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31Dec/20

Equinor begins construction of world’s largest floating offshore wind project in Norway

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The construction has started on the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen, at Kværner Stord in Norway, Equinor said.Kværner’s assignment will include building eleven floating concrete hulls for the Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines on the 88 MW Hywind Tampen.“Eighty percent of the world’s offshore wind resources are located in deep water areas and are available for floating offshore wind projects. If we can use projects like Hywind Tampen to make floating offshore wind competitive with other forms of energy, the technology will be able to deliver large-scale renewable power and contribute to a more sustainable global energy supply. A floating offshore wind market will also open up considerable industrial opportunities for Norwegian industry,” [said Equinor’s president and CEO Eldar Sætre.]Equinor’s ambition is for floating offshore wind to be competitive with other forms of energy by 2030.“By using larger turbines, concrete substructures, new technology and a new assembly method, we’re well on our way toward delivering on the objective to reduce costs by more than 40% compared with Hywind Scotland. This is an important step to establish floating wind as a sustainable power supply alternative,” said Hywind Tampen project director Olav-Bernt Haga. “If more major floating offshore wind projects are realised in the future, it will be possible to reduce costs even further, and we could see a development in cost reductions equivalent to the one we’ve seen in fixed foundation offshore wind.”The Hywind Tampen project will be the first floating offshore wind project to supply renewable power for oil and gas installations. The wind farm is expected to cover about 35 percent of the annual power needs on the five platforms Snorre A and B and Gullfaks A, B and C. Located about 140 kilometres off the Norwegian coast in water depths of between 260 and 300 metres, Hywind Tampen will reduce emissions from the Gullfaks and Snorre fields by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, which corresponds to annual emissions from 100,000 private vehicles, Equinor said.[Adnan Durakovic]More: Construction starts on world’s largest floating offshore wind farm Equinor begins construction of world’s largest floating offshore wind project in Norwaylast_img read more

30Dec/20

Outdoor Updates: Three cows lost in Hurricane Dorian found on an Island

first_imgJoin the lottery by submitting an application through the lotteries page on Recreation.gov or via the recreation.gov app. Mark your calendars, river rats. The 2020 river permit lottery season begins on December 1. That’s the day you’ll be able to enter the lottery for your chance to raft, kayak or canoe some of the most famous waterways in the United States. Lotteries will be held for permits on the following rivers: Middle Fork of the Salmon River; Salmon River; Snake River—Hells Canyon; Selway River; Rogue River; Desolation Gray—Green River; Salt River, Dinosaur Green and Yampa River; and the San Juan River. It’s believed that the cows swam four or five miles across Core Sound and washed up on the shores of Cape Lookout, pushed by the strong storm surge. Had the cows not had their lucky break and washed ashore on Cape Lookout, they almost certainly would have been swept out into the open sea and drowned.  Are you looking for a primitive outdoor experience but don’t want to brave the elements? Six new camping cabins at Goose Creek State Park offer campers an upgrade from tent camping. The new camping cabins feature air conditioning, heat, and electrical outlets and can sleep up to six people. Outside of the each cabin is a grill, fire ring, picnic table and tent pad. All cabins have a covered front porch with Adirondack chairs. A bathhouse with showers and sinks is also available on site.  2020 river lottery season opens on December 1 Goose Creek State Park in Beaufort County, NC opens new camping cabins When Hurricane Dorian slammed into the North Carolina coast in September it had a devastating effect on the wild cattle that call the area home. On Cedar Island, which was hit with Category 1 force winds and rain, all 20 of the wild cows that lived on the island disappeared after the storm. The cows were assumed dead, but a month later one was seen at Cape Lookout National Seashore. A few weeks later, two more cows were spotted in the same area.  Three cows that went missing during Hurricane Dorian are found on an island miles away from shore  The new campground also has 22 RV campsites. “For the people that like primitive sites they can continue to come and enjoy the primitive sites,” park superintendent Doug Lequire told WITN news. “For the people that want a little higher end camping or a little bit more modern camping they can come and stay at our RV sites.”last_img read more