E.ON to close gas plant in Stoke
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
Three firms battle for super efficient waste to energy plant
Three companies have been shortlisted to design the most economically and commercially viable waste-to-energy gasification demonstrator plant.
The Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) £2.8m project will see Advanced Plasma Power (APP), Broadcrown Ltd and Royal Dahlman compete to develop the plant that would be commercial at between 5MW-20MW.
The chosen plant could be designed, built, tested and in operation by 2016 and is expected to operate as a demonstration site for up to four years.
The ETI commissioned the project with the aim of showing that energy from waste plant could create power at higher efficiencies than those previously produced in the industry, with the goal of operating the plant at an efficiency rate of at least 25%.
Paul Winstanley, the ETI Bioenergy Project Manager overseeing the competition said: “Our national modelling work shows that bioenergy could be a key component of any future energy systems mix to meet the demands of providing affordable, secure and sustainable energy. We have already completed an extensive analysis of the existing energy from waste technologies currently available, as well as the breakdown and quantities of typical UK municipal, commercial and industrial waste.
Source: Energy News Live
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E.ON Target Scandinavia with Wind Power Proposals
Domestic and commercial energy supplier E.ON has announced the next step in its long-term development plan to produce green energy for Europe, by extending its wind power generation facilities in Norway and Sweden.
E.ON’s proposals illustrate the German-based energy giant desire to build upon its wind power generation capacity in Norway and Sweden by hundreds of megawatts before the end of the decade.
Low development costs, sparser population density and – most importantly – high wind speeds have caught the eye of E.ON, where these factors mean they can create larger projects for less outlay than Germany, the UK and the rest of continental Europe.
“Norway has a huge untapped potential,” said Mark Porter, the northern Europe onshore wind power director. “It’s a new market that has many cost-efficient projects. We plan to complete a handful before 2020 though not all nine farms will make it.”
Source: Energy News Live
UK shifts Urenco oversight
Responsibility for Britain’s stake in Urenco has been moved between government departments in a measure that will help the country’s work on a possible sale.
It is now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that will manage the one-third stake in uranium enrichment specialist Urenco, rather than the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). In making the change, DECC said, “This parallels other recent moves to consolidate government shareholdings,” which increasingly reside within a specialist office of BIS.
The move “will strengthen the ability of the government to utilise commercial expertise in the future management of its Urenco shareholding,” said DECC, “including in the ongoing work on a possible sale.” This has been under consideration for several years in line with an overall policy to end national ownership of nuclear businesses.
In October 2009 the government stated that it would continue to “explore options for realizing value from its stake in Urenco” as part of a £16 billion ($25.6 billion) sale of major public assets in order to reduce the national debt. At that time, then-prime minister Gordon Brown said the sale of Urenco would be “subject to security issues being addressed.”
Selecting a new buyer for the potential stake could prove complex. Urenco’s shares are ultimately held one-third by the UK government, one-third by the Dutch government and one-third by the German utilities RWE and EOn. The company is regulated by the 1971 Treaty of Almelo to consolidate and commercialise centrifuge enrichment research by the three countries, whose governments still control it through shareholding executives. The Almelo text has since been expanded by the Treaty of Washington, which allowed for expansion in the USA, and the Treaty of Cardiff, which made possible a technology agreement with Areva of France.
Fulfilling about 30% of global uranium enrichment needs, Urenco has an order book of €19 billion ($25.3 billion). It had pre-tax profits of €462 million ($617 million) in the six months to end-June 2012 and the company’s centrifuge uranium enrichment capacity stands at 15.9 million separative work units per year.
Source: World Nuclear News
The Horizon Nuclear Power project will be taken forward by Hitachi, but the Japanese firm will secure other investors before construction starts on the first new reactor
Outlining its intentions to World Nuclear News, Hitachi explained that it had received interest in Horizon from a broad range of firms with backgrounds in engineering, manufacturing, trading and financial investment.
Utilities have also expressed interest, and Hitachi said it would secure at least one generation company among a range of investors by the time of ground-breaking – towards the end of this decade. Horizon itself will be built up to take the role of owner-operator of the new power plants, leaving Hitachi to find suitable partners to achieve this. The first of six potential reactors should operate in the first half of the 2020s.
(Inside an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor – image: Hitachi)
Before being put up for sale in March Horizon had been at the point of selecting a reactor design to build at Wylfa, choosing between the Areva EPR and Westinghouse AP1000. Hitachi will instead use its Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) that it can offer through its joint venture arrangements with General Electric. The subsidiary Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy will manage the engineering and manufacturing of the Horizon ABWRs while three engineering firms have signed memorandums of understanding with Hitachi to explore cooperation: Rolls-Royce, Babcock International and SNC-Lavalin.
The Japanese technology giant bought up Horizon Nuclear Power for £696 million ($1.1 billion) this week from German utilities EOn and RWE, complete with 90 staff and rights to land at two current nuclear sites, Wylfa and Oldbury. The purchase will be completed by the end of this month.
In May 2011 Hitachi won the tender to build Lithuania’s Visaginas project, unusually agreeing to take a 20% stake in the project which will produce around 1350 MWe from a single ABWR. However, Hitachi’s investment in Horizon stands to be many times bigger – at present the company has 100% ownership of a project that could grow to 7800 MWe from six ABWR units. The new push into overseas markets is not a reaction to Japan’s moves against nuclear energy in domestic markets, said the company told WNN.
The ABWR design remains to be approved for use at UK nuclear sites and must go through the Generic Design Approval process of the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), which might take four years. Hitachi said it would begin work towards this “immediately”, and yesterday in parliament energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey confirmed the ONR “would have all the resources it needs” for the job.
Source: World Nuclear News
EON’s Exit From Finnish Nuclear Venture May Trigger Failure
EON AG’s plan to pull out of a joint venture that’s building a nuclear reactor in Finland increases the risk that the project may fail, thwarting the government’s plans to cut reliance on energy imports.
EON, Germany’s biggest utility, is seeking to sell its 34 percent stake in Fennovoima Oy by the first quarter and focus on operations in Sweden and Denmark, it said on Oct. 24. Fennovoima is preparing to start construction on the reactor, with a capacity of 1,600 to 1,800 megawatts, at Pyhaejoki in northern Finland in late 2016.
“It is entirely possible that Finland’s Fennovoima project will fail as a result of EON’s exit,” Timo Vainio, an analyst at Pareto Securities ASA in Helsinki, said by e-mail.
Failure to realize the project will leave an annual gap of at least 12 terawatt-hours in Finland’s future power supply, or about 14 percent of current demand. The Nordic country imported 21 percent of the power it used last year, as it lacks the oil and hydropower supplies of neighbors such as Russia and Norway, according to the country’s energy industries association.
Atomic energy provides power to electricity-intensive export industries, including paper and pulp production, chemicals and basic metals, which contribute twice the European average to the Finnish economy, according to the International Energy Agency.