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Alcazar Energy Proclaims Commercial Operation Of Shobak Wind Farm In Jordan

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Alcazar Energy Proclaims Commercial Operation Of Shobak Wind Farm In Jordan

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Alcazar Energy and its partner, Hecate Energy, a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects and storage solutions in North America and select international markets, have announced the commercial operation of their Shobak wind farm situated in the Ma’an Governorate of Jordan. With the granting of its Commercial Operation Date (COD) Certificate, Alcazar Energy now has seven operational wind and solar assets across the META region.

The project, which will facilitate the supply of electricity to the Jordanian grid in line with established tariffs, directly supports the Kingdom’s National Energy Strategy to achieve 20 per cent of its required energy from renewable resources by 2025. The wind farm is projected to displace (on average) over 75,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and save in excess of 130,000 cubic metres of water annually over its 35-year lifespan.

Vestas, Danish manufacturer was contracted to construct the project which included the installation of 13 V136-3.45 MW wind turbines across an area of 14.5 square kilometres (km2) near the village of Al Shobak. Vestas commentd that it will continue to support the Alcazar Energy Delivery and Operations team by providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for the wind farm in compliance with international best practice.

Commenting on the occasion, Daniel Calderon, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alcazar Energy, said: “The completion of the Shobak wind farm, while navigating the challenges of COVID-19, is a real testament to Alcazar Energy’s resolve, expertise and unwavering commitment to all our public and private partners. The achievement of commercial operations demonstrates our credentials as a responsible market leader that operates with the highest levels of safety, discipline, compliance and integrity in our work.”

“This project also reaffirms Alcazar Energy’s role in supporting the Kingdom of Jordan not only to meet its rising demand for electricity in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner, but also to create jobs and empower local communities.”

The Shobak wind farm has a generation capacity of 45 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power over 30,000 Jordanian households every year.

“The Shobak wind farm is a great example of how a public-private partnership can work for the benefit of all stakeholders. The resilience shown amid disruptions caused by COVID-19 is further proof of the project’s viability and Alcazar Energy’s commitment to the communities where it operates. We are delighted to have been able to support this further addition of renewable generating capacity to Jordan’s remarkable green transition.”Harry Boyd-Carpenter, Head of Energy, Europe, Middle East and Africa, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) added.

The development and construction of the Shobak wind farm has been accomplished in line with world-class quality, health, safety, environmental and social standards and has been commissioned following rigorous technical tests.

Participation of local employees reached 30 per cent of the total workforce, higher than comparable projects in the wind industry, bringing significant social and economic benefits to the region. The on-the-ground team had a workforce of 350 employees. In total, the project required over 350,000 man-hours for the civil works, the specialised assembly of wind turbines and the construction of the substation.  

The wind farm is jointly financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Europe Arab Bank. Shobak represents Alcazar Energy’s third fully operational renewable energy project in Jordan, which together will make an important contribution to the Kingdom’s energy transition for decades to come.

Enel Green Power and Novartis Strike Deal for 10 Year 100% RE Agreement


Enel Green Power and the global medicines company Novartis have signed a 10 year Pan-European Virtual Power Purchase Agreement for around 78 MW of renewable power starting from January 2022

The energy will be generated by the 179.9 MW TICO Wind Farm, located in the Spanish province of Zaragoza, Enel Green Power will be a “Green Enabler” for Novartis, supporting the company along its environmental sustainability journey

Enel Green Power, the renewable energy subsidiary of Enel Group, and Novartis, the global medicines company, have signed a 10 year, 100% renewable Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for 78 MW of renewable power. This Pan-European VPPA will start in January 2022 and will help Novartis achieve its goals for 100% renewable electricity and carbon-neutrality across its European operations by 2025.

The energy through this VPPA will be generated by the 179.9 MW TICO Wind Farm, located in the Spanish province of Zaragoza, which will be operational in early 2022. Through the agreement, the renewable energy provided to Novartis will avoid the annual emission of around 96,400 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Novartis is a leading company in environmental and sustainability matters. As Enel Green Power, we are very proud to be a strategic partner and the Green Enabler of part of a major milestone of their journey to be carbon neutral across operations and the company’s supply chain,” said Javier Vaquerizo, Head of Global Commercial Office for Enel Green Power. “With this deal, Novartis is showcasing the possibilities that Pan-European VPPAs can offer to companies committed to fighting climate change in the continent.”

