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RWE inaugurates 295MW offshore wind project in German North Sea

RWE Innogy has officially started operations at the 295MW Nordsee Ost wind farm in North Sea Germany.

The offshore power plant is located nearly 35km north to Heligoland. It covers an area of 24km2 and has been built at water depths of up to 25m.

The wind farm is equipped with 48 wind turbines that can generate enough electricity to power 320,000 households per year.

German Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel said: "Offshore wind energy is a strategically important element of Germany's energy and climate policy and is key to the success of the energy transition.
"Thanks to its continuous input into the grid and its high-electricity yields, offshore power generation makes a crucial contribution towards a diversified and reliable energy supply system."

RWE has invested more than €1bn for the construction of the project, while a €50m contribution came from the European Union.

RWE will be responsible for operations and servicing of the facility for the next 20 years.

RWE CEO Peter Terium said: "The expansion of renewable energy is one of our main growth areas and offshore wind energy will play a vital role. RWE will become the third largest player in the European offshore market this year.

"And we are growing further: in only one month's time, we will be commissioning another wind farm, Gwynt y Môr, located off the coast of Wales."

source: http://www.power-technology.com/news/newsrwe-inaugurates-295mw-offshore-wind-project-in-german-north-sea-4574427

 

Panama: Final Gate for the New Locks

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced a key milestone in the Expansion Program, with the installation of the sixteenth and final gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the Canal.

The installation process began yesterday, April 28, at 12:00 PM (Panama Time) on the south end of the Canal’s Pacific locks, which connect directly to the ocean. The final gate is one of the heaviest and weighs 4,232 tons, or roughly 8.5 million pounds. It measures 57.6 meters wide by 10 meters long and 33 meters high.

“The installation is a key milestone in the Expansion Program and another important step forward for the Canal,” said Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. “Once finished, the expanded waterway will provide new possibilities for world maritime trade and further position the Canal as a reliable route to the industry.”

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World's largest offshore wind farm approved for UK coast

Plans to build the world's largest wind farm off the Yorkshire coast have been given the green light by the Government.

When completed, the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will be more than double the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore windfarm, comprising of two 200-turbine plots located across an 500 square km area.

The relatively shallow, 30m deep seabed around 130km from the coast is expected to offer prime conditions to lay foundations and construct turbines.

The development, which is estimated to cost between £6billion and £8billion, will become one of the UK’s largest power generators – second to the Drax coal-fired station in North Yorkshire - and its biggest source of renewable energy.

The Government hopes it will power nearly 2 million homes, fulfil 2.5 percent of Britain's electricity needs and support 900 jobs.

When completed, Dogger Bank could create up to 4,750 new direct and indirect full time equivalent jobs, and generate more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy according to Forewind, the consortium behind the project.

Source: The Independent

Related:

- http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/dogger-bank-creyke-beck/
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogger_Bank_Wind_Farm