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New steps announced to speed up Sizewell C preparations 29 August 2023

Steps to further speed up preparations to make the site at Sizewell C in Suffolk shovel-ready have been announced by the UK government as part of a major drive to create a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK. The preparations include a further £341 million of previously allocated funding being made available for development work on the project....

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Robotic 'dog' halves time power workers spend in confined spaces 24 August 2023

In a UK-first innovative trial, robotic dog ‘Spot’ who is about the size of a Labrador, is helping to keep workers safe across the underground power network in London, the East, and the South East of England....

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Major waste retrievals milestone at Sellafield 18 August 2023

Work has begun on removing historic waste from one of Sellafield’s oldest storage facilities in a significant step forward at the Cumbrian site. The start of retrievals at the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) follows the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s (ONR) decision to grant permission to Sellafield Ltd, part of the ongoing strategy to reduce the long-term hazard and risk on the site....

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UK downstream trade body changes name to reflect move towards more sustainable fuels 18 August 2023

The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) has changed its name to Fuels Industry UK to demonstrate its evolving remit to champion low carbon fuels as well as traditional petroleum products. The organisation said the change reflects its members' ambition to manufacture and supply the biofuels, low carbon hydrogen and other low carbon fuels needed to meet the UK’s ambitious net zero targets....

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North Sea sector spent £1.6 billion on decommissioning in 2022 14 August 2023

The North Sea oil and gas industry spent £1.6 billion decommissioning redundant wells and infrastructure last year, more than in any of the previous five years, new figures show. The latest North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) Decommissioning Cost and Performance Report reveals that the industry spent a total of around £8 billion from 2017-22....

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UK government announces extension of CE mark recognition for businesses 02 August 2023

The UK’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has announced its intention to indefinitely extend the use of CE marking (including ATEX) for businesses. The post-Brexit climbdown means the UK will continue to recognise the European Union’s product safety symbol despite many manufacturers having already spent huge sums of money preparing their products for UKCA marking....

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UK to issue hundreds of new North Sea oil and gas licences 31 July 2023

Hundreds of new oil and gas licenses will be granted in the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed on 31 July. The Government and the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) have announced a joint commitment to undertake future licensing rounds, which will continue to be subject to a climate compatibility test....

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Companies sign contract for UK’s first deep geothermal power plant 21 July 2023

Exergy International and Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) have signed a contract for the supply of a 3 MWe of energy at the United Downs site, in Cornwall. This represents the first integrated deep geothermal project in the UK which will begin delivering energy by late 2024....

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Fire chiefs warn of explosion risks at proposed energy storage site 21 July 2023

Concerns have been raised about explosion risks at a planned battery storage facility near Wakefield in Yorkshire, UK. In a report produced by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA), fire chiefs highlighted the potential risks posed by the site, including a densely populated area being exposed to a vapour cloud....

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UK launches new nuclear body and offers £157m in grants 19 July 2023

The UK officially launched its Great British Nuclear (GBN) body on 18 July to help boost energy security, reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports and deliver government priority to grow the economy. Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps also announced a competition to develop small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) as well as making £157 million of grants available....

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