“At Novartis, environmental sustainability is aligned with our purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives,” said Montse Montaner, Chief Sustainability Officer at Novartis. “Energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions are the cornerstones of our strategy for reducing emissions. We are proud to be joined by Enel Green Power and other like-minded partners on our environmental sustainability journey.”

This agreement is part of the Novartis commitment to environmental sustainability by helping make the company both energy and climate-resilient. The company aims to drive sustainability through its operations, as well as those of its suppliers, and has set ambitious targets to minimize its impacts on climate, waste, and water. Novartis is committed to using resources efficiently and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which affect the climate.

GE Renewable Energy And European Energy Add Substantial Wind Power To Lithuania

  • GE Renewable Energy selected by European Energy to supply 22 Cypress onshore wind turbines units for three wind farms in Lithuania
  • The 121 MW project strengthens GE Renewable Energy’s position in the country
  • Deal includes a 25-year service contract

GE Renewable Energy announced that it has been selected by European Energy as the supplier for three windfarms in Lithuania, located about 80 kilometers North of the capital Vilnius. The 121 MW project, which will use 22 GE Cypress onshore wind turbine units, will add 23% of green power capacity to the country’s current wind power production. The deal also includes a 25-year full-service contract.

European Energy will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5 MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m and blades provided by LM Wind
Power, a GE Renewable Energy business. All turbines will be erected on a 151m tower. The installation of the wind turbines at the project site will take place in H2 2021.

Knud Erik Andersen, CEO of European Energy, said: “We are delighted to sign this important deal with GE Renewable Energy
thereby ensuring 22 state-of-the-art Cypress turbines perfectly designed for our three Lithuanian projects. This deal will ensure 121 MW of green power capacity and be central to driving the green transition and support the local production of renewable energy in a country currently heavily dependent on the import of energy.”

Peter Wells, GE’s CEO of Onshore Wind in Europe, commented: “We’re delighted to partner with European Energy on this project, and we are thrilled they’ve selected our Cypress platform. European Energy is a fast-growing and innovative player in Europe with whom we have built a very strong relationship in multiple countries by now. Together we will bring additional clean, affordable, renewable energy to Lithuania.”

According to the Lithuanian wind power association, Lvea, Lithuania has set the goal to produce 100 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050. There are currently 23 wind parks operating in Lithuania with a combined capacity of 480 MW. Together with the individual wind turbines, there is a total of 534 MW of wind power installed today. GE Renewable Energy’s Cypress turbine enjoys a growing position in the country with two major orders booked this year, including the announcement.

The Cypress onshore wind platform enables significant Annual Energy Production (AEP) improvements, increased efficiency in service ability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths, improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options in locations that were previously inaccessible.

New Industry Guidance Document For Dismantling And Decommissioning Of Old Wind Turbines


WindEurope’s End-of-Life Issues and Strategies Seminar (EoLIS 2020) explored what happens when wind turbines reach the end of their operational life. Industry experts discussed the latest trends and developments in repowering, lifetime extension, decommissioning and recycling. WindEurope presented a new Industry Guidance Document for the dismantling and decommissioning of onshore turbines.

34,000 wind turbines in Europe are now 15 years or older, representing 36 GW of capacity. Most of the ageing capacity is in Germany. Spain, France and Italy also have a lot. 9 of the 36 GW are 20-24 years old and around 1 GW are 25 years or older.

Wind turbines don’t turn forever. The operational lifetime of an onshore wind turbine is 20-25 years. WindEurope expects the repowering of ageing wind farms to be a major trend over the next decade. To date Europe has successfully repowered at least 123 wind farms but repowering is still limited. This will change. In the next 10 years WindEurope expects over 20 GW to be repowered.

“Repowering is happening and will increase. It’s a great opportunity to get more energy from today’s wind farms. Repowering reduces the number of turbines by a third while tripling the electricity output. And it preserves existing wind farm sites which often have the best wind conditions. Governments need repowering strategies that set the right framework and ensure efficient permitting procedures for repowering”, says WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

Besides repowering, lifetime extension is also an attractive option for wind farm operators. In sites where repowering is not an option, lifetime extension might be the best solution. WindEurope estimates that half of Europe’s existing wind farms will have their lifetime extended for 5-10 years when they reach 20 years of operation. If lifetime extension is not an option, wind turbines have to be fully decommissioned.

