UGP reports Siemens wins Tritton Knoll wind turbine contract

The windfarm at sea 32km off the Lincolnshire coast will power 800,000 UK homes

Engineering giant Siemens is to design, supply and build the kit that will allow electricity to be sent from the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm to the National Grid via cables beneath the sea and the Lincolnshire countryside.

Siemens Energy Management is to create an onshore substation at Bicker Fen and offshore transformer equipment for Innogy’s 90 turbine windfarm, situated 32km off the Lincolnshire coast.

Once fully operational by 2022, Triton Knoll will be capable of providing clean and sustainable energy to at least 800,000 UK homes.

Electricity generated by offshore wind turbines in the North Sea will be collected by substation platforms at sea and transformed to a suitable voltage before it is sent along cables on the seabed to land north of Anderby Creek.

From there, power will be sent along 40 miles of underground cabling to the new four-acre substation at Bicker Fen.

Carl Ennis, managing director for Siemens Energy Management, said: “This is an important project to deliver clean, green energy to UK homes and businesses and we’re delighted to be a partner.

“We have a strong track record in delivering grid access projects and look forward to implementing our market-leading technology at Triton Knoll.”

Innogy’s Triton Knoll project director, Julian Garnsey, added: “I’m really pleased to have such an experienced company on board.

“Siemens share our goal to use our investments to the benefit of UK businesses and suppliers and their involvement represents a very real opportunity for competitive regional and UK companies to benefit from our project.

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UGP reports on Aberdeen ‘turbocharges’ offshore

Vattenfall has officially opened its 93.2MW Aberdeen Bay wind farm off the coast of Scotland to help “turbocharge” growth in the industry.

The project, which is also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), comprises two MHI Vestas V164 8.8MW turbines and nine 8.4MW machines with tip heights of 191 metres.

As well as testing new technology, such as the suction bucket jacket foundations and 66kV cabling, the project’s impact on marine life will be studied.

Vattenfalll and the EU have invested €3m to study the effect of offshore wind farms on dolphins, salmon, sea trout and sea birds.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am proud that as part of this ground-breaking project, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines are now up and running in Scotland.

“The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre will maintain Scotland’s reputation for innovation in low carbon and renewable energy development and deployment.

“A single rotation of one of these 8.8MW turbines will generate enough energy to power a home for 24 hours which truly shows the potential of this technology to strengthen Scotland’s renewable energy generating capacity in the future.”

Vattenfall president and chief executive officer Magnus Hall said: “The innovation we have implemented at the EOWDC – and will continue to demonstrate – will turbocharge the growth of a global, low cost offshore wind industry.”

Vattenfall wind business head Gunnar Groebler said: “We have built this pioneering project in partnership and we especially salute the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), the Scottish government and Crown Estate Scotland, for their commitment to deploying what is arguably the world’s most innovative wind farm.

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SSE Nears 2GW Onshore

SSE is closing in on 2GW of installed onshore wind capacity in the UK and Ireland, according to a new company report documenting 10 years of green growth.

The ‘A decade of clean growth: SSE’s contribution to the onshore wind revolution’ report said capacity totalled 1917MW as of June this year, a three-fold increase since 2008.

SSE said it estimated £3.9bn of value added to the UK and Irish economies as a result of onshore wind investments.

A decade of green growth had also led to around 67,000 years of full-time employment across the UK and Ireland, it added.

SSE director of generation development Paul Cooley said: “We wanted to understand just how our expansion of onshore wind over the past 10 years has benefited the UK and Ireland and this report shows just what a positive impact our onshore wind portfolio has had, not just on the environment and on the economy, but on real people in their real lives.”

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E.on Secures Council Nod For 32.4-MW Wind Farm In ScotlandJuly 9 (Renewables Now) – Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway Council has awarded planning permission to E.on SE’s (ETR:EOAN) 32.4-MW Lorg wind project, the German utility said on Friday.

To be located near the Southern Upland Way, east of Carsphairn, the wind park will consist of nine turbines, which will be installed in both Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire Council areas. The project, itself, was initially launched in 2012 but faced several years of delays due to environmental concerns and objections related to its potential impact on the local area.

E.on’s initial proposal was for a 84-MW wind park but the plan was later changed to contain as many as 15 turbines with a combined capacity of 49.5MW.

Earlier this year, the German company secured access track consent for the Lorg project from the East Ayrshire Council, it said.

Vattenfall To Outline Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm Opportunities

Wind farm developer Vattenfall will outline the potential supply chain opportunities to UK Subsea companies tomorrow as part of the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm project hook up.

Adam Ezzamel, Vattenfall’s project manager of the development, also known as European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), will speak publicly about the opportunities available to subsea firms when the development goes ‘live’ later in the summer.

Organised by Subsea UK, the event will feature presentations by Mr Ezzamel and Morag McCorkindale, team leader of international trade and investment at Aberdeen City Council on behalf of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).

The event is to be held at The Village Hotel in Kingswells, Aberdeen.

The eleven turbine, 93.2MW development is expected to create cross-border business opportunities for both Northern Europe and Scottish firms in the global offshore wind, wave and tidal markets.

Neil Gordon, Subsea UK chief executive said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the subsea community to hear about – as well as get involved with – two innovative projects. The EOWDC is a pioneering project for the North-east and I hope companies take the time to hear how they can get involved.”

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Hopes that offshore wind farm will stem North-east brain drain

Hopes are rising that a scheme to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm off the Yorkshire and North-east coast will serve as a major boost to the Tees economy and stem the “brain drain” from the region.

Darlington Council leader Bill Dixon said bosses behind the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm project, which if completed would deliver more than 5% of the UK’s electricity needs, were showing strong interest in basing their operations and maintenance base on Teesside.

Teesside is thought to be competing with areas such as Blyth and Tyneside to play host to the base, and those backing the Tees bid say it has geographic and infrastructure advantages

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EDF buys 450MW Scottish offshore wind project

EDF has bought an offshore wind project in Scotland with a total capacity of 450MW.

The Neart na Gaoithe wind farm, planned to be commissioned in 2023, is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 375,000 homes.

Located in the Firth of Forth off the east coast of Scotland, the project – bought from wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power – has already received planning permission.

The total investment required to deliver the wind farm is around £1.8 billion.

Simone Rossi, CEO of EDF Energy said: “This is evidence of our continuing investment and growth in Scotland, where we are the largest generator of low carbon energy. our operations contribute £389m to the Scottish economy every year and we employ more than 2,800 staff and contractors.”

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Wind power breaks new supply record, meeting more than a third of British electricity demand on Saturday.

The plummeting temperatures and fresh wave of snow and ice that hit the UK this weekend did not dampen output from UK wind farms, with turbines setting a new wind power record on Saturday.

According to National Grid and Elexon data collected by Drax, on Saturday wind power generation hit 14.3GW for the first time, supplying more than a third of Britain’s power needs. It beats the previous generation record of 13.8GW set on March 1.

“Yet again, wind is playing a key role in keeping Britain going during a cold spell,” RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck commented. “When the mini ‘Beast from the East’ struck on Saturday, over a third of the UK’s electricity was being generated by wind.”

“We’re harnessing a reliable, home-grown source of power which reduces our dependence on imports to maintain the security of our energy supplies,” she added.

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