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Port of Esbjerg: Exciting perspectives ahead for the North Sea

Speaking during the Port of Esbjerg’s annual meeting, Chairman of the Board Flemming N. Enevoldsen, informed that the wind business is flourishing. If Denmark succeeds in seizing the opportunity, the wind hub of the North Sea may prove to be the green equivalent of the Norwegian oil adventure, CEO of Energinet, Thomas Egebo, noted. In addition, more Ro-Ro cargo and more ship calls mean that the Port has delivered a satisfactory profit for 2018.

Shell ships first condensate cargo from Prelude FLNG

Royal Dutch Shell announced on March 18 that it shipped the first condensate cargo from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off northwestern Australia. The 116,000dwt tanker Advantage Atom arrived at Prelude from Singapore on March 20.

New project eyes creation of a gigawatt electrolysis plant

A consortium of Dutch companies, universities and knowledge institutions have teamed up on the ‘Gigawatt Electrolysis Factory’ project, recently kicked-off at the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, aiming to investigate what it takes to build a gigawatt-sized electrolysis plant in the Netherlands around 2025-2030. 

Lessons learned: Winch wire snagged and released suddenly

IMCA informed of a near-miss incident during drilling operations on a land-based drilling rig, when the thimble within the hard eye of the winch wire momentarily caught (snagged) on the edge of the drill rig chassis. It then released in an uncontrolled manner very close to the driller.  

Offshore energy firms commit to create new career opportunities in UK

Offshore energy firms Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, ScottishPower Renewables, and Vattenfall have joined forces with the University of East Anglia, Nautilus Associates and UK charity The Bridge Trust to create new career opportunities for young people in the East of England.

North Sea output to decrease due to Ekofisk maintenance

Rystad Energy forecasts that oil production in the North Sea will decrease by 330.000 bpd month-on-month in June as Ekofisk shuts down for planned work. It is expected that the production will remain stable through April 2019, prior to dropping 80.000 bpd in May, Milan Rudel, analyst with Rystad Energy’s Oil Markets team reports.

Partnership on 700MW offshore wind project in Japan

Japanese Utility Tohoku Electric Power (TEP) has invested in the Akita Yurihonjo offshore wind project in Japan. The project is scheduled to have a power generating capacity of approximately 700MW, making it one of the largest offshore wind farms in Japan. The leader of the offshore project is Renova.

Gazprom’s TurkStream project is complete

The entire pipeline system for Gazprom’s TurkStream project in the Black Sea has been completed following connections between TurkStream offshore section and landfalls. TurkStream is a project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.

Danish gov grants new LORC turbine testing facilities

The Danish government has allocated DKK 50 million, 6.7 million euros, for new wind turbine testing facilities at the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center (LORC). Overall, the facilities will cost DKK 300 million. The grant given is the largest ever to be awarded for the Danish wind turbine industry, whereas the 600-800t nacelles set to be tested are also the country’s largest to date.

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