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EDF’s nuclear reactor closed for £30m refurb

Torness power station. Image: EDF
Torness Power Station. Image: EDF

One of the reactors at EDF Energy’s nuclear power station in East Lothian, east of Edinburgh, is out of service for maintenance works.

The £30 million refurbishment of one of the two reactors at Torness power station started last week.

It is expected to last nine weeks and the works include inspections and the installation of new equipment at the plant.

More than 500 workers will also change two gas circulators which help cool the reactor and replace blades on the turbine which turns steam into low carbon electricity.

The maintenance of each reactor takes place every three years and is planned in advance with National Grid to ensure there is no impact on the country’s electricity supply, stated EDF.

Station Director, Paul Winkle said: “This inspection, maintenance and investment programme has been carefully planned over the last two years and will enable us to continue safely generating low carbon electricity at Torness for many years to come.

Torness power station started operations in 1989 and generates enough electricity to power two million homes.

The company claims it has produced enough low carbon electricity to save the equivalent of 140 million tonnes of emissions during its 27 years of operation.

Source: Energy Live News

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ABB bags $800m order for Scottish power link

Copyright: ABB
Copyright: ABB

Engineering giant ABB has won an order worth $800 million (£496m) for a subsea power line to connect the grids on either side of the Moray Firth in Scotland.

The Switzerland-based firm will design, engineer, supply and commission the Caithness-Moray transmission link, which is scheduled to come into operation in 2018.

The subsea cable will be capable of carrying up to 1,200MW of electricity – equivalent to the power needs of around two million homes – between Caithness and Moray.

The deal with SSE’s network arm Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission comes after energy regulator Ofgem ruled there was a need for the power link.

Claudio Facchin, Head of ABB’s Power Systems division said: “We are pleased to support this major transmission project that will enable integration of a significant amount of renewable energy into the grid and supply clean, emission-free electricity to millions of people.”

It is said to be the largest investment in north Scotland’s electricity network since the hydro development era of the 1950s.

Source: Energy Live News

‘Hollow Mountain’ hydro plant to double in size

‘Hollow Mountain’ hydro plant to double in size

‘Hollow Mountain’ hydro plant to double in size

An iconic hydropower plant in Scotland is set to generate twice the energy it does now under new plans by energy firm ScottishPower.

The Ben Cruachan (pronounced cru-er-ken) plant sits in a giant man-made cavern and the supplier wants to double its capacity.

Early studies carried out by ScottishPower and Iberdrola engineers found it may be possible to build a new cavern within Ben Cruachan and enlarge the reservoir above (pictured).

An expanded Cruachan could generate 1040MW compared to its existing capacity of 440MW.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/02/11/%E2%80%98hollow-mountain%E2%80%99-hydropower-plant-could-double-in-size/

Source: Energy Live News

Cost of closing nuclear plants likely to rise

Cost of closing nuclear plants likely to rise

Cost of closing nuclear plants likely to rise

The cost of closing and clearing up Britain’s old power stations could go up by billions of pounds.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority released its annual report yesterday which included predictions for spending on the decommissioning over the next century, known as the “Nuclear Provision”.

The NDA is tasked by the Government to run the clean-up of old plants like Sellafield in Cumbria and Dounreay in Scotland, at a total of 19 nuclear sites.

In its report, the organisation emphasises costs are being trimmed while chief executive John Clarke said lifetime costs – which the NDA defines as everything needed to completely decommission a site including making it ready for future use – are “reducing”.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/06/25/cost-of-closing-nuclear-plants-likely-to-rise/

Source: Energy Live News

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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.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2013/06/18/bmi-adds-oil-and-gas-flights-between-scotland-and-norway/

Source: Energy Live News

Renewable energy is clean, cheap and here – what’s stopping us?

Renewable energy is clean, cheap and here – what’s stopping us?

Energies such as solar and wind have seen dramatic price falls. The revolution in non-grid energy should be embraced by the UK.

Low-carbon power advice

The report from the Committee on Climate Change arguing that investing in renewable energy would eventually save consumers a lot of money is spot on.

Read the full article here http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/01/renewable-energy-clean-cheap-uk

Source: Guardian