Seagreen Requests Scoping Opinion for Seagreen Phase 1

first_imgSeagreen Wind Energy Ltd has requested a scoping opinion from Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, for the proposed 1.05GW Seagreen Phase 1 wind farm project. This scoping request, submitted mid-May, was accompanied by a scoping report which identifies the potentially significant impacts associated with the proposed development during construction, operation and decommissioning.The scoping report details the proposed scope for the environmental impact assessment(EIA) and eventual production of an environmental statement (ES) to accompany consents applications for the development.The scoping report also identifies key design changes associated with the proposed development over the previous consent applications and considers the implications of these changes in terms of environmental impacts.Through submitting the scoping request, Seagreen is seeking to use of the advances in wind turbine technology and design since the original consent application was submitted.The prospective development would be located within the same area as that considered in the 2012 EIA for the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo sites.The Scoping Report also marks the beginning of consultation with stakeholders and consultees to commence discussion of the survey methodologies to inform the EIA.Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, a joint venture partnership between SSE and Fluor, was awarded by The Crown Estate the exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone of the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme.The zone is located approximately 25km east of Fife and covers an area of 2,852km2.The project is being developed in two phases, with the 1.05GW Phase 1 in the northern area of the zone being developed first, followed by the 1.4GW Phase 2 in the south eastern area.In October 2014, following submission of an Environmental Statement and further consultation with the relevant statutory bodies to complete the Habitats Regulations Assessment process, Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd received consent for Phase 1 of the development from Scottish Ministers for two offshore wind farms, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo. These projects each have a capacity of 525MW.last_img read more

NBA, NBPA reach agreement on reduced player payment plan as coronavirus keeps league in holding pattern

first_imgMORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19″Through this agreement, and in order to provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule, partial reductions of 25 percent will begin with the players’ twice-a-month payment due on May 15,” the statement said. “The CBA stipulates that the compensation of all NBA roster players shall be reduced in the event of a ‘force majeure’ event, such as an epidemic or government order, in accordance with a formula based on the number of games missed.” “Force majeure” events are covered under Article XXXIX, Section 5 of the CBA: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are hoping the 2019-20 season can resume in the near future, but they are preparing for the possibility of games being canceled.In a statement released Friday evening, the NBA and NBPA announced they have reached an agreement on a plan to reduce player payments in the event regular-season and/or playoff games are lost because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  “Force Majeure Event” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions, provided that such event or condition either (i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of this Agreement, or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement: wars or war-like action (whether actual 468 Article XXXIX or threatened and whether conventional or other, including, but not limited to, chemical or biological wars or war-like action); sabotage, terrorism or threats of sabotage or terrorism; explosions; epidemics; weather or natural disasters, including, but not limited to, fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, storms or earthquakes; and any governmental order or action (civil or military); provided, however, that none of the foregoing enumerated events or conditions is within the reasonable control of the NBA or an NBA Team.If the season does resume at some point this summer, the money taken through the reductions could later be returned to the players. If games are lost, then team owners would be able to keep a percentage of the wages. Simple way to explain NBA/NBPA agreement on 25% withholding starting 5/15: Teams wanted what they’d be entitled to take via force majeure; players wanted to avoid suddenly losing up to 6 straight paychecks. Now there’s enough $ for NBA, while players get smooth paycheck flow.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) April 17, 2020The NBA currently has no plans to cancel the season, and it could be June 15 before players know whether games will be canceled, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters Friday night that the league is not in a position to make a decision about the season.Prior to the agreement on the payment plan, players were receiving standard paychecks. NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the season on March 11 following a positive COVID-19 test for Jazz center Rudy Gobert.last_img read more