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  • Businesses in favour of financial aid for energy efficiency

    A survey by the British Chamber of Commerce and British Gas shows that UK businesses want the government to do more to accommodate the cost of the introduction of energy efficient measures into work environments.

    Of the 2,100 companies surveyed, 36% of them said they felt that the introduction of grants to help with the cost of fitting new energy efficient measures would be the most significant measure the government could make. Financial aid was favoured by 43% in the manufacturing sector, while 19% of businesses felt tax breaks could be the solution.

    However, a lack of funds and a lack of available information were also cited as reasons for not investing in energy efficiency measures at work.

    Commenting on the survey, Director of Research and Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, Mike Spicer, stated:

    “These results demonstrate that getting the economics of investment right for energy efficiency is crucial to promoting take-up. At a time when businesses face growing upfront cost pressures from other sources, grants and tax breaks have an important role to play in offsetting the cost of new energy efficiency measures. On its own, more information won’t do the job.”

    Government Targets

    The government has targets in place and it is keen to improve energy efficiency where it can in order to improve fuel security in the future and lower pollution. However, while energy use in industry has declined in recent years, many firms have still be left not knowing the best approach in order to make efficiency savings, or they are concerned the measures they adopt will not deliver the promised cost savings.

    Wholesale prices

    Many of the companies surveyed felt they hadn’t benefitted from changes in the wholesale gas prices. Of those surveyed, approximately 36% stated that the fall in wholesale prices had yet to be reflected in their energy bills, while 37% had noted little change in the price they pay for energy, despite the fall in wholesale prices.

    According to the survey, micro-businesses have been impacted the most with 74% of them stating that there had been either no change or just minor changes in the cost of their bills.

    Energy Efficiency and the Manufacturing Sector                

    In the manufacturing sector, firms seemed less concerned with greater energy efficiency; their main focus is investing in the maintenance and enhancement of their manufacturing facilities. However, the number one reason for not making investment in energy efficiency was the concern that it wouldn’t deliver the promised energy savings.

  • Cryogenic Cluster Day Exhibition Success for Tamo

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    Tamo had a very successful & interesting Cryogenic Cluster Day Exhibition on the 25/09/2015 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford.  On show was range of equipment including their KF25 captured vent relief valve & the EDS electronic pressure switch. Tamo also featured a range of low flow control valves available with a CV as low as 0.00001 with a range options including a cryogenic bonnet version.  

     

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  • EDF chief executive calls for Hinkley approval

    The chief executive of EDF has urged Theresa May to give the green light to the Hinkley point C nuclear power station. In an interview with the Telegraph, Vincent de Rivaz stressed the positive aspects of the proposed project and issued assurances regarding the plant.

    It’s thought the government has concerns over potential security issues and the possibility of a cyberattack, but in the Telegraph interview, de Rivaz told the newspaper that all staff would be vetted and control rooms kept separate.

    Hinkley C received final funding approval in the summer and it was expected that the government would give the project the go-ahead. However, it was announced that there was to be a delay; the government won’t make a final decision over approval until the autumn.

    If the plant does get the final go-ahead, it’s expected to be commissioned by 2025. It will cost £18 billion to build, have the capacity to fuel more than 5 million homes, and create thousands of jobs.

    EDF states that the plant will lead to a £4 billion investment in the South West during the lifetime of Hinkley C, including more than £1 billion during the construction phase.

    Government tensions        

    The delay in the decision has led to tensions between the UK and its partners in China. Chinese investment is crucial to the completion of the project, and they have committed a third of the financing for it. The Chinese government are keen for the deal to go ahead and the delay in the decision has caused a strain on diplomatic relationships between the two countries.

    Unions file legal Challenge

    While Hinkley C has the support of several major unions in the UK, in France a legal challenge has been launched. Hinkley C has also been subject to a past legal challenge by unions in France, who attempted to block the decision.

