Floating windfarms present major economic opportunity for U.K.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews:Floating offshore wind has the potential to generate up to 17,000 jobs in the UK by 2050, according to a report from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.The report, which was commissioned by Crown Estate Scotland, said the sector could add 10GW of capacity by mid-century and generate up to £33.6bn of gross value added. It said that the global potential for floating offshore wind – 55GW by 2050 – also offers an annual export value to the UK of at least £230m by 2031 and £550m by 2050 with appropriate support.“The UK now has a short window of opportunity to capitalise on its early advantage and realise the long-term benefits,” the report said.Policy support is essential to provide the private sector with the confidence to invest, it added. This should include ring-fenced funding for floating wind in future Contracts for Difference auctions for at least 100MW of pre-commercial projects by 2025 at a cost of £668m and 800MW of commercial-scale by at least 2027 at a cost of £1.2bn.Scottish Renewables policy manager Stephanie Conesa said: “Floating wind provides an enormous economic opportunity for Scotland and its development, as well as that of other earlier-stage technologies, has the potential to provide renewable electricity in locations where other renewable energy devices cannot be deployed.”The UK has early-mover advantage in floating offshore wind with projects such as Equinor and Masdar’s 30MW Hywind Scotland facility, the report said.More: Floating wind offers UK ‘17,000 jobs bonanza’ Floating windfarms present major economic opportunity for U.K.last_img read more

Barcelona open to selling Samuel Umtiti in January with Arsenal and Manchester United interested

first_imgBarcelona are open to selling Samuel Umtiti this January (Picture: Getty Images)Barcelona are open to offers for centre-back Samuel Umtiti during the January transfer window with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all interested in making a move.The 26-year-old has been largely out of first team action for Barca this season, starting just four La Liga games due to injury and the the fact that Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have established a regular partnership at centre-back.Umtiti has turned out twice in Europe taking his total appearances this campaign to just seven, having suffered knee and ankle problems, and now both player and club are open to a change of scenery, with Spanish publication El Desmarque reporting that Barca want a deal done as soon as possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe trio of Premier League clubs are very keen on bringing in the France international, with Arsenal and Manchester United in particular need of defensive reinforcements.ADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have well documented struggles at centre-back, with David Luiz, Sokratis, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi all playing in the role this season, all to questionable levels of quality.Manchester United have deployed the regular central defensive partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof this season, but Maguire is now out for around a month with a hip problem, and with Marcos Rojo also out, the Red Devils are short of options in the position with Phil Jones stepping into the void.Spurs have seen Toby Alderweireld sign a new contract, but Jan Vertonghen’s deal is set to expire in the summer and Jose Mourinho could see Umtiti as an ideal long-term replacement for the Belgian if he does leave.Umtiti’s contract at Barcelona runs until 2023, but they are not looking to price him out of a move, far from it, and he could be available for as little as £20m.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s need to add defensive options was increased by the serious ACL injury suffered by Chambers at the end of December, which will keep him out for nine months.Manager Mikel Arteta confirmed that he will look to enter the transfer market, it possible, saying: ‘That we’re going to try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team. That’s for sure. That’s our obligation. We’re going to be working on that.‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things I think we can improve.‘Obviously we have some bad injury with Calum [Chambers] a few days ago that is going to change our plans at the back. But the reality at the moment is we’re not going to be able to do much.’MORE: Neymar names Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea heroes in dream five-a-side teamsMORE: Nigel Winterburn predicts where Arsenal will finish in Premier League under Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisement Barcelona open to selling Samuel Umtiti in January with Arsenal and Manchester United interestedcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jan 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link92Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Bairstow bashes the bowling as England win by four wickets

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – Jonny Bairstow’s quick-fire 82 in half as many deliveries proved enough to help England beat Ireland by four wickets in the second of their One Day Internationals at Southampton yesterday.Bairstow’s innings laid the foundation for a second victory in three days over the Irish, sealing the series win with one game left to come on Tuesday.Ireland, who won the toss and chose to bat, scored 212-9 in their 50 overs, with newcomer Curtis Campher again top-scoring. England replied with 216-6 in 32.3 overs. Sam Billings (46 not out) and David Willey (47 not out) saw England home after a mid-innings collapse gave the visitors a glimmer of hope against the world champions.Bairstow passed 3 000 ODI runs in a demonstration of power hitting that threatened to end the match early before chasing a wide ball from Josh Little and edging through to wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker. But after he departed at 131-4, Little also removed England skipper Eoin Morgan second ball without scoring and vice-captain Moeen Allie for a duck three balls later.But there were no more breakthroughs and England made it home with 105 balls to spare.Ireland were again slow to get going and lost their first four wickets for 44 runs in just 16 overs. But they built partnerships after that with Harry Tector and Tucker putting on 34 runs for the fifth wicket and Campher and Simi Singh 60 for the seventh wicket.Campher was eventually out for 68, getting a thick edge to Saqib Mahmood’s delivery and being caught in the deep by Adil Rashid.The 21-year-old South African-born all-rounder, who qualifies to play for Ireland through an Irish grandmother, scored 59 not out on his ODI debut on Thursday, when England won the first game by six wickets. There was also again a late flourish from Ireland’s No. 8 Andy McBrine who made 24, losing his wicket to the last delivery of the innings as Reece Topley finally got some reward on his return to the England team after a four-year absence.Adil Rashid was the best home bowler with 3-34. The last match of the series is again at Southampton.last_img read more