Indian wind energy solutions provider Inox Wind has won contracts from several customers for the supply and installation of 350MW wind turbine generators.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given the go-ahead to the construction of a new wind farm in Colorado, US.
Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power México is investing $120M in the construction of a wind farm in Mexico.
Enel renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB) has begun construction on the Morro do Chapéu Sul wind farm cluster in Bahia, Brazil.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Lekela Power have signed an agreement for the development, construction and operation of a 158MW wind farm in Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal.
TenneT, Statnett and KfW have begun work on the German converter station for the NordLink subsea cable project.
Online retailer Amazon has unveiled plans for the construction of a new 253MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas.
BMT Group’s subsidiary BMT Fluid Mechanics has been awarded a contract by Aurecon to serve as the wind engineering consultant for The Tower project at Dubai Creek Harbour.
Aecom has been selected by Ratch Australia as the owner’s engineer for the AUD360M ($270M) Mount Emerald Wind Farm in North Queensland, Australia.
Spanish-based companies Navantia and Windar have won a €120M contract from Iberdrola to supply the foundations for the East Anglia One wind turbines off the coast of the UK.Navantia will produce 34 jackets at its shipyard in Fene, while Windar will forge the jacket piles at its facilities in Avilés.The project — to have an installed capacity of 714MW — is being developed off the coast of East Anglia, UK, in the North Sea.The power generated by the wind farm will be sufficient to supply clean energy to more than 500,000 average UK homes. Iberdrola’s chairman Ignacio Galán said: “Thanks to the quality of the works carried out for our offshore wind farm in Germany and the know-how and expertise acquired in the fabrication of metal structures — both at Fene and Puerto Real yards — we are pleased to announce yet another contract award to Navantia, this time for the East Anglia One offshore wind project being developed by Iberdrola in British waters of the North Sea.”The East Anglia One wind farm will be commissioned in 2020.
A consortium of Balfour Beatty and Equitix has achieved financial closure for the £162.9M Humber Gateway offshore transmission project (OFTO), located off the coast of Yorkshire, UK.Balfour Beatty will invest £12.5M of the total required equity of £21M.The transmission line connects E.ON’s 219MW offshore wind farm in the North Sea, 8km off the east Yorkshire coast, to the onshore transmission grid.The wind farm includes 73 turbines, which are capable of generating enough electricity for about 170,000 homes annually.According to Balfour Beatty, its power transmission and distribution unit will operate and maintain the OFTO’s assets, including one offshore and one onshore substation and two cable circuits consisting of 18km of subsea and 30km of land cable.Balfour Beatty Investments CEO Ian Rylatt said: “This is our fourth OFTO contract to reach financial close and further establishes our position in the offshore transmission market.“Our technical expertise ensures we can efficiently and effectively, support the government’s targets to meet more of the UK’s energy needs through renewable sources.” The consortium will own and operate the offshore transmission line for the next 20 years.
MidAmerican Energy Company has secured approval from the Iowa Utilities Board to construct a 2GW wind project in Iowa, US.The project, known as Wind XI, will include 1,000 wind turbines. Wind XI will consist of multiple sites across Iowa, which are still being finalised. The wind sites will be placed into service over a three-year period.MidAmerican Energy president and CEO Bill Fehrman said: “This is an exciting day for our customers, the state of Iowa and MidAmerican Energy. We thank the board for its support and for moving quickly to deliver this ruling.“Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone.”Construction work is set to commence soon with completion scheduled for the end of 2019.
KfW IPEX-Bank and Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba) have agreed to provide a $160M loan for the construction of the Peralta wind farm in Uruguay.The wind farm — located in the municipality of Cuchilla de Peralta in the department of Tacuarembó in central Uruguay — is being built by German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon and will have a total installed capacity of 117.5MW.Peralta will feature 50 Enercon E-92 wind turbines including a hub height of 108m, a rotor diameter of 92m and an output of 2,350kW per turbine. It will produce enough energy to supply around 150,000 Uruguayan households.The power produced in the facility will be sold to the national energy supplier Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE), which signed a power purchase agreement for a period of 20 years. KfW IPEX-Bank management board member Markus Scheer said: “German and European wind technology is in demand internationally. This is a great opportunity — both for manufacturers and the environment. As a bank, we do our part in helping ideas and projects take concrete shape.”
