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UK Targets 40GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
UK Wind
Date: 2021-05-07
As previously reported, in October 2020, the UK government announced plans to increase offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030 as part of a larger plan aimed at reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, in keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to Oxford-based independent energy market analytics company Aurora Energy Research, reaching 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 will require a clear government strategy, an investment of at least £50 billion ($69.34 billion) and a methodical approach for grid development and advanced infrastructure for integrating the electricity generated by offshore wind farms into the electricity grid. An investment of £160 million ($221.91 million) will also be need to upgrade the country's ports and factories to boost turbine production. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, Various Media, Power Technology, May, 2021) Contact: Aurora, Martin Anderson, Head of Renewables, +44 (0) 1865 952 700, contact@auroraer.com, www.auroraer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Energy Research,  UK Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


GE Planning New UK Offshore Wind Blade Plant (Int'l. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-03-17
In the UK, GE Renewable Energy is reporting it LM Wind Power unit plans to open and operate a new manufacturing plant in Teeside for the production of offshore wind turbine blades. Financing and construction details are reportedly in advanced stages of negotiation and the plant is expected to open and start production in 2023 .

LM Wind Power plans to set up and operate this plant which will be dedicated to the production of its 107-meter- long offshore wind turbine blades, a key component of GE's Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. (Source GE Renewable Energy, PR, Utilities, 14 Mar., 2021)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Balde,  Wind,  


ENGIE Fabricom Claims UK Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l Report)
ENGIE Fabricom
Date: 2020-09-11
Offshore wind engineering specialist ENGIE Fabricom is reporting a contract with a major offshore wind provider to analyze the current performance and suitability of its monopile foundations on over 50 wind turbines on a wind farm on the east coast of England.

The work will include complete cathodic protection and pH monitoring of the internal water within each monopile and comprehensive external foundation inspections.(Source: ENGIE Fabricon, PR, Energy Global, Contact: ENGIE Fabricom, Richard Webster, CEO, www.engie-fabricom.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE Fabricom,  Offshore Wind,  


Rampion Plans Sussex UK Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l Report)
Rampion
Date: 2019-11-20
In the UK, the BBC is reporting the £1.3 billion Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has applied to the Crown Estate, the royal company which owns the seabed, for permission to almost double the size of its facilities off the Sussex coast westwards towards Bognor.

If the proposed expansion is approved and completed, the Rampion wind farm could stretch over 16 miles and generate generates enough electricity to power 350,000sufficient energy for as many as 700,000 homes.

Rampion, which was developed E.ON, is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in the world. (Source: Rampion, The Argus, 18 Nov., 2019)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


Mainstream, ENI Partnering for UK Offshore Wind Sites Bids (Int'l)
Mainstream Renewable Power
Date: 2019-10-07
Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power reports it is partnering with Rome-based oil and gas giant Eni in preparation for the latest auction of leases for offshore wind-power sites in the UK.

The new co-operation agreement will allow Mainstream to comply with new rules for the fresh UK round of auctions under which bidders must have balance sheets worth at least £600 million ($740 million +-) over the past three years. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, Sunday Times, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, www.mainstreamrp.com; ENI, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax., www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mainstream Renewable Power,  Eni,  Offhosre Wind,  


GE Haliade-Xs Selected for Mammoth UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-10-02
GE Renewable Energy reports receipt of a preferred supplier agreement to deliver as many as 300 of its Haliade-X turbines for the giant 3.6 GW Dogger Bank complex of three, 1.2GW wind farms being constructed off the UK by a developer consortium made up of Equinor and SSE.

The Dogger Bank order, which hinges on a final investment decision expected before the end of next year, would kick-off a £9 billion ($11 billion) capital investment by the developers. Once fully operational, Dogger Bank will supply sufficient power for more than 4.5 million homes -- 5 pct of the UK's estimated electric power generation. Construction is set to get underway early next year for power production in 2023. (Source: GE, Recharge Wind, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, John Lavelle, CEO Offshore Wind, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Dogger Bank,  


UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
Date: 2019-09-23
Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


Crown Estate ID's UK Offshore Wind Expansion Sites (Int'l.)
Crown Estate
Date: 2019-08-30
In London, The Crown Estate reports it has identified seven offshore wind sites that could expand operations without posing any threat to the environment. The expansion will add 2.85 GW to the UK's wind farm capacity, equating to an extra 10pc in the UK's offshore wind farm capacity.

