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September 2017 Issue

France to Ban Shale
Oil, Gas Exploration

France plans to terminate the granting of oil and gas exploration licenses at home and in overseas territories, as the country aims to increase the share of renewables in the nation’s energy mix, the UN Climate Action Programme reported. Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said the law will be passed this autumn. The move is expected to stop the exploration of shale oil and shale gas. During his election campaign, President Emmanuel Macron stated his opposition to exploration for gas and his support for a ban on fracking. At present, about 75 percent of the nation’s electricity is generated by nuclear power stations. Under a new law passed last year, this percentage will be reduced to 50 percent by 2025.

MacArtney Tool for Offshore
Renewable Energy Project

MacArtney has supplied an automatic bolt-torquing tool to Siemens Gamesa for an offshore renewable energy project. The tool will tighten the premounted bolts/nuts between a hub and a generator without manual involvement.

The supply consists of two parts: a Turner tool that creates rotation of the generator and an automatic bolt tool for torquing.

DOE Grants $12 Million
For MHK Projects

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $12 million in new projects to support the development of innovative technologies capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. The four projects will advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technologies. The funded projects are: AquaHarmonics, to build a larger version of its wave energy device for open-ocean testing; California Wave Power Technologies, to upscale its wave energy converter (WEC) technology for open-ocean testing; Portland State University of Oregon, to develop a multistage, magnetically geared generator with airtight casing to improve the cost, reliability and efficiency of MHK devices; and ReVision Consulting of Sacramento, California, to integrate wave measurements from radar and buoys to better predict ocean waves and provide data to WEC device controllers.

LiDAR Buoys to Measure
Wind Potential in China

Titan Technologies Corp. has ordered two Fraunhofer IWES LiDAR measuring buoys for the surveying of the Zhangpu and Changle offshore wind farms planned for off the coast of China’s Fujian province. This will be the first time a floating LiDAR system will be used for offshore wind measurements in China.

The buoys will be used to precisely measure the wind conditions in the designated locations so as to allow precise calculation of the wind farm’s electricity yield.

The projected wind farms are owned by the China Three Gorges Corp. The two wind farms will have a total capacity of 4 GW.

Simulation Testing of
Tidal Data Acquisition

Engineers associated with the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) have been field testing a simulation of the data acquisition system that will be installed on the actual tidal turbine test structure.

BTTS is going through its last paces for permitting, and once the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) signs off, the actual test structure will be installed.

To enable tidal device designers and developers to understand how their turbine is performing in the Cape Cod Canal, they will need to know what the current velocity is during all tide cycles. There have been several small-scale demonstrations done in waters near Buzzards Bay, using a series of small parts and home-spun resources to show how data from the FSI ACM current meter can be collected, processed and transmitted via sophisticated telemetry to computers anywhere in the world. The real-time current data were captured by an ACM-PLUS-200 acoustic current meter from Falmouth Scientific Inc. The data were then processed using software provided by piRshared. The data will eventually be transmitted through a powerful computer that will be installed on top of the tidal test structure. The data will then be transmitted via Wi-Fi and/or cellular service to the website www.mreconewengland.org for display.

Mooring Installed for Floating Wind Turbine in France
BOURBON completed the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France for École Centrale de Nantes (ECN) as part of the European project FLOATGEN at the SEM-REV experimental test site, off Le Croisic.FLOATGEN is a wind turbine with a concrete float designed by Ideol and currently under construction at Saint-Nazaire Port. Its installation is scheduled for the end of 2017 on the SEM-REV site. The mooring system using synthetic mooring lines was designed and developed by the Ideol team. An anchor-handling tug supply vessel and a WROV were required for installation conditioned by high tensions.

BOURBON performed the engineering, operations preparation and execution of the mooring system installation.

Cable Reburial for Wind Farm Off the Netherlands
Global Marine Group (GMG) has successfully completed a remedial cable burial project for Prinses Amaliawindpark (PAWP), a wind farm off the Netherlands’ west coast. PAWP covers an area of about 14 sq. km and comprises 60 wind turbines that are connected by eight in-field cable strings that converge at the central offshore high-voltage station.

The project, operated by Eneco, utilized CWind’s in-house resources including the CS Recorder, which has DP2 dynamic positioning; the Q1000, an ROV jet trenching system; and an onshore and offshore engineering team. CWind is part of GMG.

The 28-km shore connection cable responsible for delivering power to the onshore substation was installed in 2007 and was trenched below the seabed to depths of up to 3 m. Natural movement of the seabed in the subsequent 10 years reduced its burial depth. As such, the main objective of the project was to rebury the cable to ensure its protection in commercial waters and to comply with the site’s permit requirements.

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