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First transformer has been delivered to convertor station for Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Image source Dogger Bank Wind Farm (pict. SSE Renewables)

The first of a number of transformers that will enable the transmission of renewable energy from the world’s largest offshore wind farm has been delivered. The transformers will play an integral role in the operation of three onshore convertor stations in East Riding of Yorkshire and on Teesside, that will eventually convert the current from the wind farm for transmission via the national grid network to 6 million UK homes.

Norwind Offshore. from left:: Maren Kleven Fox, Magnus Kleven, Sverre Olav Farstad, Jon Ketil Gjørtz, Sverre Andreas Farstad, Svein Leon Aure, Espen Volstad, Eivind Volstad

Farstad, Volstad and Kleven are combining forces to establish the ship-owning company Norwind Offshore. The company will offer specialised vessels designed specifically for advanced maritime operations in the development and service of the offshore wind sector. Norwind Offshore has entered into a contract with Vard for the delivery of three vessels by 2024 - with options for two more vessels in 2025. The first vessel is due to be delivered in 2022.

Sarens owns extensive international experience in the assembly and maintenance of wind farms (pict. Sarens)

This wind farm, with 80 locally manufactured 6MW wind turbines, is located between 12 and 20 km off the coast of Guérande and will be operational before the end of 2022 and is the result of a €2.2b public investment. Sarens, world reference in heavy lifting, engineered transport and crane rental, has been involved since 2021 in the load-in, load-out, transport and storage of monopiles and transition pieces weighing up to 980t at the port of La Rochelle, from where they were transferred to their final destination.

Strohm and Siemens Gamesa collaborate on offshore green hydrogen solutions (pict. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy)

Strohm, the world's first and leading manufacturer of fully bonded, Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the global market leader in offshore wind.