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  • UK company fined £80,000 after surveyor killed by electrical explosion

    24 January 2023

    A company has been fined after a surveyor died from injuries caused by an electrical explosion in December 2020. The incident happened at Nigg Energy Park, in the Cromarty Firth in Scotland where the surveyor was carrying out an asbestos survey....

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  • UK’s offshore oil and gas licensing round attracts over 100 bids

    24 January 2023

    More than one hundred applications have been received for the UK’s 33rd offshore oil and gas licensing round, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced on January 17. The round, which has now closed, attracted a total of 115 bids across 258 blocks and part-blocks, from a total of 76 companies....

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  • UK government announces further support for nuclear and hydrogen

    06 January 2023

    The UK government announced £102 million of backing for nuclear and hydrogen innovation in December. The funding includes £77 million to bolster nuclear fuel production and support the development of the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors, along with £25 million for technologies that can produce hydrogen from sustainable biomass and waste, while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere....

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  • Two small modular reactor developers apply for UK approval

    03 January 2023

    GE Hitachi and Holtec Britain have submitted small modular reactor (SMR) designs to begin the UK’s generic design assessment (GDA) and gain approval from regulators. The GDA will enable the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Environment Agency to assess GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 boiling water reactor and Holtec’s SMR-160 design....

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  • SSE Thermal begins development of hydrogen storage cavern in Yorkshire, UK

    20 December 2022

    SSE Thermal has announced it is developing a “first-of-a-kind” project in the Humber region in north east England which would unite hydrogen production, storage and power generation in one location by the middle of this decade....

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Carbon capture and storage hub could provide decades of clean energy for up to 20 million UK homes and businesses, new report says 19 December 2022

Low carbon hydrogen could heat up to 20 million homes and businesses across London and the south east of England for decades to come, according to a new industry report. The Bacton Energy Hub (BEH), a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) hydrogen project, located on the coast of Norfolk, could not only help to secure the UK’s energy supply but also play a major role in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the report says....

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UK approves first new deep coal mine in 30 years 08 December 2022

The UK approved its first new coal mine in decades on December 7 to the disdain of critics who say it will hinder efforts to meet climate targets. The mine, known as Woodhouse Colliery, will be located underground on a brownfield site to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria, northwest England. The project is being developed by West Cumbria Mining at a cost of £165m and will extract coking coal for the steel industry....

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UK chemical company fined £800,000 for near-fatal explosion 05 December 2022

A chemical company based in Gateshead, northeast England has been fined £800,000 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in an explosion in August 2020. The 49-year-old employee of International Paint Limited spent eight days in intensive care on life support and has been left with all-over body scarring, partial blindness to one eye, hearing damage, and damage to a knee and shoulder....

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Essar Oil to build £360 million carbon capture facility at Stanlow Refinery 02 December 2022

Essar Oil UK has announced plans to build a £360 million carbon capture plant at its Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port, North West England. The company said the plan was in line with its ambition to become a leading low carbon refinery by 2030....

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Rolls-Royce in talks with INEOS to build small modular reactor at Grangemouth refinery 29 November 2022

Rolls-Royce and INEOS have started talks on implementing small modular reactor (SMR) technology at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland to supply planned hydrogen systems with low-carbon electricity. The Times newspaper reports that talks are in the early stages and that no commercial negotiations have taken place....

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