RenewableUK has stated that the recent announcement by Statkraft, Statoil and Masdar that a £1.3 billion agreement has been reached, to achieve financial close on a major offshore wind farm project, shows that investor confidence in the UK’s offshore wind market remains high. The 402 megawatt project is already under construction off the north Norfolk coast, creating local jobs and opportunities for supply chain companies throughout the UK.
LNG in Africa
BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has been appointed Owners Engineer and lead design consultant by Endeavor Energy, for the development of the LNG storage and regasification facility as part of the Songon Gas-to-Power Project in Côte d’Ivoire. Songon, a greenfield development, will consist of combined cycle gas to power generation with an integrated fuel solution, featuring purpose-built LNG infrastructure and a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). This appointment builds on the successful relationship established with Endeavor last year in developing Africa’s first ever LNG import terminal via Endeavor and GE’s Ghana 1000 Power Project.
A new report produced for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and published in May confirms that there are no technical hurdles to permanently and safely storing large quantities of carbon dioxide off the coast of the UK. There is also the potential that these sites in the North Sea could be developed to provide a CO2 storage hub for CO2 emissions from mainland Europe, enhancing their economic attractiveness. The report was produced by a consortium led by Aberdeen-based consultancy Pale Blue Dot Energy working with Axis Well Technology and Costain.