Thursday, February 27, 2020

Scotland News

Chrysaor Backs Mocean Subsea

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Mocean Energy, global wave energy player, has teamed up with energy major Chrysaor, subsea energy storage experts EC-OG and AUV specialist Modus in a project to look at using renewables for subsea power.The project, funded by the partners together with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), will look to use Mocean Energy’s Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG’s HALO subsea energy storage system to power subsea tiebacks or residential AUVs.If industry feedback is positive…

Simec: Tidal Power Hits Record at MeyGen

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The developer of renewable and sustainable energy projects, Simec Atlantis Energy, has hailed progress at its MeyGen project – announcing that its 2019 performance represents a record period of uninterrupted generation from a tidal turbine venture of its kind.The world’s largest operational tidal stream array  has now exported 24.7GWh of predictable renewable electricity to the national gridIn 2019 alone, MeyGen exported over 13.8GWh of predictable renewable electricity…

Tecade Ships Out First Moray East TP

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The first transition pieces manufactured by the Spanish steel fabrication company Tecade for the 950MW Moray East offshore wind project in Scotland have departed from the Port of Seville.The pieces are sent by sea from Seville to Navantia in Puerto Real, where the assembly with the upper part of the jacket will take place, said a press note from the metal heat treating service provider in Spain.In total there will be 20 TPs that once assembled, will finally be destined to Newcastle (UK) for the complete assembly of the structure.In this way…

EDF Begins Construction on 450 MW OWF

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French utility EDF Group announced that its subsidiary EDF Renewables has launched the construction of the Scottish Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project along with the new partners, the Irish electricity company Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which is taking a 50% stake in the project.The 450MW Neart na Gaoithe will consist of 54 turbines and will be located in the North Sea approximately 15 kilometers off the coast of Fife in south-east Scotland.When fully operational…

Tekmar Wins OWP in Taiwan from Seaway 7

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Tekmar Energy, a provider of protection systems for subsea cable, umbilical and flexible pipes and offshore engineering services, has secured an award in Taiwan from a repeat client Seaway 7 for wpd’s 640MW Yunlin project.The developer and manufacturer of sub-sea cable protection systems for the renewable energy industry said that under the contract, it will be supplying 150 of their patented CPSs (cable protection systems) which protect the subsea power cables as they transition from the offshore structures into burial.Russell Edmondson…

OES: Surge in Tidal Energy in 2020

Henry Jeffrey  (Photo: OES)

The last annual report issued by Ocean Energy Systems (OES) highlights significant international investment including $25m pledged by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support 12 ‘next-generation’ marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing $9.9 million in two wave energy machines next year.“In the last 12 months we have seen major progress with global tidal projects achieving extensive operating hours and wave technology progressing in large-scale laboratory and offshore test sites,” said OES chairman Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh.

SSEN Replaces Subsea Cables

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UK-based Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) continues to make good progress with its project to replace of one of the two subsea electricity distribution cables that connect Orkney, archipelago off the northeastern coast,  to mainland Scotland, with the completion of a marine survey of the proposed route.The marine survey was carried out by specialist contractor, Global, during September and October and was accompanied by a series of open-door events in…

Nexans Wins Seagreen OWF Gig

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French global player in the cable and optical fiber industry, Nexans said that it has received a contract from SSE Renewables, a renewable energy arm of Airtricity, for 1075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm (OWF) project.Nexans will be  the preferred supplier to design, manufacture and install the onshore and offshore export cables for the Phase 1 development of the Seagreen offshore wind farm project.Currently under construction off the Angus coast, Phase 1 comprises the Seagreen Alpha and Bravo wind farms…

SGRE Lands World’s Largest Floating OWF

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Spanish-based engineering company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that the world’s largest floating wind power plant will be installed in Norway, equipped with 11 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines.Scheduled to be commissioned in late 2022, Hywind Tampen will be the first ever floating wind power plant to power offshore oil and gas platforms.“We are pleased to have received the firm order from Equinor to be the supplier of this ground-breaking project. Thanks to our strong collaboration and joint focus on innovation…

Seafast Marine Names New RSV

(From left to right) Jos van Woerkum (Managing director, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld), Iain Beaton (Managing director, Caldive Limited), Mrs. Sandra Wilkie (Sponsor Lady) and Arjen van Elk (Sales manager United Kingdom & Ireland, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem). Photo: Damen

