Equinor is looking to develop the Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal offshore wind extension projects as a single project with an integrated grid option.Equinor revealed the plan in the Scoping Report which supports a request for a formal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion from the Planning Inspectorate for the proposed extension projects.The company said it had accepted an offer from the National Grid for connection at Norwich Main that could accommodate both projects.The exact locations of the offshore and onshore infrastructure are not yet finalized, while two landfall options, including the Weybourne and the Bacton area, are being considered.According to Equinor, an integrated approach will benefit the planning and construction of the electrical infrastructure system, will reduce the overall environmental impact and help to respond to concerns regarding the general lack of a holistic approach to offshore wind development.However, given the different ownership of the projects, a separated grid option will allow the projects to be constructed in a phased approach, if necessary.The application will thus seek consent for alternative grid solutions in the same overall corridors to allow for both the integrated and separated grid options.The Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal extensions are two of the seven offshore wind extension projects that the Crown Estate selected in August following a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).
The Antrim venue last held a big tournament in 2012 when it hosted the Irish Open while the Open Championship was last held their in 1951.Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says the return of the Championship is a “proud” moment.Clarke says it has a huge amount of significance.
LeBron James backtracked on his comments about refusing to play games behind closed doors due to the spread of coronavirus.The Lakers star had said on Friday he would not take part in games without fans, something the NBA had reportedly advised teams was a distinct possibility. James clarified his remarks on Tuesday and claimed he was unaware the possibility of games being played in empty arenas was under actual consideration. MORE: Every U.S. sporting event altered by coronavirus”When I was asked the question, ‘would you play without any fans?’ I had no idea there was a conversation going on behind closed doors about the particular virus,” James said. “Obviously, I would be very disappointed not having the fans, because that’s what I play for — I play for my family, I play for the fans. “If they [the NBA] decide to go to that point [where games are played behind closed doors], I’d be disappointed in that, but at the same time you’ve got to listen to the people that keep track of what’s going on. If they feel like it’s best for the safety of the players, safety of the franchise, safety of the league to mandate that, then we’ll all listen to it.”LeBron says he wasn’t aware that the discussion about playing games without fans was happening behind closed doors when he made his comments Friday. He’s revised his position, saying while he would be “disappointed” to play without fans, he and teammates will listen to experts. pic.twitter.com/VEOvNH3Jyk— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 10, 2020The proliferation of COVID-19 has led to all sporting activity in Italy being banned until April 3, while professional football games in Spain and France will be played behind closed doors. In the United States, MLB, MLS, the NBA and NHL have stopped granting media access to locker rooms for an indefinite period.There have been 472 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. as of Tuesday, when the death toll stood at 19.