Dogger Bank

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OK its not a bank for dogs, 'Doggerbank'  the much heralded Windfarm development off our North East Coast is currently under PINS for 'Application by Forewind Ltd for an Order Granting Development Consent for the Dogger Bank Teesside A & B Offshore Wind Farm'.  The latest Questions to the Panel has a deadline of 5th February 2015.  Of some mild interest is the applicants proposal at Wilton, and the status of fishing activities 'in the Dogger Bank Site of Community Interest (SCI)'.

"The applicant has treated fishing activities as part of the environmental baseline and is of the view that fishing should not form part of any in combination assessment."   Eh? (is that cos the fishing industry ain't too happy?)

and Page 9:To the applicant, Sembcorp and SABIC (the Wilton parties) (rings a bell?) and page 11 for a disposal site for dredging "Disposal site characterisation (offshore)  Forewind notes reference to the MMO’s statement “The applicant has now requested that a disposal site be assigned to the development, to allow for any dredged or drill arisings material to be disposed of within the development boundaries”. Forewind would like to make it clear that it provided the necessary information to apply for a disposal site within the development boundaries on submission of the Application, with a ‘Disposal Site Characterisation Document’ (Ref 6.12.6) submitted as an appendix to the Environmental Statement. It formally requested this in November 2014 and is awaiting further feedback from the MMO."

And for a response to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's issue of noise control, Forewind stated  "The undertaker will only undertake a verification report in response to any noise complaint received either directly from a member of the public, complaints received via RCBC, or via concerns raised by the Wilton Complex noise management group, once the plant is in operation." (STFU?)



So,  it would appear that the Dogger Bank development and the York Potash Project share some common ground, (on RIES)  and the aptly named 'Wilton Complex' is surely not a walk in the park .... best not mention the Ornithology , Razorbacks and Atlantic Puffins ..

Forewind website:

ooh and some simulation too :-)

so I guess the rumours the Windfarm weren't 'appening are just that, for now. STFU?

just in case there are any crossed wires:

& page 6 -

spose we could open a book on Windfarm or Potash, round up round up place yer bets place yer bets I'd give say 100/1 Windfarm  and 1/100 Potash :-)

hmmm Oil & Gas fighting back  :

could come in handy :




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Environmental Exchange

"Neodymium magnets are used in consumer electronics items such as in-ear headphones, cellphone microphones, and computer hard-drives. At the other end of the scale they are a vital component in large equipment that requires powerful magnetic fields, such as wind farm turbines and the motors that power the new generation of electric cars."

"The intriguing thing about both neodymium and cerium is that while they’re called rare earth minerals, they're actually fairly common. Neodymium is no rarer than copper or nickel and quite evenly distributed throughout the world’s crust. While China produces 90% of the global market’s neodymium, only 30% of the world’s deposits are located there."

"China’s dominance of the rare earth market is less about geology and far more about the country’s willingness to take an environmental hit that other nations shy away from."


Hmmm ... and another thing,  Windfarms are transitional and not localised energy sources ...



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PD Ports

Ships that go bump ... dredging


"A PORT operator has overhauled its quayside in a £22m development bosses say has delivered North-East jobs.

PD Ports has re-built 305 metres of loading space at Teesport, near Middlesbrough.

The firm says the move will allow the site to attract next generation ships, including larger vessels capable of hauling up to 70,000 tonnes."

Erm, of what? Steel. Pink Panthers.

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Siemens 'Blade' Factory

"The facility, which will build 75m-long (246ft) rotor blades designed for 6MW turbines, is expected to be operational by autumn next year.

Production on the first batch of turbines for an offshore wind farm off the Norfolk coast is scheduled to start early 2017" fascinating ... multi purpose

Where the f*ck is Norfolk ... does it have a coast and does it freeze over ...?

"People will soon see steel rising from the ground and be able to observe our progress as this state-of-the-art facility takes shape."

Oh, are wind turbines made from steel then?


Still not buying into the Windfarms should be offshore not onshore brigade ... 'it spoils the view' Eh? dumbdiddy dooo.

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Dog eats Dog

Dogger Bank :-)

"Developer Forewind says the scheme will create and support 4,750 posts and be capable of generating enough energy to power every North-East business throughout the year.

They added the farm, about 100 miles off Teesside, will be the second largest energy producer behind the coal-fired Drax plant, in North Yorkshire.

Regional offshore support body NOF Energy has welcomed the news, saying it hopes local companies can benefit....

"Officials told The Northern Echo the farm is due to be built by August 2022....

"Paul Charlton, chairman of NOF Energy, the business support organisation for the region’s oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewable firms, said the scheme represents a major opportunity for local companies. ..

"As part of the consent process a final six-week legal challenge period will now be carried out."

Oh. Blah De Blah da.


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Ding Dong Danes

Hornsea :-)

"Danish energy company Dong Energy is proposing to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant at the Able UK Marine Energy Park site at Killingholme, near Immingham in North East Lincolnshire.

This paves the way to build a 1.3km new quay front extending out into the estuary at an estimated construction cost of £165m.

It is the second major wind turbine manufacturing plant planed for the area with VolkerFitzatrick having just started across the estuary in Hull on a £310m facility for Siemens.

