Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scotland News

Equinor Installs World’s First Battery for Offshore Wind

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With Batwind in operation, it will for the first time be possible to store energy produced from an offshore wind farm.The battery storage solution was presented in Peterhead, Scotland today by Batwind partners Equinor and Masdar. Electricity produced at the world’s first floating offshore wind farm Hywind Scotland, located 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, will be transported via cables to an onshore substation where the 1 MW batteries are placed and connected to the grid.

Norway Wants to Build Floating Wind Farms

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Norway's energy minister will meet with companies on Wednesday to discuss the potential construction of offshore floating wind farms, he told Reuters on Friday.The meeting is the first concrete step to spur development of offshore floating power generation, after the government said last December it would seek to accommodate such plans."Wednesday next week I will have a meeting with different stakeholders in offshore wind and discuss both the opening process and the regulatory framework…

Scottish Government Wins Fracking Case Against Ineos

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Scotland's highest court has ruled in favor of a government ban on fracking which had been challenged by energy giant Ineos, the Scottish government said on Tuesday."This decision vindicates the extensive process of research and consultation which the Scottish government has undertaken since 2015," Scottish business minister Paul Wheelhouse said in a statement. "Our preferred position is not to support unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland (fracking), and that…

PLAT-I: Renewable Energy for Canada

PLAT-I and the 15m Meercat workboat “Venetia” prior to disconnection from the mooring system during the demobilisation operation. Photo: ©SCHOTTEL HYDRO

Sustainable Marine Energy is preparing to ship the PLAT-I tidal energy platform from Connel in Western Scotland to Grand Passage in Nova Scotia. Sustainable Marine Energy’s (SME) PLAT-I tidal energy platform hosting four SCHOTTEL HYDRO SIT 250 turbines has  completed the first phase of its testing program at Connel, on the West coast of Scotland. The Company is now preparing to ship the platform to Nova Scotia and install it for a second phase of testing. Having proven the installation…

SSE to Enter Seagreen Scottish Offshore Wind Project into Subsidy Auction

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British utility SSE plans to enter its Seagreen wind project that lies off the coast of Scotland into Britain's auction for renewable subsidies next year, it said on Wednesday.* Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, developing the project, is a 50/50 joint venture between SSE and Fluor Limited, the British operating arm of Fluor Corporation.* The project initially received planning consent in 2014.* "Since 2014, offshore wind technology has advanced significantly with larger and more efficient turbines able to generate additional power," SSE said.* The cost of producing electricity from wind

Britain Launches North Sea Frontier Oil, Gas Licensing Round

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Britain's Oil and Gas Authority on Tuesday launched a licensing round for 1,766 offshore oil and gas blocks in the North Sea to attract investment in under-explored areas of the mature basin which is enjoying a revival of investor interest.The blocks cover an area of 370,000 square kilometres (142,858 square miles) West of Scotland, the East Shetland Platform, the Mid North Sea High, South West Britain and parts of the English Channel, the OGA said."The OGA is opening up large areas of acreage to industry that offer the opportunity for high-impact exploration growth…

Double Bibby Win for MDL

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Maritime Developments (MDL) has won a flex lay project with Bibby Offshore just after completing an umbilical installation with the EPIC contractor.The recently concluded project in a North Sea gas field used the MDL RDS-400, a 400-mertic-ton reel drive system, operated by MDL offshore personnel and supported by the company’s 3mradius departure chute.

RBS to Cease Financing of 'high-carbon energy' projects

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Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland said on Tuesday it had tightened restrictions on project finance and general lending for high-carbon energy projects and companies, joining other banks like HSBC in shoring up its climate policies. RBS said it would no longer directly finance new coal-fired power stations or thermal coal mines, oil sands or Arctic oil projects and unsustainable vegetation or peatland clearance projects. It also said it would no longer lend money to mining…

MagnaDense Aggregate Keeps Hywind Wind Turbines Floating Upright

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LKAB Minerals supplied high density MagnaDense for Hywind Scotland, the first commercial floating wind park. The design concept is based on a floating spar-type platform which is anchored to the seabed. The floating spar’s turbine is much taller than the hull and has a moving rotor that harnesses the strong offshore winds in the North Sea. The waves, currents and winds are strong external forces and keeping the very heavy and tall floating wind turbines upright in open sea is a big challenge. A lot of weight is needed to achieve a low center of gravity in the structure.

