Nordsee Ost Ready for Winter after Annual Maintenance Campaigns

first_imgInnogy has completed the annual maintenance of its 295MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm in Germany, including inspection of wind turbine blades and foundations, and maintenance of the offshore substation.The company said it successfully completed its own scope of maintenance work for this year. However, some service providers still have to finish their maintenance work at Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.This year, innogy used a drone for visual inspection for the first time, with 12 of the 48 wind turbines being examined more closely from the tower, over the nacelle and all the way to the rotor blade tip by rope-access blade inspections.Inspection of the foundations is carried out both above and under water surface, including inspections of the weld and bolt connections, visual inspections of the structures and inspections of the corrosion protection coating. Special subsea robots were used for underwater inspections, which usually take around one to two days per foundation. A total of 50 foundations were inspected above water: all 48 wind turbine foundations, the jacket foundation of the offshore substation and the monopile foundation of the met mast. Of the 50 foundations, 13 were also examined under water.Image: innogyOffshore substation’s primary systems, such as switchgear and transformers, and secondary systems, such as the control and protection technology, were tested this summer with the support of the innogy subsidiary Westnetz. In addition, maintenance has been performed on the fire alarm and the fire extinguishing systems, cranes, air-conditioning and ventilation system, as well as other smaller auxiliary systems.During the summer, when the wind farm is in full swing, the annual maintenance campaigns are due to take place. “Summer is the best time of the year for us,” said Tobias Matzke, Production Manager at innogy. “With the beginning of autumn, weather windows in which maintenance is possible decrease. Our experience shows that from October, statistically speaking, the accessibility to the wind turbines and our substation at sea is halved compared to summer. We are therefore glad that we were able to successfully complete our annual maintenance before the first autumn storms. “Approximately 50 service technicians, engineers and nautical staff are working on the German offshore wind farm to ensure its safe and economic operation, innogy said.last_img read more

UEFA Nations Cup: France fight back to sink battling Croatia

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Ronaldo scores 100th goal for Portugal France earned a rollercoaster 4-2 home win over Croatia in a top-tier Nations League Group 3 match on Tuesday with the outcome a carbon copy of their memorable clash in the 2018 World Cup final.France made it two wins out of two after their opening 1-0 victory at Sweden and stayed level on six points with Portugal, 2-0 winners at Sweden after a Cristiano Ronaldo brace boosted his international tally to 101 goals. In contrast, the Croatians suffered their second successive defeat after a 4-1 drubbing at European champions and Nations League holders Portugal.The Croatians took a 17th-minute lead through centre back Dejan Lovren, who beat home goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a crisp left-foot shot after leaving Moussa Sissoko flat-footed with some neat ball control.Antoine Griezmann missed a sitter before sweeping home a 43rd-minute equaliser from a flowing move and France turned the tide with an own-goal by Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic on the stroke of halftime.Anthony Martial, who made his first start for France since March 2018, scrambled a close-range effort on to the post and the ball trickled over the line after rebounding off Livakovic’s back.Halftime substitute Josip Brekalo levelled with a fine solo effort in the 55th minute, muscling his way past three defenders before he steered the ball past Lloris. France nosed ahead again 10 minutes later as defender Dayot Upamecano took advantage of static defending to head home a Griezmann corner.Olivier Giroud sealed the home side’s win with a 77th-minute penalty.Reuters/NAN.—Tags: 2018 World Cup finalCristiano RonaldoFrancelast_img read more

Falcons triumph in 7s showdown

first_imgHarlequins bowed out of the Premiership 7s Series with a 17-10 defeat against Newcastle, who took the trophy after a 31-21 victory over Saracens in the final.Quins were widely expected to contest the final with Sarries and they made a great start to the evening’s rugby at The Stoop, beating Wasps 19-0.But a 17-10 victory over the hosts took Newcastle through – and they then went one better by beating the favourites and defending champions.AdChoices广告Quins had looked impressive in their opening Pool A clash with a Wasps side that were out of their depth.Luke Wallace opened the account within 50 seconds to take them into a 5-0 lead.Sam Smith got Harlequins’ final try against WaspsA short while later, some nifty handling and quality footwork opened a gap for rising star Ross Chisholm to end a 50-metre run with the second try of the night. Sam Smith got the game’s final try to wrap up a comprehensive win.Saracens destroyed Bath 38-0 in Pool B, before sealing their place in the final with a hard fought 20-15 win against Sale.Falcons then emerged as the surprise package of the night, subjecting Wasps to an even bigger hammering than Quins gave them – 38-7.Given that performance, Quins could expect a tough game – one they needed to win, whereas their opponents required only a draw in order to progress.Quins broke through with Miles Mantella charging into the right-hand corner to kick the scoreboard and the crowd into life.Smart hands from the kick-off then led to a well worked try from Ross Chisholm under the posts, and the home team looked comfortable.But a penalty gave Newcastle a sniff and Quins suddenly found themselves wanting as Alex Tait found a gap to burst through and touch down.The conversion brought the score to 12-7, setting up a tense second half.A lost scrum deep in Quins territory gave the Falcons a big advantage, yet a stout but tiring defence kept the Geordies at bay.But the visitors hit back, and after the ball bobbled out the back of a ruck to be scooped up by Will Chudley, he gratefully charged 40 metres and over the line.And just before full-time, a dropped ball led to Luke Fielden running in the winning try.“We made it very hard for ourselves,” admitted Quins skipper Chris York.“Newcastle did a very good job of keeping the ball. We’re gutted not to be in the final.”Coach Howard Graham added: “We’ve had a good pre-season, but we looked a bit tired out there and people were leaving holes that aren’t normally there. They kept the ball very well, and we didn’t.”last_img read more

Play Fair Code strengthens Austrian sporting practices with Sportradar

first_imgShare Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 The Austrian Play Fair Code (PFC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sportradar, designed to bring a multitude of benefits to its many stakeholders.Amongst those are the exchange on knowledge and best practices focussed towards education and prevention, which is to aid the strategic objective of fighting corruption across all forms of sport, both within Austria and on a worldwide basis.Also through the strengthening of ties between the two, a “mutual coordination and support” of efforts and advocacy before international and European authorities and institutions is to be achieved.Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director of Integrity Services, explained: “We are very proud to be sharing our expertise with the Play Fair Code. The information we can provide from our monitoring and detection system including our advanced intelligence, investigation, education and consultancy will cover all bases. “Combined with PFC’s in-depth expertise in the education field, this approach will see us mutually focus on eliminating potential corruption across sporting codes.”Operating on a day-to-day basis under its PFC moniker, the firm was founded by the Austrian Sports Ministry, Austrian Football Association (AFA) and Austrian Football League, under the collective name Association for Protecting the Integrity in Sports.A number of Austrian sporting stakeholders are encapsulated, such as the Austrian Federal Sports Organisation, the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Austrian Ski Federation, the Bookmakers’ Federation, the Austrian Lotteries, the Austrian Ice Hockey League, the Austrian Basketball League, as well as a range of Austrian betting providers.Günter Kaltenbrunner, Play Fair Code President, said: “We are very pleased to strengthen our relationship with Sportradar. We are both united in our aims and our joint efforts will ensure that we can be more confident in helping to diminish the risks of potential manipulation in sports across Austria.”Play Fair Code CEO, Severin Moritzer, added: “After nearly five years of a constant and fruitful relationship, we are now happy to take a next important step in this mutually beneficial cooperation.” Related Articleslast_img read more