Anholt offshore wind farm; Image source: Siemens Gamesa/ archive (cropped)Siemens Gamesa has commenced a blade repair and upgrade campaign at the Anholt offshore wind farm, after signing agreements with Ørsted for these works to be carried out on the Danish offshore wind farm and UK’s London Array, both featuring Siemens Gamesa’s 3.6MW wind turbines that have been affected by leading edge erosion. During the campaign, Siemens Gamesa will dismantle the blades, apply a protective shell and install an aerodynamic improvement kit to increase the yield.The companies are also in the process of planning individual repair and upgrade campaigns, while the two specific agreements for Anholt and London Array are based on earlier agreed guiding principles on a portfolio basis. Further agreements, following similar principles, are expected in the months to come, Ørsted’s CEO Henrik Poulsen said.Ørsted does not expect this to have any, or any significant, impact on its finances due to the increased production and partly as result of warranty claims.The 111-turbine Anholt offshore wind farm, for which Siemens Gamesa has a 5-year service contact, was inaugurated in September 2013, only two months after the 175-turbine London Array, for which the turbine supplier signed a long-term service agreement.In February, Ørsted selected Siemens Gamesa as the exclusive wind turbine supplier for the 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two, planned to consist of 8MW wind turbines with a 167-metre rotor.The recently completed and soon-to-be commissioned Walney Extension offshore wind farm, which is set to take over the world’s largest title from London Array, is also featuring Siemens Gamesa technology within its East phase.
Greek owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners has expanded its fleet with a 2005-built Panamax vessel.The company said that the 87,000 dwt Navios Apollon I was delivered on May 9, 2018.As previously announced, the vessel was acquired for a price of USD 13 million.Based on the current rate environment, the unit is expected to generate some USD 3.2 million of annual EBITDA, assuming operating expenses approximating current operating costs and 360 revenue and cost days.Navios Partners financed the acquisition with cash on the balance sheet.Earlier in 2018, Navios Partners agreed to purchase two 2006-built Panamax vessels from unrelated third parties.Featuring 74,500 dwt, the Navios Altair I and the Navios Symmetry were acquired for a price of USD 22 million.The vessels are expected to be delivered to Navios Partners’ owned fleet during the second quarter of 2018.
MTCC Wins K. Huraa Land Reclamation ContractThe Government of Maldives’ Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure today signed a contract with the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company Plc (MTCC) for the K. Huraa land reclamation project. Prins Hendrik Dike Work UnderwayJan De Nul yesterday kicked off the works for the reinforcement of the Prince Hendrik Sand Dike over a distance of 3 km. Colombo: TSHD Xin Hai Feng Rescues Drowning FishermenThe trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Xin Hai Feng, owned by CHEC Dredging Co., Ltd., conducted a rescue mission in the Port City Colombo’s outer breakwater area last week. Event Celebrates the Launch of Dredging for Sustainable InfrastructureThe event comprises a conference and speaker program organized by CEDA and IADC as well as a networking area complete with exhibitors organized by Dredging Today. Dredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (July 23-29, 2018). PHOTO: Keel Laying Ceremony of JDN’s New TSHDKeppel Singmarine Pte. Ltd. last week held a keel-laying ceremony for the medium-sized 6,000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger which is being built for Jan De Nul Group.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District completed an initial breach closure on levee L575 near Percival, IA Thursday.This closure stops the inflows through this breach. The contractor will be increasing the width of the closure from a nominal width of 50 feet to a width of 500 feet, reported the Corps.A follow-on contract, currently in source selection, will increase the height of the breach closure to provide additional flood risk reduction.“Our USACE and Contractor team fought through tough challenges such as high water and floating debris in the river to close this critical breach and provide some protection to those affected,” said Brendan Kight, PE, USACE Area Engineer.The original contract of $7.5 million was awarded to Western Contracting Corporation of Sioux City, Iowa Apr. 14, 2019, and construction began May 4.The L575 system alone had suffered 7 total breaches, out of the upwards of 50 occurring along the Missouri River in the Omaha District’s area of responsibility.“The closure of this breach on L575 is the second of the four priority breaches to be closed and was the first of the four to be contracted due to its importance,” said Bret Budd, PE, Chief of the Omaha Systems Restoration Team. “The third priority breach at L-601, north of Bartlett, Iowa, is anticipating closure within the next week and the final priority breach, also on L-575 but located west of Hamburg, Iowa is currently scheduled for closure in late July.”There are more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that have experienced significant flood damage since March 2019.Due to the magnitude of damage along these levees, repair of the levee system efforts will take an extended period of time to execute. Levees must be active in the Public Law 84-99 program to be eligible for federal funding for repairs.
Image courtesy of QatargasQatargas Operating Company (Qatargas) has delivered the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on a Q-Flex vessel to the FSRU Excellence serving at the Moheshkali LNG terminal, located offshore Bangladesh. The cargo, aboard Qatargas-chartered Al Thumama capable of transporting 216,000 cubic meters, was loaded at Ras Laffan on September 4 and delivered to MLNG on September 20, 2019.This is the first commercial open water ship-to-ship transfer involving a Q-Flex vessel, Qatar said in a statement.MLNG is a project jointly developed by Excelerate Energy and the Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) on a build, own and operate basis.The FSRU Excellence is under a 15-year charter deal to Petrobangla and carried the inaugural LNG cargo from Qatar in April 2018.The deliveries to Petrobangla are made under a long-term sale and purchase agreement (SPA) signed in September 2017 between Qatargas and Petrobangla to supply up to 2.5 million tons of LNG per annum for 15 years.
