Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer Parkwind has agreed an investment to become a strategic partner in the proposed 330MW Oriel offshore wind farm project in the North Irish Sea.Located 22km off the coast of Dundalk, the Oriel wind farm will consist of 55 6MW turbines and will supply energy to more than 250,000 homes, Oriel Windfarm Ltd., the developer of the project, said.The partners now plan to fast-track the project and finalize the construction of the wind farm by 2020, Oriel Project Director Peter Caluwaerts said.“To achieve such ambitious timeline, we will immediately invest in the development of the wind farm and set up a full-scale project team, consisting of our own experienced people from Parkwind on the one hand and dedicated Irish professionals on the other hand,” Caulwaerts said.After starting up the 165MW Nobelwind wind farm in May, Parkwind expressed its ambition to construct and operate wind farms outside its domestic market, and has made the first step with the acquisition of Oriel.Including the 330MW from Oriel wind farm, Parkwind plans to have more than 1GW of offshore wind production operating by 2020.
Oil and gas company Tullow Oil has started drilling operations offshore Guyana with the spudding of the first exploration well on its Jethro-Lobe prospect on the Orinduik Block.Stena Forth drillship. Image source: Stena DrillingTullow is the operator of the Orinduik Block with a 60% Working Interest and its partners are Total and Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas with 25% and 15% interest, respectively.Eco said on Friday that the exploration well on the Jethro-Lobe prospect was spud at 22:45hrs (Local Guyana time) on Thursday, July 4, 2019, using the Stena Forth drillship.The Stena Forth was mobilized from West Africa – where it had been operating for Tullow – to the Orinduik Block in June. The Jethro Lobe prospect was initially expected to be spudded on or around June 26, 2019.Eco and its partners estimate that the well will take up to 40 days to drill.Jethro Lobe is the first prospect to be drilled as part of a two-well program and will be immediately followed by the drilling of an exploration well on the Joe prospect.Eco added it is fully funded for its share of up to six potential exploration or development wells on the Orinduik Block in addition to the Jethro Lobe and Joe exploration wells.Gil Holzman, Eco Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Today Eco Atlantic’s first Guyana well has been spud, three years ahead of our Petroleum Agreement commitment. This is the start of a hugely exciting time for the company. Jethro Lobe will test the Lower Tertiary aged turbidites, as well drilling down into the Cretaceous. As such, we await the well results with great anticipation, as they will give us an even greater understanding of the geological plays.“The huge success which ExxonMobil has had on the neighbouring Stabroek Block, has aided our geological assessment of the many similar channel systems in our Orinduik Block. With fifteen leads and prospects identified on the Orinduik Block, and funding to drill six potential exploration wells beyond the two currently planned, this is only the start of a fascinating and potentially transformational time for the company.”Spotted 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.
Practice this week was light but focused as the University of Wisconsin women’s swim team prepares to participate in the Big Ten Championships“We’re really excited,” senior team captain Jennifer Illescas said. “We had a team dinner, just to get together, talk about team goals, just to get really excited for (the Big Tens). We have so much energy. We’re swimming well; we’re just all on fire.”The Badgers will need all the energy they can muster. The meet hosted at the University of Michigan’s Canham Natatorium this afternoon will last four days. This weekend, Wisconsin’s swimmers will face the 10 other women’s teams in the Big Ten, fighting to earn positions at nationals next month in Texas.The distant goal of the National Championship races is at the forefront of the Badgers’ minds even before they get into the pool for the Big Tens.“The Big Tens, for us, is a stepping stone to the real meet, the NCAA Championships,” coach Eric Hansen said. “That’s how we evaluate our season, off of (the NCAA Championship) meet. The Big Ten meet is a qualifying meet for that, so I don’t worry about anything but where we end up nationally.”Before thinking about the National Championship, Wisconsin will have to first deal with formidable foes at the Big Ten Championship. Ranked 17th nationally and sixth in the Big Ten points standings, Wisconsin is looking up at five teams. Minnesota, ranked ninth, nationally, leads the Big Ten points column, followed by, in order, Michigan (ranked 22nd), Indiana (13th), Penn State (15th) and Northwestern (20th).In addition, the Badgers just had an impressive 45 Big Ten dual meet win streak wiped away by their loss to the Golden Gophers. Despite beating Big Ten bottom-feeders Illinois and Purdue, Wisconsin wasn’t able to completely sweep the competition during the final regular season day of conference swimming. Minnesota took the meet 191-160, relatively close in the swimming world.Despite the setback heading into a challenging meet, Wisconsin swimmers do not seem to be at all intimidated.“We were really close to Minnesota the whole meet,” Illescas said. “They’re really tough, and to be that close to all of those top swimmers, I think it just motivated us. It just said, ‘Hey, look, we can beat them.’ I don’t think we took (breaking the win streak) as a bad thing. It was really cool because we learned something. We’ll be prepared for (the Big Tens).”“You have to look at things from our point of view,” Badger senior and co-captain Christine Zwiegers said. “We would say that, as a team, we are doing really well, especially at (The Texas Invitational in December). We were really happy with what we did there, and I think we’re only going to get better at the Big Ten Championship. So, I think we’re exactly where we need to be.”Wisconsin stands ready to shake up the meet with some explosive swimmers. Beckie Thompson, a freshman, makes her rookie appearance at the Big Tens, set to challenge her school record time of 22.25 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Zwiegers also hopes to improve upon her times, including her own school record of 52.90 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly. Maggie Meyer, a sophomore, is looking to repeat the first-place performance she had in Minnesota. All of the individual events will complement the focus on the relays.“First and foremost, our focus will be on relays,” Hansen said. “After that, I think we’ve got some solid women in every event. Some events we may not be as strong depth-wise, but I think we have a strong swimmer in every event.”Before concentrating on the NCAA tournament, the team is just looking forward to getting back in the water.“I’m just looking to go in and have fun,” Illescas said. “It’s one of the last races I’ll have. It’s sad; I might shed a tear, but we’re all real excited.”And, as important as the Big Tens are, Hansen made sure to reiterate his confident stance.“Our focus will always be on the last meet of the season,” he said.
