Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Floatgen Output Doubles in H2 2019

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The 2 MW Floatgen floating wind turbine, the first wind turbine installed offshore France, more than doubled its power production in the second half of 2019 compared to the first semester, reaching an annual total of 6GWh.According to the developer Ideol, which installed floating foundation on the Sem-Rev test site (Atlantic Coast of France), the number was achieved because of a time availability…

Dunkirk Port Switches on Cold Ironing

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French container line CMA CGM announced that its ship APL Singapura has inaugurated the cold ironing facilities of the Terminal des Flandres in the Port of Dunkirk.By plugging into an onshore electricity supply (also known as "cold ironing"), container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled…

Workers at Port Jerome and Fos Refineries on Strike

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Workers at France's Port Jerome and Fos refineries, which are run by Exxon, have decided to go on strike, the CGT union wrote on a union blog page on Tuesday.Officials at Exxon in France could not be immediately reached for a comment.France's Prime Minister said earlier on Tuesday that the country was not at risk of a fuel shortage, despite the wave of protests against government plans to change the country's pensions system. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Louise Heavens)

Europe Dominates LNG Import Story in 2019

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Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) production jumped in 2019, triggering oversupply and low prices that are expected to persist in 2020. Initial full-year data from LNG Edge shows exports at 355 million tonnes in 2019, up from 314.9 million tonnes in 2018.This represents the largest ever increase in production.While East Asian, especially Chinese, demand increased in 2017 and 2018 to absorb additional production, there was little change this year.

Total Says Its French Refineries Are Operational

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French oil company Total said on Friday that its four French refineries - at Donges, Feyzin, Normandie-Gonfreville and Grandpuits - were functioning and producing output, even as a nationwide strike in the country shows no signs of abating.Last month, a spokesman for France's CGT trade union said the CGT's oil section was planning major protests from Jan. 7-10.(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alex Richardson)

Britain's Zero-carbon Power Outstrips Fossil Fuels in 2019

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Britain, the birthplace of coal power, produced more electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear than from fossil fuel plants for the first time in 2019, National Grid said on Wednesday.Having built the world's first coal-fired power plant in the 1880s, coal became Britain's dominant electricity source and a major economic driver for the next century. But last year Britain…

NLNG Okays Train 7

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total, and ENI on Friday signed the final investment decision (FID) to give the go-ahead for the construction of Train 7 of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) project.The new train is expected to boost output by 35% to 30 million tonnes per year, NLNG said in a statement, and will arrest a decline in Nigeria’s LNG output. NLNG operates six LNG processing units, known as trains, on Bonny Island.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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

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…

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.

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…

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.