“WindEurope wants to help lead Europe’s efforts to create a circular economy. We want an international standard that defines how to decommission turbines. There’s no such standard today. With the new Industry Guidance Document on Dismantling and Decommissioning that we’ve presented today, we are further strengthening our position as a sustainable industry”, says Dickson.

The Guidance Document gives a comprehensive overview of the rules and regulations on decommissioning across Europe. And it defines best practice on how to decommission – with recommendations for dismantling, onsite cutting and separation and how best to load and transport material. It also covers health and safety requirements.

WindEurope submitted the Guidance to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC88 as input to the ongoing amendment of 61400-28 CD Technical Specification which focuses on the end-of-life of wind turbines. We hope this will contribute to the creation of an international industry standard for sustainable decommissioning and dismantling of onshore wind turbines.

Wind turbines are a valuable source of resources which can be reused in the circular economy. 85-90% of a dismantled wind turbine are recycled today, including the towers, foundations, generators and gearboxes. Most of these materials are made up of concrete, steel and cast iron which are easy to recycle and for which there is an active circular economy market in Europe.

Recycling is more complex for the composite materials in the turbine blades which are used to make the blades lighter and more durable. Different methods exist for treating blade waste, with cement co-processing being the most widely used.

WindTV: WindEurope Brings The Latest In Wind Energy To A Screen Near You

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From 1-4 December WindEurope is rolling out its brand-new WindTV format. It is replacing WindEurope’s annual conference as an integral part of WindEnergy Hamburg. WindTV is an innovative event concept. Like the traditional TV programmes we are used to, WindTV offers documentaries, news, interviews, TED talk format and entertaining content – all designed to bring you the latest on wind energy and its role in a green energy system.

“WindEurope’s live WindTV stream will include the annual WindEurope conference and a whole load of other features – videos, interviews, entertainment. There’ll be top speakers from industry, government, finance and technology – and from other walks of life including music and sport. All in a range of different formats. It’s absolutely not your usual Zoom webinars!”, explains Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO.

The list of speakers includes European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, the Energy Ministers of Germany, UK, Denmark, Poland and Belgium as well as CEOs from leading industry players, such as Tennet, BASF, RWE Renewables, MHI Vestas or Vattenfall.
More information on WindTV and speakers

WindTV comes in two streams: a paid and an open stream. Journalists are granted free access to the whole WindTV programme. Once played on the day, it will be available on-demand. Missed an episode? Want to revisit some important industry news? No problem. With your WindTV access you can watch these parts wherever and whenever you want.

WindTV will cover a wide range of topics, from the development of global wind markets and challenges related to permitting procedures and community engagement, to hydrogen from wind power, to technologies, digitalisation, electrification and system integration. The days have specific themes with Day 2 focusing on technology, Day 3 on offshore wind and Day 4 on Europe’s wind energy supply chain.

WindTV is produced jointly by WindEurope, GWEC and Hamburg Messe und Congress and will also include news and reports on the latest developments in business, policy-making and technology: daily Live Business News, GWEC Global Wind Briefs, Exhibitor Talks, VDMA Industry Talks, and latest industry insights from the virtual exhibition floor.

Biotech Major Biocon Acquires 26% Stake in Hinduja Renewables


Biotechnology major Biocon on Monday said it has inked an agreement for the acquisition of 26% stake on a fully diluted basis in Hinduja Renewables Two Pvt Ltd for Rs 5.91 crore.

The indicative time period for completion of the acquisition is December 15, 2020, Biocon said in a BSE filing.

The cost of the acquisition is Rs 5,91,61,730 for the acquisition of 26% stake on a fully diluted basis in one or more tranches, it added.

The object of the stake acquisition is to enhance the renewable-based power consumption, the filing said.

Shares of Biocon Ltd closed at Rs 419.35 per scrip on BSE, down 0.18% from its previous close.

HRTPL was incorporated on 25 September 2020 which will engage in the business of power generation. it also plans to develop a 19.77 MW wind power plant at Raichur District of Karnataka.

ArcVera Renewables Investigates Causes Of A Significant Drop In Indian Wind Resource And Wind Farm Production

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ArcVera Renewables, a leading international provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar and energy storage projects, was enlisted by a major Indian Independent Power Producer (IPP) to analyze wind resource variation cause and effect after an unexpected drop in wind farm energy production in the country. Although variable year-to-year, wind power production in India in Q2-Q3 2020 has been significantly lower than the long-term average production expectations. Based on an analysis of climate records from reanalysis datasets and surface wind observation sites, this event was rare.

