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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.

Dutch offshore grid connection open for feedback

TenneT along with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) invite the public to provide comments on the infrastructure for connecting the North of the Wadden Sea Islands offshore wind project to the grid. The deadline for submitting the comments is 18 April.

Norway proposes 90 new blocks for offshore exploration

Norway proposed to add 90 new blocks across the Norwegian Continental Shelf in mature areas, 48 of these being in the Barents Sea. The proposed areas concerning the extension, include areas that are close to planned and existing infrastructure, and which are well known after several years of exploration activity.

New method of installing monopiles of wind turbines tested

GBM Works and partners are conducting a pilot concerning a new method to install the monopiles on which wind turbines are installed in a sustainable and cost-efficient manner on the Maasvlakte, in Port of Rotterdam. The vibro-drill method is the foundation piles for wind turbines -monopiles- that are brought into the seabed by means of vibrating elements at the bottom of the pile. 

US Calcasieu Pass Project gets ‘green light’ for LNG exports

The US Department of Energy gave the green light on the export of the domestic LNG production from Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass LNG terminal being built in Louisiana. Thus, Venture will export more than 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas as LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S.

Freight volumes transferred to China increased

As data from the National Bureau of Statistics highlight, the overall freight volume transferred to China experienced an increase of 7.1% year-on-year to 51.5 million tonnes in 2018. According to the Bureau’s data, China’s freight throughput at some of its most crucial ports reached the 13.3 billion tonnes in 2018, experiencing an increase of 2.7%, in comparison to 2017.

Gas discovery at Glaucus-1 well, offshore Cyprus

ExxonMobil along with partner Qatar Petroleum completed their drilling operation of the second exploration well in the Block 10 offshore Cyprus and has made a gas discovery. The Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry said the well, named Glaucus-1, had been successfully completed.

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