Energy ministers from the North Sea countries have agreed to extend the Political Declaration of North Seas Countries Energy Cooperation and intensify their collaboration on offshore wind at a ministerial meeting in Esbjerg, Denmark on 20 June. The agreement extends the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the ministers in Luxembourg in June 2016 to reduce costs and increase offshore wind capacity. This extended agreement is based on input from the European wind energy industry, which argued that offshore wind needed “higher national and international cooperation”. The industry also said that as cost reduction had already been achieved ahead of time, the focus should now be on an “action-based approach.” It also outlined four priorities for the future of offshore wind production. Firstly, access to sites should be cross-border and there should be a more standardised approach to planning. The development of transmission assets should be opened to develop and optimise grids.
Power Technology 21st June 2019 read more »
BiFab is set to miss out on work in fabricating wind turbine jackets for the £2 billion NnG offshore wind farm – work which is instead expected to go to Indonesia, even though the idle BiFab yards sit just 10 miles from the proposed site of the wind farm. However, it emerged at the public meeting in Buckhaven last week that there are still hopes BiFab could get work from the wind farm. GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith told the room: “We hope the key players will get round the table and hammer out some sort of agreement that will bring work we desperately need in Fife. It won’t be all the jackets but it will be something.”
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The energy firm EDF has agreed to talks over the future of mothballed BiFab yards in Fife, say union leaders. The GMB are campaigning for the yards in Methil and Burntisland to secure work on a £2bn windfarm off the Fife coast. A public meeting in Buckhaven on Thursday was told EDF, the Scottish government and BiFab’s Canadian owners had agreed to meet unions next week. EDF has refused to comment on claims the work could go to Indonesia. Speaking before the meeting, an EDF spokesman said: “We understand the NnG project is seen as critical to securing more work for the yard and we are working hard to make that a reality.”
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Union in fight with energy giant to have wind turbines built at mothballed Fife yards.
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