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Belgian North Sea Offshore Wind Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV
Date: 2019-09-09
Zwijndrecht, Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) is reporting the first three of 58 momopole offshore wind turbine foundations for the SeaMade offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea are being installed.

The SeaMade project combines the Seastar (252MW) and Mermaid (235MW) wind farms for a total of 58 turbines with a total capacity of 487 MW, making it the largest wind farm in Belgium and the Belgian North Sea. Each of the Project's two wind farms, Mermaid and Seastar, will have its own offshore substation. When fully operational in 2020, SeaMade is expected to generate sufficient electric power for for 500,000 households (Source: Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV, Port News, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: DEME Group, +54 11 3221 6740, info.diar@deme-group.com, www.deme-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SeaMade ,  Offshore Wind,  


SiF Expanding Rotterdam Port Offshore Wind Facilities (Int'l.)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore
Date: 2019-09-04
In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has given the nod to offshore power firm Sif Holding nv planned lease of an additional 20 hectares -- including a 200 meter stretch of deep sea quay -- to deploy its offshore infrastructure. SiF presently leases 42 hectares of land at the port.

The new leased site's inaugural project will be the logistics handling of 94 wind turbine foundations to be delivered to the Rotterdam offshore wind sites Borssele 1 and 2, both of which are operated by offshore infrastructure group Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore (DEME), which has signed a major marshalling services contract with Sif to begin in October 2019. (Source: SiF, Government Europa, 3 Sep., 2019) Contact: SiF Holding, Offshore Foundations, Fred van Beers, CEO, +31 475 385 777, info@sif-group.com, www.sif-group.com/en; Rotterdam Port Authority, Allard Castelein, CEO, +31 (0) 10 - 252 10 10, www.portofrotterdam.com; Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering Offshore, www.deme-group.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


EPA Urged to Reconsider E15 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Petroleum Institute
Date: 2019-05-01
NMMA, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) have joined forces in opposition to the EPA's proposal to allow year-round sale of E15 gasoline:

"We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun -- we oppose EPA's reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters," said NMMA senior VP of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros. "With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfueling -- including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.

"EPA's decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems -- potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15." said API VP of downstream and industry operations Frank Macchiarola.

"To make matters worse, the agency's proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post." (Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMMA, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  American Petroleum Institute,  E15,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel,  


Methanol Inst. Supports Methanol Marine Fuel Tests (Ind. Report)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2019-01-09
The Methanol Institute (MI) is reporting its supports the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore's $200,000 GreenPilot evaluation of methanol as a marine fuel in Asia.

The NTU evaluation includes desktop and bench-testing of a methanol-powered marine engine and the onboard testing of the same engine in a harbour craft vessel for a six-month sea trial. The sea trial will be followed by an engine "teardown" to test clearances and material compatibility. The project is intended to demonstrate the benefits, and encourage the use of methanol as a marine fuel. Similar projects have reportedly shown that Methanol can be easily adopted as a marine fuel at reasonable cost and without the complexity of other low emission alternatives. (Source: Methanol Institute, Bunkerspot, Jan., 2019) Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org; Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Mariv=ne Fuel,  


Holyrood Awards £2Mn for Offshore Wind Innovation (Int'l)
ORE Catapult
Date: 2018-06-25
At Holyrood, the Scottish Governmenthas confirmed £2 million in funding to support the offshore wind energy sector and to reduce development costs. The £2 million in funding has been granted to Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, and the Energy Skills Partnership. The funding is intended to support innovation across the sector to reduce long-term costs, improve health and safety standards, and to widen educational opportunities within the industry.

ORE Catapult almost immediately announced that the £445,000 it received will be used to back a larger £1.3 million program of technology innovation projects to advance Scotland's offshore wind sector. The new £1.3 million program is also supported by a further £150,000 from industry partners including Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match-funding from ORE Catapult.

ORE Catapult's new £1.3 million program will focus on: next-generation crew transfer and service vessels; a technology accelerator program; investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems; and establishing a business excellence program aimed at enabling the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities. (Source: ORE Catapult, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 22 June, 2018) Contact: ORE Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Tony Quinn, Dir. Operations, +44 160 359 555, ore.catapult.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORE Catapult,  Offshore,  Offshore Wind Scotland Wind,  


World Largest Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
Orsted,DONG Energy
Date: 2018-01-31
Danish offshore wind developer Orsted -- formerly known as DONG Energy -- reports construction is underway on the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm 120 kilometers off the coast of Yorkshire, England. As previously reported, the first of the projects 174 monopiles have been installed by offshore marine engineering company GeoSea.

When complete in 2020, the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm will amount to 1.2 GW (gigawatts) and will generate sufficient power for the equivalent of 1 million UK homes. (Source: Orsted, CleanTechnica, Others, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: ORSTED, DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG,  ORSTED,  Offshore,  Hornse,  DONG Energya Wind,  


DEWA Studying 400MW Pumped Hydro Storage Island (Int'l)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-01-19
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it and the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and the Belgian Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering Group (DEME) have inked a MoU to study the possible construction of an island with a 400MW , 2,500MWh capacity pumped hydro storage power station in the Arabian Gulf. The initiative is part of DEWA's efforts to diversify the energy mix and enhance energy storage technologies.

Stored hydropower reportedly accounts for the biggest share of the world's operational electricity storage. Pumped-storage facilities integrate well with irregular renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as water is stored when excess energy is produced. (Source: DEWA, PR, Dubai Media Office, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


DONG, Siemens Unloading Offshore Wind Transport A2SEA (M&A)
DONG Energy,Siemens
Date: 2017-07-14
DONG Energy and Siemens are reporting an agreement to sell Danish offshore wind transportation and installation company A2SEA to Belgian marine engineering company GeoSea. Terms of the sale were not immediately available. (Source: DONG Energy, Siemens, Zachs, 12 July, 2017) Contact: A2SEA, +45 7592 8211, a2sea@a2sea.com, www.a2sea.com; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; GeoSea, +32 3 250 5312, www.deme-group.com/geosea

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Siemens,  A2SEA,  Offshore Wind,  GeoSea,  


James Fisher Snares Roto360 Wind Turbine Installer (Int'l, M&A)
James Fisher & Sons
Date: 2017-03-27
In the UK, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria-based marine engineering firm James Fisher & Sons is reporting the purchase of wind turbine installer Rotos360 for up to £6.5 million -- £1.5 million upfront cash and the balance based on profits until the end of 2019.

The acquisition would complement Fisher's existing work in offshore renewables and would help in its construction of the Galloper wind farm on the coast of Suffolk.

Rotos360, which repairs and reconditions wind farm rotor blades, was created in 2013 as part of a government-funded research project to reduce operation and maintenance costs of offshore wind turbines. (Source: James Fisher & Sons, Digital Look, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: James Fisher & Sons, Nick Henry, CEO, +44 (0) 1229 615400, www.james-fisher.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  

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