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Three things to know as Germany opens massive ocean wind park

Вт., 04/16/2019 - 10:36

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be joined by French and Norwegian ministers Tuesday (16 April) to officially open a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, a key project for her country’s “energy transition”.

Here are three things to know about the Arkona wind park ahead of the political festivities.

Baltic’s largest wind park

Arkona’s 60 turbines tower out of the Baltic between the German island of Ruegen and the Swedish shoreline to the north.

Erected in just three months last year, they are already supplying 385 megawatts of electricity – enough for around 400,000 family homes.

French energy provider Engie has signed a contract to buy electricity for four years from operator OWP Arkona, a joint venture between Germany’s Eon and Norway’s Equinor.

Electricity will be routed through a French-built substation whose 150 kilometres of cables link up the wind generators.

Engineers affectionately dubbed the hardware “the multi-socket adaptor” after the familiar household gadget.

Tuesday’s political inauguration with Merkel, French energy transition minister Francois de Rugy and his Norwegian counterpart Kjell Borge Freiberg is a signal of cooperation just weeks before European Parliament elections.

‘Energy transition’ on back foot?

Germany had long been seen as a pioneer in the switch to renewable energies, but Merkel’s 2011 decision to exit nuclear generation after the Fukushima disaster knocked the country back.

Rather than emissions-free fission plugging the gaps left by variable output from wind and sun, Berlin has had to fall back on intensely polluting brown coal and other fossil sources.

Today, renewables account for 38 percent of Germany’s energy mix, and are slated to hit 65 percent by 2030.

“In 2025, we will be well above the 40 to 45 percent target for renewable energy in Germany,” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast Saturday.

But the federal government has missed its targets in the past, giving up last year a goal to reduce greenhouse emissions 40 percent compared with 1990 levels by 2020.

On land, Germany’s much-lauded “Energiewende” (energy transition) policy is struggling, with subsidies for wind turbines on the way out and the cost of transmitting electricity to consumers high.

One kilowatt-hour (kWh) costs 30 euro cents ($0.34) or twice as much as in neighbouring France, still well supplied with electricity from nuclear plants.

From land to sea

While land-based turbines may be running out of puff, Germany has been building them at sea for 10 years – despite initial scepticism.

Observers at first warned of high costs, and upsets like storms or sunken windmills plagued the early attempts.

But costs have been squeezed and techniques improved in the meantime, with 20 percent of Germany’s wind energy now coming from the sea.

North Sea and Baltic wind parks boast more than 1,300 windmills with a capacity of around 6.4 gigawatts.

Importantly, seaborne wind power is less vulnerable to Nimbyism, or “not in my backyard” complaints from locals about spoiled views, noise or dead birds.

Environment groups have warned about risks specific to the maritime generators, with birds still falling victim to them and the noise of the rotors tormenting some sea mammals, such as porpoises.
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Greece: Govt points to second half of 2020 for inaugural int’l tender eyeing floating wind farms/parks

Пон., 04/15/2019 - 14:49

The first-ever international tender to install floating wind farms/parks in Greek waters is now apparently on the horizon, with a relevant energy ministry general secretary pointing to the second half of 2020 for the competition, when, by all accounts, a regulatory framework will have been completed.

The statement was made by ministry official Michalis Verriopoulos, who spoke at a workshop held by the Norwegian embassy in Athens on Friday, in cooperation with the Hellenic Wind Energy Association (HWEA/ELETAEN), the group representing firms in the country active in the wind energy sector.

The same official said the tender will focus on a specific sea region, already selected by the ministry. As with several projects overseas, an environmental impact study will first be composed and opened for public debate by all interested parties.

While the date for an international tender is near, by Greek standards, a general election will come this year, while ubiquitous modern Greek bureaucracy (red tape) and the scepter of legal challenges are always risks in such projects.

According to information on its website, HWEA noted that Anne Lise Rognlidalen presented the Oslo government’s program for the sector, entitled “Innovation Norway”. The highly advanced Scandinavian country is a global leader in wind energy technology and exploitation.

HWEA said more than 120 people participated in the workshop, including representatives of the four systemic Greek banks, academics and technology experts.
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Energean makes new discovery at Karish North

Пон., 04/15/2019 - 12:00

Mediterranean focused firm Energean Oil and Gas has announced a new gas discovery at Karish North.

Described as a “significant discovery”, initial gas estimates place the find between 1 Tcf (28 Bcm) and 1.5 Tcf (42 Bcm).

Energean said drilling of the initial phase of the Karish North well is now complete.

The firm will now deepen the well to evaluate hydrocarbon potential at the D4 horizon.

Once operations are completed on Karish North, the Stena DrillMAX will return to drilling the three Karish Main development wells. Following this four well programme, Energean has six drilling options remaining on its contract with Stena Drilling.

The Karish North discovery will be commercialised via a tie-back to the Energean Power FPSO, which is located 3.3 miles from the Karish North well.

Mathios Rigas, CEO of Energean said: “We are delighted to be announcing this significant new gas discovery at Karish North, which further demonstrates the attractiveness of our acreage offshore Israel.

“We are building the Energean Power FPSO with spare capacity, which will enable us to quickly, safely and economically develop both Karish North and future discoveries.

“We have already signed a contingent contract to sell 5.5 bcm (0.2 Tcf) of this new resource, and our strategy is now to secure the offtake for remaining volumes.

“We continue to see strong demand for our gas, which we believe will be supported by today’s announcement.”
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Romania: Black Sea Oil & Gas receives approval from the Romanian Government for the Field Development Plan for the Ana and Doina Gas Fields

Пон., 04/15/2019 - 10:43

Black Sea Oil & Gas SRL (“BSOG”) together with its co-venture partners, Petro Ventures Resources SRL (“Petro Ventures”) and Gas Plus International B.V. (“Gas Plus”) are pleased to announce that, following the taking of FID on February 6, 2019, they have now received the approval from the Romanian Government through the National Agency for Mineral Resources (“NAMR”) for their Field Development Plan (“FDP”) for the development of the Ana and Doina natural gas fields which make up the Midia Gas Development Project (“MGD Project”), offshore Black Sea.

