Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Dogger Bank News

GE's Haliade-X Produces First Power

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GE Renewable Energy has generated first power from its 12MW Haliade-X prototype - the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine - located at Maasvlakte, the Port of Rotterdam.According to GE, local teams will now proceed with the testing phase, during which different types of measurements will be performed to obtain a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020.John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “This first kWh is a critical achievement for our whole team, bringing to fruition our vision and all the hard work put in place.

ABB to Connect World’s Largest OWF

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Swiss technology company ABB ABB has won a big contract to connect the world’s largest offshore wind farm (OWF) to Britain’s electricity grid.ABB has been selected by energy companies SSE Renewables of the UK and Equinor of Norway to supply its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter systems to connect wind farms in the Dogger Bank region of the North Sea to the UK transmission network.In the first ever use of the HVDC technology in the UK’s offshore wind market, ABB will supply technology with one of the smallest environmental footprints…

Equinor Q3 Profit Drops, Hit by Lower Prices

Eldar Sætre, President and CEO  Photo: Equinor ASA

Norway's state-backed energy company Equinor third-quarter profit fell by more than expected on account of the significant decline in the volume and price of natural gas sold to Europe.Adjusted earnings before interest and tax were down 46 per cent year-on-year to $2.59bn, from $4.8bn, missing consensus forecasts of $2.69bn.“We maintain strong cost and capital discipline, but our results are impacted by lower commodity prices in the quarter. In addition, we have decided to use our flexibility to defer gas production to periods with higher expected prices.

Equinor to be ‘Offshore Wind Major’

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The multi-billion capital investment by Equinor at its new Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm will see it rival its major oil and gas projects, according to Rystad Energy."The offshore wind project Dogger Bank in the UK North Sea will not only be Equinor’s largest project through 2026, it will also rank as the sixth largest offshore development project in the world during this period," said the energy research firm.UK authorities announced on Friday that Equinor and joint venture partner SSE have been chosen to develop the world’s largest offshore wind farm…

Equinor, SSE Win Contract for Largest Offshore Wind Project

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Equinor and Britain's SSE have won a tender to build three wind farms off Britain, which the Norwegian firm said together will form the world's largest such development.Like other European oil firms, Equinor is developing its renewables business and is focused on offshore wind given its experience as an offshore oil platform operator."The successful bids for the world’s largest offshore wind development represent a game-changer for our offshore wind business and support the development of Equinor as a broad energy company…

Equinor Q1 Beats Forecast

The Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea is on track to start production in November (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor)

Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor reported on Friday a small fall in quarterly operating profit, beating forecasts, and said its giant Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea remains on track to start production in November.Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), adjusted for one-off items, fell to $4.2 billion in the first quarter from $4.4 billion during the same period of 2018, higher than a forecast of $3.9 billion in a Reuters poll of analysts.The company, which has a smaller refining business than rivals, fared slightly better than BP, Exxon Mobil , and Chevron which saw sharp declines in profits partly due to lower refining margins.Equin

UKCS Still Worth Investment Despite Brexit -Equinor

(Photo: Jamie Baikie / Equinor)

Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor will remain committed to the mature British continental shelf regardless of the country's plans to leave the European Union, a senior executive told Reuters.British Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly decided on Monday to pull a parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal, thrusting U.K.'s divorce from the EU into chaos, with possible options including a disorderly Brexit with no deal."We are putting more investments into the U.K. despite Brexit, the perception of North Sea as being very mature and dying and oil price gyrations…

Equinor Bets on Offshore Wind

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Norway's Equinor is focusing its green efforts on offshore wind, a goal it is already on its way to achieve, but some investors are concerned about the impact this shift will have on the company's bottom line.European oil and gas companies are diversifying their portfolio to include less-emitting sources of energy as a result of the Paris 2015 agreement, which outlines a shift from fossil fuels this century.Equinor, formerly Statoil, is betting on offshore wind, leveraging its expertise in operating offshore platforms and its ability to scale up small projects into industrial ones.Last year Equinor opened the first floating offshore wind farm…

Statoil Eyes Britain's 2019 Renewable Subsidy Auction for Dogger Bank

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Statoil is working with its partner SSE to develop the Dogger Bank offshore wind project so it can take part in Britain's renewable energy subsidy auction in 2019, the company said on Friday.The planned 4.8 gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank project, which has approval from the British authorities, is set to become the world's largest offshore wind park and could deliver more than five percent of Britain's electricity needs, Statoil Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff said in London.Britain has replaced direct subsidies with a contracts-for-difference (CfD) system.

Dogger Bank Ownership Structure Announced

SSE and Statoil will take three of the 1.2 GW Dogger Bank projects while innogy will have one 1.2GW project. (Photo: Forewind)

The ownership arrangements for the four consented Dogger Bank offshore wind projects have been agreed and signed by the three Forewind shareholders, innogy, SSE and Statoil. Offshore wind consortium Forewind was awarded consents for 4.8 gigawatt (GW) of offshore wind development at Dogger Bank in the North Sea in 2015. The consents comprised four individual 1.2GW projects. SSE and Statoil together will each own 50 percent of the three projects: Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B and Dogger Bank Teesside A. The remaining project, Dogger Bank Teesside B will be owned 100 percent by innogy.

