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Ørsted Opens Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base

first_imgØrsted has officially opened the Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base (HTOCB) at Humberside Airport in Lincolnshire.The building, formerly a police station at the airport, will now house around 30 Ørsted employees who will be working around the clock to construct the 1.4GW wind farm.Hornsea Two, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire Coast, will be able to power over 1.3 million homes when complete in 2022 taking the title as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm from the neighbouring 1,214MW Hornsea One offshore wind farm which is currently under construction.“The new offshore construction management office is the ideal location for our logistical project planning, and means we can move people and equipment offshore efficiently and safely using the heliport at Humberside airport,” Jason Ledden, leading the construction team as Senior Project Manager, said.”Not only have we been able to repurpose and redevelop a building that had fallen empty on the airport estate, we’ve also been able to utilise equipment and furniture from some of our previous projects in the region to ensure the build is sustainable and continue Ørsted’s green ethos.”Construction progress updateOnshore cable works have begun, undertaken by Preston-based VolkerInfra, and construction of the onshore substation is progressing. Most of the major contracts have now been awarded and offshore construction is due to begin 2020.All 165 turbines are being supplied by Siemens Gamesa, with the majority of blades being manufactured at their facility in Hull.Despite having fewer turbines than sister project Hornsea One, the project will use a newly manufactured larger blade to generate more power. The blades have been specifically developed for the site by the Siemens Gamesa site in Hull and are around the same length as ten busses.Ørsted’s East Coast Hub – the world’s largest operations and maintenance base, located in Grimsby, is expected to open later this month.last_img read more

Region welcomes APD freeze

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel Region welcomes APD freeze by: – March 24, 2011 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) although welcoming the decision of the British Chancellor to delay the increase in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) later this year, says the regional organisation will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts their economies.Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne today told the House of Commons that there will be no increase in the tax until 2012.He also indicated that a consultation would be held “to improve the existing and rather arbitrary bands that appear to believe that the Caribbean is further away than California”.The CTO said in a release following the announcement that Chancellor Osbourne’s latter statement is a clear recognition of a crucial issue that has been the focus of the strong lobbying efforts by the organisation led by its Chairman, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, and CTO allies in the private sector, the Caribbean High Commissions, and the Diaspora.The CTO said it will persist in efforts to obtain “a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region”.“Today’s announcement by the Chancellor is a small but important victory for the Caribbean.  In our various meetings with the British Government CTO opposed the idea of a Per Plane Tax for economic reasons. We also asked that the existing banding system be reviewed; for no more increases in the APD; and for it to be revised downwards in a new, fairer system.The Chancellor’s speech gives us positive results on all three points,” said CTO, adding that it is therefore clear evidence that the British government “is listening to our concerns and that we have been effective in expressing them publicly and privately.”The CTO said it is also pleased that the groups have been officially invited to continue to participate in further APD consultation over the coming weeks.“In so doing, we will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts our economies. We will persist in our efforts to obtain a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region,” said the CTO release.Source: Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

The Roses edge She Cranes in Vitality Netball International Series opener

first_imgThere were no changes for the Vitality Roses at the start of the second quarter, as they added two quickfire goals to their belt..The She Cranes demonstrated good vision to retain possession following a centre pass but momentum shifted back to the Roses as Clarke – the Roses’ most-capped player – continued to show her experience and talent to win the ball back. The teams assembled before the action. PHOTOS @charltonpe & @EchoArena Match 1 – England 50 Uganda 46 Match 2 – November 30, London Match 3 – December 2, LondonLiverpool, UK | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vitality Roses beat Uganda 50-46 to take the opening match of the Vitality Netball International Series as they played on home soil for the first time since being crowned Commonwealth Games champions. “It was a closely-fought and physical affair against the She Cranes,” reports englandnetball.co.uk.The Vitality Roses had last faced Uganda on their way to winning gold in April, and England were mentally strong and tenacious in seeing off a Ugandan fightback.Tracey Neville named five gold medallists in England’s starting seven with the Vitality Roses proudly wearing their new Nike kit for the first time.After a warm reception from the home fans, England captain Serena Guthrie took the first centre pass for the Vitality Roses.Natalie Haythornthwaite picked out Rachel Dunn, who linked up nicely with Guthrie to edge closer to the post, before opening the scoring. The She Cranes responded in kind immediately though, drawing level at 1-1.It continued to go goal-for-goal in the opening stages with both Helen Housby and Uganda’s captain, Peace Proscovia, on target.The She Cranes kept possession well and patiently worked the ball through court time and time again. Eboni Usoro-Brown read the game perfectly though to win the ball back and set the Vitality Roses on the attack with Housby putting England 7-4 in front.The Vitality Roses continued to press Uganda and had established a five-goal lead midway through the opening quarter.Housby displayed her aerial ability to pick off a lofted cross-court Ugandan pass with the Vitality Roses transitioning quickly through court and Dunn rewarding her teammate’s efforts.As both teams gave it their all, Layla Guscoth was involved in a collision but quickly got back to her feet and was replaced by Jodie Gibson.A strong first quarter left the Roses leading 15-8. Excellent team work between Guthrie and Dunn meant the Roses continued to stretch their lead to 30-21 at half time.Neville made a change at the break with Guscoth coming back on as GD and Gibson moving to WD.Uganda started the third quarter brightly, scoring four unanswered goals before George Fisher, brought on at GS in place of Dunn, had an immediate impact with a number of goals in quick succession.The Roses piled on the pressure against the She Cranes with Fisher extending England’s lead to eight.The world number two worked tirelessly and went into the final quarter with the score at 38-31.There were morechanges for the Vitality Roses as the final quarter started with Haythornthwaite moving to GA, Housby taking the GS bib, Sasha Corbin coming on at WA and Clarke returning to WD.It was a close affair most of the game, Uganda vs England. PHOTOS PHOTOS @charltonpe &@EchoArenaUganda opened up the final quarter with first centre-pass and a goal, making the score 38-32.The She Cranes continued to keep plugging away at the gap and were back on level terms – 43-all – midway through the final 15.But the Roses kept their cool and benefited from an overcooked pass, as well as the fantastic support from the home fans, to end the first match of the Vitality International Netball Series with a 50-46 win.The Vitality Roses will go head-to-head with Uganda again on 30th November and 2nd December at the Copper Box Arena in London, as part of the highly anticipated three-match series.Prior to the Vitality Netball International Series opener, Roses A put in a strong performance to beat Scotland 63-33 in the battle of the home nations.England’s starting7 – Dunn (GS), Housby (GA), Haythornthwaite (WA), Guthrie (C), Clarke (WD), Guscoth (GD), Usoro-Brown (GK)Uganda’s starting7 – Proscovia (GS), Nanyonga (GA), Meme (WA), Nakachwa (C), Namuwaya (WD), Ajio (GD), Oyella (GK)******SOURCE: englandnetball.co.ukShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more