Friday, December 13, 2019

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Wison Begins Arctic LNG 2 Project

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Wison Offshore & Marine (WOM), the upstream oil and gas division of Chinese conglomerate Wison Group Holding, announced the fabrication of Arctic LNG 2 Project (ALNG2 Project) commenced in Zhoushan Yard.The module fabrication contract was awarded by Technip France S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TechnipFMC.Novatek, client of ALNG2 project, is the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia. ALNG2 project comprises three LNG trains at 6.6 million tons per annum each.

Prysmian Wins Equinor's Empire Wind Gig

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Norwegian energy company Equinor has contracted Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian to supply the submarine inter-array cable system for the 816-MW Empire Wind project off the coast of New York.Prysmian will provide the 66kV insulated array cables and ancillaries that will transmit power from the wind turbines which will have a capacity in the range of 10-15MW.The cable system will undergo continuous…

Total Criticizes EIB's Decision Not to Finance Gas

With a plateau production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), Culzean will account for around 5% of the UK’s gas consumption (Photo: Total)

Total criticized on Thursday the European Investment Bank's decision to stop financing all fossil fuel projects including gas, saying companies that might switch to gas-fired power plants from heavy-polluting coal could now reconsider."I think it is a poor decision by the European Investment Bank (EIB) not to finance any new gas project.

France Plans 1 GW Offshore Wind Farm

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France wants to construct a wind farm off the coast of Normandy as the nuclear-dependent nation moves to expand power generation from renewable sources, the energy ministry said on Monday.The planned 1-gigawatt (GW) wind farm could have up to 80 wind turbines of around 12 megawatts each, in an area where wind conditions and the seabed are very favorable for offshore wind power at a competitive price…

North Sea Countries to Boost Offshore Wind

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Energy Ministers from North Seas countries met yesterday (December 04) in Brussels and agreed their 2020 Work Program on offshore wind deployment as a means of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.The 10 North Seas Energy Cooperation countries – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK – agreed at their Ministerial meeting in Esbjerg in June 2019 to broaden the scope of their cooperation.

SGRE's 1,000th Offshore Wind Turbine Up

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Spanish-based manufacturer of wind turbines Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has reached a milestone with the installation of its 1000th offshore direct drive wind turbine as it embarks on the 10MW-plus era.The company reached the milestone by recently installing turbine 51 on Iberdrola's 714MW East Anglia One project off the UK – eight years after predecessor Siemens Wind installed its first direct drive machine at sea.Since being launched in 2011…

Netherlands-Denmark HVDC Test Successful

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Cable supplier Prysmian completes final high-voltage direct current (HVDC) test for 700MW submarine interconnector CobraCable line between Denmark and the Netherlands.The announcement takes place during the COBRAcable link’s official inauguration event, simultaneously held in Eemshaven (NL) and Endrup (DK), in the presence of representatives from the Dutch and Danish ministries, confirming the…

Ideol, Taisei Sign Floating Wind Deal in Japan

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French floating foundations specialist Ideol and Taisei Corp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint development and promotion of concrete foundations for floating offshore wind in Japan using Ideol’s Damping Pool technology.Ideol is a player in floating offshore wind with precommercial- and commercial-scale projects under development globally and with operating units in France…

Shell to Buy French Wind Farm Firm

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Royal Dutch Shell is buying French renewable power company EOLFI as part of its plans to ramp up the oil major's electricity business.EOLFI has largely focused on solar and wind projects, including offshore wind farms.

Mayflower Joins Connecticut Offshore Bids

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Mayflower Wind has submitted bids to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in response to Connecticut's Request for Proposals.Mayflower is a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC. It has submitted two proposals with the state, for an 800MW development and a 400 MW development.“Governor Lamont has outlined a vision for moving Connecticut toward a clean energy future…

Hempel Promotes Wiese

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Martin Wiese has been appointed to lead the protective and industrial business areas for worldwide coatings manufacturer Hempel. These two business segments, which deliver around half of Hempel’s total turnover, cover oil and gas, wind power, infrastructure and thermal power.Wiese, who took the role as of October 1, has 20 years of experience in the coatings industry. He has held commercial positions with a global perspective based out of Denmark, France, The Netherlands and the UAE.

