Germany’s Largest Offshore Windfarm Underway

Work on the largest planned offshore windfarm in Germany will kick off in June following a final investment decision by owner EnBW and its new investment partner, Canada’s Enbridge Incorporated. The 497-megawatt (MW) Hohe See offshore wind project is located in the so-called “exclusive economic zone” of the North Sea around 90 kilometres north of Borkum and …

Europe Spending €444 Million on Energy Infrastructure Projects

The European Commission (EC) has announced its intention to spend €444 million on projects designed to improve its energy infrastructure. The 18 winning projects are classed as ‘priorities’ by the EC and cover electricity, smart grids and gas projects. The money for the chosen projects is coming from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European Union’s …

What oil crisis? Arctic drilling
off Norway set for record

Explorers look at drilling a record number of wells in Norway’s Arctic waters this year, undeterred by oil prices apparently stuck below $60/bbl. After making a discovery of as much as 100 MMboe in the Barents Sea, Lundin Petroleum said that it wants to squeeze two more exploration wells into its program this year, even …

Germany Opens First Offshore Wind Auction

Germany is looking to continue its recent surge in offshore wind rollouts by announcing that it is now accepting bids for the country’s first offshore wind auction, which will end on April 1. Grid regulator BNetzA said that the first of two rounds of auctions for offshore wind tenders will cover 1,550 MW of projects. …

Coal use in Europe on its way out — report

Coal generation in Europe is falling and will continue to do so due to competition from cleaner energy sources, such as natural gas and renewables, as well as governments efforts to cut emissions, a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) argues. The UK is leading the way when it comes to reducing coal dependency, helping to …

Shared decommissioning costs are new trend

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s $3.8-billion sale of North Sea oil and gas fields creates a model for further transactions in a region where the question of who pays to remove decades-old offshore platforms has been an obstacle for other deals. Shell’s agreement with Chrysaor Holdings Ltd. included the condition that Europe’s largest oil company covers …

Europe’s Offshore Wind Worth €18.2 Billion in 2016

Investment in Europe’s offshore wind sector attracted a record-breaking €18.2 billion ($19.5 billion) in 2016, but actual windfarm additions dropped by almost half. NEW INVESTMENT RECORD Last year 11 offshore wind projects reached the final investment decision stage, representing more than €18.2 billion in investment, a new record, according to industry group WindEurope, formerly the European …

Meer dan helft van boorplatforms
Noordzee aan de kant

Meer dan de helft van de boorplatforms op de Noordzee ligt momenteel werkloos in havens. Door de lage olie- en gasprijs wordt er nauwelijks geboord naar nieuwe velden. De dagtarieven voor deze platforms zijn sinds de piek van vier jaar geleden, met zo’n 75% gedaald. In de Noordzee waren tot voor kort 103 zogeheten ‘drilling …

Energietransitie voor velen ver-van-mijn-bed show

De energietransitie zien de meeste Nederlanders als een ver-van-mijn-bed show. Het gros vindt dat de overheid energiebesparing vooral bij bedrijven moet afdwingen. Dat blijkt uit een vierjaarlijks onderzoek naar burgerperspectieven van het Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (SCP). Het SCP peilde met een enquête de stemming in Nederland en opvattingen over politieke en maatschappelijke kwesties. Ze …

Stap voor stap naar één groot groen warmtenet

Hoe ontwikkel je een duurzaam warmtenet? Stapje voor stapje, zo melden experts die zijn betrokken bij de realisatie van het Groene Net in Limburg. ‘Een warmtenet is als een bloem die opengaat’. Vijfhonderd huishoudens in de gemeente Sittard-Geleen en negen bedrijven worden in eerste instantie aangesloten op Het Groene Net. Later volgen aansluitingen in de …