    Low carbon future

    Supporters say Hinkley C is an essential part of the UK’s low carbon future and the UK must find ways to produce greener former of power in order to provide greater energy security. The bid to find cleaner methods of energy production has led to a greater drive towards nuclear power, which has the support of the government.

    However, environmental campaigners are calling for greater use of renewable energy, energy savings and energy storage as solutions for the UK’s future fuel needs.

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  • Lynemouth biomass plant given EU state approval

    Plans to convert a coal fuelled plant in Lynemouth to biomass have been granted state aid approval, the EC has announced. Owners RWE now intends to press ahead with the plans for conversion.

    The European Commission opened its investigation early in the year and made its ruling on December 1, 2015. It announced that the UK government support for the project was in compliance with EU state aid rules and said the conversion would help the UK to reach the environmental and energy targets set out by the European Union without “unduly distorting competition”.

    Plans to convert the station were first announced in 2014, and the government is supporting the project by paying a premium in addition to the market price. The project will continue to receive aid until 2027.

    Commenting on the announcement, Andree Stracke, Chief Commercial Officer of RWE Supply and Trading GmbH said:

    "We welcome this confirmation of the government support for biomass power generation, which provides a reliable base load to complement other renewables such as wind and solar.”

    Stracke added that the company hope to have converted the plant within the next 18 months and he said it would allow the export of 390 MW of low carbon electricity to the National Grid, thus aiding the government’s climate change aims

    The government has set itself a target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. One of the ways the government intends to reach its aim is by switching to low carbon alternatives and becoming less dependent on fossil fuels.

    When the conversion goes ahead, Lynemouth power station intends to use renewable wood pellets, which will be exported from the United States, Europe and Canada. In addition, a sustainability management system will be put in place to ensure that the biomass fuel produced by the plant will meet the minimum sustainability standards that have been set out.

    The plant, which is based in the Northumberland in the UK, has the capacity to make enough electricity to power more than 450,000 homes. In addition, converting the Lynemouth plant from coal power will have a positive impact on the environment and on the economy in the north east.

    Moreover, it will burn 1.5 million tonnes of wood pellets annually, and produce an estimated 2.3 TWh of power.

    The Lynemouth power station has been powered by coal since the early 1970s and was previously owned by Alcan. In 2012, RWE took over the running of the plant and as a result the Lynemouth Power Company was established.

  • Manufacturing gains pace

    Purchasing Manufacturing Index (PMI) figures released by Markit on July 1 indicate encouraging news for the U.K.’s manufacturing sector. The PMI figures showed their highest increase in five months at 52.1, up from 50.4 in the previous month.

    According to the data from Markit, new orders were also on the increase, and they were accelerating at the fastest pace since October 2015. However, there was less positive news on the employment front, with further job losses in the manufacturing sector being reported for the sixth consecutive month.

    Commenting on the figures, Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit said

    “With 99% of survey responses received before the end of 23rd June, the latest PMI signalled that the manufacturing sector has started to move out of its early year sluggishness in the lead up to the UK’s EU referendum.”

    CBI figures indicate greater stability

    In further positive news, figures released by the CBI indicated greater stability for the manufacturing industry. Its Industrial Trends Survey showed order books had gained in strength, with the food and drink sector among those receiving a boost.

    Manufacturing output and selling prices also showed signs of stabilising, and manufacturers are optimistic they will continue to increase in the next quarter.

    The Brexit Effect

    However, it needs to be considered that both sets of figures were compiled before the results of the Brexit vote were known and it will be some time before the full effects of leaving the EU are felt by businesses.

    There are concerns that the on-going certainty following the vote could impact on current business deals. In addition, it is not yet known what trade deals the UK government is going to be able to secure during its negotiations with the EU, or whether it will be possible for the UK to keep access to the single market.

    As uncertainty remains, the CBI are calling on the government to draw up firm plans for the UK and its future without EU membership, and it’s urging ministers to establish a framework, which would enable businesses to work effectively with the government.

