European Offshore 2015 - Special Report

EUROPE: Windpower Offshore looks at the major players in Europe that are leading the way in the offshore market.

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Europe's offshore leader faces slower year: New build cemented the UK's position as offshore market leader, and two major turbine manufacturers are setting up production facilities in the country. But a new support system is creating uncertainty, particularly for the biggest developments.

Germany tops 1GW milestone: Europe's second-biggest offshore market expects to add 2GW more this year, mainly in the North Sea.

Changing plans in Denmark: Schedules for offshore expansion have slipped, but a tender for Horns Rev 3 is set for this year.

France learns as it progresses: The French government is reviewing the latest tender and updating legal procedures to encourage competition, speed up deployment and cut costs.

Netherlands rethinks tendering system: The Dutch government has restructured the tender process to achieve quicker results and cut costs.

Belgium tackles grid delays: A long-awaited grid upgrade will enable 1.4GW of stalled projects to proceed and start construction from next year.

Glimmer of hope in Sweden: Following a general election last year, Sweden's new government is ready to redesign the system for offshore support.

Ambitious plans but limited activity in 2015: Our offshore installed capacity map below shows the UK is still the European leader, although activity slowed significantly in 2014.

Offshore turbine models -- the magnificent seven: Europe's offshore wind developers now have a increasingly wide range of supersize turbines to choose from as projects become larger and further from shore. Eize de Vries compares and contrasts the turbines of 5MW and over that are suitable for this market.

Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely: Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit.

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