Equinor may build the world’s largest floating offshore wind project in South Korea

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Energy powerhouse Equinor has formed a consortium with the Korea National Oil Corporation and Korea East-West Power to develop a floating offshore wind project.In an announcement Thursday, Equinor said the consortium would undertake a feasibility study for the 200-megawatt project, which would be located off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea. Pending the results of that study, construction of a floating offshore wind farm will commence in 2022, with the possibility of “power production start-up” taking place in 2024.Stephen Bull, senior vice president for the wind and low carbon cluster of New Energy Solutions at Equinor, said the company was “very pleased to be member of the partnership involved in realizing the first floating offshore wind farm in Asia.”Bull added that if the project was successfully realized, it would be the world’s biggest floating wind farm.Equinor already operates Hywind Scotland, the world’s “first full-scale commercial floating offshore wind farm.” Located off the coast of Scotland, the facility has a capacity of 30-megawatts and started production in 2017.More: South Korea could soon be home to the world’s biggest floating offshore wind farm Equinor may build the world’s largest floating offshore wind project in South Korealast_img read more

Sports film documentary depicts Black athletes in Pittsburgh

first_img The film sheds light on many different topics, ranging from the town’s history in sports to the issues that Blacks face in trying to develop Black youths into good athletes in all sports.” “It was a good production. Good enough that I suggested that (White make provisions for the film to be broadcasted), nationally on ESPN. It told the story on a local platform and revealed some issues that present themselves all over the nation,” said Rock Robinson of the Western Pennsylvania Minority Golf Association.The process would present its fair share of financial difficulties. There was a smaller than usual budget for this project and this, according to White, made it difficult for the film to be complete.“We made this film with the grand total of funding at $10,000,” White said. “That is a small amount to make a movie. We were determined to make this production be the best that it could be.”Other perspectives were thrown into the mix from a production aspect. One of those was that of Martha Conley, another Pittsburgh native, who served as the associate producer of the film. She is a filmmaker as well and is in the process of producing her own documentary.“I am very pleased with the turnout of this film,” said Conley. “I learned a lot throughout this process. It has been a much more of a collaborative project than that of my own documentary and the team that White put together worked really well for the most part.”There were also a number of local and national representatives that took part and shared their ideas on some of the movie’s topics. Robinson was one of them and wants to see the film reach higher heights.“This film was just as good as ‘Uneven Fairways’ (a documentary about minorities in golf that was also televised on ESPN). It was a blessing in disguise that the film had such limited resources so that it could provide the type of information and feel that it did (in its current form),” Robinson said.The group has already sponsored two private screenings and plans to have multiple public screenings in the near future. The locations and times will be announced. Fund-raising for “Lost in the Hype” continues. Funds are needed for film festival submissions and distribution. Donations may be sent to Rights and Responsibilities at 5706 East Liberty Blvd., Pittsburgh Pa. 15206. With little time and resources, the Rights and Responsibilities Film group (Pittsburgh owned and operated) has finally introduced their film documentary “Lost in the Hype—African Americans in a Super Sports town.” “We started this film in January 2008 and expected to have this project completed by December 2008 so that we can be in time for this to be a part of the Pittsburgh 250 efforts, however, due to various setbacks, we were not able to (finish within that time frame),” said Aisha White, the film’s executive producer. MARTHA CONLEYlast_img read more