The MGD Project, which is the 1st new offshore gas development project in the Romanian Black Sea to be built after 1989, consists of 5 offshore production wells (1 subsea well at Doina field and 4 platform wells at Ana field) a subsea gas production system over the Doina well which will be connected through an 18 km pipeline with a new unmanned production platform located over Ana field. A 126 km gas pipeline will link the Ana platform to the shore and to a new onshore gas treatment plant (“GTP”) in Corbu commune, Constanta county, with a capacity of 1 BCM per year representing 10% of Romania’s consumption. The processed gas will be delivered into the National Transmission System operated by SNTGN Transgaz SA (“Transgaz”) at the gas metering station to be found within the GTP.

In 2019, BSOG anticipates having completed the detailed engineering for the MGD Project, commenced the fabrication of the Ana Wellhead Platform at the shipyard in Agigea, commenced the civil constructions at the GTP site in Corbu and have purchased & delivered a number of company items.

Mark Beacom, BSOG CEO, commented: “This approval from NAMR provides the official acknowledgement from the Romanian state that the MGD project is an approved project. We very much appreciate the swift handling of our FDP application by the Agency.

Gigi Dragomir, NAMR President, said: “The Development of the Ana and Doina gas fields offshore Romania is a top priority for NAMR, which supports the implementation of the Romanian Offshore Project that could lead to the diversification of the supply sources in Romania.

 

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Greece: HAEE 4th Annual Symposium about Energy Transition is SA Europe

Вт., 04/11/2019 - 15:34

The HAEE – Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (Greek affiliate of the IAEE – The International Association for Energy Economics) – is organizing its 4th Annual Symposium that will take place at Divani Caravel Hotel, in Athens, Greece, between 6 and 8 May 2019, and will focus on challenging energy, economic and environmental issues.

The Conference aims at providing an international forum for the exchange of ideas, research results, and experiences among experts and professionals engaged in academic, business, government, national and international organizations, working in all areas related to energy, environment and economy.

It is an undeniable fact that we are witnessing a new evolving era in the global energy scene. This volatile environment poses serious questions, challenges and opportunities for countries, industries, professionals and academics. Apart from globally oriented concerns, the Conference will focus on the European energy sector which should constantly cope with uncertainties in the South-Eastern European region, which is a very sensitive area due to continuously changing geopolitical and social conditions.

We are pleased to announce that we anticipate to host more than 100 Paper presentations, and about 100 plenary speakers, where CEOs and Senior Executives of leading energy firms and Directors of key institutions – European and International – such as DG Energy, DG Environment, EPRINC and IFC, and policy makers and political leaders from Greece and abroad, will present and debate their views. As such, numerous projects and investment opportunities will be discussed, as well as the possibility of major international energy players to participate in the Greek energy market.

Learn more about the event.

EnergyWorld Media will support as Media Partner the international event “Energy Transition IV SE Europe and beyond”.

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Joint visit by Lloyd’s Register Foundation Trustees & Lloyd’s Register Group Directors at Revithoussa LNG terminal

Ср., 04/10/2019 - 12:09

Lloyd’s Register Board of Trustees and Lloyd’s Register Group Board of Directors visited the LNG Terminal Station at Revithoussa islet on Monday, March 18th, accompanied by high level executives of Hellenic Lloyd’s, the subsidiary of the organization in Greece.

DESFA’s CEO, Mr. N. Battilana, welcomed the LR delegation, in the presence of Mr. F. Kalligas, Member of the BoD of DESFA & Country Manager of Enagas in Greece, Mr. D. Κardomateas, Division Director for Strategy & Development and Financial Services, Mr. I. Florentin, Business Development Manager and Mr. I. Karagiannis, LNG Coordinating Department Manager.

The visit was held in a particularly positive climate, giving the opportunity to both sides to discuss the perspectives of the LNG terminal in the wider region and its vital role regarding the security of regional energy supply. Issues, such as the high safety standards of the terminal, as well as the existing cooperation between the two companies, regarding the safe berthing of Q-max and Q-flex LNG carriers at the upgraded jetty of the terminal, were also discussed.

 

Lloyd’s Register Board of Trustees and Lloyd’s Register Group Board of Directors with Desfa’s high level executives

Both parties also referred to the EU co-funded project Poseidon Med II (PMII), for which both companies work closely together, aiming to adopt LNG as a marine fuel. DESFA referred to the important contribution of Revithoussa to the project, as the first link of PMII’s supply chain that enables the supply of satellite LNG storage installations and its role as the Technical Coordinator of the project; a role that has been acquired due to DESFA’s long experience on the operation of cryogenic installations.

Lloyd’s Register, as a specialist in the safety of marine and offshore facilities, referred, among others, on the risk assessments performed by the organization in the framework of PMII, related to the safety of the ports’ small-scale LNG facilities.

DESFA’s CEO highlighted the importance of the cooperation between the two companies, focusing on boosting strategic collaborations with business experts, in order to ensure the safe operation of the energy infrastructures in our region

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11 EU countries snub Romanian Presidency’s gas declaration

Ср., 04/10/2019 - 11:25

The European Commission, backed by 11 EU member states, refused to sign a declaration on “sustainable and smart gas infrastructure” tabled by the Romanian Presidency earlier this week because the text wasn’t ambitious enough on climate change, EURACTIV.com has learned.

The declaration, which is available online, was inked by 17 EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, at the conclusion of a two-day informal meeting of EU energy ministers in Bucharest on Monday and Tuesday (1-2 April).

But the Commission and 11 EU countries refused to sign it because the text did not make reference to a proposed EU target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, two diplomatic sources told EURACTIV.

The 11 countries are: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, and Ireland.

“We tabled amendments to reinforce the language related to the Commission’s long-term strategy” for climate change said one diplomat. “But because these amendments were not kept, we were a bit lukewarm,” the official explained.

Another diplomat from a country which did not sign the declaration was more straightforward. “For us, it lacks ambition,” the diplomat said, adding the declaration would have “undermined” the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality goal.

While the declaration does mention “climate neutrality” among the EU’s objectives, it does not make an explicit reference to 2050 as a deadline for achieving it.

“We don’t want to open the door to lower ambition for 2050,” the diplomat said in remarks that echoed divisions at a recent summit of EU leaders.

Summit leak reveals EU rift on climate change

Confidential documents prepared in advance of a two-day EU summit in Brussels have exposed an East-West divide in Europe on climate change, with Germany siding with Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in their refusal to commit to climate neutrality by 2050.

EU Commission “committed to climate neutral vision”

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the European Commission’s spokesperson for energy and climate policy, confirmed that “the Commission did not sign the declaration for the time being.”

