Fukushima’s Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Now Operational
An offshore wind project funded by the Japanese government and led by Marubeni Corp. has started generating electricity on an operational basis yesterday. The floating wind project is located just 12 miles off the coast of Fukushima, site of the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The 11-member group’s project consists of a 2-megawatt turbine and a first-of-its-kind floating substation. For Japan, which is surrounded by oceans, floating wind farms hold the promise of opening up large areas to produce clean energy. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said that the floating offshore capacity may be expanded to 1,000 MW.
UK Offshore Wind Capacity Grew 80% in a Year
According to a report released by RenewableUK, the nation’s offshore wind’s installed capacity grew 79% over the period of July 2012 to June 2013. The installed capacity increased from 1,858 MW to 3,321 MW over the period, thanks in part to four massive offshore wind farms going operational at Greater Gabbard, Gunfleet Sands III, Sheringham Shoal and London Array. In total, the UK’s onshore and offshore wind capacity increased 40% reaching 9,710 MW at the end of June 2013, equating to enough electricity to support more than five and a half million UK homes.
Kenya Power May Sell Eurobond for Expansion
Kenya Power Ltd., the country’s sole electricity distributor, is considering selling Eurobonds to get funds for its expansion and reduce its exposure to the domestic currency, says acting Managing Director Ben Chumo. The Nairobi-based company will spend $700 million by 2017 building electrical substations and transmission lines as the government embarks on a plan to quadruple its power output to 5,000 MW, from its current capacity of about 1,700 MW. The Kenyan government is also planning to offer as much as $2 billion of Eurobonds in January to finance infrastructure programs in the country.
Masdar and ADNOC to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture Project
Clean energy company Masdar and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company recently announced their collaboration to develop commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects in the Middle East. The two entities awarded the $122 million contract to Dodsal Group to construct the groundbreaking facility. Located in Abu Dhabi, the project will capture carbon from Emirates Steel, the UAE’s largest steelmaking facility. The CO2 will then be transported along a 50 km pipeline to oil fields operated by ADNOC. Finally, ADNOC will inject the CO2 into oil fields to enhance the nation’s oil extraction operation, while storing the injected CO2 permanently underground.