OEEC: Future Looks Bright for Offshore Renewables

first_imgThe offshore renewable industry will be a valuable ingredient in the future energy mix but it is highly unlikely that it will ever be as big as the oil and gas industry, according to speakers and participants of a technical session titled ”Offshore Renewables“ which was held on Wednesday, 26 October,  at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) in Amsterdam.The speakers discussed new, as well as already proven concepts in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.The conference also covered some of the ”burning” topics within the industry, such as how the offshore renewable energy industry can leverage experiences from the oil and gas industry, and also how solutions developed for the renewable energy industry can benefit oil and gas projects.The session was moderated by Capt. Mike Frampton, Renewable Business Line Director at LOC Group.Speakers included Lee Clarke, Chief Operating Officer at the Renewables Consulting Group, Jake Anderson, Director at Longitude Engineering, Arend Doppenberg, Director Client Services at TMF Netherlands, and Robert Jan van Hedel, Supervisor Legal at TMF Netherlands.Opening the session, Mike Frampton, who previously worked as a captain on Shell’s LNG carrier and has a background in oil and gas, said that the offshore renewable industry is in many ways similar to oil and gas, although it is a fairly new industry.During the session, he said that there are many countries already forging ahead towards a low-carbon future, embracing renewable energies or boosting the use of renewables such as offshore wind.When asked about the role of renewables in the future energy mix, Frampton said he sees a ”bright outlook“ for the industry.”There is plenty of enthusiasm for the future, without a doubt… The industry at the moment is strong,” Frampton said.”However, it is never going to be as big as oil and gas.”Lee Clarke followed up on the outlook for the renewable industry saying that he sees ”a pipeline of opportunities“ in the next 10 to 15 years. However, many factors could affect the future energy mix, Clarke cautioned.”The big unknown is, of course, how the other parts of the energy sector decarbonise over the coming years if we move to electric vehicles that seem to be moving ahead at an enormous pace. That is going to increase the demand for electricity and will have a direct impact on the use of oil,” Clarke said.That will require a huge demand for electricity to fill that gap, Clarke concluded.last_img read more

Council chiefs under fire over ‘emergency’ grant to solicitors firm

first_imgCouncil bosses in Bolton are today facing calls to resign over a ‘secret’ emergency grant of £300,000 handed to a local solicitors firm that posted a £1m loss last year.Asons Solicitors was awarded the grant earlier this month under the Emergency Powers Procedure, used by the authority to take ‘any action on behalf of the council in any cases of urgency’.The meeting at which the grant was awarded to the personal injury firm was closed to press and public. In a statement, the council has said the grant will guarantee that 263 jobs are retained in the town centre for at least the next five years. But local solicitors are outraged by one local firm apparently gaining a competitive advantage through taxpayers’ money. The council refused to confirm the size of the grant but local press reported that the figure is £300,000. The cash is understood to have been intended to assist the firm with its move to different premises in the town earlier this year.With our madam mayor of #Bolton pic.twitter.com/5HG5wkT3C2— Dr Imran Akram (@DrimranKakram) 30 August 2016Council leader Cliff Morris (Labour), who has come under pressure over the award, said: ‘Financial transparency and trust at this challenging time is more important than ever and this is why I am calling for a full independent audit of this investment to reassure the public.’In a statement sent to the Gazette, he added: ‘The council’s investment will be repaid through their business rates, which we estimate to be more than £460,000 and this will be reinvested across the borough. This is on top of the value from retaining the firm in the town centre, which should return £10m to our local economy over the next five years.’This assurance is sure to be called into question however, as Asons has itself stated that the key risk facing its business is a potential rise in the small claims limit. Last week the government announced plans to raise that limit five-fold, a potentially devastating development for the claimant PI sector. Opposition leaders have hit out at the grant. David Greenhalgh, leader of the Conservative party, told the Bolton News: ‘A growing number of decisions are being made by this council under emergency powers. This process should only be used when absolutely necessary.’Other local solicitor firms have also voiced concern, including Craig Morris, a partner at Fieldings Porter and Stephen Crompton, joint managing partner at Russell and Russell.Crompton said: ‘This is extremely worrying. Law firms up and down the country have been subjected to the same challenging market conditions as Asons, so why has it been given preferential funding?’Local UKIP leader Sean Hornby has called on residents to stage a mass protest outside Bolton Town Hall (pictured) ahead of the council’s next meeting at the end of November. Bolton TUC, meanwhile, has today called for the resignation of the officers and politicians at the council ’who have been involved in subsidising Asons while proposing cuts to services for the disabled and other vulnerable members of the Bolton family’.Latest published accounts for Asons Solicitors list the sole director as Kamran Akram. Asons Solicitors Ltd posted a pre-tax loss of £1.14m on annual turnover of £13.6m for the year to 31 May 2015. This compares with a profit of £864,444 on turnover of £15.9m in 2014.Under ‘principal risks and uncertainties’, the director’s report states: ‘The key risks facing the business are changes in UK legislation that impact on the small claims limit.’In 2013 Dr Imran Akram, chief executive of Asons Solicitors, was crowned ‘Business Person of the Year 2013’ at the Bolton & Bury Business Awards. He is pictured above with the mayor of Bolton at the opening of the new Asons office.The flamboyant Akram has also attracted media attention for collecting Lamborghinis.The Gazette has contacted Asons for comment.last_img read more

Premier League Opponents Await For League One Pair

first_imgIt will certainly be a Sky Bet League One team hosting Premier League opposition, with the top-flight duo due to play tomorrow night.City and Doncaster, who drew 1-1 at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, will replay on Tuesday, January 13th (7.45pm).The fourth round tie will take place on the weekend of January 24th/25th. Subsequently the League One game away at Doncaster Rovers has already been postponed.last_img

Cruz Clobbers Twins Past Royals

first_img Auto (360p) About Connatix V56490 720p HD 360p The Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Monday night at Target Field. The Twins have rebounded from an early-August skid to win four of their past five games.Nelson Cruz provided the offense for Minnesota Monday with a pair of home runs, giving him eight on the season. Cruz is playing at an MVP level, with a .354 batting average and an American League-leading 23 runs batted in.The Twins did not use a traditional starting pitcher in the contest, instead relying on six relievers to hold the Royals scoreless until the ninth inning. The Twins’ homestand continues Tuesday night when they host the Brewers at Target Field. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on WJON.MN Twins On CameoGetty ImagesThe Twins on CameoA number of Minnesota professional athletes will record a greeting to be sent to you, a friend or a loved one… for a price. Over 40 current and former Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves players are on Cameo, a website that offers fans the opportunity to purchase a video message from athletes and celebrities for varying prices.Here’s a look at the Minnesota Twins who are currently available on Cameo and the price it will take to hire them to record your message.Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDevin Smeltzer – $15Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoNelson Cruz – $100Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoLewis Thorpe – $10. Aussie prospect. Triumph BooksMN Twins On CameoDick Bremer – $50Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChuck Knoblauch – $40. World Series hero and multi-time All Star with a checkered post-baseball runGetty ImagesMN Twins On CameoMatt Garza – $25. Debuted in 2006, Traded to Tampa in ’07. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDenard Span – $25Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoBrent Rooker – $20. Twins prospect, has not yet played in MLB. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChris Colabello – $35. Remember him? He played seven years of Indy ball before landing with the Twins in 2012center_img 1080p HD 1/1 About Connatix V56490 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more