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Live Blog: Welcome to Offshore Energy 2019

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Live Blog: Welcome to Offshore Energy 2019

Welcome to the live blog of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) 2019 taking place on 8 & 9 October. Europe’s leading gathering of the entire offshore energy industry. We will keep you informed and  up-to-date with the latest developments on the exhibition floor and during the conference.

The Netherlands’ Long-Term Offshore Wind R&D Agenda
With the recent cost breakthroughs, offshore wind is now established as a crucial pillar of the Dutch energy transition. Developing an affordable, low-carbon energy system in the Netherlands necessitates a large-scale roll-out of offshore wind power capacity in the Dutch part of the North Sea – to potentially 35-75 GW by the year 2050. The Netherlands’ Long-Term Offshore Wind R&D Agenda proposes the development of the knowledge and technologies on the lower technology readiness levels (TRLs), that are considered indispensable to such a large capacity of offshore wind power. The agenda spans the R&D period 2020-2030. Bob Meijer from TKI Wind op Zee gives an overview of the R&D agenda and deep-dives into selected R&D topics.

What needs to be done
With climate agreements looming, the whole offshore energy industry must innovate and work towards a more sustainable future. Offshore Energy is the platform to be able to discuss with professionals and companies what is necessary to achieve these goals. As an event Offshore Energy believes that bringing together the whole offshore energy and maritime industry will facilitate the discussion on what needs to be done, what needs to be innovated and what needs to be realized.

Welcome back!
Welcome back to Offshore Energy 2019  in RAI Amsterdam. Yesterday was a great success and we are ready for today! There is a lot happening. The Energy Transition Debate, sessions about digitalization and game changing technologies, different Country Updates at the Stage, the 5th annual Marine Energy Event and much more. Don’t miss any of the action and read all about it in this live blog. The doors are open, let’s start!

Cheers to a succesful day!
In the afterhours of the first exhibition day, let’s toast and celebrate. Navingo thanks all who contributed to giving energy transition a home today. We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Future offshore systems
Representatives of TenneT, National University of Groningen, Delft Technical University, NAM, Equinor and DAREL / Deltalinqs H-vision stressed the future importance of green and blue hydrogen in the energy mix and that governmental support of essence during Offshore Energy Conference Session Future Offshore Systems. They further stated that 1GW electrolysers are needed by 2025. Ad van Wijk, Professor Future Energy Systems at Delft Technical University, who is in favor of hydrogen, said: “Transporting energy by molecule is ten times cheaper than transporting electricity. Transport capacity in gas grid in the Netherlands is larger than in electricity grid.”

Meet other young professionals
“There is no future offshore generation, without the young”, says Amber Nossent, Relations Manager Young IRO. They would like to invite all young professionals for an interactive Offshore Quiz Show and Networking Drinks at The Stage. “A great opportunity to meet other young professionals and Young IRO members, and a great way to learn and test your offshore knowledge.”

Feel the energy!
The exhibition floor is bustling! Great discussions are happening and the networking moments are abundant. You can really feel the energy in the Amsterdam RAI.

Workshop on the Dutch Offshore Wind Farm Zones
As part of Offshore Energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency is hosting a workshop on the Dutch Offshore Wind Farm Zones in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Rijkswaterstaat and TSO TenneT, today.

Matchmaking at OEEC
The Matchmaking greenhouse at Energy Plaza helps new and existing relationships flourish. Offshore Energy offers a matchmaking program that is available to all attendees of the event. The NetworkTables platform caters to both 1-on-1 meetings and round table sessions for 8 participants. The meetings were planned mostly in advance and are taking place as we speak.

Energy Transition live on the Nort Sea 2019
What is happening on the North Sea right now? Europe and the activities taking place in the North Sea are leading in the energy transition. During the session Energy Transition Live on the North Sea in 2019, TNO, Norwep, EBN, Peterson and Oil & Gas Technology Centre gave an overview on what is currently going on. Eric Kreft of EBN said: “Offshore platforms in the Netherlands to become available for new energy (due to gas production decline), but we need to keep them alive until then!”

 State-of-the-art HEILA cranes for Van Wijngaarden Marine Services
Today, Van Wijngaarden Marine Services, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (DSH) and Heila Cranes Nederland will toast to the delivery of two brand new HEILA cranes at Offshore Energy (1.000 C3 – Holland Pavilion). Van Wijngaarden Marine Services takes delivery of the Damen Multi Cat 3013 (DP1) ‘Kilstroom’ by the end of March 2020. The versatile workboat will be armed with 2 HLRM 440-4S: the latest edition to the Heila telescopic knuckle boom crane family. Van Wijngaarden’s Managing Director, Mr Peter van Wijngaarden is delighted with the crane models, which will lift up to 55 metric tons each. “We thank Damen Hardinxveld and Van Wijngaarden for their confidence in our company! Cheers!”

