The project called ‘Ready 4 Offshore Wind’, which is led by the US Business Network for Offshore wind, was selected to receive a part of a USD 1.6 million funding from the Rhode Island government. The project will create many job opportunities for local businesses, as it will be able to enter the offshore wind industry through training and business services.
Lebanon’s Council of Ministers gave the green light on the launch of the Second Offshore Licensing Round on April 4. The Council has invited companies to issue their bids for the available acreage. According to Petroleum-Geo Services, a Norwegian seismic company, the interested parties are to submit their applications for Blocks 1, 2, 5, 8 and 10 before the 31st January 2020.
The Australian Government approved a deed of licence, allowing Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) to undertake resource exploration for the Star of the South, the country’s first offshore wind farm. This licence allows OEPL to conduct activities to assess wind resources and seabed conditions, in order to understand if an offshore farm is technically feasible.
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.
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 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.
Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean GreatWhite is voyaging to the North Sea to work for Siccar Point, leaving Scotland’s Kishorn Port. Kishorn Port revealed it had won a contract to prepare the world’s largest semi-submersible rig for its new contract off Shetland with Siccar Point in December 2018.
Beleolico Srl, part of the Toto Group, reached a final investment decision on the 30MW Beleolico wind farm in the Italian Mediterranean. Located in front of Taranto harbour in the Apulia region, Southern Italy, in water depths of 4 to 18 metres, the Beleolico wind farm will feature ten Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines.
Somalia is to give offshore blocks to oil companies that are interested, as part of its first offshore licensing round. However, due to maritime territorial dispute between Somalia and Kenya its offshore oil production goals could be risked. Thus, Reuters reported that Kenya ordered its ambassador back home from Somalia, after the Mogadishu government’s decision to auction oil and gas exploration blocks in the Indian Ocean.
Neptune Energy was presented with an oil exploration license in the North West El Amal Offshore Concession in Egypt by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation. The concession covers 365 square kilometres and is placed in the central part of Gulf of Suez. The block is 42 kilometres far from Ras Gharib and 105 kilometers north to Hurghada.
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