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Windpower Weekly 27th June 2016

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Siemens and Gamesa agree merger
GERMANY/SPAIN: Siemens has signed a binding agreement with Gamesa to merge the two companies' wind businesses, creating an OEM with a 69GW installed base worldwide.
  Siemens and Gamesa agree merger
 
Adwen and LM unveil world's longest blade
DENMARK: Offshore joint venture Adwen and Danish blade producer LM Windpower have partnered to produce an 88.4-metre blade for the manufacturer's 8MW turbine.
  Adwen and LM unveil world's longest blade
 
Manufacturer competition critical for energy costs
UK: The consolidation of manufacturers is worrying the offshore industry, which sees competition as critical to keep moving the sector forward, said Vattenfall UK country manger and director of offshore wind development Piers Guy.
  Manufacturer competition critical for energy costs
 
Siemens teases a 10MW+ turbine
UK: Siemens will unveil a new turbine platform in the next five years, hinting at a 10GW+ turbine as it targets €80/MWh by 2025.
  Siemens teases a 10MW+ turbine
 
Business and Companies
Vestas in line for 2GW Iowa order
UNITED STATES: Vestas has signed a conditional agreement with MidAmerican Energy to supply the 2GW Wind XI complex in Iowa, northern US.
  Vestas in line for 2GW Iowa order
 
Nestlé buys into Scottish wind
UK: Food giant Nestlé has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer Community Windpower to buy electricity from a new nine-turbine wind farm in south-west Scotland.
  Nestlé buys into Scottish wind
 
Subsea specialists sign strategic alliance
UK: Cable supplier JDR has signed a framework agreement with Bibby Offshore, specialists in subsea construction, inspection and maintenance services.
  Subsea specialists sign strategic alliance
 
UK and German consultancies join forces
UK: British-based offshore wind consultancy Aarufield and German renewables specialists 8.2 Consulting have joined forces to create 8.2 Aarufield.
  UK and German consultancies join forces
 
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We need to show what we offer - McNeal
UK: The offshore industry needs to move away from saying what is needed, and instead show what it can offer, RenewableUK CEO Hugh McNeal has said.
  We need to show what we offer - McNeal
 
Victoria sets 'ambitious' targets
AUSTRALIA: The Victoria government has announced "ambitious" renewable energy targets (RET) in a bid to restore investors' confidence, lost by the federal government's indecision last year.
  Victoria sets 'ambitious' targets
 
UK MPs recommend breaking up National Grid
UK: A group of MPs has called on the government to break up the UK's system operator National Grid, in favour of a US-style independent system operator model.
  UK MPs recommend breaking up National Grid
 
RES looks to South Korea for offshore growth
SOUTH KOREA: RES and Dohwa Engineering have signed a memorandum of onderstanding (MoU) to cooperate on offshore wind development in the Korean peninsula.
  RES looks to South Korea for offshore growth
 
Scotland injects £1.5m into OWA
UK: The Carbon Trust has been awarded £1.5 million (€1.9 million) by the Scottish government to aid companies through the offshore wind accelerator (OWA) programme.
  Scotland injects £1.5m into OWA
 
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