and moved by ship.”

Source: http://www.regensw.co.uk/news/2013/1/24/suction-bucket-lays-new-foundation-for-offshore-wind

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