While the declaration does aim to “maximise the potential of the gas infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions,” Itkonen suggested it did not go far enough in supporting the Commission’s long-term strategy, which encourages EU countries to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050.

“The European Commission is committed to the climate neutral vision,” Itkonen told EURACTIV in e-mailed comments, adding that “the Commission’s vision intends to set a clear direction of travel” for achieving the targets from the Paris Agreement.

The Romanian presidency, for its part, tried to play down divergences, saying EU member states were still analysing the text and were free to sign up at a later stage.

“The declaration on Sustainable and Smart Gas Infrastructure represents an important base for the modernisation of the gas infrastructure with a view to accommodating growing shares of hydrogen and other renewable gases in support of the energy transition and of the Paris agreement,” the Romanian Presidency said.

The first diplomat was also quick to play down divisions among EU member states, saying the 2050 reference was the only real sticking point in the declaration. “It’s a question of wording,” he said. “There were things we wanted included in there, which didn’t make it in the final draft,” he explained.

The declaration itself says the signatories are “convinced that the gas infrastructure will have to play its role in the decarbonisation of the energy system, by preparing itself to transport growing shares of other gases than natural gas, such as hydrogen, biomethane, synthetic methane and by addressing the issue of vented and fugitive methane emissions.”

But Greens have warned that gas industry pledges to decarbonise and promote renewable and low-carbon alternatives were just an excuse to prolong fossil fuel operations for longer.

“There is a high risk that illusionary renewable gas scenarios never materialise and lead to either stranded assets or a high-carbon lock-in,” the Greens in the European Parliament warned in a paperthis week.

‘No future’ for fossil gas in Europe, Greens insist

Natural gas of fossil origin has “no future” in Europe, Greens have warned as EU energy ministers prepared to sign a declaration on Tuesday (2 April) promoting “smart gas infrastructure” as part of a low-carbon energy mix for 2050.

In fact, the Greens and the gas industry may have more in common than they think. In a recent interview with EURACTIV, gas pipeline operators said they were currently working on joint network plans with electricity operators, which include zero-emission scenarios for 2050.

“And that automatically means there will be no fossil gas in the mix by then,” said Jan Ingwersen, general manager of ENTSOG, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas.

The European Commission, for its part, said it would not support new investments in gas infrastructure without a detailed analysis of the carbon reduction they can bring.

“We intend to analyse the potential role of the gas infrastructure in the future energy system, in order to transport and store near zero carbon hydrogen and renewable gases,” Itkonen told EURACTIV.

Gas network chief: ‘By 2050, we assume CO2 emissions from energy will be zero’

Europe’s electricity and gas operators are currently working on a joint network plan based on a carbon budget which includes zero-emission scenarios for 2050. “And that automatically means there will be no fossil gas in the mix by then,” Jan Ingwersen told EURACTIV in an interview.

[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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TAP to contribute to more competitive environment in European gas market

Ср., 04/10/2019 - 11:12

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, will contribute to a more competitive environment in European gas market, Trend reports citing a message from TAP AG consortium.

‘Natural gas consumption in Europe continues to rise. While gas meets 54 percent of energy needs in Italy, it costs around 30 percent more than the European average. Once operational, TAP will diversify supply sources and contribute to a more competitive environment, said the consortium.

TAP project, worth 4.5 billion euros, is one of the priority energy projects for the European Union (EU). The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz Stage 2 to the EU countries.

Connecting with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Greek-Turkish border, TAP will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network.

The project is currently in its construction phase, which started in 2016.

Once built, TAP will offer a direct and cost-effective transportation route opening up the vital Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500-kilometer long gas value chain stretching from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

TAP shareholders include BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A. (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).
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The Energy Union: from vision to reality

Ср., 04/10/2019 - 11:07

The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted today, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans.

Europe is already a global leader in fighting climate change. European policies implemented over the last five years in all policy areas have put the EU on the right track to fully embrace the clean energy transition, seizing the economic opportunities that it offers, creating growth and jobs and a healthier environment for consumers.

Beyond modernising European energy and climate policy, the Energy Union boosts the clean energy transition of the European economy in key sectors, in line with our commitments under the Paris Agreement, while ensuring a socially fair transition. Building a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate and energy policy has been one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission. Today we take stock of the successful implementation of what was but a vision in 2014 of a unified, interconnected, secure and sustainable Energy Union. The report is accompanied by two documents showing progress made in renewable energy and energy efficiency. In parallel the Commission is also putting forward a report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries and a communication for more efficient and democratic decision making in EU energy and climate policy.

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of the Energy Union, said: “The Energy Union is Europe at its best: tackling together the big energy security and energy transition we can’t solve within national borders. From the daunting challenge of the energy transition we made an economic opportunity for all Europeans. To do this, we had to truly transform our energy and climate policies: not just tweaks at the margins but systemic change. No Member State could have delivered on its own. Our report shows how all the Energy Union measures combine to make our policy fit for the future. Today, our framework redirects investments into future oriented technologies and solutions. We have also kick-started measures for industry such as battery manufacturing in Europe, while making sure we’re not leaving any European behind in the transition. It is now for each Member State to follow suit and rapidly integrate national measures on energy, climate, mobility and all other related areas, so Europe leads the way towards climate neutrality by mid-century.”

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: Europe has now in place the world’s most ambitious and advanced climate and energy framework. We agreed all the legislation to meet our 2030 targets, with higher targets for renewables and energy efficiency. But the Energy Union is more than rules and policies: we mobilised record levels of clean energy investments in Europe, we brokered the Paris Agreement and triggered its quick entry into force, we further integrated the European energy market, and we set a long-term vision for climate neutral Europe by 2050. But we still have a long way to go. We need to keep up the deployment of renewable energy across Europe and step up efforts to save more energy. We must embark in a process of transformation with a much greater sense of urgency than I see today. With our climate-neutral strategy by 2050, wehave sketched out how this can be done, and presented a solid analysis of why and how Europe can achieve climate neutrality; why this model can be replicated by other countries in the world; how climate neutrality, economic prosperity and social fairness can and must go together.”

The Energy Union has strengthened the internal energy market and increased the EU’s energy security by investing into new smart infrastructure (including, cross-border), providing a new state-of-the-art market design and introducing a cooperation mechanism between the Member States based on solidarity to respond to potential crises in a more effective and efficient manner.

