Australian utility AGL identifies second big battery site amid rapid energy storage scale-up FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:Australian utility AGL has furthered its plans to develop 850MW of large-scale battery storage across a number of sites in the country, announcing a new project in Victoria.Last week AGL said that it intends to build a project in South Australia of up to 250MW/1,000MWh, which would be one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the world. The utility said today that it has begun development activities for a 200MW battery system in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.AGL did not say in a press release what the likely capacity in megawatt-hour terms will be for the Victoria battery system, but did reveal that the system is planned for siting at the Loy Yang power station, which currently has 2,225MW of coal generation based there, as well as a coal mine that fuels it.The utility’s 850MW of targeted energy storage deployments will be located within Australia’s National Electricity Market wholesale market structure and should be added to AGL’s network by the 2024 financial year.By that time, AGL is targeting sourcing 34% of its electrical capacity from renewables and energy storage. Eventually, as with a number of major utilities in the US and several major countries, AGL wants to be responsible for net zero emissions by 2050.AGL CEO Brett Redman said the company is proud to be taking battery storage technology into the Latrobe Valley, which [he] described as a community that plays “such a pivotal role in Australia’s energy generation. The limiting factor for renewable technology has always been storage and we are taking control of these limitations by turning our attention to batteries. We are investing in our people, our communities and the technology and in doing so driving Australia’s energy transition responsibly,” Redman said.[Andy Colthorpe]More: Australian utility AGL reveals latest big step towards 850MW of battery storage
Saipem has won a number of contracts in various countries worth over $500 million.The first engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract has been awarded by Saudi Aramco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of the long-term agreement in force until 2021.The scope of the offshore work encompasses the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a 36-inch carbon steel pipeline onto the existing network around the Ju’aymah area and brownfield services at the associated offshore platform.Furthermore, in West Africa, Saipem has been assigned a contract by Eni Angola related to Cabaça and Agogo Early Phase 1 developments.The scope of work includes the EPCI of risers, production flowlines, jumpers and the installation of a Subsea Production System (SPS) in water depths ranging between 400 and 600 m to be carried out by Saipem vessels FDS and Saipem 3000.In the same region, specifically in Equatorial Guinea, Saipem has also signed a contract with Noble Energy for the offshore installation of a 70 km gas pipeline connecting the Alen Platform to Punta Europa on the coast.Additional minor contracts awarded are related to the decommissioning of existing infrastructures located in the Thistle Field of the North Sea to be executed by the Saipem 7000 and two other offshore transportation and installation contracts in the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico.Francesco Racheli, Saipem E&C Offshore Division COO, said: “These new contract awards confirm the diversified nature of our core market segments and contribute to consolidating the historic relationship with our clients who know they can constantly rely on our support in order to pursue their safety, efficiency and reliability targets. A good start to the year for the E&C Offshore division and confirmation of the strategic positioning of the company in the Middle East and West Africa.”
After long years of abandonment and neglect, respite has come the way of the mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Sekiratu Yekini, from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has placed Alhaja Yekini on a monthly stipend. The Minister, who was represented by Olaitan Shittu in Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara State on Wednesday, donated various food stuffs and provisions as well as cash gift of N50,000 to the aged woman.Shittu explained that it was not the first time the Minister was reaching out to Alhaja Yekini as he was also at her residence in September 2019 to make similar donation.Responding, Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the Minister for his kind gesture.She said: “I have been abandoned for a long time and have not gotten help from anyone.“I was hospitalised for days, some months ago and catered for myself despite scarce resources. “Wven last month, I received treatment at the hospital.“I need help from Nigerians, but this Minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan.“Since my son died, life has been very tough because I do not get assistance from people.“Rashidi’s siblings are not doing well too, so I am left to struggle everyday.“This is very kind of the Minister. “May God bless and reward him.”Late Yekini, who died eight years ago in Ibadan after retiring from active football, had a career that spanned more than two decades and was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other foreign countries.Yekini scored 37 goals for Nigeria from 58 games and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups, where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition against Bulgaria in the USA 94 World Cup.He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope Items donated included 50kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of wheat, six tins of Milo as well as the cash.Tags: Rashidi YekiniSekiratu YekiniSunday Dare
However, Condon admits he would also have to consider supplementing Success Days for the Investec Derby if the ground was soft at Epsom. He is certainly a smart colt given his conditions. Getting his own way in front, Success Days (8-13 favourite) never looked like being caught after he took several lengths from his three rivals on the turn for home. He went further ahead under Shane Foley and pulled 10 lengths clear of Summaya. Condon said: “I’ve always said he’s an undemonstrative colt but he’s improving away quickly. “He’s very relaxed and has the temperament to keep improving. He obviously needs to, but he keeps delivering. “The Irish Derby is on the agenda. We’ll see how the Dante works out and, if it came up soft, we would have to give serious consideration to supplementing him for Epsom. “If it doesn’t I’d be happy to sit and wait for the Irish Derby.” There was a second victory for Foley when top-weight Lean And Keen displayed plenty of guts to take the John R Fitzpatrick Agricultural Contractor Handicap by half a length from strong-finishing favourite Beau Satchel. The Sean Byrne-trained 5-1 shot looked ready to slip back through the field in the closing stages, but instead rallied to catch Bobby Jean and then hold on as the post arrived. Byrne said: “He handles the ground, but with that weight I’d say he wants better ground. It was a good, honest performance. He’ll mix it between the Flat and hurdles.” Surprise winner of the Ballysax Stakes over the course and distance four weeks earlier, Ken Condon’s admirable grey landed the odds this time after the late withdrawal of Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, for which he would have to be added to the entries, remains the big target. Press Association Success Days is set to challenge for Classic honours as he once again relished the testing conditions with an emphatic victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.