“The award of the contract to Pegasus Welfare Solutions Ltd confirms a commitment that as a regional based business we offer a world class approach that offshore wind projects need,” said Pegasus Welfare Solutions Managing Director Dan Greeves. Pegasus Welfare Solutions Ltd has secured a contract to supply welfare facilities for the Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK. Source: Pegasus Welfare Solutions “As a business we have spent a large amount of time and money on patenting the Pegasus Multi-unit, adding safety and productivity to each project we work on. We are proud to be associated with the Triton Knoll project and its commitment to Renewable Energy in the UK and Europe.” The 857 MW offshore wind project is expected to be commissioned in 2021. Triton Knoll will comprise 90 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines located 32 kilometers off the Lincolnshire coast. The East of England-based company will deploy its Pegasus Multi-units onto both substations, which will allow welfare facilities to be maintained during installation and commissioning.
Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has begun an assessment of Beach Energy’s proposed T/30P geophysical and geotechnical seabed survey offshore Australia ahead of a future exploration well. The site survey will take upto 28 days based on 21 days of survey time and 7 days for transits and settingup of equipment. Beach Energy’s seabed survey proposal was submitted on March 19. Australia’s offshore regulator invited public comments for the proposal only days after the proposal was submitted. The geotechnical survey,which may be undertaken from the same vessel as the geophysical and 2D surveyor from a separate vessel, consists of coring, Piezo cone penetrometer test,and grab samples. Namely, the geophysical survey to collect bathymetry data and detect hazards and a high-resolution two-dimensional shallow reflective imaging (2D survey) to inform shallow gas hazards. The site survey is requiredto inform the location of future drilling of an exploration well and identifypotential hazards. Proposed survey location; Source: NOPSEMA The survey plan is now under assessment with the regulator. The survey will be undertaken with only one vessel undertaking each component at a time with the geophysical survey requiring seven days, the geotechnical survey needing six days, while the remaining eight days will be used for the 2D component. The site survey is proposed to be undertaken between 1 April 2020, and 31 December 2021. Timings of the survey are contingent on the availability of suitable vessels, weather, and the receipt of required environmental approvals. Under the proposal, BeachEnergy’s subsidiary – Beach Energy Operations Limited – proposed to undertake ageophysical and geotechnical site survey over a portion of their T/30P permitand open acreage in the Otway Basin. At its closest point, the site survey is76.5 kilometres from Port Campbell. The survey area refers is a36 square kilometre area with an operational area of 100 square kilometres. Thesurvey will be conducted in water depths across the operational area range from150 – 1,110 meters. According to NOPSEMA, the data will be acquired from the same vessel in two parts.
Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services business (EPS) has secured a well management contract for Phase 1 of Independent Oil and Gas’ (IOG) Core Project located off the UK. A week later, Subsea 7 was awarded a SURF contract by IOG for the UK North Sea development. The five-well contract scope covers the planning, execution, and closeout phases of the Phase 1 drilling programme. “The IOG drilling and subsurface teams have already established a strong working relationship with the Petrofac team in recent months and this will deepen further as Phase 1 drilling preparations ramp up“. Petrofac is intended to act as Well Operator on behalf of IOG. Extensive work has already been undertaken so far this year between the IOG and Petrofac teams under a letter of limited commitment to ensure all preparations for the 2021-22 Phase 1 drilling campaign proceed to plan. Phase 1 comprises the development and production of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields in the UK Southern North Sea (SNS) through a total of five wells, with gas transported onshore via the Thames Pipeline. In an update on Monday, Petrofac said it will support IOG’s development of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields. IOG’s Core Project Phase 1 was approved by UK authorities a month ago. The planning phase includes detailed well design, risk assessment, and management of well-related regulatory requirements. Nick Shorten, Managing Director for Petrofac Engineering and Production Services West, said: “Through the deployment of our extensive asset and well management expertise, we will work closely with IOG to assure the integrity of the wells and deliver a safe and cost-efficient drilling programme to support the advancement of their development”. Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented: “Petrofac has demonstrated that they have the right credentials and expertise to execute what will be a critical role in helping IOG to deliver a safe, productive and cost-effective five-well Phase 1 drilling campaign kicking off in the first half of next year. During the execution phase, Petrofac will manage well engineering, procurement and logistics, assure well construction and integrity, and provide onshore and offshore personnel to support the drilling campaign.
Associated Press 23 June 2012President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage appears to have made Americans on both sides of the issue even more entrenched in their positions, firing up his young, liberal backers and intensifying opposition from Republicans and conservatives, according to a new poll. Overall, his announcement last month that he supported gay marriage did little to shift the nation’s views on the subject, with the country remaining evenly divided on it, the Associated Press-GfK survey found. And people still seem to favour him over Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney when it comes to handling social issues. Even so, the poll, out Friday, found stronger approval from Democrats and liberals for the way he’s handled gay marriage over the last year and deeper discontent over that performance from the other side. In the poll, 42 percent of respondents oppose gay marriage, 40 percent support it and 15 percent are neutral. Last August, the country was similarly divided over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to be legally married in their state, with 45 percent opposing, 42 percent favouring and 10 percent neutral.http://www.3news.co.nz/Views-shift-little-after-Obama-backs-gay-marriage/tabid/417/articleID/258852/Default.aspx
BBC News 1 Nov 2012A Roman Catholic adoption agency has been told it cannot turn away gay couples if it wants to keep its charitable status. Catholic Care, run by the Diocese of Leeds, wanted its adoption service to be made exempt from equality laws. A judge has ruled the charity had failed to give convincing reasons why it should be allowed to do so. Catholic Care said it would consider its position but could have to end the service as it would lose funding. The charity – which has been placing children with adoptive parents for more than 100 years – was among 12 Catholic agencies in England and Wales forced to change their policy towards homosexual people due to equality laws passed in 2007. Others have since closed or cut their ties with the Church.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-20184133