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  • £3 million nuclear robotics contract is first tranche in LongOps UK-Japan deal

    20 April 2021

    The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has awarded Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH separate contracts totalling £3 million to supply robotic manipulator arms to its RACE research facility. The £3M contract stems from the £12M UK-Japanese robotics deal for fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning research, called "LongOps", announced in January this year....

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  • ScottishPower announces plans for UK’s largest electrolyser as part of green hydrogen plant

    14 April 2021

    On April 12, ScottishPower announced that it had submitted a planning application to deliver the UK’s largest electrolyser. The 20MW electrolyser will be the key component of a green hydrogen facility located close to ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm. The planning application also includes proposals for a combined solar, up to 40MW, and battery energy storage scheme, up to 50MW, to help power the electrolyser....

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  • EDF Energy could bring Dungeness B nuclear plant’s decommissioning date forward

    09 April 2021

    EDF Energy announced on April 8 that it was exploring a range of options in relation to its Dungeness B nuclear plant in Kent, south east England. One of the options is to bring forward the plant’s decommissioning date of 2028 as it continues to suffer from technical challenges that continue to make its future both difficult and uncertain, EDF said....

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  • Equinor and SSE announce world’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power plant

    08 April 2021

    Equinor and SSE Thermal have announced plans to jointly develop two first-of-a-kind, low-carbon power stations in the UK’s Humber region, comprising one of the UK’s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, and the world’s first major 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station....

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  • UK Government to allow North Sea oil and gas exploration in return for carbon emission cuts

    30 March 2021

    The UK Government announced a deal with the oil and gas industry on March 24 that would allow the continuation of oil and gas exploration in the North Sea as long as oil drillers pass a “climate compatibility” test. The North Sea Transition Deal will see the government help the oil and gas industry cut its carbon emissions through a joint investment of up to £16 billion while supporting up to 40,000 jobs....

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UK HSE releases update on setting workplace exposure limits (WELs) following Brexit 26 March 2021

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released a bulletin updating companies on the organisation's work on setting workplace exposure limits in Great Britain following the end of the EU transition period....

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UK's Tank Storage Association appoints new President and Vice-President 25 March 2021

Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive of the Oil and Pipelines Agency, has been elected as the new President of the Tank Storage Association, the trade association representing all aspects of the UK’s bulk liquid storage industry and associated logistics. Adrian succeeds Paul Denmead, Director of Terminal Operations UK at World Fuel Services Europe....

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EDF to close its sole remaining coal-fired power station 23 March 2021

EDF has announced that it will close its sole remaining coal-fired power station, West Burton A. The energy company said the station will move into decommissioning by 30 September 2022, two years ahead of the UK Government’s deadline for all UK coal generation to be closed by 2024....

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UK HSE fines company after workers fall ill following exposure to chemical spill 12 March 2021

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has fined the fabrication division of Nasmyth Technologies Limited after four employees were exposed to hazardous substances that caused significant ill health and time off work in 2017....

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UK chemical company fined £560,000 after employee scalded by boiling water 08 March 2021

A chemical company has been fined £560,000 after an employee was scalded with boiling water while work was being undertaken to clean down part of a production plant in Grangemouth, Scotland in March 2016. CalaChem Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work at Falkirk Sheriff Court....

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