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Renewable energy giants to design floating offshore wind projects

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BlueFloat Energy and Falck Renewables to design floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea off the coast of Cornwall and Wales.

The two companies are already partners in potential floating offshore wind projects in Scotland, where they have submitted applications in the ScotWind leasing round, as well as in Italy.

The Celtic Sea offers great potential for deploying floating offshore wind farms due to the excellent wind resource, characteristics of the coast and the availability of the suitable infrastructure and skilled supply chain. It should play a key role in UK’s ambition to achieve net zero and 40 GW offshore and 1 GW floating offshore wind by 2030.

BlueFloat Energy and Falck Renewables have actively engaged in the consultation carried out by The Crown Estate to put in place the design of floating offshore projects in the Celtic Sea to act as stepping stones to full scale industrial deployment of floating wind projects.

Falck Renewables S.p.A. develops, designs, builds and manages power production plants from renewable sources, with an installed capacity of 1,320 MW (1,283 MW according to the IFRS 11 reclassification) in the United Kingdom, Italy, United States, Spain, France, Norway and Sweden, using wind power, solar power, WtE and biomass technologies.

BlueFloat Energy is developing offshore wind projects in various regions of the world, where it can implement its vision: to accelerate global deployment of offshore wind as a key enabler for the energy transition and economic growth.

BlueFloat Energy is supported by 547 Energy, the Quantum Energy Partners’ platform dedicated to clean energy investments. 547 Energy aims to partner with innovative companies who drive the growth of the green energy economy. Quantum Energy Partners is one of the world’s leading dedicated energy investment funds, with a portfolio of over $ 17 billion of assets under management since its inception in 1998.

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Drydocks World announces the opening of ‘South Yard’

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Drydocks World announces the opening of 'South Yard'. Image: DP World
Drydocks World announces the opening of 'South Yard'. Image: DP World
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Drydocks World has announced the development of ‘South Yard’ facility, its latest project aimed at increasing its fabrication capacity equipped with new technologies to offer improved services to its clients.

The firm, a leading provider of Marine and Offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, is building a dedicated facility for new building projects comprising 70,000 sqm area.

The ‘South Yard’ will be a world-class yard featuring cutting-edge equipment, a much leaner execution process and a completely new load-out facility for heavy structures which is expected to appeal to O&G and renewable energy clients.

Drydocks World is focused on efficiency improvements whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and quality standards. The “South Yard” facility will support that strategy by developing specific infrastructure to realise the future project pipeline thereby enabling competitive advantages in the region and globally.

Captain Rado Antolovoic PhD, CEO of Drydocks World said: “We are very excited by the plans we have for our South Yard facility as we believe there are a number of firms in the market looking for this kind of dedicated area offering specialist facilities and technology. We are confident it will play a vital role in attracting new strategic partnerships, gaining more value from operational costs and improving profitability, all of which are directly proportional to the high HSSE standards, smarter logistics, leaner execution, improved fabrication material flows and safer operations.”

Mohammed Al Muallem, Executive Vice President of DP World said: “Drydocks World shipyard has set ambitious targets to increase its production capacity and operational efficiency. It is currently working towards achieving these goals by developing existing facilities and raising their performance through the use of smart technology adoption and leading engineering practices.”

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Bureau Veritas delivers world’s first Approval in Principle for offshore floating solar technology to SolarDuck

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Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification, has delivered an Approval in Principle to Dutch renewable energy company, SolarDuck, for its offshore floating solar solution ‘King Eider’. This is the first time such an approval has been granted to an offshore floating solar technology, marking the beginning of a new era for this form of renewable energy.

Launched in April, SolarDuck’s first pilot ‘King Eider’ consists of four triangular shaped units, which are mounted by 156 solar panels and deliver a combined electrical output of 64 kWp to the grid. The project was deployed in IJzendoorn, in the Netherlands. The structure holds the solar panels more than three meters above water level. The platform is designed to handle coastal sea conditions and hurricane-force winds. It is also optimized for offshore sites in estuaries, natural harbours, as well as near-shore sites.

The project was born from the ambitions of a group of maritime and energy engineers, who founded SolarDuck in order to play an active role in getting the world to net zero. Upon realizing that solar energy is the cheapest and most efficient form of renewable energy for many cities, islands, and regions around the globe, but inaccessible to many of these regions due to land scarcity constraints, the team initiated the project to make solar panels float offshore.

Bureau Veritas was involved in the project from the design stage. The AiP covers the design methodology of the unit’s structure and validates the relevant parts against guidance note NI631 on the Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies, and NI572 on the Classification and certification of floating offshore wind turbines. These guidance notes provide the requirements to certify novel marine renewable energy technologies.

Don Hoogendoorn, CTO of SolarDuck, commented: “In my decade in the maritime industry, I have learned how to optimize design for reliability, ease of maintenance and safety, while keeping them cost efficient. At SolarDuck, we aim to design systems that will last over 30 years, as I was used to doing when I built ships. Getting external official validation that our system performs as it should makes me proud of my team.”

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Subsea 7 announces floating wind acquisition

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Subsea 7 announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the equity of Nautilus Floating Solutions S.L. a developer of technology for the floating wind market based in Bilbao, Spain.

Nautilus has developed a promising concept for a floating wind foundation based on a semi-submersible steel structure that supports a centrally-placed wind turbine. Subsea 7 will provide technical expertise, and engineering and project management capabilities, to support the advancement of this design and it is envisaged that the concept will be included in tenders for demonstrator or pilot projects in 2021 and beyond.

Subsea 7 will acquire a controlling interest of 59.12% in Nautilus and will assume four of the seven positions on Nautilus’ Board of Directors. Tecnalia1, the leading Research and Technological Development Centre in Europe and Vicinay2, a world class design, manufacturer, and supplier of mooring systems for the Oil & Gas and Floating Wind industries, will remain shareholders of Nautilus with equity interests of 29.14% and 11.74% respectively.

Nautilus will remain an autonomous company with strong roots in the Basque Country of Spain, teaming with its network of regional, national and international partners. It will benefit from the support of Subsea 7 in various upcoming bids with key clients in the floating wind industry. While actively supporting the further development of the Nautilus concept, Subsea 7 will also continue to engage with other technology providers to support client, regional or supply chain specificities.

Subsea 7 and Nautilus will collaborate closely with Seaway 7 ASA (the recently announced combination of Subsea 7’s fixed wind activities and OHT ASA3) to ensure aligned client engagement and that the capabilities within the broader group are fully leveraged.

John Evans, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The agreement with Nautilus represents an exciting opportunity for Subsea 7 to further our involvement in the technology being developed for the floating wind market. Involvement at an early stage allows the development of this concept to benefit from our technical know-how, experience in delivering EPCI projects, and to maximise the value creation opportunity for our clients and shareholders. Following the agreements with OHT ASA in offshore fixed wind, and with Simply Blue Energy in floating wind, this is another step in the realisation of the Group’s strategy to proactively participate in the Energy Transition.”

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