ArcVera’s experts applied advanced atmospheric science methods to explain the interannual variability anomalies of the wind energy resource in India.  Annual wind farm performance expectations depend on the long-term accuracy of wind energy resource assessment.Each year, a wind farms’ performance is typically evaluated by its owner and operator stakeholders to make sure that the variations in the production of the wind farm are explained by variations of the actual wind resource.Lower wind resources can result in significant revenue reduction, testing owners’ and investors’ nerves and their seeking of answers to what can be expected for future performance.

Based on a review of meteorological weather records, the low wind speeds were caused by a combination of regional and global meteorological factors that seldom occur simultaneously, including a persistent high-pressure pattern over northern India and Tibet; and a unique warm sea surface event over the northern Indian Ocean.”, explains C.R. Anbalagan, “The proper utilization of advanced atmospheric science knowledge is critical to understand wind farm past and future performance. ArcVera has a long history of providing the wind industry with its weather forecast acumen and wind energy resource assessment expertise to evaluate and predict future, long-term performance.”, he continued.

Wind resource variation cause and effect analysis

ArcVera Renewables deployed its proven methodology using wind farms’ past energy production and other data to assess wind farm performance. Its technical experts gathered relevant recent and climatological historical (30-60 year monthly) data for the region or regions of interest, including El Niño/ La Niña and other climate indices. They then compared frequency-of-return statistics for recent periods of low winds and prepared a report describing the results and including discussion of the recent event and return-time based on 30 to 60-year analysis. ArcVera also conducted an operational backcast energy assessment of the wind farms using monthly production data.

An operational backcast energy assessment estimates the long-term net energy production of an existing wind farm by examining its monthly energy production against several independent long-term wind speed datasets which are representative of the flow conditions at or near the project site.  These datasets can be used to discern whether wind speeds have been above or below average during the operational period of record.  The results of the operational backcast energy assessments can be used to determine expected monthly energy production for future years.

Kangnas’s 61 Turbines Begin Feeding Wind Power To National Grid


Kangnas Wind Farm has begun powering South African homes and businesses, less than two and half years after Mainstream embarked on its construction.

The 140 MW project, located near Springbok in the Northern Cape, entered Commercial Operations at the weekend, having earlier passed its performance tests and receiving its licence to supply to national energy grid.

It joins its sister project, Perdekraal East in the Western Cape, which last month became the first ‘Bid Window 4’ wind farm to come on stream under of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

Kangnas’s 61 turbines are now expected to generate more than 513 GWh of clean, renewable energy a year, enough to meet the equivalent annual demand of some 154,625 average-sized households across the region.

They will also help the country in realising its recently stated 2050 Net Zero ambition, eliminating approximately 550,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.

Developed and built out by Mainstream for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power, the wind farm will be operated by Mainstream Asset Management South Africa during its 20-year REIPPP contract period.

Construction Project Manager Manie Kotzé, who oversaw the timely delivery despite a 50-day Covid shutdown earlier this year, proudly explained how Kangnas, along with the 11 other BW4 wind farms, promises to boost South Africa’s economic resilience, said “These projects will collectively add 1.3 GW of new wind power capacity onto the national grid at a time when South Africa needs more available energy to support the rebuilding of the country in a post-COVID era.”

Kangnas has already delivered significant benefits to the local economy, with most of its construction workforce being drawn from the neighbouring Nama Khoi Municipal area.

More than 45% of its components were also ‘Made in South Africa’, including turbine towers, a mega transformer and other content previously only available through import.

And the nearby communities of Nababeep, Springbok, Concordia, Matjieskloof, Bergsig, Okiep and Carolusberg will continue to receive support from Mainstream’s social and economic development team, which has been funding a wide range of education, welfare and enterprise projects.

Its Covid relief programme most recently included the provision of ventilators and other equipment to a local healthcare centre in Springbok.

Christo Loots, Mainstream’s Construction Programme Manager, said “As we enter this new phase, we are pleased to note that a number of our impactful development programmes are already in place, all of which drive socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives, in support of local communities.”

The Kangnas Renewable Energy Community Trust is one of several equity partners in the wind farm, which, along with Lekela Power and Mainstream, also include the wholly black-owned South African energy company H1 Holdings, African Rainbow Energy and Power, and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa), one of Africa’s largest independent investment managers.

