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This morning the Government released their Future for small-scale low-carbon generation: A consultation on a Smart Export Guarantee. Proposals in the consultation include compensation for small-scale generators for the value of their exported electricity, a new framework which allows the market to develop and increasing the role of small-scale generators in a smarter energy system through the use of smart meters and time of use tariffs. The REA campaigned for the introduction of a market based solution such as this in their response to the Call for Evidence on Support for Small Scale Power last year. The consultation is set to close on the 5th March 2019. James Court, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association said: ““These proposals could usher in a new era for small-scale renewables and offer a subsidy free means for homeowners and businesses to generate their own low-cost, low-carbon electricity. “It was clear that no-one should be asked to give away electricity for free, and we strongly advocated for a market based solution and are pleased this approach has been adopted. Whilst the details around the transition from the former subsidy scheme will be important, this signal of support for the

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Jan De Nul Group has successfully completed the installation and burial of the two main subsea umbilicals for the exploitation of new gas fields in the West Nile Delta concessions, located in the North Alexandria region. Specifically for this project, Jan De Nul Group reconfigured its multi-purpose vessel Willem de Vlamingh into an efficient Umbilical Installation Vessel. The two umbilicals, with a total length of 69 km, were loaded in Norway in May 2018 and transported to Egypt. The challenging installation campaign started with a 3-km beach pull for which the Willem de Vlamingh positioned in water depths of only 7 m. Water depths significantly increased along the route. The campaign was successfully finalized early August 2018 with the precise installation of the Umbilical Termination Assembly at 600 metres water depth. In order to safeguard the critical main umbilical, installation and burial were performed in parallel: Willem de Vlaminghinstalled the umbilical onto the seabed, directly followed by Isaac Newton for simultaneous burying of the umbilical using the jet trenching method. Wouter Vermeersch, Manager Cables and Umbilicals at Jan De Nul Group: “We are very proud to have executed this umbilical installation campaign. It again proves our versatile approach and expertise in various

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Prominent Turkish ship owners Advantage Tankers & Advantage Products (with Genel Denizcilik acting as the technical management company), have selected Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 for ballast water treatment throughout their combined fleet. The recently signed fleet agreement covers a range of PureBallast 3 system types, as well as deckhouses and a service agreement. Advantage Tankers & Advantage Products have a fleet comprising 16 tankers today. To ensure the ballast water compliance of thier vessels, the companies have chosen to work with Alfa Laval. A total of 33 PureBallast systems, including skid-mounted PureBallast 3 Compact systems and PureBallast 3 Ex systems for up to 3000 m3/h, will be retrofitted across the fleet. “After an in-depth evaluation of the solutions on the market, we concluded that Alfa Laval and PureBallast 3 are the ideal solution for our fleet,” says Aydin Aydin, Energy Manager at Advantage Tankers & Advantage Products. “PureBallast 3 offers reliable compliance with an excellent fit for the very large flows aboard our Aframax, Suezmax and product tankers.” Extensive deliveries and dedicated service Alfa Laval’s deliveries to Advantage Tankers & Advantage Products will stretch from March 2019 to March 2021. Besides the PureBallast 3 systems themselves, they will include deckhouse solutions for the five

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18 December 2018 – LUKOIL Marine Lubricants have successfully taken home two awards which recognise their continual development and contributions within the marine industry. LUKOIL Marine Lubricants received two awards in the category of innovation. The first was the Technology/Innovation Award at the Fifth Annual Maritime Standard Awards, for developing and enhancing the iCOlube unit; the second received at Dubai Maritime Summit, where the team took home the Dubai Maritime Innovation Award, for their pioneering efforts to advance creativity and innovation in the local maritime sector. June Manoharan, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants’ Director, who attended both ceremonies, commented on the recent wins: “We are very honoured and grateful to receive this appreciation of our work. We are extremely proud of how far we have come as an organisation; within just ten years of operation we have already positioned ourselves as a technology leader.” For example, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants was the first lubricant supplier in the market to realize and react to a new concern of engine manufacturers that the 40 BN lubricants available in the market did not seem to provide sufficient detergency to handle 0.1 and 0.5% fuels. Offering a solution to this problem for the years leading up to 2020 and beyond,

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The Ramboll Group has entered into an agreement to acquire the US engineering and design consultancy OBG, adding 900 experts within water, energy, environment and advanced manufacturing with effect of 1 January 2019. With the acquisition Ramboll now has 2,000 experts in the US and 15,000 globally. Copenhagen, 17. December 2018 The acquisition of OBG is an exciting step forward in Ramboll’s strategic ambition to grow in the US and strengthen its portfolio within water, energy and environmental services, making Ramboll a multidisciplinary player in the US. “We are very excited to be welcoming OBG’s 900 experts to Ramboll,” says Group CEO Jens-Peter Saul. “Growing in North America has been a strategic priority for us since we established our US presence in 2014 with the successful acquisition of ENVIRON.” “Together with OBG we can build on the platform we have developed in the US. By combining our analytical and consulting-oriented business in the US with the strong project execution capabilities of OBG, we will be able to deliver full-scale, integrated solutions to our clients - from front-end consulting work to back-end execution,” Jens-Peter Saul says. OBG is also culturally a perfect match for Ramboll he adds. “Like Ramboll, OBG is a highly purpose-driven company with