As the Commission has recently set out in its Communication “A Clean Planet for All”, the energy transition requires a comprehensive economic and societal transformation, engaging all sectors of the economy and society to achieve the transition to climate neutrality by 2050. The Energy Union framework puts Europe on the right path to become a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.

The Juncker Commission has put in place a brand new legislative framework for the Energy Union. The updated legislative framework has enabled the EU to maintain its leadership in climate action by increasing its level of ambition for 2030 in a number of energy related sectors, from increased targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, to targets on emissions from cars, vans and lorries. In addition to the new legislative framework, the Commission has put in place an enabling framework of supporting measures toensure a smooth transition for European industries, regions and cities. A number of targeted initiatives have been created to guarantee all regions and citizens benefit equally from the energy transition. One of these initiatives is the European battery alliance.

The European battery industry has been identified as a strategic value chain for the EU in the context of a strengthened industrial policy strategy. The Energy Union report is accompanied by a separate report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries.

A second Communication published today calls for a strengthening of the democratic accountability of the decision-making process under the Euratom treaty. The European Commission will establish a High Level Group of Experts to assess the state of play of the Euratom Treaty with a view to considering how, on the basis of the current Treaty, its democratic accountability could be improved.

In the same communication, the Commission asks the European Parliament and the Council to reflect on how energy taxation could better contribute to the EU’s energy and climate policy objectives, and how a move to qualified majority voting (QMV) decision-making amongst Member States could help to unlock progress in this area. This strand of work builds on the Commission’s blueprint for a gradual transition to QMV decision-making in all areas of taxation, first published in January.

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Romania: Enel Romania appointed Valeriu Binig Director of Regulatory and Antitrust Affairs

Вт., 04/04/2019 - 11:02

Enel Romania has appointed Valeriu Binig as Director of the Regulatory and Antitrust Department, while Claudia Brânduş, who previously coordinated regulatory activities, joined the European Affairs Department of the Enel Group in Brussels.

Valeriu Binig is one of the most important experts on the local energy market in Romania, having more than 32 years of professional experience in the energy sector, during which he held different positions, from technical and academic ones to consultancy in mergers and acquisitions or attracting funding. He has worked as an engineer responsible for the electricity production, designer, researcher, lecturer, Phare program coordinator, program coordinator within the European Commission Delegation, top manager in utilities companies, administrator and consultant for the energy sector for companies dealing in financial consultancy and investment banking.

As Director of the Regulation and Antitrust Department of Enel Romania, Valeriu Binig will coordinate a team characterized by diversity and high abilities, whose main objective is to define, represent and promote the company’s position on regulatory issues and legislative provisions on competition . He will also be responsible for identifying regulatory trends in order to assess the economic and financial impact of regulations on local business lines as well as addressing regulatory and antitrust issues and relevant stakeholder relations, ensuring and monitoring the compliance of local business lines and defining optimal local strategy.

Prior to joining Enel Romania, Valeriu Binig held senior management positions in consulting companies such as EY Romania or Deloitte Romania, and had active roles in the transformation process of the local energy market, occupying managerial positions in energy distribution and production companies, before the separation of supply and distribution activities in the Romanian energy sector.

He was co-chairman of the Amcham Romania Energy and Environment Committee (2013-2017), member of the Board of Directors of AmCham Romania (2013-2014); President of the Coalition for Development of Romania’s energy (2015, 2017) and partner in the development of the national energy strategy – quantitative modeling (2016). He is currently part of the Energy Policy Group Advisory Council.

Binig graduated from the Faculty of Energy Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He has a doctoral degree in the reliability of energy systems, after attending the Doctoral School at Compiegne University of Technology for 2 years.

At the same time, Claudia Brânduş joins the European Business Unit of Enel Group in Brussels to promote the position, strategy and priorities of the company at European Union level for the countries where Enel is present, except Italy and the Iberian region.

Thus, Claudia Brânduş will be responsible for institutional relations with decision makers in European institutions, as well as for monitoring and analyzing European policies such as energy policy, climate change and environmental policy, research and innovation, competition policy: antitrust, state aid and mergers.

 

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Romania: 23 startups qualified for the country final of the energy focused competition – PowerUp!

Вт., 04/02/2019 - 11:00

Almost 300 start-ups from 24 countries across the CEE region will take part in the fifth edition of the international, energy focused competition for startups – PowerUp!  

Organized by InnoEnergy, the competition provides a unique opportunity for ambitious businesses to secure financial backing and develop their ideas on a global scale. In a few weeks’ time, participants will compete in the first stage of the contest – Country Finals, which, In Romania will take place on April 18, in Bucharest.

The largest number of participants this year have come from Poland, with 46 applications. In second place is Serbia with 29 submitted forms, and third place is Hungary with 27 candidates. Romania had 23 valid applications.

Participants who made it through the registration process will now compete in the Country Finals, which will take place between 29 March and 25 April. The one in Romania will take place on April 18, in Bucharest. Following these, 14 finalists will appear in the Grand Final in Krakow, battling it out for the main prize. This will take place on 21 May at Impact’19, the largest economic conference in the CEE region. Both the Country Finals and Grand Final will be preceded by bootcamps, which are workshops run by leading international business mentors who will help prepare start-ups to present their ideas to a panel of investors and industry experts.

As in previous editions, the competition is supported by a range of external partners. Michał Maćkowiak, Head of Innovation at RAFAKO S.A. explains the reasons behind their support:

“This year is the third year in a row that RAFAKO has been a sponsor of the PowerUp! competition. This is a result of the long-term cooperation we have had with InnoEnergy, both at the European and local level in Poland. The competition gives us a great chance to learn about the latest trends and technologies in areas that are close to what we do as a company, and promise to make a real difference to the future of our planet. These include electromobility, renewable energy sources, alternative fuels or energy storage. It is also a great opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with other partners of the competition”.

Ukrainian company DTEK has also joined the list of Gold Partners this year. Emanuele Volpe, DTEK Chief Innovation Officer said:

“DTEK provides European rules and values ​​in Ukrainian energy markets. Together with the PowerUp! project, we would like to embrace European innovation as well. Innovation is changing the world and we are ready to become part of these changes. We are looking for solutions in gas and coal production, thermal generation, renewable energy, grids, e-mobility, energy efficiency and customer services”.

The number of Partners of the fifth edition of PowerUp! is still growing. The patronage over the competition was taken by the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology from Poland, the Polish National Center for Research and Development, CEEP (Central Europe Energy Partners), AUGA Group from Lithuania and Turkish industrial group Borusan.

