Natural Power has been working alongside Tidal Lagoon Power on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project which was granted planning permission last month.Natural Power’s team has completed pre-construction bird surveys for the project, and has been commissioned to deliver a desk-based review of wading bird numbers to inform mitigation proposals, Natural Power’s press release reads.The marine mammal team has also been supporting Tidal Lagoon Power during the consent process including conducting risk assessments and consulting with Natural Resources Wales.Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project was granted the planning consent for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay by the UK Secretary of State, Amber Rudd, on July 9.Ruth De Silva, Senior Marine Ecologist at Natural Power, said: “The wave and tidal industries have had a tough time recently. With other projects being forced to scale back, there is a degree of uncertainty and nervousness, so it’s very encouraging to have the support of the UK Government here.”Swansea Bay 320 MW tidal lagoon project has a design life of 120 years and a net annual power output of over 500 GW/h.It is enough to meet the annual electricity requirement of over 155.000 homes, or over 90 percent of homes in the Swansea Bay area, according to Tidal Lagoon Power.Natural Power is an independent renewable energy consultancy and products provider that offers proactive and integrated consultancy, management and due diligence services across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal, biomass, photo voltaic and hydro sectors.[mappress mapid=”557″]
AUSTRIA: National operator ÖBB has picked Siemens Mobility as the supplier of a fleet of inter-city rolling stock. Bids closed on June 29, and ÖBB said on July 20 that it had concluded its evaluation of the tenders, allowing the preferred bidder to be named. The deal is subject to a 10-day standstill period.Covering design and construction of eight trainsets for daytime services and 13 sets of overnight stock, the order is understood to represent the first drawdown worth €375m for what is expected to be a framework contract.The nine-car day trains are needed to replace EuroCity stock that ÖBB currently operates on services to and from Italy where updated fire regulations will prohibit their deployment from 2021. The overnight stock is destined to replace or augment the fleet that ÖBB currently uses on its Nightjet services. ÖBB’s existing overnight fleet includes 42 sleeping cars and 15 couchette cars operated by Deutsche Bahn until it withdrew City Night Line services in 2016.Tendering for the new trains was interrupted last year after a ruling by Austria’s Bundesverwaltungsgericht federal administrative court. This followed reports of a complaint by Siemens that changes had been made to the specification at a late stage in the process.Siemens is believed to have offered a derivative of the Viaggio design used in ÖBB’s Railjet trainsets with steel bodyshells, while rival bidder Bombardier reportedly proposed a vehicle with aluminium construction with some components sourced from China.