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  • Tata Steel invests £400,000 into Port Talbot plant to reduce emissions

    13 September 2022

    Tata Steel has installed a new high-tech gas enrichment station to its Port Talbot plant in south Wales to help reduce reliance on natural gas, lower emissions, and save millions of pounds each year. The investment comes a month after The Financial Times reported that Tata has threatened to shut down operations if the UK government does not agree to £1.5 billion of subsidies to help it reduce carbon emissions....

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  • UK ends moratorium on fracking

    13 September 2022

    Newly-elected UK Prime Minister Liz Truss announced an end to the moratorium on shale gas drilling in England on September 8 as she unveiled her plans to limit energy bill rises. The ban on fracking was introduced in 2019. Truss has backed fracking as a way to help boost the UK’s domestic gas supplies, saying the “huge reserves” of shale gas would help the UK become a net energy exporter by 2040....

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  • Pressure system shortfalls at two UK nuclear power stations

    09 September 2022

    The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served improvement notices on EDF for contraventions of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (2000) (PSSR) at Hartlepool and Heysham 1 power stations. The enforcement action follows a targeted ONR inspection at Hartlepool in late June....

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  • UK government needs to accept the engineering realities of scaling up low-carbon hydrogen, new report says

    08 September 2022

    The UK government must capture the opportunities presented by low-carbon hydrogen and scale up its production, according to a new report published by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC), a partnership of 42 professional engineering organisations....

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  • Boris Johnson pledges £700m to Sizewell C, calls on UK to ‘go nuclear and go large’

    01 September 2022

    The UK government has pledged £700 million in funding for the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project on the coast of Suffolk. In a speech on September 1, outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “confident” the plant would go ahead and called on the UK to “go nuclear and go large and go with Sizewell C”....

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Closure of UK coal plant to be delayed to prevent blackouts 30 August 2022

The closure of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire, UK is set to be delayed as part of the government’s efforts to prevent electricity blackouts this winter. The National Grid’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) is nearing an agreement with operator Uniper to keep operations at the site online....

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CCUS planned capacity nearing 1 billion tonnes per annum 26 August 2022

The planned global carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) capacity pipeline has reached 905 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), with more than 50 new projects announced this quarter, energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie has said....

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UK Health & Safety Executive seeks contributions towards corrosion under insulation research 23 August 2022

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is hosting a workshop to discuss the options for a Shared Research Project on the topic of Corrosion under insulation (CUI). The HSE is welcoming individuals to join the workshop to discuss the challenges and identify opportunities posed by CUI....

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First power generated from Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm 23 August 2022

TotalEnergies and its partner SSE Renewables have announced first power generation from the Seagreen offshore wind farm, 17 miles (27km) off the coast of Angus in Scotland. The first Vestas turbine of a total of 114 was commissioned and connected to the grid in the early hours of August 22....

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Equinor’s H2H Saltend selected to proceed as one of the first large-scale hydrogen projects in the UK 16 August 2022

The UK’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced on August 12 that Equinor’s Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend) production facility has been successfully progressed through Phase-2 of the Government’s cluster sequencing process....

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