 

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Bulgaria: Exhibitors from 14 countries offer good opportunities for distribution and new investment

Пон., 04/01/2019 - 12:29

Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Waste Management & Recycling and Smart Cities Exhibition and Conferences will be held on 16-18 April in IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria. This year’s edition has attracted leading names. The participants will present sustainable and financially rewarding solutions for every municipality, industry, agriculture, and home, aiming to improve its resource efficiency, performance, and competitiveness. Exhibitors from 14 countries will offer good opportunities for distribution and new investments. For the 10th consecutive year, there will be an Austrian Pavilion.

Product Highlights:

  • Autonomous power generation systems that combine the advantages of two sources of energy – sun and wind
  • New generation air-conditioning systems, saving up to 20-60% on energy consumption
  • Gas engine with 49.5% electrical efficiency with a high load range of 30-100% and minimal impact on the environment
  • Recuperators with an efficiency factor of over 90%
  • LED lamps that save up to 8-10 times more electricity
  • Innovation for the rapid realization of hydroelectric power plants
  • Biogas plants that use up to 95% of their biomass
  • Wood chips produced with a new innovative technology
  • Pellet making machines
  • Installations that burn biomass with high moisture content
  • Granulator which saves up to 30% energy than traditional machines
  • Innovation that makes plastics recycling as efficient as possible
  • Equipment for treatment and utilization of biodegradable waste: biogas installations, composting plants, modular systems for stabilization of organic fraction.
  • Sideloaders, bin lift systems, containers
  • Solution for the digitalization and optimization of the urban waste collection cycle that helps increase the recycling rates more than 60%.
  • Cost effective, modular AMI / AMR networks of smart meter
  • Building and industrial automation systems
  • IoT solutions for e-administration, e-health transport
  • Electric vehicles, etc.

 

The parallel program includes:

 

Register for a free visit here.

Brochure

Organizer: www.viaexpo.com

 

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Greece – HAEE: International event about Energy Transition in SA Europe

Ср., 03/27/2019 - 11:42

The HAEE – Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (Greek affiliate of the IAEE – The International Association for Energy Economics) – is organizing its 4th Annual Symposium that will take place at Divani Caravel Hotel, in Athens, Greece, between 6 and 8 May 2019, and will focus on challenging energy, economic and environmental issues.

The Conference aims at providing an international forum for the exchange of ideas, research results, and experiences among experts and professionals engaged in academic, business, government, national and international organizations, working in all areas related to energy, environment and economy.

It is an undeniable fact that we are witnessing a new evolving era in the global energy scene. This volatile environment poses serious questions, challenges and opportunities for countries, industries, professionals and academics. Apart from globally oriented concerns, the Conference will focus on the European energy sector which should constantly cope with uncertainties in the South-Eastern European region, which is a very sensitive area due to continuously changing geopolitical and social conditions.

We are pleased to announce that we anticipate to host more than 100 Paper presentations, and about 100 plenary speakers, where CEOs and Senior Executives of leading energy firms and Directors of key institutions – European and International – such as DG Energy, DG Environment, EPRINC and IFC, and policy makers and political leaders from Greece and abroad, will present and debate their views. As such, numerous projects and investment opportunities will be discussed, as well as the possibility of major international energy players to participate in the Greek energy market.

Learn more about the event.

EnergyWorld Media will support as Media Partner the international event “Energy Transition IV SE Europe and beyond”.

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Leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Israel signed agreement on EastMed pipeline

Пет., 03/22/2019 - 10:18

The Leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Israel met in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, during the sixth Trilateral Greece-Cyprus-Israel Summit, which was also attended by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

The Prime Ministers of Greece and Israel, Alexis Tsipras and Benjamin Netanyahu along with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades agreed upon the significance of the ”EastMed” pipeline.

EastMed is a gigantic project that aims to connect Israel with Cyprus and Greece to transfer natural gas from Eastern Mediterranean to the European Union, strengthening the energy independence of Europe.

The presence of Mike Pompeo signaled the full support of the US to the cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, as the American Administration is committed to promoting Energy security in Europe.

Pompeo interlinked the issues of energy and security and pointed out that when, last week, he spoke with a large group of heads of energy organizations in Houston, he emphasized that the right opportunities are indeed being developed by the creation of infrastructures, and that this will be most beneficial.

He underlined that “the US, Greece, Israel and Cyprus are significant basic partners in security and prosperity,” and that he looks forward to these talks in Jerusalem.

He also pointed out that cooperating on energy issues will strengthen both prosperity and security in these countries, while highlighting that powers like Iran, China and Russia have expansionist tendencies in the Middle East as well as in the West.

“We are free countries, free-market countries, working together and working to create energy infrastructures, this is when better security follows, and if we do it properly we will attract investment and maximize these resources, as it happens when good infrastructures in free markets brings about these results,” Pompeo said.

Tsipras: EastMed will boost security

“Our basic idea is very significant – to create a secure network to transfer energy resources from the region of the Eastern Mediterranean, from Israel, Cyprus and Greece, to Europe,” said Tsipras in brief remarks at the beginning of the summit referring to the planned construction of the EastMed pipeline to transfer gas from Israel and Cyprus to Greece and on to Italy.

Tsipras said its construction will boost dialogue over security in a volatile region and strengthen the economies of the three countries.

An agreement between the three countries on the pipeline was concluded last December at the fifth trilateral summit in Beersheba in Israel.

However, developments on the pipeline are not likely until after the European elections in May as Italy’s signature will be required. Rome has reportedly asked to do this after the elections.

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Electric cars are cheaper to own and run

Вт., 03/14/2019 - 15:13

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research.

The study, according to The Guardian, examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version was the cheapest in all places – UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and Norway – owing to a combination of lower taxes, fuel costs and subsidies on the purchase price.

Researchers from the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) said their report showed that tax breaks are a key way to drive the rollout of electric vehicles and tackle climate change and air pollution.

Savings

Carbon emissions from transport are a big contributor to global warming, but have been rising in recent years in the European Union. Vehicles are also a source of much air pollution, which causes 500,000 early deaths a year
in the EU.

Electric cars offer the biggest savings over diesel in Norway (27%) as the battery-powered vehicles are exempt from a heavy registration tax. The ICCT analysis was updated for the Guardian after recent cuts in the UK’s grants for electric car purchases. It shows British drivers see the smallest saving – 5%. In Germany, France and the Netherlands, the saving varied from 11% to 15%.

