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  • UK offshore companies to invest £250 billion in new and low-carbon energy by 2030

    09 May 2022

    The UK’s offshore energy producers are to invest £200-£250 billion by 2030 to provide the nation with secure and increasingly low carbon energy, according to new research by Offshore Energies UK (OEUK)....

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  • Contractors at UK’s Stanlow refinery to ballot for strike over pay

    26 April 2022

    Members of the Unite union working at the Stanlow refinery in Cheshire, UK for waste company Veolia are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. According to Unite, workers are facing a “substantial pay cut” with Veolia proposing a 3.5% pay deal despite the real inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 9%....

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  • Offshore drilling merger raises competition concerns in UK

    22 April 2022

    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the merger of Noble Corporation and Maersk Drilling could increase operating costs for oil and gas producers in the UK North Sea. In February, the CMA opened an investigation into the approximately £2.6 billion anticipated merger between the companies....

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  • Rolls-Royce expects small modular nuclear reactor approval by mid-2024, Reuters reports

    20 April 2022

    Rolls-Royce is expecting its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design to receive regulatory approval in the UK by mid-2024. Paul Stein, Chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, told Reuters news agency that after receiving regulatory approval in 2024, the reactors would be able to produce power for the national grid by 2029....

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  • Shell and Uniper announce plans for blue hydrogen production facility in UK

    20 April 2022

    Uniper has signed an agreement with Shell to progress plans to produce blue hydrogen at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site in the East of England. The Humber Hub Blue project includes plans for a blue hydrogen production facility with a capacity of up to 720 megawatts, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage (CCS)....

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PepsiCo, Kelloggs, and Jaguar Land Rover among 28 organisations switching to UK-produced low carbon hydrogen 19 April 2022

A number of manufacturers have announced that they will transition to low carbon hydrogen produced and distributed in the North West of the UK as part of the HyNet industrial decarbonisation cluster. The 28 companies, which supply the UK with food, drink, consumer goods, metals, paper, cars, glass and chemicals, includes brands such as PepsiCo, Kelloggs, and Jaguar Land Rover....

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INEOS offers to develop shale gas test in UK 12 April 2022

INEOS has offered to develop a shale gas test site in the UK in order to demonstrate that fracking can be performed safely. The offer from the chemicals and energy giant comes after the UK published its Energy Security Strategy last week and said that the government would remain open-minded about fracking....

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EDF looking at extending Sizewell B nuclear power plant’s operating life by 20 years 12 April 2022

EDF Energy has announced that the operating life of the Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Suffolk, UK could be extended by at least 20 years, from 2035 to 2055 or beyond. A final investment decision is anticipated by 2024, which would then be followed by the required capital investment in the plant, safety enhancements and obtaining the necessary approvals....

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UK chemical company fined after worker suffers burns 12 April 2022

UK chemical company Robert McBride Ltd. has been sentenced for safety breaches after a 31-year-old worker suffered 13 per cent superficial burns to his right arm and hand following the ignition of flammable vapours. The incident occurred in August 2017 at a site in Hull. McBride is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of retailer-owned household goods....

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UK announces Energy Security Strategy, eight new nuclear reactors to be built 07 April 2022

The UK announced its plans for greater energy independence on April 7 which could see 95% of the country’s electricity produced from low carbon sources by 2030. The government’s British Energy Security Strategy sets out how the UK will accelerate deployment of new nuclear, wind, solar, and hydrogen whilst also supporting the production of domestic oil and gas in the nearer term....

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