Power Generation News, July 2017

The world’s first floating windfarm has taken to the seas. Two turbines were floated this week, increasing the number to five. Located in the deep waters of a fjord on the western coast of Norway ready to be tugged across the North Sea to their final destination off north-east Scotland.   The £200m Hywind project is unusual not just because of the pioneering technology involved, which uses a 78-metre-tall underwater ballast and three mooring lines that will be attached to the seabed to ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, May 2017

Oil has begun flowing from a North Sea field which is part of a wider project aimed at unlocking 100 million barrels of additional reserves. Operator Repsol Sinopec Resources UK said first oil had been achieved at the Shaw field, about 200km (124 miles) east of Aberdeen.   Shaw is part of the Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR). Repsol Sinopec said MAR could extend the life of a number of fields in the area to beyond 2030. The project has involved modifying and expanding ... Read more

Power Generation News, 2017

A new 600MW wind farm off the Dutch coast has come online, and will eventually provide power to 1.5 million people.   Situated 85km into the North Sea off the coast of Groningen, the Gemini wind park is one of the world’s largest.  Its 150 turbines cover 68 square kilometres, and provide an installed capacity of 600MW. According to Gemini, the location has some of the highest and most consistent wind speeds in the North Sea, averaging 36km/h.   ____________________     Batteries that have powered electric cars ... Read more

Power Generation News – April 2017

The UK has seen a huge growth in wind farm installations, with the cumulative offshore and onshore wind installed capacity in the UK in 2016 recorded at 12.1GW, according to Wind Europe’s Wind in Power: 2016 statistics report.   Because of a lack of energy storage, the UK electricity grid is unable to handle the large amounts of intermittent electricity created by renewable sources like wind farms during times of low energy demand. Too much or too little power can throw off the ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, March 2017

Ineos, the petrochemicals group, is in talks with BP to buy the Forties pipeline system, one of the most strategically important pieces of infrastructure in the North Sea.   The Forties network is made up of about 100 miles of pipeline and handles around 450,000 barrels of oil a day equivalent to 40 per cent of UK production —from 80 different oilfields.   A sale of the pipeline system would complete BP’s withdrawal from assets that once formed the heart of its operations after North ... Read more

Power Generation News, March 2017

A fourth phase of a wind farm straddling the boundary between the Borders and East Lothian is being considered. It would take the total number of turbines at Crystal Rig in the Lammermuir Hills to over 100. A briefing note on the latest proposal for a further 11 turbines has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council. Developers Fred Olsen Renewables said it was an “ideal location” to help meet renewable energy targets. When the original 25-turbine Crystal Rig development became operational in ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, February 2017

A new research and development facility has opened in Aberdeen to help breathe new life into the struggling North Sea oil industry. The Oil and Gas Technology Centre will partly fund the work while also acting as a bridge between small tech firms and the big oil producers. Oil supply company Mistras has been developing technology more commonly used to enable expectant mothers to see their babies. The ultrasound scanners, complete with cold jelly, are being used to detect corrosion in pipes. ... Read more

Power Generation News, February 2017

The Scottish government has approved plans to increase the size of a South Lanarkshire wind farm.  Hamilton-based Banks Renewables has received permission from the Scottish government’s Energy Consents & Deployment Unit (EDCU) for its Kype Muir Extension wind farm, south of Strathaven.   The 15 turbine, 51MW, expansion will increase the total capacity at Kype Muir to 139MW and turbine population to 41.   ____________________     Energy bills are set to rise for manufacturers in the face of a new government initiative, which promises reliable resources of ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, February 2017

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell $3.8bn (£2.46bn) worth of North Sea assets to oil exploration Firm Chrysaor as part of continuing cost-cutting measures. Shell is aiming to sell $30bn of assets by 2018 as seeks to reduce its debts following its takeover of BG Group.   The oil giant is also to sell its stake in a Thai gas field for $900m. Shell’s interests in Buzzard, Beryl, Bressay, Elain-Franklin, J-Block, the Greater Armada cluster, Everest, Lomond and Erskine – plus a ... Read more

Power Generation News, February 2017

Norwegian oil giant Statoil has taken on a strategic partner as it prepares to build the world's first floating wind farm off the east coast of Scotland.  It has agreed to sell 25% of its assets in Hywind Scotland Pilot Park to Abu Dhabi renewable energy group Masdar. Statoil said the 30MW wind farm, which will lie about 15 miles from Peterhead, could power 20,000 households. Under the transaction, Statoil and Masdar have agreed to share the development risk, with Masdar covering ... Read more
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