Vestas secures wind projects in the UK and China
Danish wind energy company Vestas, the industry world leader, has secured two new projects in quick succession.
The first, located in Northern Ireland, is a 47MW development initiated by ERG. Consisting of 13 V112-3.45 MW turbines, Vestas intimated that its increase of onshore wind projects was directly linked to the UK Government’s decision to scrap the ban on market subsidies.
In 2019, the company received orders of 200MW from the UK. Taking this as proof that onshore wind is gaining popularity, Vestas is keen to capitalise.
Anna Schlasberg Wachtmeister, Director Sales UK, believes that the new project will cement the company’s reputation.
“The Evishagaran wind project enables a highly competitive business case for our valued long-term business partner ERG and offers the lowest cost of energy to the energy consumer.
“Demonstrating our strong experience and track record in a merchant environment, this project marks another step forward for renewable energy in the UK.”
Turbines are expected to be delivered in Q2 of 2021. Included with the equipment will be the VestasOnline Business SCADA solution, which optimises the turbines’ power output by reducing the amount of downtime required.
Vestas’ second project is in the Shandong province of China. Working with electrical equipment manufacturing company TBEA on its 50MW Wanghaotun development, the company will be supplying 23 V120-2.2 MW turbines.
Delivery of the units is scheduled to start in Q2 of 2020, with a 5-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement also factored into the deal.
Securing its leadership
Vestas’ order book appears to be filling up quickly: the company has also managed to secure a total of 135MW in projects throughout Denmark.
The country has developed a reputation for embracing renewable energy - particularly wind power - wholeheartedly; it accounts for the majority (40%) of Denmark’s energy consumption.
Not lacking ambition or scope of vision, the country currently has a project planned on the island of Møn which is expected to generate enough energy to power 600,000 homes upon its completion.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.