First floating offshore wind project off Wales moves step closer to development

first_imgFirst floating offshore wind project off Wales moves step closer to development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Green:Wales’ first floating wind project took a major step forward this week, after the Crown Estate awarded seabed rights to developers to build the 96MW demonstration project in the Celtic Sea.If final planning consent is granted, the Erebus project would be installed approximately 44km from the shore and will allow developer Blue Gem Wind – a joint venture between French oil giant Total and developer Simply Blue Energy – to trial floating wind technology in water depths of 70 metres.“Welsh waters are home to a thriving offshore wind industry and as this continues to evolve and mature, innovation will be vital to unlocking a sustainable pipeline of new capacity over the longer term,” head of energy development at the Crown Estate Will Apps said. “With an increasingly busy marine environment, we need to explore new technologies in more diverse and technically challenging areas which is why we are delighted to see the Erebus project take this important step.”Floating wind technology does not rely on traditional fixed foundations and allows wind projects to be installed in deeper waters where wind yields are higher. While in its infancy today, the technology is anticipated to grow rapidly over the decades to come and play a steering role in helping the UK deliver 75GW of offshore wind by mid-century, a target set by government climate advisors the Committee on Climate Change. Research centre Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult estimates that the Celtic Sea alone could support up to 50GW of offshore capacity, while supporting thousands of jobs in Wales and southwest England.The leasing deal is one of a number of offshore wind milestones recently marked in Wales by the Crown Estate. Last month, it granted seabed rights for a 106-square kilometre extension to the Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm off the coast of North Wales. The extension, if consented, will add 576MW of capacity to one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. And last year, the Crown Estate included the Northern Wales and Irish Sea Bidding Area in the first UK offshore wind leasing round held in a decade. Projects picked in Offshore Leasing Round 4 could be operational by 2030, it said, with projects set to be identified later this year through a competitive tender process.[Cecilia Keating]More: Wales’ maiden floating offshore wind project secures seabed rightslast_img read more

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Foul play suspected in death of British AIDS expert

first_img Share 72 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsRegional Foul play suspected in death of British AIDS expert by: – May 17, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Hilary Hudges AugustinCASTRIES, St Lucia – Questions are being raised about the death of an Englishwoman who relocated to St Lucia with her Rastafarian husband.Hilary Hughes-Augustin, an expert on AIDS, died in a St Lucia hospital two weeks after she was admitted for the treatment of undisclosed injuries.The 50-year-old woman’s death was initially believed to be a “sudden accident”, but police told Britain’s Mail on Sunday that it was now the subject of a “possible murder” investigation after a post-mortem examination raised suspicions of foul play.According to the report, Hughes-Augustin’s devastated father Barry Hughes, a professor of civil engineering at Birmingham University, said he was waiting for news from the police following his daughter’s death earlier this month.“There’s not much we can say at the moment. We may know more in a few days,” he told the newspaper.Police initially said Hughes-Augustin, who styled her hair in dreadlocks after marrying a local Rastafarian understood to be Cleus Augustin, had been the victim of a tragic accident.But, according to the Mail report, Sergeant Emmanuel, acting inspector in charge of the criminal investigation division of the Royal St Lucia Police, said: “What was thought to be an accident could now turn into a murder investigation.”“The evidence warrants a full criminal investigation. We need to establish the merit of this case and have not ruled out this being a murder as opposed to an accident, as was originally thought,” the officer reportedly said.A doctor at the hospital where Hughes-Augustin was treated said a post-¬mortem examination concluded that her death “was not sudden” as police had said, the Mail report continued.The Mail also noted that Hughes-Augustin had petitioned for divorce against her husband in April last year. She was seeking to have the marriage dissolved on the grounds that it had lasted less than five years.Police were quoted as saying that Hughes-Augustin and her husband bought a small house in the rural north-west of the island.  Officers paid her a visit after she complained of being defrauded in a land transaction. “She wanted to press charges, but there was ¬insufficient evidence,” said police, according to the report.The late Hilary Hughes-Augustin was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and attended King’s High School for Girls, a £10,000-a-year day school in Warwick. She later graduated from the University of York.During her career as an expert on AIDS and sexual health, she worked around the world advising major non-profit organisations and served as director of an international development company.She previously worked in health care in Eastern Europe, the United States and Switzerland. In October 2009 she started her own company, Hughes Consulting, from the Caribbean, specialising in advising on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer unfazed by prospect of Novak Djokovic taking his Grand Slam record

first_img Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic relies on mental strength after ‘most demanding’ match of his career Wimbledon 2019: 7 crazy facts from historic Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer match Wimbledon 2019: Best reactions to Novak Djokovic’s insane win over Roger Federer “For now it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon. I think it’s a mindset. I’m very strong at being able to move on because I don’t want to be depressed about actually an amazing tennis match.”This one is more straightforward maybe in some ways because we didn’t have the rain delays, we didn’t have the night coming in and all that stuff. But sure, epic ending, so close, so many moments.”Sure, there’s similarities. But you got to go dig, see what they are. I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarity I see.” Federer has the most in men’s singles, with 20, while Nadal sits between the pair with 18.Ahead of his 38th birthday next month, Federer was asked for his thoughts on being overhauled by one or both of his younger rivals, but the Swiss insisted it was not something that drove him to continued success. Related News “I take motivation from different places,” he told a media conference. “Not so much from trying to stay ahead because I broke the record, and if somebody else does, well, that’s great for them.”You can’t protect everything anyway. I didn’t become a tennis player for that. I really didn’t.”It’s about trying to win Wimbledon, trying to have good runs here, playing in front of such an amazing crowd in this Centre Court against players like Novak and so forth. That’s what I play for.”A final to go down in history…With shots like this from @RogerFederer, it’s easy to see why #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/4MzRItnTAX— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2019Federer’s defeat — at the end of a final set which went to a tie-break after he and Djokovic were level at 12-12 — brought back memories of his epic 2008 decider against Nadal at the All England Club, when the Spaniard prevailed over five classic sets.”Similar to ’08 maybe, I will look back at it and think, ‘well, it’s not that bad after all,'” Federer reflected. Roger Federer is not worried about Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal potentially usurping him as the most successful player in the history of men’s tennis following his Wimbledon defeat.World number one Djokovic won a five-set, near five-hour marathon 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) on Centre Court on Sunday to claim his fifth Wimbledon crown and the 16th grand slam title of his career.last_img read more

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