Friday project update round-up

WORLDWIDE: This week's major news saw seven offshore wind projects, totalling more than 7.76GW, making it through to the next stage to see if they will be offered investment contracts from the UK government.

Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm
Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm

There were a number of financial annoucements this week including a EUR 200 million loan for the 600MW Gemini project in the Netherlands, Scotland’s 450MW Neart na Gaoithe is due reach financial close in 2014 and SSE launched an 8-year EUR 500 million eurobond. For more see WPO Intelligence.

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Seven offshore wind developments in the UK, totalling more than 7.76GW, made it through the next stage of the regulatory process to determine if they will be offered investment contracts from the government.

The Planning Inspectorate's six-month examination of the 1.2GW East Anglia One, in the North Sea off the Suffolk coast, is scheduled to end on 26 December.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's planning committee has voted in favour of Forewind’s 2.4GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck wind development, in the North Sea off England's Yorkshire coast.

Tidal Transit has secured a third 18-month vessel charter contract, from Scira Offshore Energy, which will transport turbine maintenance technicians to the 317MW Sheringham Shoal, off the Norfolk coast.

The 450MW Neart na Gaoithe, off Scotland’s east coast, is on track to reach financial close in 2014 after qualifying for the next stage of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Final Investment Decision Enabling for Renewables programme.

Contractors for Vattenfall's 49.5MW Kentish Flats Extension project, off England’s Kent coast, will be invited to a supplier event on 24 January at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

SSE has launched an 8-year EUR 500 million eurobond, which will mature in February 2022, to support the British utility’s future investment plans.

Cargo vessel SC Astrea arrived in the Port of Mostyn, north Wales, from Denmark, on 2 December, with components for the 576MW Gwynt y Môr project.

NETHERLANDS
Typhoon Offshore, the developer behind the 600MW Gemini project in the Dutch North Sea, has brought in a EUR 200 million loan – EUR 120 million from Danish pension fund PKA and EUR 80 million from Northland Power.

DENMARK
The nacelle for Vestas' 8MW has been completed at Lindø Industrial Park and is on its way to being installed at Denmark's national test centre in Østerild.

GERMANY
DC Netz BorWin3 is inviting bids, by 18 December, to provide insurance covering the construction and assembly, transportation and third party liability for the 900MW BorWin3 grid connection project.

CANADA
Ontario has updated its long-term energy plan, Achieving Balance, which sets out the province's plans for "clean, reliable and affordable energy".

USA
Euclid City Council, Cleveland, has passed a resolution backing Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation's 27MW Icebreaker pilot project planned for a site in Lake Erie, 11 kilometres off Ohio.


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