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Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2013’

  • Norway: Fjellstrand Delivers Three Wind Farm Vessels

      Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand has delivered three 25 meter-long wind farm vessels out of six ordered by Denmark’s World Marine Offshore (WMO). As confirmed by Fjellstrand, the fourth vessel will follow by the end of September, whereas the two 30-meter vessels will be delivered in …

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  • Japan to bolster northern grid

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has started accepting proposals from a range of companies to participate in the expansion of the country’s northern electricity grid, in a bid to encourage regional wind development. The national government will cover roughly half of the …

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  • Norway’s Scatec claims SA PV first

    Norway-based Scatec Solar said it has linked its 75MW Kalkbult PV plant to the regional network in South Africa’s Northern Cape, claiming it as the first to be grid-connected under the country’s renewables support programme. Scatec was awarded the project under the first renewables tender …

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  • DNV GL merger is approved

    The merger between Norway’s DNV and Germany’s GL has been formally approved by competition authorities, with the new entity to be called DNV GL Group becoming operational as from tomorrow. Henrik Madsen, group chief executive of the new company, tells Recharge that the group will …

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  • INTERVIEW: Renewable Energy Should Be Core Power Source

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–It has been a year since the government introduced the feed-in tariff system, which promotes the spread of renewable energy sources by forcing utilities to purchase all solar- and wind-generated electricity at fixed prices. Kazuhiro Ueta      Kazuhiro Ueta, a professor at Kyoto University’s …

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  • Ormazabal to Provide Switchgear for Japanese Floating Offshore Wind Project

    Ormazabal will provide CGMCOSMOS fully gas-insulated switchgear for the 7MW wind turbine generator system that comprises the second phase of the offshore floating project, undertaken by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on the Fukushima coast. The …

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  • METI seeks Japan RE budget boost

    Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has filed a request for ¥198.1bn ($2bn) to support the development of renewable energy next year, up 61.6% from 2013’s budget. The  ministry asked for ¥3.19bn to fund offshore wind R&D. It also filed for  ¥31bn to …

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  • METI Mulls Fully Opening Up Retail Market For Gas

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering fully liberalizing the retail gas market to help lower rates. METI plans to establish a committee of experts this fall to review how gas rates are set and encourage new entrants into the market. The …

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  • NRA says Fukushima water leak risk exaggerated

    TOKYO  — The chief of Japan’s nuclear watchdog chided the operator of the Fukushima plant Thursday for its inability properly to explain problems, which he said was inflating fears around the world. Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, said information given by Tokyo …

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