Category: Interest (Non Nuclear)

Nuclear News Round Up (3rd – 7th Mar 14)

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E.ON to close gas plant in Stoke

E.ON to close gas plant in Stoke

E.ON to close gas plant in Stoke

Power company E.ON has confirmed plans to close its gas plant in Stoke, citing “challenging” times for power station operators.

The decision, which removes 56MWe of generating capacity in the UK, was taken due to “lack of viable commercial options for the plant”, the Big Six supplier said.

It has also proposed changes to the Combine Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) facilities at Sandbach (pictured), Castleford and Thornhill in a bid to cut costs. They are capable of providing up to 162MWe of capacity to the grid in total.

CCGT plants are considered more efficient gas plants, combining a gas-fired turbine with a steam turbine. They use the gas turbine to create electricity and capture the waste heat to create steam, which in turn drives a steam turbine.

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Source: Energy Live News

UK looks into skills needed for shale gas sector

UK looks into skills needed for shale gas sector

UK looks into skills needed for shale gas sector

A study to find out what skills the UK shale gas industry will need in the coming years was launched by a trade group today.

The UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) is partnering with consultancy giant EY to also assess the supply chain and look into the materials and equipment needed to build and operate fracking sites.

This includes requirements such as water treatment facilities, transport and rigs. It will also look at the type of jobs that could be created, both directly in engineering, geology associated technical services, IT, construction and transport as well as indirectly.

The study, which is partly funded by the Department of Business Skills & Innovation (BIS), will be used to assess what can be supplied by British businesses.

The announcement forms part of the Government’s push to accelerate shale gas development in the UK. This morning it also said local councils would get incentives for approving fracking projects.

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “The Government is encouraging safe exploration for shale gas to go ahead as quickly as possible… We want to ensure that the UK is ready to grow its supply chain and develop the necessary skills so that local communities benefit from jobs and investment.

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Source: Energy Live News

GDF SUEZ Energy UK buys power from waste plant

GDF SUEZ Energy UK buys power from waste plant

GDF SUEZ Energy UK buys power from waste plant

The UK subsidiary of French firm GDF SUEZ has signed a deal to buy electricity from an energy-from-waste facility.

The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SITA UK is for electricity produced from a 34MW waste-to-energy facility which is set to be built at Severnside in South Gloucestershire.

It will produce enough energy to power around 50,000 homes and have the capacity to treat around 400,000 tonnes of waste every year.

The agreement is GDF SUEZ Energy UK’s third long-term PPA with SITA UK, the last of which was signed in May 2012.

Steve Riley, Chief Executive and President of GDF SUEZ Energy UK-Europe said: “This… underlines our shared commitment to sustainable energy development in the UK as well as the abilities of the GDF SUEZ Group to meet the different needs of UK customers across the energy chain.”

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Source: Energy Live News 

BMI adds oil and gas flights between Scotland and Norway

BMI adds oil and gas flights between Scotland and Norway

bmi adds oil and gas flights between Scotland and Norway

From one oil and gas hotspot to another – the UK airline bmi is launching new scheduled flights between Aberdeen in Scotland and Kristiansund in Norway. The first direct, scheduled air link between the two cities will begin at the end of August.

Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s major onshore bases for North Sea exploration while Kristiansund is the major oil and gas city on Norway’s mid north-western coast and oil companies such as Shell and Statoil have offices there.

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Source: Energy Live News

Severn Trent receives takeover approach

Severn Trent receives takeover approach

Severn Trent water cleaning plant
A group of international investors is interested in buying UK water supplier Severn Trent, the company has said.

The investors include a Canadian infrastructure company and the Kuwaiti government investment fund.

Severn Trent confirmed it had received an approach, but said it was “at a very early stage” and there was no certainty that an offer would be made.

The company’s shares jumped more than 17% in the first few minutes of trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Severn Trent was formed following the privatisation of UK water authorities in 1989. It now supplies water to about 7.7 million people.

The consortium of potential bidders consists of Canada’s Borealis Infrastructure, the Kuwait Investment Office, and Universities Superannuation Scheme – a UK pension fund.

The Kuwait Investment Office is the UK branch of the Kuwait Investment Authority, which manages funds on behalf of the Kuwaiti state.

Severn Trent said the consortium had not made a takeover proposal yet. “There can be no certainty that an offer will be made or as to the terms of any such offer, should one be forthcoming,” it said.

A report carried by the Dow Jones-owned newspaper Financial News suggested a bid could be worth £5.3bn ($8.1bn).

Source: BBC News

Group Rhodes win order at £750m waste facility


Group Rhodes win order at £750m waste facility

Group Rhodes win order at £750m waste facility

An engineering firm has won an order to install new equipment that will process waste at a facility being constructed for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council (WMDC).

Group Rhodes will install a First of Class (FOC) Autoclave and loading equipment (pictured) at the £750 million site, which is expected to treat in excess of 145,000 tonnes a year of waste in the next 25 years and cut Wakefield’s need to landfill by 40% by 2015.

The autoclave operates like a pressure cooker that can sterilise and breakdown 20 tonnes of waste per cycle. During the process, glass, plastics, ceramics and metals will be cleaned for reuse whereas the remaining waste such as paper, cardboard and food will be broken down and processed using Anaerobic Digestion to produce fuel in the form of methane gas or ethanol. The firm claims this could be used to create energy to run the plant, making it self-sufficient and any excess power created can be sold back to the National Grid.

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Source: Energy News Live