Seafast Marine has named its renewables service vessel (RSV) Isle of Jura at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in The Netherlands.Isle of Jura is a newbuild vessel, constructed at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, and is the second vessel built to a new Damen Renewables Service Vessel design.The RSV, according to Seafast Marine, is for use in the offshore and onshore wind industries. As a business based in Ross-shire in Scotland, Seafast Marine was happy to see it painted in the colors of the country’s Saint Andrew's flag.The Damen RSV 3315…

Ofgem Rejects 600MW Shetland Cable Gig

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Energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has been "unable to approve" plans for two huge subsea cables to take energy from the Scottish islands to the mainland.The transmission links from Shetland and the Western Isles were proposed by Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) to connect planned new wind farms on the islands to the national grid.In March 2019 Ofgem said it was minded to approve the estimated £709 million link.The proposal from SSEN for a 600MW transmission link was based on the largest planned project…

Global Energy Takes Over Nigg Oil Terminal

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Global Energy Group has reached an agreement with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK to take over the long-term operation of the Nigg Oil Terminal jetty under a new lease with Crown Estates Scotland.Since cessation of production from the Beatrice oil field, Repsol Sinopec has been exploring reuse options for the facilities at Nigg Oil Terminal, including the jetty.Under the agreed deal, the jetty will be operated as an extension to the Port of Nigg which has already established itself as a leading deep-water port servicing oil and gas…

Energy Recruiters Name Scotland Regional Manager

Zander Thornton (Photo: MDE Group)

Norway-headquartered MDE Group, a global provider of energy recruitment services, continues to implement its UK sector growth strategy, by announcing the appointment of its first regional manager in Scotland.The company is a familiar name in the North Sea, having sourced and mobilized around 500 personnel on two of the North Sea’s biggest hook up projects over the past 24 months. With those projects currently on-going, the company aims to consolidate its position in the…

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, and we believe our proposal can play a role in advancing that vision in an affordable manner…

Scotland Funds World's Most Powerful Tidal Turbine

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The Scottish Government announced that it has awarded engineering company Orbital Marine Power GBP3.4mln (USD 4.1million) in funding for its floating tidal turbine, which is the world’s most powerful.The Scottish engineering company is the first recipient of the Scottish Government’s GBP10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.The funding will be used to deliver the next generation O2 2MW Floating Tidal Energy Turbine, capable of powering more than 1,700 homes per…

Danska Commodities Inks PPA with Hywind Scotland

The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Statoil ASA)

Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland.Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm, was officially opened in October 2017. Norwegian oil and gas group Equinor owns 75%, while its partner the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, better known as Masdar, holds 25%. As the sole offtaker, Danske Commodities will take over balancing and trading of Hywind Scotland’s total volume of 30 MW.

BP Rig Arrives On Site Despite Protests

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A BP drilling rig reached its destination in the North Sea on Wednesday after 11 days of delays due to Greenpeace protests over climate change, the activist group said.The 40,000-metric-ton Paul Loyd JNR left Cromarty Firth, north of Inverness, Scotland last Friday, after being held for six days by activists who had climbed and camped out on one of its legs.Once at sea, the rig and its support vessels were forced to turn away three times after Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise…

Scotland to Power Ferries with Hydrogen

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Ferries serving the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland could soon be powered by hydrogen generated from onshore island wind power, according to a newly published feasibility study.The Scottish Western Isles Ferry Transport Using Hydrogen (SWIFTH2) project, which was led by the Point and Sandwick Trust in collaboration with seven industry partners including Wood, was part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.The project team also included Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy…

Total CEO: Britain Must Stick by Brexit Mistake

Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne speaks at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen (Photo: Eric Haun

The chief executive of French oil major Total believes that Britain should stick by its decision to leave the European Union even though he thinks it is a fundamental mistake that could be a real issue for the UK economy"It's a choice. It's democracy, we have to respect it. (But) I think it's a fundamental mistake," Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne told an industry conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Tuesday."Everything that is an export activity will face taxation.

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

If we are going to store large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in depleted oil and gas reservoirs beneath the seabed we need to be sure that, in the unlikely event of a leak, we can detect it. A research expedition, carrying a world-first experiment designed to develop methods for the detection and monitoring of leaks, has just returned from the North Sea; it has been declared a great success.Climate change, driven by increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere, is now a well-established side-effect of human activities that is having profound effects on the Earth’s natural systems.