UK to Account for 35% Offshore Wind in Europe

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The UK will account for 35% of the growth in offshore wind over the next five years, followed by the Netherlands and Germany, said , according to WindEurope’s new ‘Wind Energy Outlook to 2023’.In the next five years 22 GW of wind energy capacity will reach the end of its normal operational life (20 years). Most of this will get a lifetime extension. Around 2 GW will be repowered.And another 2 GW will be fully decommissioned.

Jutal Offshore Wins Contracts Worth $490m

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Chinese oil and gas techincal services company Jutal Offshore Oil Services has announced that the company has obtained a slew of new contracts with total value of RMB3.5bn ($490mln).The number of new contracts include large-scale core modules construction of Arctic LNG 2 natural gas project, wind turbine jacket construction, and other offshore engineering and services said the company engaged in…

Eni CEO: No Future for Firms Working in Just O&G

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi (File photo: Eni)

There is no future for companies that work only in oil and gas in the medium- to long-term, the head of Italian major Eni said on Friday."Diversification into renewable energy and the circular economy is crucial," Claudio Descalzi told financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore in an interview.Asked about interest in Eni from France's Total, Descalzi said he did not know if the French major or other companies were interested in the company."For sure, nobody will be able to touch us without the green li

Petrobras Posts Highest-ever Quarterly Profit

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Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA posted its highest ever quarterly profit on Thursday and handily beat analysts' estimates, thanks in large part to billions of reais in asset sales.In a securities filing, Petrobras, as the firm is commonly known, said second quarter net profit came to 18.87 billion reais ($4.92 billion). That was well above the Refinitiv consensus estimate of 8.06 billion reais at current exchange rates.Adjusted for non-recurring items…

Saipem Joins JV for Arctic LNG2 Project

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Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem reached a deal on Friday to participate in a joint engineering venture for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the west of Siberia.The subsidiary of Eni said in a press release that it has has reached an agreement with Technip France SA and NIPIgaspererabotka to participate in the Joint Venture for the realization of the Arctic LNG2 project.The project has been awarded by Arctic LNG2…

Shore Power Market to Reach $2.7Bln by 2024

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The global shore power market is estimated to be valued at USD 1.4 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 2.7 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 13.3% during the forecast period.Reduction of low-frequency noise and emissions at ports, a growing number of cruise liners in the shipping industry, and installation of retrofit shore power systems have increased the demand for a shore power system…

How to Determine Which Countries Have the Best Energy Policies

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Which countries have the best energy policies? This is an interesting, and rather obvious, question, considering that every country’s energy practices impact the world in one way or another. But it’s one you don’t often hear asked.That is probably because it’s hard to compare countries in any sensible and fair way, given the differences in population, size, economy and resources.Still, the world needs to know who does it best.

Vallourec Tallies $900 Mln ADNOC Contract

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France-based Vallourec said it has been awarded a contract by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for the supply of tubing and casing, over a five year period, with a possible two-year extension, for an amount of $900 million.The award, which Vallourec said is one of the largest it has received to date, covers a full range of products, from standard API to high end premium OCTG for both onshore and offshore oilfields, and conventional to complex wells.

Europe Installs 1.9 GW Offshore Wind Capacity in H1

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Europe added 1.9 GW of new offshore wind was installed in the first half of 2019, up from the 1.1 GW added in the same period in 2018, according to figures released by WindEurope.The UK (931 MW), Denmark (374 MW), Belgium (370 MW) and Germany (252 MW) accounted for these installations. This includes Hornsea 1 in the UK which, when completed, will be the world’s largest wind farm with 1.2 GW.In the first half of 2019 Europe invested €8.8bn in the construction of future wind farms…