North Sea Forties Crude Sailings Resume

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Loadings of Forties crude at Hound Point terminal in Scotland have resumed, a spokesman for Ineos, operator of the Forties pipeline, said on Friday.   "At the moment, sailings from Hound Point have re-commenced," spokesman Richard Longden said, adding that a vessel had sailed on Thursday.   Ineos had said on Thursday that loading was temporarily postponed due to adverse weather conditions.   Forties is one of five North Sea crudes which underpin the Brent benchmark.   Reporting by Alex Lawler

Statoil to Rebrand as Equinor

Dudgeon offshore wind farm (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Rebranding would cost up to $32.5 mln but firm plans to ramp up renewables investment. Norway's Statoil plans to change its name to Equinor, reflecting its commitment to become a broad energy company rather than one focused only on oil, it said on Thursday. In a video posted on social media, Statoil presented the switch as a way to show its determination to develop investments in renewable energy. Reactions by various social media users were mixed. "Equinor sounds like a princess on a horse in Game of Thrones," one Twitter user said.

Endeavour Energy Kicks Off North Sea Assets Sale

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Endeavour Energy UK has launched the sale of its North Sea oil and gas assets at an ambitious price target of $500 million, according to two industry sources and a document seen by Reuters. The sale is part of group asset sales after Endeavour's U.S. parent company filed for bankruptcy in 2014. The UK company and its administrators have hired audit firm Deloitte as their corporate finance advisor on the sale, dubbed "Project Arrow", the document showed. Information documents for the portfolio…

Decom North Sea Sheds Light on Supply Chain Capability

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Decom North Sea has published aDecom Directory in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and the Oil & Gas Authority, which provides details of companies which have the capability to service the UK/UKCS decommissioning sector. Supported by EEEGR, FPAL, EIC, FEDF and NOF, the directory captures the capabilities of almost 300 supply chain companies which can service the UK/UKCS across17 newly-defined supply chain activities within a decommissioning work break down structure (WBS); from planning stages through to site remediation and long-term monitoring.

SPE Aberdeen awards student bursaries

Left to right Pavel Solovjov, Caitlin Gilmore, Onyegiri Ikechukwu, recipients of the top bursaries. Picture by Michal Wachucik  Abermedia SPE Bursaries 058 PhotoMichal Wachucik/ SPE

Students at universities around Scotland have received a financial boost from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section as part of its 2018 bursary program. Each year, the bursaries are open to students studying oil and gas related subjects from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, the University of Dundee, Heriot Watt University and the University of Strathclyde. More than 65 students, from undergraduate to PhD levels, applied for this year’s programme, with 20 awarded funding.

Xodus Strengthens APAC Team

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Xodus Group’s Perth office has won more than A$3.5 million (£2million) in new contracts over the last six months. Xodus’ Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has had significant success in the growth of its decommissioning business, both in Australia and South-East Asia, where the company has established relationships with several key players. The company has also enhanced its digital production optimization and monitoring tools. With the success, Xodus has increased its workforce locally and appointed Simon Allison as operations director for the APAC region.

BP, Tesla to Venture Into Battery Storage for Windfarm

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BP has teamed up with Tesla to build its first battery storage project at one of its U.S. windfarms as part of a strategy to expand its renewable energy business, the energy group said on Tuesday. Tesla will supply the 212 megawatt (MW)/840 megawatt hour battery at BP's Titan 1 windfarm in South Dakota in the second half of this year. It operates 12 other windfarms in the United States. Providing large-scale battery power to windfarms allows them to store energy when wind is ample and make electricity available when demand is high…

GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK

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U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the U.S. firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult signed a five-year agreement to test GE's Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine in Blyth, Northumberland. "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions…

Chrysaor, Baker Hughes Embark on North Sea Drilling Campaign

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North Sea oil and gas producer Chrysaor is embarking on a drilling campaign under a three-year partnership with oil services firm Baker Hughes using a Rowan Gorilla VII jack-up rig, Chrysaor said on Friday. Chrysaor is one of a group of private equity-backed North Sea oil and gas producers that have bought up assets from traditional producers such as Shell and OMV. Backed by Harbour Energy, an investment vehicle of EIG Global Energy Partners, Chrysaor has stakes in 10 fields and produces around 130…

France's EDF Buys Scottish Offshore Wind Project

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France's EDF has bought a 450 megawatt (MW) wind farm project off the coast of Scotland from Mainstream Renewable Power, the companies said on Thursday.The Neart na Gaoithe project, expected to start generating power in 2023, is estimated to cost about 1.8 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) to build, and will be capable of providing enough electricity to power around 375,000 homes a year."This is evidence of our continuing investment and growth in Scotland, where we are the largest generator of low carbon energy," said Simone Rossi, CEO of EDF's British arm EDF Energy.No financial details

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.

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