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A poll of 3,600 adults, released today (July 16), shows 69% of respondents supported building onshore wind farms, including 60% of respondents who identified as Conservative voters. Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Onshore wind is cheap, popular, and a vital tool in both meeting our climate change targets and delivering jobs and investment across Scotland. "The results of this new polling show clearly that the UK Government's exclusion of most onshore wind projects from the energy market flies in the face of public opinion. "While projects on Scotland's islands can now compete alongside other sources of clean electricity we would urge ministers to lift the ban on mainland onshore wind projects and allow this technology to do more of what it's already doing: delivering clean electricity, jobs, investment and social benefits for rural Scotland." Details of the poll, which was conducted by RenewableUK, can be found on the organisation's website. Statistics on onshore wind in Scotland can be found on Scottish Renewables' website.

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OGIC has invested £3.8million in innovative technology in the last four years The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has signed its 75th project, taking its total investment into innovative technology over the last four years to £3.8million. The latest project comes as OGIC finalises agreements on five new technologies, all of which have the potential to cut operational costs and improve efficiency in the oil and gas industry. The new projects will see five companies working with Scottish universities to develop innovative technology with direct applications to current industry challenges and represent a £330,000 investment by OGIC. In the first project, Technip FMC Umbilicals is working with the University of Aberdeen to develop a load bearing connector for use with power umbilicals containing high strength aluminium conductors. The design will see the need for ancillary strength members alleviated or eliminated. Phase one of the project has been successfully completed and an initial design for the connector is underway. Phase two will see the University of Aberdeen investigate the design of the connector through analysis and testing, to gain knowledge of both mechanical and electrical performance requirements. Weir Group has joined forces with Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences to develop a barrier

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Jan De Nul Group considerably invests in its offshore wind activities 13 July 2018 - Jan De Nul Group and Vroon Group signed agreements to transfer part of the offshore business of MPI to Jan De Nul Group. Jan De Nul Group herewith invests considerable resources in the offshore wind industry to offer the market a reliable solution for pioneering projects. The transfer includes ownership of the offshore jack-up crane vessel MPI Discovery together with its crew, as well as a number of MPI’s employees. “Jan De Nul Group executed several offshore wind farm projects across Europe. To further support our expansion in Europe but also worldwide, we continue investing in our offshore wind resources. The MPI Discovery will considerably strengthen our position on the market,” says Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group. Specifications of the MPI Discovery The jack-up vessel MPI Discovery was built in 2011 and was specifically designed to transport, lift and install offshore wind turbines and foundations. Key features on the MPI Discovery include a 1,000-tonnes main crane, plus a 50-tonnes auxiliary crane, a maximum operating depth of 40 metres, a deadweight of 6,000 tonnes, and accommodation for 112 persons. The vessel is 140 metres long and

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As the leading supplier of pumping solutions and provider of maintenance services for rotating equipment, Sulzer has a long and distinguished history throughout the world. Sulzer is celebrating 70 years since it started operations in Brazil with its first manufacturing site in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo Since the first machine was imported from Switzerland in 1948, Sulzer has continued to grow its businesses in Brazil. Starting with small and medium-sized pumps for general industrial use through pumps for oil and gas industries, large pumps for water transportation, compressors and specialized services in turbines and other critical rotating equipment, Sulzer has continued to expand its portfolio and better serve its customers. Sulzer in Brazil has designed, manufactured, delivered and serviced equipment all over the world. In addition to this, its experts also maintain third party equipment to the highest industry quality standards while implementing the latest technology. Sulzer’s technical group employs the latest technology for designing, manufacturing and servicing pumps and critical rotating equipment. Together with the experience gained over 70 years, new technology can be implemented quickly and projects are delivered effectively and efficiently. The service centers are equipped with precision machine tools as well as equipment for balancing and laser

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Reliable online monitoring will prolong the service life of transformers and prevent unscheduled outages in Shaoxing, China. 12 July 2018 - Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has supplied leading Chinese power utility Zhejiang Zheneng Electric Power Co Ltd with two of its Optimus OPT100 Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) Monitors. The units have been installed at Zhejiang Zheneng's facility in the city of Shaoxing, eastern China, from which it supplies electricity to the province of Zhejiang. The Vaisala technology continuously collects and analyses samples of transformer insulating oil to identify trends in the oil condition that indicate emerging faults that could lead to outage. Unscheduled power outages are a significant threat for power utilities, resulting in equipment damage, revenue losses, reputational harm and costly reactive maintenance and repair. Vaisala estimates that around half of all power transformer faults can be prevented using online monitoring, to support continuous analysis of the trends in a transformer's health. At the facility in Shaoxing, the OPT100's analysis of the amount of hydrogen and other key fault gasses in transformer oil was compared with traditional DGA methods, which involves technicians manually collecting samples for analysis in a laboratory - an extensive and time-consuming process. The

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Global footprint pays off Hamburg, 12 July 2018. The Nordex Group recorded order intake of 1,089.8 megawatts in the second quarter of 2018 (previous year: 565.5 MW), thus continuing the performance seen at the first quarter of the year when new business exceeded one gigawatt. At the end of the first half of 2018, the Group achieved order intake of a total of around 2.1 gigawatts (H1/2017: 933 MW) in project business (without service). Performance in the second quarter was particularly underpinned by demand in Brazil, where the Group obtained the largest single order (595 MW) in its history. Together with a further order for 123 MW, Brazil was the largest individual market (718 MW) for the Group. In addition, an order for 147 MW was gained in South Africa. This is also reflected in new business by turbine type, with the AW3000 accounting for roughly 88 percent of order intake.

