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Salazar Announces Renewable Energy Office

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will establish a new regional office in 2010 to support renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the Atlantic seaboard. “Given the enormous potential for renewable energy development, especially wind energy, in the Mid and North Atlantic,” Secretary Salazar said, “MMS needs a dedicated Atlantic Region office as we plan for offshore renewable energy commercial leasing.” The Atlantic OCS Region will be responsible for evaluating permits for renewable energy activities in an effective, efficient and consistent manner while being responsive to the States, developers and other stakeholders.  The new office will implement and manage the offshore renewable energy program, including leasing, environmental programs, the formation of task forces, State consultation, and post-lease permitting in Federal waters off the East Coast.  In these first months of the Obama Administration, the Department of the Interior created the first-ever framework for offshore renewable energy development and worked with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to clear out bureaucratic obstacles to offshore renewable energy projects.  The Secretary recently awarded the first-ever exploratory leases for offshore wind production on the OCS offshore New Jersey and Delaware. 


Bennett Named BOEM’s Chief for OREP

Jim Bennett (Photo: BOEM)

New leadership for BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced James (Jim) F. Bennett as BOEM’s new Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.   Bennett has 35 years of Federal service and has served in a variety of capacities around the Department of the


Masdar CEO Receives UN Eco Award

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber,CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has received this year’s United Nations’ Champions of the Earth Award The award recognises Masdar's work in deploying renewable energy projects including Shams One, a 100MW concentrated solar power plant in Abu Dhabi; London Array, a 1GW offshore wind farm, and Gemasolar, a 20MW concentrating solar thermal plant. Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, invests in clean technologies


UK Think-Tank Hosts IDICORE Summer School

Photo credit HR Wallingford

HR Wallingford hosts Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) participant programme. The IDCORE programme delivered an industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry. The HR Wallingford summer school, which is the first of its kind, delivered a mixture of taught sessions, case studies and expert tutorials in offshore renewable energy


ABB Inverters Connect Malaysia’s Largest Solar Plant to Grid

Latest range of inverters will increase renewables’ significance in Malaysia‘s energy mix

   ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has delivered and commissioned key components to integrate renewable energy from Amcorp Power Sdn Bhd’s Gemas 10.25 Megawatt (MW) Solar Power Plant into Malaysia’s electric grid as the country seeks to intensify its reliance on emission-free energy sources. Amcorp Power’s solar plant located in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, about 100 miles from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur


GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy

French utility GDF Suez aims to double its power generation capacity from renewable energy in Europe between 2015 and 2025 and will focus in particular on marine energies, the company said on Tuesday.   GDF Suez, with Spain's Iberdrola and Italy's Enel , is one of the industry leaders in renewable energy investment and has made Europe's energy transition the key plank of its European investment strategy.  


President Requests $364.8M for MMS

With a budget designed to increase America’s energy security by expanding the nation’s energy portfolio and ensuring a fair return for these public resources, the President has proposed $364.8m in funding for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in fiscal year 2011. While this represents an increase of $16.5m from the 2010 enacted level, the request reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and the prudent investment of taxpayer dollars.


IMCA Provides Notes to Offshore Renewable Sector

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two information notes – ‘Diving on Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Regulations and Guidance’, and ‘The Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’ which are of use, and interest, to those involved with offshore renewable energy projects. “As an increasing number of our members become involved with the offshore renewable energy sectors, we believe it is useful to them


US Closer to Wave Energy off Oregon

Map of potential ocean wave energy resources (Image: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Milestone cleared for first marine hydrokinetic research lease offshore the west coast; step in efforts to explore new frontier of wave energy offshore Oregon As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today it has taken an important step toward issuing a research lease for a facility to test utility-scale wave energy devices in federal waters


Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Delos

Aquarius MAS CPUAGU being installed on Delos

 Eco Marine Power together with strategic partners has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship.