Sandra Wappelhorst, from the ICCT, said: “Most trips are within an electric vehicle’s range, and it is the battery electric vehicle that turns out to be the most cost effective over four years. But if you’re a country doctor, who might have to respond to emergency calls at odd hours in odd places, you’ll have to evaluate a battery electric car differently to a London surgeon.”

Cost is not the only factor

Wappelhorst said financial incentives for electric cars would not be needed when purchase prices fall to that of fossil-fuel powered cars, which is likely between 2025 and 2030. “It will happen, because battery costs are dropping and that means that the initial price of the vehicles will drop as well,” she added.

Cost is not the only factor, Wappelhorst said. While electric car owners can also benefit from reduced parking and road toll charges, they need to be confident there are sufficient charging points. Regulation is also needed to push car manufacturers toward low-emission vehicles, she said.

The analysis showed plug-in hybrid vehicles were often the most expensive to run over four years, in part due to the higher purchase of vehicles that in effect have two engines.

James Tate, at the University of Leeds, and colleagues published a study in December 2017 looking at the costs of motoring in the UK, US and Japan. It focused on depreciation and fuel costs and also found electric cars were cheapest: electricity much is less expensive than petrol or diesel.

Tate said the UK government could do more to drive the growth of electric cars. “My view is that the UK should do much more to steer the market away from the most polluting and inefficient cars, ie SUVs/4×4 which are continuing to grow in sales,” he said. “These large, heavy vehicles burden us and the climate with unnecessary CO2 and air pollutants. A taxation policy that rises with fuel consumption rates, such as in the Netherlands and Norway is overdue.”

UK taxation does increase with emissions for company cars, but not for privately owned ones.

E-cars sales

In 2018, the sales of new electric cars in the UK rose by 21%, reaching a market share of 6%. In contrast, diesel car sales plummeted by 30%, though this was still a 32% market share.

Tate said carmakers, still reeling from the diesel emissions scandal, were struggling to keep up. “Demand for electric vehicles is out-stripping supply. Manufacturers are scaling up production and developing new models, but have been caught out by the rapid change in the market.”

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The UK government’s enthusiasm for electric cars is clear, but it must ensure its policies are clear and consistent so private and fleet buyers can make purchasing decisions that aren’t undermined by policy shifts further down the road.”

Amazon bets big on new electric car startup Rivian

The electric car market is about to get another major player. Electric car startup Rivian (pictured) has announced it has secured $US700m ($980m) in funding from an Amazon-led group of investors.

The cash injection will help the maker expand and bring its electric ute and SUV to market by 2020. Rivian turned heads at the Los Angeles motor show in November last year with its futuristic R1T all-electric dual-cab ute concept.

Rivian would beat Tesla to market with an electric ute. Tesla boss Elon Musk has been hyping one for years but has yet to release any concrete details. Late last year Musk tweeted that the company may reveal a prototype this year.

However, Rivian has been more forthcoming with details of its future green workhorse.

The R1T will be available in two versions with 135kWh or 180kWh battery packs, with respective theoretical range of 500km and 640km.

All are all-wheel drive – electric motors power each wheel, with torque vectoring to ensure optimum grip. Power figures vary with specification: the base makes 563kW/1120Nm and the top-spec prioritises range over power, making 522kW/1120Nm. An 800kg payload and towing capacity of up to 5000kg give the R1T the muscle to back up its claims. It can also handle some of the rough stuff with a wading depth of up to a metre.

Rivian also debuted a R1S seven-seat SUV concept at the LA show. The R1S would have a range of between 330km and 660km depending on battery specification. Rivian boss RJ Scaringe says the company has “spent years developing the technology to deliver the ideal vehicle for active customers”.

“This means having great driving dynamics on any surface on or off-road, providing cargo solutions to easily store any type of gear … and, very importantly, being capable of driving long distances on a single charge.”

Both vehicles will be priced from $US65,000 ($91,000) after electric vehicle incentives which range from $US2500-$7500 ($3500-$10,500) depending on battery size.

If Rivian can get the two vehicles to market by the proposed 2020 launch date, it will have the market segment to itself – no other maker plans a ute or seven-seat SUV so soon. Jaguar recently launched its mid-size I-Pace SUV, to compete against Tesla’s Model X. Joining them in the next 12 to 18 months will be the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQ C SUVs. In 2020, Porsche will launch the Taycan electric sports car and Volkswagen will launch the ID hatch.

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Nord Stream 2 eyes way to curb EU oversight of $9.5bn pipeline

Вт., 03/14/2019 - 13:42

The group building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import Russian gas into Germany is exploring plans to hive off its last 50km into a separate company, a move that would undermine EU plans to regulate the entire $9.5bn project.

Under the proposal, a new company would own and manage the small part of the undersea pipeline within German territorial waters. While this section would be subject to EU rules, the rest of Nord Stream 2 — nearly 1,200km through the Baltic Sea — would remain outside the bloc’s jurisdiction, according to three people familiar with the plans. The plan, while in its early stages, could stoke further criticism of Nord Stream 2, owned by Russia’s Gazprom, which some central and eastern European member states charge is counter to EU efforts to diversify its energy sources.

The US has threatened sanctions against the project and criticised Germany for its strong support for the pipeline. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic worry that Moscow could use the pipeline to reduce gas shipments through Ukraine and deny Kiev an important source of revenue. The corporate structure being considered for Nord Stream 2 would substantially undermine expectations raised by an EU decision last month that the project would be subject to the bloc’s energy rules. Applying EU rules — including measures insisting on non-discriminatory tariffs and access for third parties — was expected to change the project’s economics. If the rules are limited to the portion of the pipeline in German waters, this impact would be limited.

“This will move the debate from a legal or technical one into a purely political discussion,” said a senior European diplomat briefed on the proposal. Germany and Gazprom maintain that Nord Stream 2 is a purely economic project needed to replace Europe’s declining gas supplies. Moscow contends that US hostility to the project is motivated by a desire to hurt Russian business interests and support exports of American LNG into Europe. The plan to split the pipeline into separate companies echoes the ownership structure used for pipes known as Opal, which are within Germany and link the first Nord Stream pipeline, in operation since 2011, into the country’s gas network. The proposal to split the offshore portions of Nord Stream 2 has not yet been discussed with German regulators, who will be responsible for applying EU rules.

