UK: Van Oord and Jan De Nul have acquired MPI Offshore staff and a number of its vessels.
CANADA: German developer Wpd has been informed by the new Ontario government that its White Pines project could be abandoned, despite being in the process of building the plant.
UNITED STATES: Utility Duke Energy has abandoned plans to source 500MW of wind energy in the Carolinas due to financial concerns. It will instead try to source other renewable energy sources.
UNITED STATES: New York state will hold a solicitation for 800MW of offshore wind capacity in the fourth quarter of 2018.
DENMARK: Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and biotechnology firm Novozymes will source their power consumption from Denmark's largest offshore wind farm.
WORLDWIDE: Vestas has announced two new turbine supply orders including a 112MW turnkey contract in Australia.
UK: More than 40GW of offshore wind farms could be installed in UK waters by 2050, according to the country's grid operator, National Grid.
WORLDWIDE: Increased competition could prompt development of offshore turbines with capacities beyond 15MW and rotors of up-to 250 metres, according to new research.
ARGENTINA: Senvion has secured a second agreement to supply turbines to French developer Total Eren in Argentina.
SOUTH AFRICA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded the turbine supply contract for two projects in South Africa being developed by Mainstream Renewable Power.
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INDIA: The Indian wind industry can see the annual market size reaching 8-10GW in the next couple of years but with this scale of growth, resources will be strained. However, the industry is confident it can cope even if permitting problems continue.
WORLDWIDE: The latest fossil-fuel player to move into renewables is the owner of one of the world's largest crane vessels, capable of lifting 14,000 tonnes. As offshore wind turbines grow bigger and move into deeper water, could Saipem's oil and gas background give it an advantage over established players?
GERMANY: Slow permitting and undersubscribed auctions is raising concerns in Europe's largest wind market.
NETHERLANDS: Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are seeing growing wind industry interest, but it remains an emerging technology set against conventional wind power's track record, production volumes and readiness for market.
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With the pace of offshore deployment increasing, the supply chain needs to keep pace. Here, vessel supplier Seajack's crewing manager, Ian Robertson, sets out the three major challenges facing the sector.
The optics, as they say in political circles, were not good. The UK's offshore wind industry leaders gathered at Manchester for the sector's annual conference, confident that their ambitious growth plans would be supported by an address from the government's energy and clean growth minister.
Allowing onshore wind power in the UK access to existing support schemes would certainly be a step in the right direction. But enabling the deployment of the latest technology is key to ensuring that the support is minimal and the sector grows.
The latest move by the US administration to prop up coal and nuclear capacity is at odds with the momentum of the industry, as well as with Trump rhetoric.