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Castrol acquires majority stake in Romax Insight

Castrol acquires majority stake in Romax Insight

UK: Lubricant giant Castrol has acquired a controlling stake in Romax Technology's Insight predictive maintenance business.

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Offshore provides 21% of UK infrastructure value

Offshore provides 21% of UK infrastructure value

UK: More than 20% of the entire UK's infrastructure construction contract value in 2016 came from the offshore wind industry, new research from market analyst Barbour API has found.

JP Morgan acquires Infinis UK portfolio

JP Morgan acquires Infinis UK portfolio

UK: Private equity firm Terra Firma has announced it sold the 400MW onshore wind portfolio owned by developer Infinis to JP Morgan Asset Management.

Phased-project cap set for second UK auction

Phased-project cap set for second UK auction

UK: Framework rules for the UK's second contracts for difference (CfD) auction, set to open in April, states projects to be completed in phased developments must not exceed 1.5GW.

UK levy control framework 'lacks transparency, rigour and accountability'

UK levy control framework 'lacks transparency, rigour and accountability'

UK: The UK government's handling of the levy control framework (LCF) has been heavily criticised by an influential group of MPs.

EOWDC's suction buckets to be made in UK

EOWDC's suction buckets to be made in UK

UK: Vattenfall has announced the UK arm of steel fabricator Eiffage will manufacture the 11 suction bucket foundations for its 92.4MW European Offshore Wind Development Centre project off Scotland.

Atlantis Energy and Ideol to form UK partnership

Atlantis Energy and Ideol to form UK partnership

UK: French floating platform designer Ideol and marine renewables firm Atlantis Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to investigate the potential in developing 1.5GW of floating wind capacity in the UK.


Analysis

Analysis: Major deals set challenge for top offshore supplier status

EUROPE: The battle between Siemens and MHI-Vestas (MV) for supremacy in the offshore market is intensifying as both firms took preferred supplier status with major orders.

UK post-election onshore fears

UK: Amber Rudd has been named the new secretary of state for energy and climate change following the election victory for the Conservative Party. However, the result could set back to development of onshore wind in England.

Analysis: UK government memos reveal tense Siemens talks over Hull

UK: A Freedom of Information request to the UK government by Windpower Monthly over Green Port Hull negotiations has lifted the lid on difficult talks with Siemens.

Analysis: Enercon pressures Siemens over wind tech IP case

UK: In 18 months, August 2016 to be exact, Enercon's European "storm control" patent will expire. But that has not stopped the company from heading for a UK court hearing in June to press a charge of alleged infringement by Siemens and its customers.

Analysis: Price-coupling fails to pass wind benefits to UK

EUROPE: Strong winds in Germany on 16 February 2014 led to plummeting wholesale electricity spot market prices on the German/French spot electricity exchange, giving just EUR 14.5-17.9/MWh for the German region and EUR 20.0-20.7/MWh for France.

UK government positivity boosts offshore

UK: The UK government has revealed plans to boost subsidies to offshore wind while cutting support for onshore wind and solar.

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