Report: UK’s 2017 Offshore Wind Development Activity Highest Since 2010

first_img830 wind turbines are currently under construction off the UK and seven new sites are expected to reach first power by the end of the year, according to the Offshore Wind Operational Report published by The Crown Estate.This level of development activity has not been seen since 2010, The Crown Estate said.Investment opportunities and risk profiles in the offshore wind industry have started attracting a broader pool of investors to the sector, with pensions funds and corporates entering the market for the first time, including at the construction phase, the report said.The industry has also lately seen examples of significant investment in operations and maintenance bases across a number of the UK’s regional ports and harbours, bringing local investment and job creation.Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure at The Crown Estate said: “2016 has been another strong year for the UK offshore wind sector, as demonstrated by this latest report, which helps open up some of the key lessons and trends from the past year, further arming the industry as it strives to take best advantage of the UK’s world-class offshore wind resource. Together with the conclusions of the latest CfD round in the months ahead, this report offers growing evidence of offshore wind’s competitiveness as a low-carbon energy resource.”The report said that the UK currently has 1,463 offshore wind turbines in operation.last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Black Stars arrive in Ghana after Round of 16 exit

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana have arrived safely into the country after exiting the 2019 AFCON tournament at the Round of 16 stage at the hands of Tunisia.The players arrived at the Kotoka International Airport around 3:00 am.The team was without Christian Atsu who picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Cameroon and returned to his parent-club, Newcastle United for treatment.Reports also suggest that some of the players have already left to their various clubs a day after the loss to the North Africans.The team that arrived comprised of the technical staff of the head coach, Asamoah Gyan, Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Richard Ofori, Kwabena Owusu, Lumor Agbenyenu who were all in a sombre mood.The usual team mood prior to the games at the tournament had always been joyous, with lots of singing and dancing but their arrival was in stark contrast, with hardly any fuss being made by the players or the staff.Kwesi Appiah and his men were looking at making it a fifth AFCON title but their dreams were cut short following the defeat to the Carthage Eagles.Embed from Getty ImagesThe team lost to Tunisia on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after regulation time.Tunisia scored the first goal in the second half courtesy Khenissi before Rami Bedoui scored an own goal to send the game into extra time.Caleb Ekuban missed the only penalty of the shootouts as Tunisia won their first game against the Black Stars of Ghana at a major competition.last_img read more