Both the German economy ministry and Nord Stream 2 declined to comment on the idea of creating an EU-regulated “stub” for part of the project. The company and ministry said they were awaiting the final text of the new EU legislation, which is expected to come into force this summer. Gazprom owns the entire Nord Stream 2 project but has financing agreements with five European partners — Anglo-Dutch Shell, Engie of France, OMV of Austria, and Uniper and Wintershall of Germany. However, Gazprom and the Russian government say the project will be built regardless of EU support or investment from its potential partners. The pipeline is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with only Denmark still to issue required permits.

Source: Financial Times

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Smart cities that… live in the future

Ср., 03/13/2019 - 14:19

If you know where to look, you can travel to the future today. During the past, businesses used to hide their findings in labs, but in our days latest technologies, like autonomous cars and drones, first have to be tested and finalized in the real world before entering our lives.

Indeed, there are cities around the globe that are hosting certain smart and innovative ideas, providing their citizens with the opportunity to have a look at what could be a part of modern culture in the years to come.

Below you can see which cities of the world … already live in the future:

Pittsburgh, USA

Pittsburgh is a city well known for its iron and steel industry, which has been turned into a research hub for autonomous vehicles. Uber, Ford and Aurora have offices there, while other companies plan to move into the city, according to its authorities. Pittsburgh is also home to the Carnegie Mellon University, where innovative work on autonomous vehicles begun decades ago, while also being a longterm leader in the fields of mechanics and robotics.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik hosts a fully automated program of deliveries by unmanned drones – while it is also one of the few places on the planet where someone can have something delivered by drone.

Moscow, Russia

The Russian capital has a network of 146,000 cameras to watch the city’s streets, the citizens, visitors and businesses. The cameras are used to evaluate that trash has been collected, that speed regulations are enforced and that snow has been removed.

Chicago, USA

Chicago is ever closer to its goal of using sensors for traffic conditions. Indeed, through the project Array of Things, it has the target of watching traffic quality and circulation in every corner of the city through the positioning of sensors over many intersections.

San Francisco, USA

Silicon Valley is the birthplace of the digital revolution and it turned San Francisco into the city of the future.
Walk the city and surely you will encounter electric vehicles and wheeled robots that make deliveries to customers. It should be noted that the area was not always a technology hub, however the Pentagon’s investment helped this American city turn into a technology hub for the 21st century.

Duqm, Oman

Duqm in Oman, 550km south of capital Muscat, aims to become the new Dubai. The former seaside village will be fully transformed into the country’s industrial center, with a refinery, a methanol plant, a car factory, houses and schools for the 100,000 inhabitants it plans to incorporate.

Malaysia

Malaysia’s incredibly ambitious plan is called “the City of Forests” or “the City of the Future”, This ecocity’s smart buildings will be covered by plants and roofs of interconnected buildings where one will be able to walk without having to descend to ground level. The “City of Forests” is realized on four artificial islands and will be completed by 2035.

Neom, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia builds the super-technological Neom city near the Red Sea, which is planned to become the kingdom’s flagship. It will be supplied exclusively by renewables, the internet will be free and extremely fast everywhere and public transportation will be automated. Neom will be 33 times larger than New York, it will cost 550 bil. Dollars (490 bil. Euros) and its construction will be completed by 2030.

Lusail, Qatar

Lusail (main picture) is a city under construction 1.5 km outside Qatar’s capital, Doha. It will be 100% sustainable, with futuristic buildings designed not to waste any water. 400,000 people will be able to live inside its borders. In 2022 it will host some of the World Cup’s games.

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Albania sets its own path on energy transition

Вт., 03/12/2019 - 14:14

Albania is now in a process of strong restructuring of the regulatory environment in the energy sector. The new legal and regulatory framework seeks to address a wide range of issues, including institutional reforms, promotion and increased energy efficiency and renewable energy generation capacity, the establishment of new electricity tariffs, the development of an organized electricity market as well as integration within the broader regional electricity markets and, finally, the EU’s internal electricity market.

The reform efforts that began in 2006 with membership in the Energy Community were finalized with the adoption of a new law on the electricity sector in 2015. While the reform has slowed down a little over the past two years, in recent months the Council of Ministers and key stakeholders have found new impetus under the impulse of European integration process to continue with sectorial reform. The process materialized through the approval of the strategic plan for reforming the energy sector in Albania in December, 2018.

Today, the country is on the verge of implementing the steps of reforms, which include, among others, the complete unbundling of OSHEE, the creation of an energy power exchange (APEX) and the gradual opening of the retail market along with the creation of a a competitive wholesale market. The liberalisation of the wholesale market alongside bilateral trade (OTC) and forward trading, includes the day-ahead and day-to-day markets, such as the balanced electricity market, where the formation of prices is expected to be freely formed on the basis of scarcity signals, competition and investment needs.

Concerning the above, it is essential to mention that the strategic document came as part of the loan-based instrument of reform policy. The political based loan (PBL) is a tool in which funds from an international financial institution are lent to a public market operator on the basis of the implementation of specific policy reforms listed in the strategic plan of energy (PRE). Furthermore, it should be noted that the strategic plan reviews and implements Albania’s international commitments, particularly with regard to the accession process in the Energy Community and the EU.

In general, the strategic plan includes a comprehensive set of measures and represents a major reform for the energy sector with multiple targets, such as structural, operational and financial. The PRE aims to create an organized market based on the EU model, which is guided by the principles of being transparent, non-discriminatory and sustainable over a long period of time, based on free-price formation through competition.

Key efforts contained in this reform can be summarized as the creation of a transparent and non-discriminatory access and tariffs, the bust of the role of the independent regulator, competitive and transparent setting of prices, fair support schemes with minimum-risk for vulnerable categories, a transparent and non-discriminatory support scheme for producers of renewable energy, etc.

The benefits of these radical changes are expected to lead to the creation of a market that produces, transmits and consumes electricity efficiently, as well as an environment that offers opportunities to investors with the highest profitability. However, in the short term, the main benefit of the reform is the creation of a market with added value for energy assets and public money. It is also very important to recognize and address all risks associated with the partial implementation of this strategic reform.

Loan Based Reform Policy in the Energy Sector

The strategic plan for reforming the energy sector, concluded in December, 2018, contains elements of reform (PRE), which should be implemented by the Albanian authorities and key entities of the power sector to finalize the sector reform efforts that started several years ago. The plan and especially the timing of the reform steps are in line with Albania’s international obligations and steps taken to improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the sector.