The Crown Estate is made up of land and holdings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that belong to the Queen. The collection is part of the sovereign's "public estate" so the monarch is not involved in day-to-day management of the land and has only limited control of its affairs. (Source: The Crown Estate, Telegraph, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  


Scottish Power Plans £6Bn Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)
ScottishPower
Date: 2019-03-18
In the UK, gas and electric power supplier ScottishPower reports it will "actively pursueā€¯ future offshore wind projects in England and invest £6 billion in the countries offshore wind supply chain.

Scottish Power;s initiative is part of a wider UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal that will see as much as £250 million investment in "building a stronger UK supply chain." The deal will drive the transformation of offshore wind generation, making it an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain.

Presently, ScottishPower is constructing a £2.5 billion offshore windfarm in the east of England, seeking approval for a second to begin construction in 2024 and a third in 2025. (Source: Scottish Power, Supply Chain, 17 Mar., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News ScottishPower,  Offshore Wind,  


Siemens Scores UK Offshore Wind Grid Connection Contract (Int'l)
Siemens.Triton Knoll
Date: 2018-09-12
Siemens Energy Management reports it will soon begin onshore substation and offshore transformer module design, supply and construction work on the UK's Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. The new wind farm will be capable of providing sufficient clean and sustainable power for the equivalent of at least 800,000 British homes.

Siemens was awarded a contract from its German customer Innogy SE, to design, supply and build the grid connection for the 860 MW wind farm 32 km off the Lincolnshire coast.

Siemens will lead on the construction of a new four-hectare onshore substation at Bicker Fen, as well as offshore infrastructure, including two Offshore Transformer Modules (OTM). Work is already underway on a new bell mouth entry point and 3.8 km access road to the new substation construction site. The onshore substation construction will start early 2019. (Source: Siemens Energy Management, T&D World, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Siemens Grid Access, www.siemens.com/gridaccess; Siemens Energy Management, www.siemens.com/energy-management; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Offshore Wind,  Triton Knoll ,  


Orsted's Walney Extension UK Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l)
Orsted
Date: 2018-09-10
In the UK, Danish energy company Orsted -- fka DONG ENERGY -- reports its 87 turbine Walney Extension offshore wind farm north of Blackpool in the Irish Sea is now online. The project, which officially went into service last Thursday, generates 659 mw of power.

Nearly half of the Walney Extension wind farm incorporates 8.25-mw MHI Vestas turbines. The rest of the installation is composed of slightly smaller 7-mw models from Siemens. The wind farm covers an area of water measuring 55.9 square miles, or 35,830 acres. (Source: Orsted, NPR, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  MHI Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  


Japanese Utilities Buying into UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Electric Power Development,Kansai Electric Power
Date: 2018-08-15
Nikkei Asian Review is reporting Tokyo-based Electric Power Development -- aka J-Power -- and Osaka regional utility Kansai Electric Power will purchase a total 41 pct stake of Frankfurt, Germany-based wind farm developer RWE Innogy's 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the U.K. The estimated $900 million deal will give J-Power a 25 pct stake and Kansai Electric a roughly 16 pct share.

Innogy plans to start up the 860-mw Triton Knoll offshore wind project -- one of the biggest of its kind in the world -- in the North Sea in 2021. The project will utilize up to 90 9.5MW turbines and sell its output to local utilities under a 15-year fixed-rate contract. Triton Knoll is due to go live in 2021 and is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: J Power, +81 3 3546 2211, www.jpower.co.jp; Kansai Electric Power Co., +81.6.6441.8821, www.kepco.co.jp; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Kansai Electric Power,  J-Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


"Wind Drought" Blamed for Lower the Expected SSE Renewables Generation (Int'l)
SSE
Date: 2018-07-23
UK energy giant SSE plc is reporting both offshore and inland wind farms experienced a 15 pct lower output than originally anticipated and a corresponding £80 million ($104 million) reduction in first fiscal quarter profits, due to an extended heat wave, a "wind drought' and the intermittent nature of wind power generation. Perth, Scotland-headquartered SSE also noted that hydropower generation was 20 pct lower than projected. Additionally, the UK's national grid noted a 30 pct drop in wind generation in recent weeks.

According to RenewableUK, new applications for onshore wind farms dropped by 94 pct since new rules were introduced in 2015. On the other hand, the UK offshore wind energy industry is expected to see total investment between 2017 and 2021 hit £18.9 billion (about $24.6 billion). (Source: Oil Price, Renewable UK, SSE, Iran Financial Tribune, 22 July, 2018) Contact: SSE Plc, https://sse.co.uk; RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7901 1300, info@renewableuk.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  SSE,  RenewableUK,  

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