Review of 2016 - part two

WORLDWIDE: The merger and acquisition activity does not slow down with the major OEMs continuing to consolidate but the second half of the year is dominated by falling offshore costs. Windpower Monthly revisits some of the biggest stories from July to December.

The US' offshore industry sparked in to life in 2016 with the completion of 30MW Block Island
The US' offshore industry sparked in to life in 2016 with the completion of 30MW Block Island

Read Windpower Monthly's review of the first six months of 2016 here


Dong Energy stuns the offshore industry with a record low bid of €72.70/MWh for the Borssele I and II offshore projects in the Netherlands.

But as the year progresses, we were to learn that offshore costs will come even further down.

Vestas clinches one of its biggest ever orders, a conditional deal to supply 2GW of turbines to MidAmerican Energy in the US.

The Wind XI complex of projects in Iowa is set to be complete in 2019. Windpower Monthly takes a look at how Vestas sealed the deal over rivals, and previous MidAmerican suppliers, GE and Siemens.

And Vestas' four-rotor concept, revealed in April, starts delivering power as testing programme in Denmark begins.


Nordex announces the launch of two 3.6MW turbines, aimed at low- and medium-wind sites.

It is the second upgrade on the platform in a year as competition in the 3MW range continues to heat up.

An Enercon turbine collapses in Canada during a scheduled component exchange.

Enercon describes the incident as "undoubtedly isolated" and dispatches a team to investigate.

Wind power wins nearly 5GW of new capacity in Chile's largest ever power tender with an average price of $47.55/MWh. The average total was 40% down on the previous tender held in 2015.

GE's offer for Adwen is rejected, leaving the offshore joint venture still in limbo.

The US firm still lags behind major rivals Siemens and MHI Vestas in the offshore wind market with the acquisition of Adwen seen as a quick way to catch up.

According to news agency Reuters, however, GE made an offer that was "impossible to accept".


Winergy's huge gearbox for the Adwen 8MW turbine is revealed in another Windpower Monthly exclusive.

"We had to rethink the entire assembly process due to the size increment," says Winergy vice president of engineering Andreas Klein.

The future of the 8MW machine becomes a little clearer with the decision of Siemens-Gamesa to buy Areva's share of Adwen.

After Siemens and Gamesa announced its merger in June, Areva was given three options: to sell its 50% to Gamesa; buy Gamesa's stake; or sell to a third party.

It is still expected a third-party will come in for Adwen but the move releases capital of Areva and allows the Siemens-Gamesa merger to continue.

Vattenfall pushes the cost of offshore wind down even further as it wins Denmark's 350MW nearshore auction with a bid of €63.80/MWh.

The fact it was nearshore capacity helped the low-cost, but it is still not the lowest offshore price we will see this year.

In another exclusive with Windpower Monthly, Romo Wind co-CEO Jan Nikolaisen calls for greater trust and transparency between project operators and turbine manufacturers, describing OEM power-curve warranties as "worthless".

"Sharing is better for the industry, even though some dirty laundry will be visible," Nikolaisen says.

Winergy unveils its 8MW gearbox


M&A activity shows no sign of slowing down as GE acquires leading blade manufacturer, LM Wind Power, for €1.5 billion.

LM has supplied blades to most of the world's major OEMs, including the world's longest 88.4-metre wing for Adwen's 8MW.

According to GE, one in every five of the world's wind turbines use LM-made blades.

GE says its new subsidiary would operate as a "standalone unit" when the transaction is completed in 2017.

India's wind-power generators claim nearly $400 million in unpaid bills from three of the country's states; Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The main reason for the delay is the bad financial health of these state utilities, which are saddled with huge debts and losses.

LM Wind Power manufacturered the world's longest blade 


After months of "surely not...", the US wind power industry responds relatively calmly to the presidential election victory of Donald Trump.

But a fact-check of his first post-election comments on wind power reveals a woeful lack of knowledge of the sector.

Offshore wind costs fall again and, once more, it is Vattenfall that pushes down the price.

It secured the license to build the 600MW Kriegers Flak site for an incredible €49.90/MWh.

The year's M&A activity culminates in Senvion buying blade manufacturer Euros Group for an undisclosed sum.

His views on wind are still questionable


An offshore-dominated month as a consortium comprising oil and gas firm Shell, Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE wins the tender for the Netherlands' 700MW Borssele III and IV offshore projects with a bid of €54.50/MWh.

It is not a record low but still 25% cheaper than Dong's winning bid for Borssele I and II five months earlier in July.

Siemens opens its UK blade manufacturing site in Hull two months ahead of schedule, and launches its first roll-on roll-off offshore installation vessel.

Finally, the full commissioning of Block Island, the US's first offshore project, is slightly delayed when one of the GE Haliade turbines is damaged by a drill bit left inside the generator. Oops.

Siemens unveils its new ro-ro vessel

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