They are designed in such a way as to form the basis for a political based loan (PBL) to be implemented during 2018 to 2020. The PBL will consist of two periods; implementation and monitoring. The first period is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 and continue until the third quarter of 2019, while the second period is from the fourth quarter of 2019 to the third quarter of 2020.

Most of the reform policy elements are included in the first implementation period as they are designed to promote the key elements of reforms that seem feasible in the first year and are essential to implement before further steps are taken. Implementation is realistic and is based on the condition that there is sufficient political will after the implementation of the reform.

Regarding the content of the reform policy elements, they are, according to the design, focused on the elements of high-level reform that are crucial to a successful restructuring of the sector. These elements of the reform policy will achieve institutional improvements in the system, market-based measures and the implementation of fair and transparent practices throughout the value chain in the electricity system.

The implementation of the reform policy elements for each term constitutes the condition for disbursing the financial element of the PBL. More specifically, the monitoring of the elements of the reform policy will include an assessment that determines whether the sector has met the conditions and, therefore, qualifies for disbursement.

* Dr Lorenc Gordani, Independent Adviser in Energy Policy & Law, Regulation & Infrastructure in Albania

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World: Tender announced for 100 MW solar PV plant in Uzbekistan

Пон., 03/11/2019 - 16:01

A tender for the design, financing, construction and operation of the solar photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 100 MW in Navoi region of Uzbekistan was announced with the assistance of the International Finance Corporation to attract private investors.

The Project site is located approximately 30 km west of Navoi city. While the boundaries of the site are still being finalised, the site area is expected to be in the range of 250 to 300 ha to allow for significant DC oversizing. The site has good road access and is located close to the JSC Uzbekenergo 220 kV network.

Uzbekistan has local producers of both electrical equipment and electrical cabling.  Although procurement from such local producers is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory and will not be considered in the evaluation of Prequalified Bidders’ Proposals.

Request for Prequalification (RFQ) of the project was published on the 1st of February 2019. Prequalification Application Submission Deadline is 19th March.

This is a pioneering project and a great opportunity for Uzbekistan to develop its untapped renewable energy potential. The project announced as well as a number of both new constrcution and modernization projects (hydro/solar/wind) will be discussed during Energy Week Uzbekistan in Tashkent on 11-13 June. Request more information on the event’s official website: www.uzenergyweek.com

 

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“Fair wind” for wind energy in Greece

Пон., 03/11/2019 - 14:38

Wind energy in Greece grew significantly in 2018, according to statistics released by the Greek Wind Association, ELETAEN.

More specifically, last year 103 new wind turbines were connected to the grid with a total capacity of 191.6 MW, which corresponds to an annual growth rate of 7.2% compared to the end of 2017.

Installations and manufacturers

During the same period, 15.43 MW of older wind turbines were uninstalled and they are already replaced by new ones (repowering). Thus, the total of wind capacity at the end of 2018 either in commercial or test operation stood at 2,828.5 MW. This capacity is installed mostly in the interconnected system (2,518.5 MW) and non-connected islands (310 MW of which 15.43 MW in repowering).

Geographically, Sterea Ellada remains at the top of wind installations with 907 MW (32%) and Peloponnese follows with 550 MW (19%), as well as Eastern Macedonia-Thrace with 375 MW (13%).

As for the companies, the first five are Terna Energy with 536.1 MW (19%), El.Tech.Anemos with 285.6 MW (10.1%), Iberdrola Rokas with 250.7 MW (8.9%), EDF EN Hellas with 238.2 MW (8.4%) and EREN with 210.9 MW (7.5%).

When it comes to the manufacturers, Vestas has supplied 52.5% of total wind capacity in Greece, Enercon has 22%, Siemens Gamesa 19% and Nordex 5.3%. Specifically for 2018, Vestas provided 78.2% of the systems, Enercon 15.5% and Siemens Gamesa 6.3%.

Furthermore, at the end of 2018 over 500 MW of new wind farms were under construction and are expected to operate within the next 18 months.

Ladakakos: Licensing must be simplified for wind energy

The radical simplification and redesign of the licensing process in wind energy are a basic prerequisite of the sector for 2019, as ELETAEN’s chairman, Panagiotis Ladakakos, said during its annual event.

Mr. Ladakakos noted during his speech that 2018 was a hallmark year. It was the year when the first tenders took place and the first projects with no Feed in Tariff operated. “The cycle we began 25 years ago, in 1994, closes”, he characteristically said. Mr. Ladakakos set the effort for a radical simplification and redesign of the licensing process as a priority for this year and he ended by saying:

“Our country’s vision must not simply be to ‘achieve the goals’. Our vision is to lead in Europe. To turn our country into a green energy exporter. To make use of our rich wind potential and contribute to the geostrategic upgrade of Greece in the energy game of the South-Southeast Mediterranean. With our powers we will try to serve that vision”.

During the celebratory event, the Aiolos awards were presented:

– To businessman Paris Mouratoglou of EREN Groupe for his contribution in developing wind energy and his commitment to realizing significant investments in our country. The award was already made by ELETAEN’s chairman in Paris.

– To professor Theodosios Tasios. Theodosios Tasios is a multi-faceted personality, whose knowledge, interests and interventions far exceed the limits of engineering and extend to ethics and philosophy. Through his rational intervening speech he systematically answers populist and technophobic cries against wind energy. The award was presented by ELETAEN’s general manager, Mr. Panagiotis Papastamatiou.

– To Giannis Koukis from Anypsotiki. It is a good example of a Greek company that beginning in our country showed significant extroversion and is now active in over 25 countries in the business of transferring and erecting wind turbines. The award was presented by the ministry’s advisor, Mr. Dimitris Tsekeris.

Offshore wind farms grew in Europe

New installations of 2,649 MW were added in Europe during 2018, a rise of 15.8%, according to WindEurope.

Now, the total capacity in Europe stands at 18,499 MW with 105 farms in 11 different countries.

As the association’s chairman, Gilles Dickson said, “technology continues to advance. Wind turbines are becoming larger and their cost continues to drop. It is no longer more expensive to build offshore wind farms than it is to build coal or gas plants”.

It is notable that the average capacity of each wind turbine rose last year to 6.8 MW or 15% more than 2017.

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