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Cargostore has always focussed on exceeding customer service expectations, which is why a new 24 hour phone answering service and web shop for replenishable container supplies was part of its recent website update. “As a global company, we understand that many of our customers and clients need to get in touch outside of London working hours and we intend to be available at all times.“ says Cargostore Managing Director, Justin Farrington Smith. The 24/7 telephone service provides round-the-clock support for anyone calling in; be it for messages, requesting quotations, or for other general inquiries. The web shop has provided a convenient way for existing customers to easily purchase online and cut ordering time to a minimum. This is particularly useful for clients who need supplies in a limited time frame. Slings, tarpaulins, twistlocks, absorpoles and other container accessories can be purchased with the click of a button.

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New scientific study models full energy transition across power, heat, and transport sectors KATOWICE, Poland (December 12, 2018) – As climate discussions are underway among global leaders at COP24, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, a new report released Tuesday showcases the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The new scientific study shows that the transition to 100% renewable energy will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuel and nuclear energy system, and lead greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2050. The study’s financial case for an energy transition becomes even stronger when taking into account significant projected job growth and the indirect economic benefits for health, security, and the environment, that were not factored into the study. Undertaken by LUT University and Energy Watch Group, the first-of-its-kind scientific modeling study has simulated a full energy transition in Europe across the power, heat, transport, and desalination sectors by 2050. The study’s publication came after approximately four and a half years of data collection, and technical and financial modeling under the research and analysis of 14 scientists. “This report confirms that a transition to 100% renewable energy across all sectors is possible and

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The Alfa Laval Gas Combustion Unit (GCU) has been chosen for boil-off gas management on more than half of the LNG carriers built during 2018. This brings the total number of GCUs sold to well over 100 units, with new developments promising still greater market potential. Since buying the fledgling technology from Snecma in 2013, Alfa Laval has proven the GCU concept and built up a strong position for the product in the LNG market. This simple and reliable incineration unit for boil-off gas, with few components and a minimal number of interfaces and moving parts, now has a long track record among the largest LNG ship owners. In 2018, the GCU has been the choice for the majority of LNG newbuilds. “The Alfa Laval GCU has proven a very good solution for our needs,” says  Miltos Zisis, Innovation and Technology Manager at GasLog. GasLog, which manages one of the world’s largest LNG fleets, purchased the 100th GCU from Alfa Laval. “Between its compactness and simplicity, the GCU is easily integrated into our LNG carriers and provides the high reliability we demand.” Continued GCU development Today the GCU is central to the Alfa Laval portfolio of systems for LNG, which also includes the renowned

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THREE60 Energy, a fast-growing energy services provider, has appointed Walter Thain as Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr Thain will be responsible for leading strategic growth across the group, broadening its technical and geographic capability and extending its footprint in key energy markets. As CEO of the North Sea business for THREE60, he has played a critical role in the development of the group, since joining in March of this year. A senior industry leader with nearly three decades' experience, Mr Thain joined THREE60 from Petrofac, where he held key roles in the UK and UAE, most recently as Managing Director, West for Engineering & Production Services. THREE60’s aim is to deliver value adding services for owners, developers and operators of energy assets.  The group offers lean, fit-for-purpose technology driven solutions, in subsurface, wells and facilities from exploration through to decommissioning. Allister Langlands, Chairman of THREE60 Energy, commented: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Walter as the Group CEO. He has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to help customers deliver more for less and develop new models of service delivery that maximise efficiency and recovery from producing basins around the world. Walter has already made a significant contribution to the development of THREE60

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Environmental factors, fuel resource constraints, geo-political risks and evolving technologies are transforming the global power sector. Growing emphasis on reduction of carbon emissions is also creating a promising market for renewables and other grid assets. Developed nations with established power networks are expected to focus on transitioning their power systems to reduce environmental impacts or on gradual replacement of aging assets. Developing nations face a myriad of challenges such as changing power generation model, power theft, supply reliability, grid constraints, market reformation, electricity deficit, growing urban population, and poor utility finances, which influence changes within the power sector. According to the report, connecting remote power generation with far-off load centers in countries such as China, Germany, and South Africa, and the push for an interconnected grid in the EU and Japan, present the need for new transmission infrastructure to facilitate power supply to consumers and to maintain grid flexibility. Rajasekaram concludes: “There is a strong requirement for new grid infrastructure to support the trends taking place within the generation and consumer segments of the power sector. The economic growth in most nations is intricately connected with resource consumption such as electricity. As countries seek to improve their growth prospects, the demand for electricity

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