Energy Island: Europeans Mull North Sea Hub

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A plan set in motion by three European transmission system operators (TSO) aims to develop mammoth offshore wind farm infrastructure in the North Sea supported by at least one manmade island. First unveiled in June 2016, plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub project will now press ahead to develop a large offshore renewable European electricity system following the signing of a trilateral agreement by TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) in Brussels on March 23, 2017. Central…

Statkraft Eyes Distressed Assets After Offshore Wind Exit This Year

* Says still sees high interest for renewable energy in California and other state of the U.S. and willingness to continue putting up investment schemes, despite lack of clarify from the new U.S.

Statoil increases Share in UK Offshore Wind

Sheringham Shoal is located off the coast of Norfolk.(Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Statoil and Statkraft have signed a letter of intent that Statoil takes over as operator of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm from January 2017. Statoil will also through this deal increase its share in the Dogger Bank projects. Sheringham Shoal is one of the world’s 10 largest producing offshore wind farms providing renewable energy to up to 220 000 UK homes. Located off the coast of Norfolk, it has been in operation since 2012 and has a capacity of 317 MW. “Taking over the operatorship for Sheringham Shoal represents a milestone for Statoil, as our first operatorship during commercial operations.

Statkraft Eyes Domestic Wind Investments

Norway's Statkraft is still considering investing in a 1,000-megawatt (MW) onshore wind power development at home despite scaling back its international ambitions to pay a full dividend, its chief executive said. Statkraft confirmed on Thursday it will not longer invest in offshore wind power projects, a decision that affects its planned participation in the Triton Knoll and Dogger Bank projects off Britain. The state-owned utility said it had to cancel investments because the government required it to pay a full dividend, revising a previous decision to allow Statkraft to retain 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($588 million) during 2016-2018.

Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway. Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017.

Forewind Scales Back World's Largest Offshore Wind Project Plans

Forewind has scaled back by a third plans to build wind farms at Dogger Bank in Britain's North Sea, which could nevertheless become the world's largest wind project, it said on Friday. Forewind -- a consortium of energy companies RWE Innogy UK, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil -- gave no specific reason for the decision. It had secured licenses from Britain's Crown Estate to build six projects at the Dogger Bank offshore zone of 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity each. The government has given consent for farms to be built at four of the sites but Forewind said on Friday it would not seek consent for the fifth and six.

Dogger Bank Wind Development Consents Total 4.8GW

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Today’s planning approval for offshore wind energy at Dogger Bank takes the total of consented projects in the North Sea zone to 4.8 gigawatts (GW), almost equal to all the offshore wind capacity now in operation in the U.K. The consented development, Dogger Bank Teesside A&B is part of the Dogger Bank Zone, the largest of the Round 3 zones and the farthest from shore, but also one of the shallowest, with high wind speeds and seabed conditions ideally suited to offshore wind development. The consent is offshore wind consortium Forewind’s second approval following that of Dogger Bank Creyke Beck in February.

Renewables Consulting Group Adds 2 Execs

Dr. Lee Clarke (left) and Sebastian Chivers (right). (Photo: RCG)

Two executives from the renewables industry have been appointed by The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) to oversee the firm’s day-to-day business, develop its global growth strategy and direct short- and long-term planning for the company. Sebastian Chivers has taken up the role of chief executive officer, and Dr. Lee Clarke as chief operating officer. The duo brings deep industry expertise, particularly in the areas of strategy and management, and together will spearhead the delivery of new, top-tier and cost-effective solutions for the consultancy’s clients, the group said.

Offshore Wind Zone Core Samples Donated to Science

Core samples from Dogger Bank will be donated to the National Geological Repository

The wider scientific community is set to benefit from offshore wind developer Forewind’s years of surveys and research, as the organization donates all the core samples collected on Dogger Bank to a national science facility Monday, June 8, 2015. The core samples, cylindrical soil sections extracted from the seabed, will be entrusted to the National Geological Repository (NGR), located at the British Geological Survey headquarters in Nottinghamshire, for use by anyone with an interest, from consultants and contractors to academics and students researching within a wide range of earth sciences.

Britain Approves World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Britain's energy ministry has approved the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck offshore wind project, the world's biggest offshore wind park, it said in a statement on Tuesday. It gave no further details. The wind project, located in the British sector of the North Sea, is being led by Forewind - a consortium comprising SSE , RWE, Statkraft and Statoil . It will comprise up to 400 turbines totalling 2400 megawatts (MW) in capacity, enough electricity for almost 2 million homes. A decision on Forewind's second application, for Dogger Bank Teesside A and B, is expected in August this year.