Equinor has installed the world’s first battery for offshore wind ‘Batwind’ at the first floating offshore wind farm Hywind Scotland. With Batwind in operation, it will be possible for the first time to store energy produced from an offshore wind farm. Electricity produced at Hywind Scotland will be transported via cables to an onshore substation where the batteries are placed and connected to the grid.
Eni announced an oil discovery in the Kalimba exploration prospect, in Angola’s deep offshore. The new discovery is estimated to contain between 230 and 300 million barrels of light oil in place. The well was drilled by the West Gemini drillship in a water depth of 458 meters and reached a total depth of 1901 meters.
BP Canada reported on June 22, an unauthorized discharge of synthetic based drilling mud (SBM) from the West Aquarius Drilling Unit. A preliminary estimate of the volume discharged is approximately 136 cubic metres. The discharge has been stopped and a remote operated vehicle will determine the source of the discharge.
Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea’s largest shipbuilder, will suspend work at its offshore facilities shipyard in August, amid lack of orders, according to an official announcement by the company’s President and CEO, Kang Hwan-goo. The offshore yard will not operate until orders come back.
The New York State Public Service Commission accepted the environmental review of policy options to implement a New York State offshore wind program. This decision was made under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of providing at least 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
The Elisa self-installing offshore wind turbine arrived at the Plocan site off Gran Canaria. The wind turbine is developed under the EU-funded Elican project. The building of the turbine started in January 2016 and will last until December 2018. The Elican project will design, build and certify the 5mw offshore wind turbine.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy funded a project for the development of a a fully automated airborne wind energy system. SkySails Power, EnBW, EWE OSS and Leibniz University Hannover are taking part in the project, and they will develop and test the pilot system called ‘SkyPower100’.
PSA Norway granted Equinor consent for exploration drilling of a well in the Barents Sea. The well will be drilled in order to investigate a prospect called “Intrepid Eagle” which is around 172 kilometres south-east of Bjørnøya. Drilling on the field is planned to start in mid-August 2018, and will probably last 28 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
The Scottish Government has allocated up to £2 million of funding to promote innovation in the offshore wind sector and reduce development costs. Under this funding, grants have been given to Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Energy Skills Partnership.
RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, released the “Your Career In Offshore Wind”. The guide describes how the industry has grew in the last two decades, and presents the ways that an offshore wind farm is built, identifying all its parts, from turbine components to cabling and onshore electricity substations.
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