Green Electricity From Amrumbank Wind Farm To Power Trains Of Deutsche Bahn


Starting in 2024, Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) will be powered by electricity from RWE Renewable’s Amrumbank West offshore wind farm. The relevant power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed by Deutsche Bahn and RWE Supply & Trading, RWE’s trading subsidiary. The PPA will begin in 2024 and run until 2039.

Deutsche Bahn is already the largest consumer of green electricity in Germany. By 2038, all of the electricity powering Deutsche Bahn’s trains is to come from 100% renewables; the rate is currently 61%. Green electricity from RWE will make a key contribution here. The company’s hydropower stations have been providing around 880 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity a year to Deutsche Bahn since 2014. In 2019, RWE closed a PPA with Deutsche Bahn to supply electricity from its Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm, also close to Heligoland.

Andree Stracke, Managing Director of RWE Supply & Trading, is delighted: “We were already supplying Deutsche Bahn with green electricity today. This additional agreement will help our long-standing partner to achieve their ambitious climate protection goals. We are increasingly supplying and shaping green electricity for our industrial customers in Europe.”

Amrumbank West is located around 30 km off the coast of Heligoland and has a total of 80 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 288 megawatts. It has been in operation since 2015. The supply volume to Deutsche Bahn requires the capacity of 18 wind turbines, or around one quarter of the annual generation capacity of the offshore wind farm. That’s a total of around 260 GWh. This is enough to supply around 300,000 households with clean energy every year.

Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Gets Turn-Key High Voltage Submarine And Land Export Cable Connection

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Prysmian Group is set to provide a turn-key high voltage submarine and land export cable connection, including use of brand-new cable installation vessel Leonardo da Vinci, for RWE Renewable’s largest offshore wind project, 1.4 gigawatt (GW) Sofia Offshore Wind Farm sited on Dogger Bank, in the central North Sea.

A preferred bidder agreement was signed between RWE Renewables and Prysmian Group for the design, supply, offshore route preparation, installation, commissioning and protection of the 320 kilovolt (kV) high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system that will carry power from Sofia’s offshore converter station 227 kilometres to the project’s onshore converter station in Teesside.

The agreement includes symmetrical monopole HVDC submarine and land export cables, the latter using new eco-sustainable cable technology. It also means Sofia will be the first offshore wind project to use the 170-metre-long Leonardo da Vinci, which will be the most advanced cable-laying vessel in the world when delivered in 2021.

Sofia wind farm is 100% owned by RWE, the second biggest player in offshore wind globally and the UK’s second largest generator of electricity. By 2022, RWE plans to invest €5 billion net in the continued expansion of renewable energy, and with the UK one of their core markets in Europe.

Sven Utermöhlen, Chief Operating Officer Wind Offshore Global of RWE Renewables said : “We are delighted to announce the selection of world leading cable supplier Prysmian as our preferred bidder for this package and confirm the project will be the first to use their latest HVDC cable technology and the cutting-edge Leonardo da Vinci . Today’s signing is another tangible step for RWE Renewables’ Sofia as the project progresses towards a final investment decision in early 2021 and is set to make a major contribution to the UK’s climate goals.”

Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects BU, Prysmian said: “We are honoured to support RWE Renewables in this important offshore wind
project, providing our state-of-the-art cable technology to support UK’s sustainable energy system towards the country’s net-zero emission target. The development of grid infrastructures for the transmission and distribution of electric power from renewable sources is strategically important, and positions Prysmian as the leading company for the energy transition.”

The contract involves more than 440 kilometres of ±320kV submarine export cables with XLPE insulation, and 15 kilometres of ±320kV land cables with P-Laser insulation, plus communications cables.

Detlev Waimann, CCO Projects BU, Prysmian Group added: “P-Laser is the first 100 percent recyclable, eco-sustainable, high-performance cable technology based on the use of a patented thermoplastic material, High Performance Thermoplastic Elastomer (HPTE) and on a zero-emission process that reduces CO2 emissions by 40 percent. This project sets an important technological milestone in the offshore wind industry, being the first ± 320kV DC offshore wind farm using P-Laser cable technology onshore.”

Onshore construction will get underway at Sofia’s converter station site in Teesside early next year, with offshore construction anticipated to start in 2023. The installation and commissioning of the HVDC export cable is due to be take place in 2024.

This HVDC export cable news follows the announcements that a consortium of GE’s Grid Solutions and Sembcorp Marine will
supply Sofia’s HVDC transmission system and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply the wind farm with its SG 14-222
DD offshore wind turbines.