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UK agrees £500m deal with Tata Steel to secure Port Talbot plant’s future 18 September 2023

The UK Government and Tata Steel agreed on a proposed joint investment package on 15 September which will help secure the future of Tata’s Port Talbot plant, subject to consultation and regulatory approvals. Tata Steel is expected to invest £1.25 billion, including a UK Government grant worth up to £500 million in a new Electric Arc Furnace for greener steel production at Port Talbot, which is currently the UK’s largest single carbon emitter....

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Results of UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round announced 18 September 2023

On 15 September, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced the list of companies which have been awarded licences following the UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round. A total of 14 companies have been awarded 21 licences in depleted oil and gas reservoirs and saline aquifers which cover around 12,000sq km – an area equivalent to the size of Yorkshire....

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UK manufacturer fined £200,000 after workers injured by explosion 11 September 2023

A manufacturing company in West Yorkshire, England has been fined £200,000 after workers were injured by an explosion. Three workers at Weir Minerals Europe Limited sustained burns while operating a furnace at the firm’s site on Halifax Road in Todmorden on 25 February 2020....

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North Sea Transition Authority expected to take on role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator 11 September 2023

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is expected to take on the role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator following the conclusion of a consultation on the proposal. The move is intended to support the industry by enabling pioneering projects to obtain the necessary licences and consents and move quickly into operation....

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UK will struggle to meet ambitious 2030 CCUS targets, research firm says 11 September 2023

According to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, only a handful of countries have policy and regulation ready to adopt CCUS today and the UK is one of them. However, the firm's analysis finds that the UK target to capture and store 20-30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of CO2 by 2030 looks very challenging with some companies not able to progress projects due to a slowdown in the negotiations for government funding....

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UK reviewing membership of Energy Charter Treaty 01 September 2023

The UK government has confirmed it will be reviewing its Energy Charter Treaty membership, and considering withdrawal if vital modernisation is not agreed. The treaty has historically provided protections for investors in fossil fuels – the UK’s future membership will depend on whether proposals for the treaty’s modernisation are adopted in November....

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Oil and gas firm fined £535,000 fine after workers injured on North Sea platform 29 August 2023

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has been fined £535,000 after two workers suffered injuries, some life changing, following the uncontrolled collapse of a crane. The incident happened in September 2017 on the Fulmar Alpha North Sea oil platform....

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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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