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EA likely to grant Cuadrilla fracking permit

The Environment Agency (EA) is likely to approve environmental permits for Cuadrilla to frack at a site in Lancashire.

It has announced a second consultation during which the public can comment on the agency’s draft permit.

The Environment Agency has been carrying out a “rigorous assessment” of Cuadrilla’s applications and the comments made by the public during the first consultation. The draft permits set out conditions needed to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste at the proposed site in Plumpton.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/11/12/ea-likely-to-grant-cuadrilla-fracking-permit/

Source: Energy Live News


RWE’s first UK solar plant grid-connected

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A 37MW solar power plant has been successfully connected to the UK grid.

The ground-mounted facility, which is RWE’s first in the UK, is located on a disused airfield at Kencot Hill and will produce enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes.

Solar firm Conergy, which helped connect around 144,000 panels to the grid, will continue to operate and maintain the plant after its ownership is transferred to Foresight Solar Fund.

Robert Goss, MD at Conergy UK said: “There are plenty of brownfield sites left in Britain and a temporary invisible solar farm will always be more popular with the locals than a new housing estate or giant nuclear power station.”

The project will also help reduce carbon emissions by 16,000 tons per year.

Source: Energy Live News

UK pledges £8m to train new nuclear engineeers

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The UK Government has pledged to invest £8 million to train the next generation of engineers and technicians for the nuclear industry.

Business Secretary Vince Cable made the funding announcement, which builds on the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy – aimed at making sure Britain can benefit from the £930 million being invested in the sector in the next two decades.

The scheme will fund 320 apprenticeships, with 50 new ‘Electrical, Control and Instrumentation’ programme and another 270 for nuclear supply chain companies.

It will also pay for 100 traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds, 60 summer school places – aimed at engineering undergraduates – and 720 STEM workshop places – a two-day course aimed at school years 10 and 11 to give them an insight into engineering and construction careers.

Read the full article here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/09/25/uk-pledges-8m-to-train-new-nuclear-engineers/

Source: Energy Live News

Wylfa nuclear public consultation set out


The Wylfa nuclear power station on October 30, 2012. Copyright: Christopher Furlong/Thinkstock

People can now have their say on plans for the construction of a new nuclear power station in Wales.

Horizon Nuclear Power has set up a 10-week consultation period, starting on 29th September, for the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey, which would have a minimum generating capacity of up to 2.7GW.

The company believes the consultation is a major step in the planning process and is the first time people will be able to view its proposals in detail.

Alan Raymant, CEO at Horizon said: “Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area and for Wales and the UK more widely.”

The current Wylfa power station, which started operation in 1971, is expected to close later this year.

Source: Energy Live News

£2.8m for better transport links to nuclear power plant

Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C. Copyright: EDF Energy
Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C. Copyright: EDF Energy

The Government is providing funding worth £2.8 million to improve transport links to the UK’s first nuclear power station in more than 20 years.

The Hinkley Point C power plant in Somerset, being built by EDF Energy, will include two reactors which will be capable of generating 3.2GW of electricity. That’s enough to power nearly six million homes or an area twice the size of London.

The cash will be used to improve connections between railway and the power station and local bus services, for a cycle route linking Bridgwater to Hinkley Point as well as fixing potholes and general roads maintenance.

Read more here http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/09/11/2-8m-for-better-transport-links-to-nuclear-power-plant/

Source: Energy Live News

ABB bags $800m order for Scottish power link

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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

Sellafield completes nuclear waste store

Inside the storage facility. Copyright: Sellafield Ltd
Inside the storage facility. Copyright: Sellafield Ltd

A new storage facility designed to keep nuclear waste safe and secure has been completed by Sellafield Ltd.

The Encapsulated Product Store 3 (EPS3) in Cumbria, which contains more than 32,000 cubic metres of concrete and 7,300 tonnes of steel, is capable of storing 29,000 waste drums.

Pete Lutwyche, Sellafield Programme Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said the completion of EPS 3 marks a “major milestone” in the decommissioning of Sellafield.

He added: “This facility is a key piece in the jigsaw of projects we need to clean up the most hazardous areas of the site – the NDA’s number one priority task.

“Once opened, the building will provide world-class, modern storage of waste for many years to come, pending its ultimate transfer to the safest and most secure method of dealing with this material – disposal in a deep geological facility.”

Last month Sellafield said it is looking for specialist suppliers to help with cleaning up and decommissioning the nuclear site.

Source: Energy Live News