Mouthing off

first_img“If you want to enjoy good French bread, come to Taiwan!”Sacré Bleu! Taiwan’s ambassador to France hails his country’s victory over the heartland of the baguette at the international baking competition, The 2010 Master Bakers, held at the Europain show last month”There’s nothing that depresses me more than going into a library and being confronted by someone in authority who isn’t going to deliver the citizen-focused services I think should be on offer”culture minister Margaret Hodge, who has overseen a review of libraries, which proposes letting Starbucks into libraries reduces coffee culture to jargonlast_img read more

Danish energy giant makes a $580 million move into U.S. wind

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Digital:Danish energy company Ørsted has agreed to purchase US wind and solar company Lincoln Clean Energy for $580mn.Lincoln Clean Energy develops, owns and operates clean power projects which a specific focus on wind and solar. In particular, the company owns a range of onshore wind farms in the US, and currently has a capacity of 513MW within its portfolio. By 2022, total capacity on Lincoln wind farms will reach 1.5GW.Ørsted currently has a 25% global market share in offshore wind and is the leading energy supplier in the UK, with 5,800 employees globally. The firm started a journey to becoming an entirely ‘green’ energy company around 10 years ago.Since then, Ørsted says it has reduced its use of coal by 73% and halved its CO2 emissions. It is currently converting its Danish coal-fired power stations to sustainable biomass, and hopes to be coal free by 2023.Regarding the Lincoln Clean Energy purchase, Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen said: “The global market for onshore wind power is expected to grow significantly in the coming years and the US is a leading onshore wind market. The acquisition of Lincoln Clean Energy will provide a strong growth platform in the US, which is one of Ørsted’s strategic growth markets. It is an investment case with healthy economics based on prudent assumptions about key value drivers and market developments.”More: Ørsted to buy Lincoln Clean Energy for $580mn Danish energy giant makes a $580 million move into U.S. windlast_img read more

Aibel grabs a slice of the pie at Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 project

first_imgAibel noted that the construction of the P2 process platform will follow the same implementation model that Aibel has used for the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field. This means that the platform will consist of three modules, from which two – the upper process module (UPM) and converter module (HVDC) – will be built at the company’s yard in Haugesund. The third module – the main support frame (MSF) – will be built at Aibel’s yard in Thailand.Construction activities will start in the first quarter of 2019. Integration of the three modules is planned to start in the second quarter of 2021, and will take place at the yard in Haugesund. The finished platform deck, at around 23,000 tons, is scheduled for delivery to Statoil in the first half of 2022.An area-wide solution by 2022 for power from shore to the Utsira High area, is an integrated part of the phase 2 development where another power converter will be installed on the new processing platform.Statoil noted that the contracts are subject to Norwegian government approval of the plan for development and operation for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 due to be submitted in the second half of 2018. Norway’s Statoil has awarded Aibel a letter of intent for the construction of the processing platform topside for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea off Norway.The final contract is expected to be signed later this year and has an estimated value of NOK 8 billion ($1.02B), Aibel said on Thursday.Statoil also on Thursday awarded a letter of intent to a 50/50 joint venture between Aker Solutions and Kvaerner for modifications of the riser platform and the field center for the Johan Sverdrup development.Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is well underway with planned startup in late 2019. Production start for phase 2 is planned in 2022.CEO and President of Aibel, Mads Andersen, said: “The organization has gained substantial expertise from the delivery of the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform, which is currently undergoing completion at our yard in Haugesund. We are looking forward to continuing realization of the next phase of the Sverdrup field along with Statoil.”According to Statoil, the second Johan Sverdrup processing platform (P2) will extend production capacity on the field from 440,000 to 660,000 barrels of oil per day after startup in 2022.The contract includes engineering, procurement and fabrication (EPC) work, which starts immediately and will be headed up from Aibel’s office in Asker. Aibel’s engineering office in Thailand and the company’s own yards in Thailand and Haugesund will also be key to the delivery, which at its peak, will involve around 3,500 employees. Three moduleslast_img read more

Tipp hurlers will have more ‘belief’ this year

first_imgTipp FM’s live coverage of Dublin V Tipperary gets underway at 4.50pm on Saturday and will be brought to you in assocation with Donal Ryan Motor Group Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea. He thinks that having won All-Ireland and Munster titles in 2016 they should be confident about being in the mix to claim more trophies in the months to come.The Premier play their first competitive match of the season against Dublin in Division 1A of the Allianz National League on Saturday evening.Their boss says Tipp will have to improve on their performances last year to be in contention for the game’s big prizes.last_img read more