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•   Siemens Gamesa will supply two wind farms with a combined capacity of 250 MW •   Installation of 109 units of wind turbines will commence in 2018 with completion scheduled for 2020. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply two wind farms in South Africa including 109 units of onshore wind turbines. The SWT-2.3-108 turbine will each feature a rated capacity of 2.3 MW and a 108 meters diameter rotor. While the 140 MW Kangnas wind farm project is located near Springbok in the Northern Cape, another 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm is situated 80km northeast of Ceres in the Western Cape. A 10 year full service agreement will secure the performance of the wind farms, which will together supply enough clean electricity for approximately 214.000 South African homes. A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power was awarded the contracts (*) for the wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). While Siemens Gamesa will start the supply of the wind turbines early 2019, the wind farm’s completion is planned for 2020. “This is the next big milestone for Siemens Gamesa in South Africa and with adding these two wind farms, Siemens

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Following successful field testing, Chevron Marine Lubricants have been issued with two NOLs (No Objection Letters) from equipment manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, for the use of three of its Taro® cylinder oils with their cylinder oil mixing system, ACOM. “Receiving the NOLS from Man Energy Solutions (formerly MAN Diesel & Turbo), demonstrates the impressive performance of our products in the field.  The Taro range of cylinder lubricants provides solutions for the varied range of engines, different fuels and the increasingly complex operating requirements that we are faced with. It also highlights our continued strong working relationship with this leading OEM.” said Ian Thurloway, Chevron Marine Lubricants Brand & Marketing Manager. Both sets of field tests were carried out on a 6S90ME-C8 MAN B&W two-stroke engine using MAN’s Automated Cylinder Oil Mixing (ACOM) system. The first NOL demonstrates the high performance of Taro Special HT Ultra, a 140BN product that has achieved impressive results helping combat cold corrosion in slow speed vessels burning high sulphur fuel and which Chevron Marine Lubricants was first to market with in 2017, blended with Taro Special HT LF, a 25BN lubricant ideal for low sulphur, distillate and alternative fuel types. The second NOL allows for blending Taro Special HT

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A new Engineering and Technology Group is set to create up to 1000 new jobs across multiple UK based locations and generate annual revenues in excess of £100m. Texo Group is set to meet the demand for integrated engineering services within critical infrastructure. Representing an unprecedented offering in turnkey services to both UK and global markets, encompassing initial design, through to lifecycle management of critical assets. The business will be headquartered in its purpose-built facility in Westhill, Aberdeen, alongside strategically placed fabrication facilities at the Port of Dundee, Hebburn and a new, bespoke fabrication facility located at the Port of Blyth, alongside overseas Drone operating bases in Nigeria, Malaysia and Brazil. Rolling out an ambitious and transformative strategy alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technologies, Texo Group is committed to the immediate and long term strategic value-add to their clients, and this will be reflected in its acquisition strategy. Providing integrated asset services, Texo Group will become a leading Inspection, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (iEPC) specialist for multiple sectors, including: Oil & Gas, Clean Energy & Renewables, Marine, Nuclear, Telecommunications, Utilities and critical civil/Infrastructure. With its origins in intelligent asset management and advanced inspection technologies and building on the success of this business, Texo Group is

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▪ ENcome ranked No. 7 solar O&M provider globally ▪ Assets under Management approximately 1.2 GW ▪ Ongoing price pressure will lead to further market consolidation Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (10.07.2018): Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Bloomberg ́s energy research unit, has ranked ENcome one of the top providers of solar Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services. In their latest research on solar O&M BNEF reports ENcome to be the seventh largest solar O&M provider globally with a total portfolio of 1.2 GW assets under management. The BNEF report reveals ongoing price pressure and, consequently, further needs for market consolidation. Moreover, the report identifies O&M trends in the scope of services, contract duration, and contractual enforcements. “The Bloomberg ranking underlines the successful business development of ENcome. We continuously improve our processes and efficiency, especially as previous legacy contracts from the era of high feed-in tariffs are renegotiated and consolidated with large international players“, says Robin Hirschl. “We welcome further market consolidation and continue to be determined to actively take part in it”, adds Andreas Leimbach. According to the BNEF report, average full-scope solar O&M prices in Europe have decreased by 73% since 2011, with a price decline of 28% from 2016 to 2017. This price decline has

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