European power generation projects take shape

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A number of European power generation projects came to the attention of the CapProCon news desk this week, all of which are likely to be of interest to those moving heavy and oversize project cargoes on the Continent.

Simec Atlantis Energy and the French regional government of Normandy formally established their Normandie Hydrolienne joint venture (JV). The new company plans to commission its first tidal array in 2021 before rolling out larger projects from 2022.

NEC Energy Solutions has won two turnkey contracts for energy storage projects with a capacity of 19 MW in the UK. One 9 MW project is located at the port of Tilbury, while the second is the 10 MW Lower Road facility in Brentwood, Essex.

Origami Energy initally developed the projects, which were acquired by Gore Street Energy Storage Fund. Construction starts at Tilbury in December 2018 and at Lower Road in January 2019. Commercial operations are scheduled to start in mid-2019.

UK energy department BEIS allocated a draft budget of GBP60 mn (USD76.5 mn) for the next contracts for difference (CfD) renewables auction, due to kick off in spring 2019. Critics of the proposal have questioned how the remaining USD497 mn set aside for future auctions will be spent.

Meanwhile, the port of Cromarty Firth committed to a GBP30 mn (USD38.2 mn) expansion project at Invergordon in Scotland to build a new quayside that will serve as a construction hub for offshore wind farms.

This follows the recent announcement of a GBP10 mn contract from Moray East offshore wind farm to become the intermediate port for their 95-turbine development.

The 218 m quayside and 9 acres of laydown area has been designed as serve as a new energy and cruise hub. It will be completed by 2020 and will be able to accommodate large-scale renewable energy, decommissioning and oil and gas projects.

Polish power projects

Also in the renewables arena, EDP Renewables secured a 15-year contract at a Polish onshore wind auction to sell electricity to be produced by the 38 MW Korsze wind farm. The project is located in the northeastern Poland, with installation turbine expected to take place in in 2020.

innogy won the tender for two offshore wind energy project in Poland with a combined output of 85.2 MW. The company will operate the 33MW Zukowice wind farm in Lower Silesia, along with the 52.2 MW in Western Pomerania.

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