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Massachusetts looks to become country’s offshore wind power hub
Massachusetts has announced it will work closely with Rhode Island in hope of building a new $250-million offshore wind farm.
That proposed project managed by Deepwater Wind will involve 130 turbines and would become the largest single offshore wind procurement in the world.
According to officials, the combined project has the capacity to provide power to 600,000 homes and will make the state a leader in the nation’s wind energy industry.
Deepwater Wind has confirmed it will be investing $250 million into the project and will not be receiving any state tax incentives or credits.
Officials have also said the project will create over 800 construction jobs and close to 50 permanent positions at "every skill level," as well as hundreds more indirect jobs.
"This investment means new good-paying jobs for Rhode Islanders," U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline said. "It will help keep long-term energy costs down while fueling our economy with clean, local power."
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Qatar Petroleum signs agreement with Exxon Mobil
Qatar Petroleum has acquired a 30
The agreement has enabled the Qatari oil and gas firm to obtain shares in ExxonMobil Exploration Argentina SRL and Mobil Argentina SA for exploration, drilling and production of unconventional shale oil and gas in Vaca Muerta in the Neuquén province in western Argentina.
At present, Qatar Petroleum is the world's largest producer of liquefied natural gas.
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AGR and Shell announce digital drilling deal
AGR Petroleum has signed a contract with Shell for software and well engineering services.
AGR has confirmed Shell will be using its combined software application iQx, combined with their new Digital Drilling software (D2). The software will enable Shell to decrease the number of planning stages of new projects by several weeks, share knowledge and cut costs.
According to officials, digital drilling allows teams to communicate via a web interface, enabling the sharing of well data, metadata and management of risk between workers.
“We are very pleased to have signed a Digital Drilling (D2) software and
“We’re proud of the software applications we have produced and are confident that Shell will see improvements in efficiency, as well as reductions in time, cost and risk, as they use them.”
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Nwydd initiates nuclear power plant negotiations
The UK government has commenced negotiations with a Japanese company a new nuclear power station on Anglesey.
Recently, Energy secretary Greg Clark told MPs announced that public money could potentially be invested into Wylfa Newydd.
The proposal has been in limbo for the past couple of years, however, ministers believe that latest development
"This is an important next step for the project, although no decision has been taken yet to proceed with the project, and successful conclusion of these negotiations will be subject to full government, regulatory and other approvals, including but not limited to value for money, due diligence and state aid requirements,” said Clark.
"It remains the government's objective in the longer term that new nuclear projects - like other energy infrastructure - should be financed by the private sector."
Other ministers including Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns praised the news and said the scheme would be the "biggest infrastructure project in Wales for a generation".
Once approved, work on the new plant will begin in 2020.
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