Scotland’s SSE looking to join ranks of world’s largest wind power developers

first_imgScotland’s SSE looking to join ranks of world’s largest wind power developers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Scottish utility SSE Plc is planning an expansion of its renewable power business to compete globally for the growing market for massive wind farms. “I’d like to see us become a global supermajor,” Jim Smith, managing director of SSE Renewables, said by phone. “Who wouldn’t if they were running our business?”While it’s become one of the biggest developers in the U.K., the largest market for offshore wind farms, SSE has been slow to branch out of its home territory. With construction set to begin on a number of developments, the company is eyeing growth in a space where seasoned competitors like Denmark’s Orsted A/S and Spain’s Iberdrola SA are already duking it out for market share.SSE plans to expand its wind business into two more markets within the next five years, Smith said. It’s looking at opportunities in northern Europe, the U.S. and Japan, he said. With a record-low bid last year to build a giant wind farm off the coast of England, the company has shown that it knows how to win competitive government auctions to build the green power plants at sea.For offshore wind, SSE would look to partner with a local developer in whatever market they move into to work on a project at an early stage. For wind farms onshore, the company is looking to acquire a developer with a pipeline of projects at various stages of progress and about 1 to 2 gigawatts of capacity, Smith said.For now, the company is focused on delivering on a huge pipeline of projects. Last year, SSE and Norwegian energy company Equinor ASA won a joint bid to build the world’s biggest wind farm at sea, the 3.6-gigawatt Dogger Bank. The company also recently made final investment decisions on two other massive wind projects: a 443-megawatt wind farm on the Shetland Islands in Scotland and the 1.1-gigawatt Seagreen installation off the Scottish coast.All told, SSE plans to invest 7.5 billion pounds ($9.4 billion) by 2025 in projects that will cut greenhouse gas emissions. The utility has said that its balance sheet and divestments can support this growth, and that capital and investment spending on less strategic or less advanced projects will be deprioritized or deferred.[Will Mathis]More: Scottish utility seeks to become a green `supermajor’last_img

Fabregas helps Chelsea go 11 points clear

first_imgLONDON (AP):Cesc Fabregas made the most of a rare Chelsea start with a goal and an assist in his 300th English Premier League appearance, helping the leaders beat Swansea 3-1 to go 11 points clear yesterday.After dislodging Nemanja Matic from the line-up to make only his sixth start in 26 league matches, Fabregas put Chelsea in front in the 19th minute with a deflected shot.Pedro Rodriguez was the provider and Fabregas returned the favour after Fernando Llorente levelled with a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick on the stroke of halftime. Fabregas slotted the ball through for Pedro to curl into the net through goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s hands in the 72nd.Any prospect of a second equaliser for Swansea ended after Diego Costa volleyed in his 16th goal of the league campaign from Eden Hazard’s cutback in the 84th.For Fabregas, it was a third goal of the title challenge on the day he reassured Chelsea that he wasn’t looking to leave despite limited playing time.CESC PLAYED WELL”Cesc played a really good game, but it’s important for me to have these solutions … when we need to have a player with more quality (on the ball), and to lose something in height,” Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said. “I’m really pleased to see him in this form despite not starting the last game in the league. This is the right way to continue.”It was Fabregas’ 102nd assist in a Premier League career that began in 2003 with Arsenal and continued from 2014 with Chelsea after a three-year hiatus at Barcelona. Retired Manchester United great Ryan Giggs is the league’s maestro of assists with 162, and now, next on the list is Fabregas level with former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, whose career was celebrated with a halftime appearance on the Stamford Bridge pitch yesterday.The current generation of Chelsea players will surely be parading the Premier League trophy again on the field in May, with Antonio Conte’s side running away with the title despite drawing two of their past four games.Now it’s about the players staying focused on regaining the silverware they won two years ago under JosÈ Mourinho.”To keep the concentration for the whole championship is not easy,” Conte said. “They know very well the way that we must continue to try to stay at the top of the table to try and win the title. For this reason, I’m lucky. I’m lucky to have a lot of players who, in the past, won a lot.”More points might have been dropped if defender Cesar Azpilicueta had been penalised for a handball in the second half just before Fabregas provided Pedro’s goal.But no penalty was awarded, ensuring that it was a miserable return to west London for Swansea manager Paul Clement, who was an assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti when Chelsea won the title in 2010. The south Wales club is three points above the relegation zone.”I thought it was a penalty,” Clement said. “It’s 1-1 and we had a chance to go to 2-1. On reflection, they’ve had a lot more chances and a lot more of the ball, so probably deserved the victory, but we defended resolutely for long periods, made it difficult.”Other results: Crystal Palace 1 Middlesbrough 0; Everton 2 Sunderland 0; Hull City 1 Burnley 1; West Brom 2 Bournemouth 1; Watford 1 West Ham 1.last_img read more