ULSTEIN Reports ‘Good Results’ for 2014

Ulstein Verft (Photo: ULSTEIN)

Ulstein Group said it achieved a “good result” for 2014, with an operating turnover of NOK 2.7 billion compared to 2013’s NOK 2.3 billion.   Meanwhile, the group’s operating profit of NOK 184.1 million comes in under the NOK 317


China, India Sign over $22 bln in Deals

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  China and India signed deals worth more than $22 billion in areas including renewable energy, ports, financing and industrial parks, an Indian embassy official said on Saturday. Namgya C. Khampa, of the Indian Embassy in China, made the remarks at the end of a three-day visit by Indian


Anti-Arctic Drilling Activists Hold 'Shell No' Protest in Seattle

Photo: Greenpeace USA

 Seattleites took a dramatic stand, er paddle, against Arctic oil drilling. Local Native Americans and concerned citizens took to kayak and canoe and surrounded a giant, Arctic-bound Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig currently making a layover in the Port of Seattle.  


Keppel hands over Runcorn Energy-from-Waste Facility Phase 2

Energy from waste Photo Keppel Corpn

  Keppel Seghers Belgium N.V. and Keppel Seghers UK Limited (collectively, Keppel Seghers) have handed over Phase 2 of the Runcorn Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility, in the UK, to the client. Runcorn EfW comprises two phases of equal capacity


Mustang Marine Receives $5.3m Pilot Boat Order

Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine

Workboat and marine energy device builder Mustang Marine has won a $5.34m contract to construct three new pilot boats for the Port of Milford Haven.   The Pembroke Dock-based company is now looking to recruit new workers locally in a number of skilled positions to meet an increased demand


Prysmian Upbeat on Submarine Cable Business in 2015

  Prysmian SpA, the world's biggest cable maker, is confident of bagging orders this year to keep its high-margin subsea business order backlog at between 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) and 2.3 billion, the head of the unit told Reuters.


IFC Plans $2 bln Investment in Egyptian Infrastructure, Power

 The World Bank's development arm plans to invest between $1.2 billion and $2 billion in Egypt over the next four years, including around the Suez Canal, its regional director told Reuters. The International Finance Corporation is looking at ports and logistics projects, Mouayed Makhlouf


ARENA opens $20 m R&D round for industry-partnered projects

ARENA CEO  Ivor Frischknecht

  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $20 million for a new research and development (R&D) round dedicated to industry-partnered projects that seek to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies.


Linde's LNG Fuel Gas System for High-speed Ferry

LNG_fast ferry Courtesy Linde

  The Linde Group, via its Swedish Engineering subsidiary Cryo AB, has been awarded a contract by Meyer Turku Shipyard of Finland to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas system for the next-generation high-speed ferry being built for AS Tallink Grupp


Chinese Acquire UK Maritime Firm

QT1000 high powered cable installation and maintenance ROV: By SMD

 UK subsea equipment manufacturer Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) has been acquired by Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co, a subsidiary of Chinese company CSR Corporation.   The two companies have signed a sale and purchase agreement for the entire share capital of the SMD group


Indonesia, Norway to Cooperate on Deep Sea Technology

Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (By dfa-deplu)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg agreed to cooperate on deep sea technology for oil and gas exploration and maritime sector.   Norway has been advanced on deep sea technology and Indonesia thinks it is beneficial to have cooperation in this


ClassNK Opens R&D Center in Singapore

Left to right: RM Kurashiki (ClassNK), T Kinoshita (ClassNK), PM Ravindran (ClassNK) and Dr Thepsithar (NTU). (Photo courtesy of ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK promoted the activities of its new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) at a press conference held today in Singapore.   Joined by representatives from Nanyang Technological University, ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita explained the


ABB wins Brazil $30 mi Wind Farm Order

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  ABB has won orders worth around $30 million from Casa dos Ventos, a leading renewables company in Brazil, to provide substations and related power infrastructure enabling the efficient integration of power from two new wind complexes (comprising 13 wind farms) into the country’s


Onomichi Marine Tech Center to Be Established

Photo courtesy of EMP

Teramoto Iron Works and Eco Marine Power to establish Marine Technology Test Facility   Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with its strategic partner, Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd., have agreed to establish a development and test facility in Onomichi, Hiroshima


Statoil Appoints CFO, 3 EVPs and Rejigs Top Deck

CEO Eldar Sætre

  Statoil appoints new chief financial officer (CFO), and launches business area for New Energy Solutions (NES). Three new executive vice presidents (EVPs) are appointed as members of the corporate executive committee (CEC). CFO Torgrim Reitan is appointed EVP for Development &






 
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