Losing count: Pirates’ awful run sets record

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—They said the losing had to stop, and it didn’t. They said the familiar pattern of a player getting good and then getting gone would stop, and it didn’t.Instead, the losing didn’t slow down for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it increased. The players kept leaving en masse. Attendance dipped yet again. WHEN WILL IT END—Pittsburgh Pirates fans Ben Samson, left, and Iliya Udler, of Pittsburgh, hold signs at the end of another Pirates loss, 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Sept. 7. Flip the calendar, shuffle the roster—they’re still the same old Pirates.Just two of the eight starting position players projected at the start of spring training was in place when the season ended, but it made no difference.The Pirates are the franchise that sets the standard for losing in American pro sports, and they certainly kept up the pace during a dismal 99-loss season in which the roster kept changing but not much else did.Just days after team president Frank Coonelly said of his own club, “We expect this team, this year, to win,” the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Barely a week after the Pirates angered their shrinking fan base by trading their most popular player, Nate McLouth, mere months after giving him a contract extension, the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.Yes, welcome to what’s jokingly being referred to as the City of Champions—and the Pirates. They didn’t win many games, but the Pirates certainly provided a lot of laughs.Jay Leno made fun of them—in two different time slots. “Saturday Night Live” parodied them in a skit in which the Pirates mythically won the World Series (30 years after they last accomplished it). During the G-20 summit, a fan waded through an anarchists’ rally with a sign protesting the Pirates’ record-breaking 17th consecutive losing season. Former Pirates pitcher Sean Burnett called them the “laughingstock” of baseball.Yuk, yuk, yuk. The Pirates’ only problem was their latest bumbling act of a season was real, and their 62-99 record during the second worst of the 17 straight losing seasons illustrates how far they still must go to stop being an all-too-convenient punch line.Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, Nyjer Morgan? Gone. John Grabow, Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny? Gone. McLouth, Burnett and Adam LaRoche? Gone, too, all in deals that brought only prospects—some promising, some marginal—in return.Neal Huntington, the ever-optimistic general manager who has few financial resources to work with other than a competitive draft day budget, acknowledges 2010 and 2011 could be tough, too.This season was bad enough, with a late-season stretch of 23 losses in 26 games, no player with more than 64 RBIs (Andy LaRoche), no pitcher with more than 11 wins (Ross Ohlendorf and Zach Duke) and a closer (Matt Capps) with a 5.80 ERA and 8 losses.For the second year in a row, the Pirates collapsed after their roster was gutted by trade deadline deals; a year ago, they dropped 41 of their final 60, this time it 46 of the final 65 (including 27 of the final 36). Their 22-58 road record was their worst since the NL adopted a 162-game season in 1962.Manager John Russell (129-194 in two seasons) is repeatedly praised by management for his calm, never-get-rattled approach, but some players said he is virtually noncommunicative for long stretches. Others are unhappy that Russell constantly refuses to argue close calls, creating the impression the players are on their own—and that the Pirates are a team that can be pushed around.Russell and Huntington are unsigned past next season, but Huntington said 2009 can be blamed on him, even though owner Bob Nutting has shown no signs of being willing to spend the money necessary to field a competitive team.“People are shocked we didn’t make staff changes because we lost 90-plus games again this year; it’s the era of human sacrifice, someone has to go if the team doesn’t win,” Huntington said. “Well, the reality is the losses this year are on me. We took the veteran players on this group and we put a group of young players out there and it is not fair to evaluate this staff based on wins and losses.”Russell had a similar view.“Take away the wins and losses—which you can’t, because that’s what we’re about—I think some guys made some good strides,” he said.There were glimmers of hope. Andrew McCutchen (.286, 12 homers, 54 RBIs) played every day but one after McLouth left and looks like a fixture in center field. Garrett Jones, a 28-year-old minor league free agent, hit .293 with 21 homers and 44 RBIs in half a season. Ohlendorf (11-10, 3.92) was a good pitcher on a bad team. Rookie right-hander Jesse Chavez pitched in 73 games, most of them effectively. Charlie Morton (5-9, 4.55) showed flashes after being dealt by Atlanta.Starting next season, the Pirates are counting on their waiting-in-the-wings minor leaguers—third baseman Pedro Alvarez, outfielder Jose Tabata, right-hander Brad Lincoln—to start arriving. However, no franchise bats 1.000 with its prospects, and the Pirates have little room for failure by their few top prospects.They would appear to have millions to spend on talent beyond the estimated $28 million already committed to their current players, yet Huntington said that while it’s possible the Pirates might sign multiple free agents, there’s a chance they won’t sign any.“As tough as it is to acknowledge during a 90-plus loss season, we are going in the right direction,” Huntington said. “On paper, it certainly feels like we took a step back…But 2009 was great growth year, though we realize fans don’t know that. It is going to show itself at the major league level in terms of wins and losses as we move forward.”last_img read more