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News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.

India's six-month installations the lowest in years

India's six-month installations the lowest in years

INDIA: Wind power installations between April and September 2017, the first half of India's financial year, dropped by more than 50% compared with last year.

Vestas to repower high-altitude project

Vestas to repower high-altitude project

AUSTRIA: Danish manufacturer Vestas has been awarded the contract to repower a 22.75MW project located 1,900 metres above sea level in the mountains of east Austria.

E.on secures first UK third-party service contract

E.on secures first UK third-party service contract

UK: E.on has won its first third-party operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the 28.6MW Drone Hill wind farm in southeast Scotland.

News and Analysis

Research group developing North Sea wind 'atlas'

NETHERLANDS: Researchers and meteorologists are creating an "atlas" of North Sea wind volumes and speeds, which they believe could cut the cost of offshore development.

FTI upgrades long-term forecast despite short-term blip

WORLDWIDE: FTI Consulting predicts wind installation totals to increase by 2.8% on average each year between 2017 and 2026, even though in the short term, installations will be lower than originally forecast.

UK offshore facing skills shortage

UK: A report into digitalising the UK's industrial strategy has found the offshore wind sector faces a number of challenges, including a "shortage of skilled engineers".

Nordex opens Australian office

AUSTRALIA: Nordex has opened an office in Melbourne, Victoria, "to do justice to the growing demand from the region".

First Finnish repowering project complete

FINLAND: Developer OX2 has now handed the 42MW Ajos site on Finland's west coast to owner, furniture-maker Ikea, but will continue to operate it on the retailer's behalf.

In depth

Keep it steady

GERMANY: Helicopters are an essential part of the running of many offshore wind farms, transferring key personnel and providing emergency services.

Viewpoint: As our industry grows, so does its need for new skills

I'm reminded from time to time how fortunate we are to work in this industry sector, with the opportunity to make a real positive impact on the future of our planet.

Record storms will bring aftershocks

The Atlantic hurricane season is generally thought to run from 1 June to 30 November, so there remains time for further extreme-weather events to follow in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Keeping hackers at bay

WORLDWIDE: Recent cyber attacks have shown the vulnerability of power systems and the dangers of not keeping IT systems secure and up to date. How can operators defend their assets from hackers?

Buckling up for the ladder climb

UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England

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