... The procurement contest, which is being managed by Driver Project Services, will be officially advertised on the 29 September.

The planned energy park scheme was first put out to tender three years ago, when Hochtief and Morgan Sindall were among several contractors eyeing the scheme, which stalled amid uncertainty over rival schemes and land."

Dong in Barrow, won't it get int way of those Vanguard support vessels ...

Oh so they're getting rid of the Astute for Successors ... all sounds quite rude ...

OK. "A decision on the number of submarines is not expected before Main Gate in 2016, which is when the Government will decide whether or not to approve full production."

Morgan. Stanley ... another fine mess. Another shed.



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Blow Wind Blow

This is useful :

On a less useful note ... do those little yellow arrows indicate the direction of the wind ... erm thick moment ... how do they know which way to point the blades ... wind direction?

Hmmm ...


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Tit for Tat

not found much owt on todays  HoC Steel debate:

"Business Minister Anna Soubry replies to the deate for the government and tells MPs ministers cannot stop other countries from over-producing. However, there are "measures" they can take and she will do all she can.

She explains that EU rules forbid financial government aid to a steel companies adding that  we shouldn't "blatantly breach those rules" because "we can't then hold other countries to account if they are doing the same thing".

She details the action she has taken to date, including meeting with the management of Tata Steel."

Oh? Wot does that mean? Politics !!!!

Meanwhile ;-) )

"The company will be responsible for providing more than 18 thousand tonnes of carbon steel welded line pipe with the core element of the scope of supply encompassing a 22-in. (53 km) gas export pipeline, which will tie into the existing Central Area Transmission System (CATS).

The gas export line will be manufactured at Tata Steel’s UOE LSAW pipe mill located in Hartlepool, UK, with BSR Pipeline Services, a joint venture with Tata Steel, providing the coating services.

“We worked very closely with Maersk, to ensure that the stringent technical requirements were understood,” 

Eh? Dont spose gas compression is the same as 'fracking'?

Oh :-/

Oh Oh Oh ;   Erm, so subsea needs power of up to 12mw and that comes from? Doh ... tonights viewing....



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"Developer Dong Energy said it had made the final investment decision to build the Hornsea Project One.

The company claimed the 157 sq mile (407 sq km) site, expected to be operational by 2020, would be the world's largest offshore wind farm."

Oh Dear, I just can't help myself ;-)

Ooops, for the naughty step ; one giants leap for mankind, but wot about the Whales?


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Sperm Whales Bank

"We know why the whales have died because they die through the process of live stranding," he said.

"Obviously what has brought them into the North Sea in the first place is a question everyone wants to answer but that will take many weeks to months to try to address."

"According to Dr Simon Ingram, a marine conservation lecturer at Plymouth University, it is possible the male whales, which normally live off the west coast of Norway, could have taken a wrong turn while heading south to find females or been lured by food.

"At some point probably a group of whales have entered the North Sea," he said.

"It's possible that they have turned left too soon," he said.

"They don't know where to go, they're not in familiar habitats.

"They are exhausted, lost and end up on beaches."

"It is always tragic to see something like this, but it does seem like it is a naturally occurring event.

It is a massive pod and they have washed up in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

The ones that have been dissected from mainland Europe have had very, very empty stomachs.

They are exhausted anyway and they come into these very shallow waters in the Wash and by the time they start to beach themselves they are in a cardio-vascular collapse.

By the time they start to wash up, they are in big trouble anyway.

This represents the largest sperm whale stranding episode in England in the last hundred years."

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Hornsea Project I

Clean energy produced by the windfarm will be transmitted to shore through a offshore station which will be built by the UK’s leading engineering support services company Babcock.

Hornsea Project One, when operational, will have a capacity of up to 1.2 gigawatts and will produce enough clean green electricity to power well over 1m UK homes.

The reactive compensation station is a vital part of transmitting to shore the clean electricity produced by the offshore wind farm, enabling the high voltage system to work with cable lengths longer than those previously used for offshore wind.

The reactive compensation station, which will be built in Rosyth, Fife, will be located between the offshore wind farm and shore. Work will start this summer and is set to be complete in 2018.

Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Project One at DONG Energy, said: “DONG Energy is absolutely committed to investing in the UK and we are delighted to be working with Babcock on this world first structure which will play an important part of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

“As well as generating clean, green energy for well over one million UK homes, Hornsea Project One is also providing a real boost to the UK supply chain. This contract with Babcock is another example of this.”

Ian Donnelly, managing director of Babcock’s energy and marine business, said the contract would sustain around 100 jobs. Hornsea Project One will span a huge area of approximately 407 square kilometres, which is over five times the size of Hull. It is expected to be operational in 2020."


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Hull's Renewable Waves

"...The first thing you notice about the place is the sheer size of everything.

Inside the cavernous Siemens factory, giant blade moulds snake into the distance..."

Tuning forks:

"When Siemens announced two years ago it was opening a new factory in Hull, the news was greeted with both jubilation and a sigh of relief.

This maritime city with a picturesque waterside location, easy ferry access to Europe and some of the most attractive buildings in the country had taken a tumble since the collapse of the fishing industry in the 1970s ..."

Fee fi fo fum ...