Diposting oleh On 07.13

EIB to back renewables in Belgium, Spain, Portugal

EIB to back renewables in Belgium, Spain, Portugal

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July 19 (Renewables Now) - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved more than EUR 3.4 billion (USD 3.96bn) in financing for clean energy projects globally, among which is an offshore wind farm in Belgium.

The funds will be allocated to support investment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency, construction of near-zero energy buildings, hydropower plants (HPPs) and district heating systems. Apart from the Belgian offshore wind project, the name of which was not disclosed, EIB w ill also back solar projects in Spain and three HPP projects in Portugal, the lender said on Wednesday.

Part of the financing will be distributed for projects aiming to help Jamaica cut its power losses and for initiatives promoting domestic renewable energy in the Netherlands.

The financing is part of a EUR-12.6-billion funding package that the EIB has approved for 83 projects in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. The schemes are focused on energy, transport, communications and urban development.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.164)

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Diposting oleh On 02.17

Belgium offered sweetener to pick up Eurofighter

Belgium is being offered a possible role in future European combat jet developments if it picks the Eurofighter Typhoon over the US-built F-35, in a fierce contest to rearm the country’s air force, a senior official with Britain’s BAE Systems said.

The sweetener comes as four nations behind the Eurofighter â€" Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain â€" step up lobbying to try to secure the order for 34 multi-role jets, amid reports that the Lockheed Martin F-35 is viewed as the leading contender.

Competition for arms sales is heating up across Europe, with fighter jet tenders open or starting soon in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Finland and Poland.

The Belgian government is expected to pick a winner in its fiercely contested tender by October. France opted out of the formal competition, but has pitched Dassault Aviation’s Rafale as part of a larger military cooperation deal.

Anthony Gregory, BAE’s campaign director in Belgium, told Reuters at the Farnborough Airshow that his company was offering direct investments in Belgian firms to ensure they were ready to participate in a future fighter programme.

That proposal could appeal to Belgium, whose officials have expressed regret that they skipped becoming a partner in the F-35 programme when it first began in the 2000s.

“They’re on the outside now, and as they look to the future, they would want to be more of a partner in whatever programme comes beyond this particular replacement,” he said. “Our offer invests in Belgian industry as part of that bigger picture.”

Lockheed has also offered orders for Belgian industry as part of its F-35 bid. US officials argue that picking the F-35 would give it a role on the world’s most advanced fighter jet, joining Britain, Italy, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Turkey, which are also ordering the F-35 jets.

Eurof ighter’s sales chief Peter Maute said he expected to sell “several hundred” more aircraft in coming years, given rising military spending and ongoing competitions.

The Eurofighter consortium comprises Airbus, Britain’s BAE Systems and Italy’s Leonardo.

Maute said the Eurofighter nations had mounted an unusually concerted lobbying effort at the company’s urging.

Defence and trade ministers from those countries have sent separate letters to the Belgian government, Gregory said, arguing that choosing a European-built jet would deepen European defence cooperation and advance a key European Union goal.

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug CEO Volker Paltzo told reporters the company was in discussions with the core nations about further enhancements to the aircraft’s cockpit and engines, which could later be transferred to future fighter programmes.

He said he expected a newly unveiled British future fighter project and a rival Franco-German programme would eventually converge into one joint European venture, echoing comments by Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Dirk Hoke and Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo.

Britain unveils fighter jet model to rival Franco-German programme

Britain unveiled a model of a sleek proposed fighter jet named Tempest yesterday (16 July), raising questions about the future of European defence cooperation, given that Germany and France launched their own fighter jet programme a year ago.

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