Product Certificate officially handed over at Offshore Energy
The OPTS (Offshore Passenger Transfer System) of LIFT2WORK is now fully certified and complies with DNVGL ST 358 as Gangway and with ST 378 as Crane. The Product Certificate was officially handed over by DNVGL at the LIFT2WORK booth (2.318). OPTS is an innovative way to transfer people and/or tools and equipment, and this patented product and system is a first of its kind to be suitable for offshore and marine application. This safe, simple and self-controlled supporting system for moving people from one offshore structure to another can forget the use of W2W, bridges and gangways by using this platform/basket. It is fully compensated and controlled by the operator as it would be on a land based installation.

New Maritime Holland Business Guide 19/20
The new Maritime Holland Business Guide 19/20 is now online! Please read about the companies that define the Dutch maritime cluster. If you are visiting Offshore Energy today do not forget to pick up a printed copy at the media corner.

OEEC fun fact
Offshore Wind Conference featured two brothers! Erik Dugstad, Director and Area Manager, Advisory, Nordics & Baltics, DNV GL, Jon Dugstad, Director Wind & Solar, Norwegian Energy Partners, both shared their vision on, respectively, the global potential of offshore wind and how offshore wind starts dating. A first for the conference!

Enter The Stage
At Energy Plaza you will find The Stage, where countries and companies will showcase their products, services or introduce new innovations and solutions to the entire offshore energy market. One of these presentations is from ASMI Singapore. They are on a research and study trip in the Netherlands to talk and learn more about offshore wind.

Studio at Energy Plaza
Jan-Mark van Mastwijk, Business Unit Manager DEME Offshore, is being interviewed at the Studio at Energy Plaza. He talked about the energy transition and the role of DEME in this process.

International Energy Outlook
Shell, Wood Mackenzie, Ocean Energy Systems and Rystad Energy offered their outlooks on the future of energy during the Offshore Energy Conference Session International Energy Outlook. Guided by moderator Bas Ort (Chairman of Netherlands Maritime technology the speakers discussed what their views are for their respective industries. Lars Eirik Nicolaisen, Deputy CEO and Senior Partner, Rystad Energy: “Oil demand will peak in 2028, driven by electrification of passenger transportation”.

Incoming trade missions and international delegations
The Dutch Government, Trade Organizations and Offshore Energy are happy to welcome a large number of incoming trade missions and international delegations, both businesses and government delegates, from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. A good opportunity to meet, network and share knowledge and ideas.

“We need to integrate more in society”
Eric Fine, Business Development Manager RE, Smulders Projects International BV, wrapped up the Offshore Wind Conference with a plea for more discussion on social responsibility: “If you want society to accept our business model, we need to integrate more in society”.

Getting power to shore
Infrastructure, cross-border cooperation and future pioneers were the topics of Offshore Wind Conference day two. In a packed Amtrium speakers from DNV GL, Nouryon, TenneT, Navigant and PROMOTioN spoke about getting power to shore in a more efficient manner and how hydrogen could partner up with the offshore wind industry. Linda Kemp of Marin was the conference’s future pioneer.

And the winners are…
Last night we celebrated the industry with the Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show. This festive evening, held at the Amsterdome with over 400 leading offshore energy professionals, is the official kick-off to Offshore Energy. Congratulations to the 2019 award winners! Best Innovation: Electrical Thermal Energy Storage – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Public Outreach: Nexstep, Young Engineer: Travis Anthony – Shell.

Delegation from Vietnam
A delegation with around 14 companies from Vietnam met with Dutch companies at the Wind & Water works Lounge at Energy Plaza.

How offshore wind plays its part
Yesterday we have already started with Offshore Wind Conference. Day one included an update on the Dutch offshore wind developments with Vattenfall. The global potential of offshore wind with The Crown Estate, Gusto MSC and Norwep. ”Consenting within offshore wind will become more challenging as the space is getting smaller. The collaboration The Crown Estate is anticipating is the one between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.” said Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, The Crown Estate. In the last session the bankability of the industry was addressed. A lively and packed first day! Today Offshore Wind Conference will feature Future Pioneers, Linking the grid and When offshore wind starts dating.

Discover and learn about new products and services
We are expecting over 10.000 visitors during OEEC 2019 who will be networking with more than 550 exhibitors. So there is a lot of energy on the exhibition floor! Visitors from all around the world can discover and learn about new products and services in the offshore industry. And of course there are lots of opportunities to network today.

We are ready
Are you ready for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference the next two days? We are! The registration area is bustling.

Home of Energy Transition
Welcome to Offshore Energy 2019. Home of Enegry Transition. The exhibition floor has just opened, so Europe’s largest offshore energy event has officially commenced. With over 550 exhibitors, almost nine thousand of pre-registered visitors, numerous incoming international trade missions and over 40 hours of content, this edition promises to be an energetic, fruitful and inspiring event, again.

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