“It is essential that we keep our feet on the ground,” warned Sundowns coach and former South Africa striker Pitso Mosimane as his players celebrated with the crowd.“I have been in football too long to take anything for granted. We should remember that Zamalek scored four goals at home against Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the semi-finals.“What a beautiful sight this is,” he added, referring to a singing, dancing crowd that had crammed into the rudimentary venue west of Pretoria.“These wonderful supporters are enjoying history — this is the first time a South African club have won the home leg of a CAF Champions League final.”Sundowns quickly stamped their authority on the game and Laffor scored with a thunderous shot past Ahmed El Shenawy on 31 minutes after a millimetre-perfect Hlompho Kekana through ball.Langerman doubled the lead with a cross-cum-shot that dipped behind El Shenawy into the far corner of the net off the post.When Gamal turned another cross-cum-shot, this time from Percy Tau, into his net, the record five-goal winning margin for the first leg of a final appeared in danger of being eclipsed.But Zamalek did not wilt in the heat and 1,520-metre (4,995 feet) altitude and dominated second-half territory and possession while rarely testing Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango. Pretoria, South Africa | AFP | Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa moved closer to a fairy-tale CAF Champions League title with a 3-0 home victory over Zamalek of Egypt Saturday in the first leg of the final.Liberian Anthony Laffor and Tebogo Langerman scored in the first half of a lively match watched by a capacity 30,000 crowd at Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Stadium on the outskirts of Pretoria.The home team moved three goals ahead less than a minute into the second half when Islam Gamal conceded an own-goal on an uncomfortably hot afternoon for the players.Continental success for the South African outfit owned by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe will complete a remarkable turnaround this year in the premier African club football competition.Sundowns were eliminated by V Club in the final qualifying round last April only to be reinstated when the Democratic Republic of Congo side were disqualified for using an ineligible player.The Pretoria team went on to defeat five-time African champions Zamalek narrowly at home and away in the group stage, but taking a three-goal lead in the final exceeds their wildest dreams.Should Sundowns be crowned champions after the return match in Alexandria next Sunday, they will become only the second South African winners of the competition after Orlando Pirates 21 years ago.History favours Sundowns as just one club, Mouloudia Alger of Algeria in 1976, have overcome a three-goal first-leg deficit in a final. Share on: WhatsApp
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney will make his first appearance back in an Everton shirt in the club’s friendly against Kenyan opponents Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.Manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed all players making the trip to East Africa will feature for at least 45 minutes in the game.“I’m looking forward to it — it should be a good trip,” former England captain Rooney, whose return to his boyhood club was confirmed when he signed a two-year contract at the weekend to end his 13-year stay at Manchester United, told evertontv.“It’s good when you go away with the team. It’s good to be around the hotel with the players, spend more time with them and get to know them more.”Koeman said the squad will leave Tuesday and return Friday after the game.“This is our first friendly and everybody will be involved for 45 minutes in the game. You play football to win and we will do that in Tanzania,” he said. Everton have spent close to £100 million in a summer spending spree but captain Phil Jagielka said the signing of Rooney was a “bit special”.“To get Wayne in so early is great. He will be able to go on the pre-season trips we have and become as fit as possible,” he told evertontv.“It will be great to have him around the gaff because he knows what it takes to be an Everton player.“He has had to pretend not to be for a little while but, as you can see, he is delighted to put on the blue shirt.” Share on: WhatsApp
Platini has made no secret of his support for Qatar but denies he was influenced by Sarkozy, whose advisor for sport, Sophie Dion, was also arrested along with Platini.“It was time to give them the World Cup. I am for that. It’s my conviction,” he said at the time.Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s erstwhile chief of staff and former interior minister, was also called in for questioning Tuesday by France’s Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.The decision to award the event to Qatar ultimately led to a wider corruption probe that led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of senior FIFA figures.Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter.Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar.Platini, a triple Ballon d’Or winner, was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace. He has been battling to clear his name ever since.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Michel Platini via @AFPParis, France | AFP | The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state.Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption that ultimately sparked FIFA’s worst ever scandal five years later.France’s Financial Crimes Prosecutors Office (PNF) opened a preliminary investigation in 2016 into allegations of corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling surrounding FIFA’s award of the World Cup to Qatar and also the 2018 tournament to Russia.According to Blatter, Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with the French, derailing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” whereby hosting rights would go to Russia in 2018 and then to the United States four years later.The French investigation centres on alleged French intervention linked to Platini and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.According to the specialist magazine France Football, a “secret meeting” took place on November 23, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris between Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, at that time both UEFA president and vice-president of FIFA.Just over a week later, FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 tournament.
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