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The Dutch Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State has approved the Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) for zones I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore wind project.A number of appellants have opposed the construction of the wind farm, including Coöperatie Kottervisserij Nederland (VisNed), the Free Horizon Foundation, as well as local residents.VisNed, who represented the local fishermen, claimed that the construction of the wind farm would lead to a reduction of area available for fishing. The Council rejected the argument due to calculations that the shrinkage of the surface would equal 0.26% and only for boats longer than 24 meters. Moreover, the fishermen have until 2021 to search for other locations.The Free Horizon Foundation argued the location of the wind farm, suggesting that it should be constructed in the IJmuiden Ver area, which is farther away from the beach, thus clearing the view on the North Sea. However, the Council dismissed the objection claiming that the Foundation has no valid arguments, and referring to the transfer of the location as additional costs.In addition, the Foundation claimed that the coastal municipalities will suffer major economic damage as a result of declining tourism due to the blocking of the free view. The Council stated that research has been carried out, including the worst-case scenario, which showed it is unlikely to occur.The Council also pointed out that the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) I & II zones would generate new jobs in the region, and that minor negative effects are acceptable in regard of the importance of offshore wind energy and positive effects involved.The projects planned under the Dutch Government’s current offshore wind program include 2,100MW at the Hollandse Kust zones. Of this, 1,400MW is planned in the Hollandse Kust (zuid): 700MW at sites I and II, and further 700MW at sites III and IV. An additional 700MW is planned to be tendered in 2019 in the Hollandse Kust (noord) zone.In October, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs published the Ministerial Order for permitting offshore wind energy for the site, with the application period starting on 15 December and closing on 21 December.The first phase of the tender will be based on the procedure without subsidies and companies will compete for a concession permit, while the contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018.
Australian engineering company Worley has been awarded a contract by oil major BP for hook-up and commissioning integration services for the Mad Dog 2 project and the Argos platform in the Gulf of Mexico.Mad Dog 2, Argos platform; Source: BPWorley said on Thursday that it would prepare for the arrival of the Argos FPU in the Gulf of Mexico and complete final systems commissioning in Texas, offshore hook-up at the Mad Dog field, and handover of the platform to BP’s Global Operations Organization.The Mad Dog 2 project includes the Argos platform, which was named in late November 2018, with the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day. It is planned to be commissioned in 2021.The project will also have a subsea production system with 14 production wells and eight water injection wells.Andrew Wood, CEO of Worley, said: “Worley is looking forward to supporting BP’s North American strategy through the integration of this new asset into BP’s production fleet in the Gulf of Mexico.”The Argos platform will be the first new BP-operated production facility in the Gulf of Mexico since 2008 when Thunder Horse came online. It will be BP’s fifth operated platform in the Gulf, and it will help extend the life of the super-giant Mad Dog oil field beyond 2050.The final investment decision for the $9 billion project was approved by BP (60.5 percent) in late 2016 and in early 2017 by co-owners BHP (23.9 percent) and Union Oil Company of California, an affiliate of Chevron (15.6 percent).The hull and topsides of the Argos platform are currently under construction in South Korea, with oil production from the facility expected to begin in late 2021.Mad Dog fieldBP discovered the Mad Dog field in 1998 and began production there with its first platform in 2005. Continued appraisal drilling in the field during 2009 and 2011 doubled the resource estimate of the Mad Dog field to more than 4 billion barrels of oil equivalent, spurring the need for another platform at the field.The second Mad Dog platform will be moored approximately six miles to the southwest of the existing Mad Dog platform, which is located in 4,500 feet of water about 190 miles south of New Orleans. The current Mad Dog platform can produce up to 80,000 gross barrels of oil and 60 million gross cubic feet of natural gas per day.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRICHFIELD TWP, MICH — A Bay City man is in police custody after swallowing cocaine during a traffic stop.Police stopped 38–year–old Paul Wagner in Richfield Township on May 12 around 1 a.m. Troopers noticed a baggie containing white powder in the vehicle. When they tried to confiscate the bag, the driver resisted officers, swallowed the bag, and tried to drive away from the scene.A taser was used to stop him from fleeing. He was treated at Munson hospital in Grayling, where he stayed several days. Three bags were recovered and tested positive for cocaine.Wagner was charged with possession of cocaine and resisting and obstructing. He was arraigned on May 14 and given a $100 thousand dollar bond.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: cocaine, Drugs, Police, traffic stopContinue ReadingPrevious Crash on M-32 slows traffic into AlpenaNext Northeast Michigan Korean war vets honored in Posen