Mark Heine neemt voorzitterschap Pieter van Oord over. Pieter van Oord heeft op 23 juni tijdens de lustrumviering officieel afscheid genomen als voorzitter van IRO. Ruim tien jaar lang heeft hij aan het roer gestaan van de Branchevereniging voor de Nederlandse Offshore Energie Toeleveringsindustrie. Voor dit afscheidsinterview sprak ik Pieter, samen met zijn opvolger Mark Heine, CEO van Fugro.
The development of solar energy at sea has great potential to contribute to the energy transition. To accelerate innovations, TKI Wind op Zee, in collaboration with TKI Urban Energy, issued an open innovation call at the end of last year for research into solutions for the biggest challenges for offshore solar installations.
Unmooring a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) from eight mooring lines in less than two hours is quite an achievement; especially, when comparing conventional unmooring times that take up to twelve to eighteen hours in ideal weather. In January 2022, this is what Lundin Energy Norway AS experienced using Delmar Systems’ RAR Plus™ Releasable Mooring System on the Deepsea Stavanger.
Petrogas EP is a major oil and gas producer in the Netherlands and needed urgent assistance with one of their platforms. Aggreko was asked to provide a solution to save costs, emissions and fuel. The Q1 Helder platform was built in 1982 and there was doubt regarding its life expectancy. With one of its gas turbines operating at 14% efficiency, Petrogas required a hasty rental solution that could improve productivity and align with new NOx emission regulations.
The Chinese market looks set to build some 20GW new offshore turbines in the coming six-year. And it is even likely that China will knock off the UK from the Number 1 spot for cumulative installed capacity still this year. The pressing question is: how can European contractors benefit from this significant market potential?
The Polish Energy Regulatory Office has awarded a Contract for Difference to the Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 offshore wind farms with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. Baltica 3 and 2 will contribute significantly to Poland’s green energy transition, accelerate the development of the local supply chain and spur economic activity for many years to come.
To be linked to industrial demand in the Netherlands and Belgium. ’SeaH2Land‘ is an ambitious vision, linking GW-scale electrolysis to the large industrial demand in the Dutch-Flemish North Sea Port cluster through an envisaged regional cross-border pipeline. The green electricity required to produce the renewable hydrogen is proposed to come from the build-out of additional large-scale offshore wind.
For its third consecutive year, Hywind Scotland – the world’s first floating offshore wind farm – reaches the highest average capacity factor for any wind farm in the UK. With an average capacity factor of 57.1% in the twelve months to March 2021, the floating offshore wind farm set a new record in the UK.
SPT Offshore secured contracts worth more than 10 million euros. The Chinese market looks set to build some 20GW new offshore turbines in the coming six-year. And it is even likely that China will knock off the UK from the Number 1 spot for cumulative installed capacity still this year.
Can offshore wind farms coexist with fish farms? South Korea will launch a pilot project to combine an offshore wind farm with aquaculture, as it pushes to tap the unlimited potential of water, which surrounds the country on three sides, as a future source of energy.
GBM Works from the Netherlands has developed a new method to reduce the noise pollution caused by driving foundation piles for wind turbines into the seabed.
Earlier this year Moray Melhuish, Principal Consultant of Annet Business Consultancy discussed the comparative impact of COVID on the production of offshore wind and offshore oil & gas, the three – or possibly four – industrial revolutions and applications for hydrogen. He concluded that there might be a more fundamental shift taking place, and wondered whether this is the start of a new industrial revolution.
In order to meet the challenge of the transition to a carbon-neutral society by 2050, we need to look beyond our own production of renewable energy generated domestically or offshore. The import of renewable energy plays an essential role in this respect. The study published on January 27 by the hydrogen import coalition – a collaboration between DEME, ENGIE, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet – concludes that this is both technically and economically feasible.
Moray Melhuish, Principal Consultant of Annet Business Consultancy recently looked at the comparative impact of COVID on the production of offshore wind and offshore oil & gas, and speculated on their prospects for recovery. He concluded that there might be a more fundamental shift taking place, and wondered whether this is the start of a new industrial revolution? Ocean Energy Resources (OER) asked him to write down his exact thoughts. In this article Moray looks at the four industrial revolutions, and applications for hydrogen as well as the production methods and costs. In a second article, published in due course in OER, the UK-based consultant will look at the potential impact and support available for hydrogen.
To meet the future requirements of the offshore wind industry in the overall project logistics and turbine related O&M activities, Spanish engineering company Marcelo Penna Engineering and Safeway, the Dutch specialist in the design and manufacture of offshore transfer equipment, have joined forces to design an intelligent Service Operation Vessel with a very high focus on crew comfort, safety, reliability and workability in combination with lowering costs. The outcome of this collaboration is the battery-hybrid MP625 SOV combined with the recently introduced Gannet 3D motion-compensated offshore access system.
Around mid-October, 2020, John Spee (North Holland North NHN Development Company) and John Troch (DroneQ Aerial Services) gave a presentation in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, that explained the cooperation between Energy Reinvented and METIP (Maritime Emerging & Enabling Technologies Innovation Platform) and showed how drones could provide support to the Offshore Energy Industry Oil, Gas & Wind.
BP followed up the release of its Energy Outlook with a ‘BP Week’ of strategy presentations intended to flesh out its ‘Net Zero in 2050’ ambitions announced in February this year, by the new CEO Bernard Looney. A key ambition is to be ‘net zero on an absolute basis across the carbon content of our upstream oil and gas production by 2050 or sooner.’
Dutch teamwork leads to smart & sustainable monopile cover for Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid
Between 18-36 kilometers off the Dutch coast, Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ), meaning Dutch Coast South, will arise. In June 2021 the construction of this wind farm, which will become world’s largest, will start.
The present downturn in the OSV market has cost the industry an astonishing € 41bln. Surprisingly little has been done to restore the imbalance in demand and supply of vessels. With assets build to last for 25 years the problem will be solved in a slow and natural order but obviously at great cost to all involved in the supply chain. Remko de Boer, the author of this article, believes that a solution is available that restores asset values and brings the industry back to sustainable levels.
The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has quickly eclipsed other recent epidemics and market crises in both size and scope. In addition to the deadly human toll and the disruption to millions of people’s lives, the economic damage is already significant and far-reaching.
Today marks World Oceans Day and a clear reminder of the role of our oceans in everyday life. Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein; they absorb 30% of CO2 produced by humans; and, provide huge forms of marine and coastal biodiversity. The impact of human activity on the ocean is immense. To that end, the theme of the UN World Oceans Day 2020 is ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’ with a full week of activities exploring this theme.
The German government is using its economic stimulus package to bring important and strengthening measures forward, such as the promotion of domestic production of ‘green’ hydrogen.
The corona virus is turning into an unprecedented international crisis, with serious repercussions for people’s health and economic activity. Although they may be severe, the effects are likely to be temporary.
The federal government of Germany should take a firm decision to ramp up ‘green’ hydrogen and to accelerate the expansion of wind energy and other renewables. Too large a share of imports and too few renewables make the future energy system more expensive.