If you believe the old song, the M25 motorway that circles London is ‘The Road to Hell’. But while many motorists may be inclined to agree with that sentiment — particularly during the coming bank holiday weekend — there are plenty of roads around the globe that offer much more than traffic jams and suspect hotdogs from service stations. From those that take in remarkable natural scenery, through to those constructed using innovative technologies — we look at some of the world’s most interesting roads.1) The Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
E.ON and Statoil have started construction work on the €1.2bn Arkona offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea. The project, located 35km northeast of the German island of Rügen, will have an installed capacity of 385MW and will supply enough power for 400,000 households. The wind farm will feature 60 6MW-class turbines manufactured by Siemens and is expected to save up to 1.2M t of carbon emissions annually. E.ON Germany CEO Ingo Luge said: "As the mainstay of future energy supply, renewables must be able to stand on their own economically going forward."Electricity generation from offshore wind farms has already experienced a considerable learning curve and will soon be able to do just that. Through its high levels of investment, E.ON has made an important contribution toward this end."The Arkona wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.
Wind and solar energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power has secured contracts from the National Energy Commission of Chile to build and operate seven wind energy plants, worth a total of $1.65bn.
British business and energy secretary Greg Clark has given development consent to an offshore wind farm project in the UK.The £6bn Hornsea Project Two, to be located at about 89km off the Yorkshire coast, is owned by Dong Energy and developed by Dong’s subsidary SMartWind.The wind farm — expected to be the world's largest when completed — will feature up to 300 wind turbines and will connect to the grid at North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire.It will have a generation capacity of up to 1.8GW of low carbon electricity, sufficient to power almost 1.8M UK households.Dong Energy UK country chairman Brent Cheshire said: "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6bn in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.”“A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK.”The project will create up to 1,960 construction jobs along with 580 operational and maintenance jobs.Business and energy secretary Greg Clark said: “Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we’re determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.”
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has introduced its new SK45SRX-6 mini excavator in Europe.The 4.5t mini excavator has been jointly launched with the latest version of the SK55SRX-6.Both machines feature the Yanmar engine, which reduces fuel consumption by 23% when used in S-mode, for normal work. Further fuel savings can be achieved through the integrated hydraulic circuitry of the three on-board hydraulic pumps, which reduces the overall engine/hydraulic workload.A decelerator button can also now be found on the operation lever as well as the dashboard. Additionally, the excavators’ on-site noise is reduced with the dust cooling system together with a front-facing air inlet and an under-slung exhausting system. Bluetooth and ports for USB can also be found in the machines.In the SK45SRX-6, the operator’s chair now reclines and features mechanical suspension, and both models feature improved operator visibility from the cab.Kobelco’s KCME product marketing manager Marcel van der Winden said: “The introduction of SK45SRX-6 fulfils KCME’s ideal of providing specialist earth moving machines within all popular classes. “As with all Kobelco Short Radius excavators, SK45SRX-6 delivers exceptional working performance while maintaining reduced operating costs. Minor updates to the SK55SRX-6 underline just how effective and efficient this machine has and always will be.”
Alliant Energy is set to invest about $1bn to expand its wind energy operations in Iowa, USA.The company’s Iowa utility is seeking regulatory approval to expand its Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and develop wind energy in other areas of the state.The five-year project will add up to 500MW of annual clean energy capacity. Alliant Energy is targeting a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 to 2030.Doug Kopp, the company's president of Iowa utility, said: “Our customers expect low-cost, clean energy, which is exactly what this project will bring to the communities we serve.“Wind has no fuel costs and zero emissions, making it a win-win for Iowans and the Iowa economy.”The new wind project will create more than 1,500 construction jobs in the region.
Dutch dredging contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster has secured the Offshore Balance of Plant contract from Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm project.The wind farm, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, is located about 3km off the coast of Aberdeen and will feature 11 wind turbines with a capacity of 92.4MW.Under the €100M contract, Boskalis will be responsible for all offshore elements of the wind farm, with the exception of the wind turbine supply.The scope of the contract will include the design, procurement, fabrication, supply, transportation and installation of eleven suction bucket jacket foundations and scour protection.It will also include the procurement, supply, transportation and installation of 66kV inter array and export cables by Boskalis subsidiary VBMS, and the provision of the wind turbine transportation and installation vessel.The foundations and cables will be transported and installed with own assets including a fallpipe vessel, transport barges, a large floating sheerleg crane and a cable laying vessel, while the wind turbines will be installed by the company’s installation vessel.The offshore project work is set to begin in September 2017, with the project completion expected in the second quarter of 2018.