…As World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed ***
A call for evidence for a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter after Brexit has been launched by U.K. Environment Secretary Michael Gove. The government will also look at higher welfare standards for live animal movements.
The Farm Animal Welfare Committee has launched a review into the existing welfare standards for animals during transport, and this is being complemented by research commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs from Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh.
Gove said: “We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world which we are strengthening further by raising maximum sentences for animal cruelty to five years and introducing mandatory CCTV in abattoirs.
“All animals deserve to get the respect and care they deserve at every stage of their lives. This call for evidence begins to deliver on our manifesto commitment which aims to control the export of live animals for slaughter once we leave the European Union.”
The call for evidence will last for six weeks.
British Veterinary Association President John Fishwick said: “We believe that production animals should not be transported long distances to the abattoir but should be slaughtered as near to the point of production as possible. Animals should be transported on the hook, as meat, not on the hoof, as live animals.”
The announcement comes after footage was released in Australia on the 60 Minutes program that showed five routine live sheep voyages with sheep dying from heat stress, gasping for air, smothered in feces, unable to lie down to rest, or to reach food or water. The film was taken by a crew member turned whistle-blower.
Meanwhile, the world’s most powerful single turbine was successfully installed at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland on Monday.
The turbine is the first of 11 to be deployed at the demonstration facility in Aberdeen Bay that features internal power modes that help generate more energy – from 8.4MW to 8.8MW.
Together with the nine 8.4MW turbines, this substantially boosts the EOWDC’s output to 93.2MW. The facility now produces the equivalent of more than 70 percent of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand and annually displace 134,128 tons of CO2.
MHI Vestas has specially designed the V164-8.4MW and V164-8.8MW turbines which all have a tip height of 191 meters. Each blade is 80 meters long, and the 164 meter rotor has a circumference larger than that of the London Eye’s.
The turbines are being transported from Esbjerg, Denmark, to Aberdeen by Swire Blue Ocean’s vessel, the Pacific Orca, where they will be lifted into position on the installed foundations. The Pacific Orca is believed to be the world’s largest wind farm installation vessel.
Two weeks ago the first of the EOWDC’s suction bucket jacket foundations was successfully installed. The EOWDC is the first offshore wind project to deploy the foundations at commercial scale and pairing them with the world’s most powerful turbines represents another industry first.