    Brexit and Challenges for the Manufacturing Industry

    The fall in the pound following the vote has already left some businesses concerned over the rising prices of imports, which they feel they might have to pass on to customers. Also, the manufacturing industry is likely to face further challenges due to the increase in import costs

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    Various ranges of size (1/2”- 2” ) steels, Alloys and plastics available, handles pressure up to 6000psi in some sizes.

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  • Orders stabilise for SMEs

    The latest figures from the CBI shows that orders for small and medium manufacturers stabilised over the last quarter, and SMEs say they have a greater optimism regarding export orders as the year develops.

    However, the survey of 426 companies showed that orders were flat during the last quarter; there was also a fall in export orders, and a significant reduction in export prices, but it is predicted that domestic orders and exports will grow in the near future.

    Despite this, the companies surveyed expect to spend more on training and investment throughout the next 12 months, and employment growth is steady.  The CBI SME Trends Survey also indicates that manufacturers intend to invest more in product innovation and training.

    Commenting on the survey, CBI Director Rain Newton-Smith said:

    “It’s encouraging to see smaller manufacturers’ optimism and orders stabilising, although the picture remains fairly flat across the board with many firms treading water.

    “But there are expectations that domestic orders and exports growth will pick up in the next quarter and many smaller manufacturing firms also plan to invest more in their staff training.”

    Key Statistics

    The key statistics show that 24% of SMEs report a greater optimism, while 25% were less so; 30% of firms reported an improved output, while 23 % noted a fall. In addition, 21% of SMEs reported an increase in export orders, while 25% stated there was a decrease.

    UK Economic Growth

    Looking at the wider picture, there was a weakening of economic growth in the last quarter according to the 759 manufacturing, retail and services companies surveyed as part of the CBI Growth Indicator.

    Rain Newton-Smith stated:

    “Manufacturing and business and professional services have struggled to make a mark, but a healthier picture can be seen in the household-focused consumer services and retail sectors.”

    Government initiatives and the future of manufacturing

    While manufacturing struggles to gain momentum, there have been a number of government innovations to help improve the fortunes of the sector, including research and development tax credits.

    However, a recent survey from the EEF showed that 60% manufacturers felt the government could do more to improve business access to scientific research, and while the introduction of Catapult centres, which aim to enhance access to research and development facilities for the sector have proven popular, the majority of manufacturers (69%) feel the government could do more when it comes to commercialising technology.

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  • Small business owners warned of Gas safety risks

    A new survey has highlighted concerns that some small and medium sized businesses aren’t doing enough to protect their employers and premises from gas safety risks.

    A survey by British Gas shows that 17% of businesses don’t service their appliances on a regular basis, and one in five small businesses state there have been problems with gas safety issues at their premises in the past.

    Even more concerning is the fact that 40% of small businesses say they would turn off the electric supply if they thought they could smell gas at their work premises. While others said they would try and find out the source of the gas leak, and a small minority would close up the building to try and contain a suspected gas leak.

    More than 500 senior managers were interviewed as part of the survey and 20 per cent of them admitted that gas safety issues had caused varying problems including gas leaks, lost income and a reduction in trading hours.

    Commenting on the survey, Vincent Thomas, Field Service Manager at British Gas Business, said:

    “It’s crucial that businesses take gas safety seriously. I’ve seen some alarming stuff over the years in all different types of businesses – from factories to nursing homes. When something goes wrong it can stop a business in its tracks and have a serious effect on finances, staff and customers. 

    “Our engineers visit over 1,000 businesses every week, and find that many customers don’t think about the risks of carbon monoxide and gas leaks at work the same way as they might at home.  It’s absolutely essential to get any commercial gas appliance regularly serviced and maintained.”

    The survey was conducted as part of Gas Safety Week, which is held annually to help raise awareness of the potential problems that can be can be caused due to poor safety practices.

    Employer Responsibilities

    Employers also need to be aware of their legal obligations to provide a safe working environment for their employees. According to the guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive, work carried out in commercial premises such as factories needs to be completed by a registered engineer, and annual checks also need to be undertaken.

    As well as carrying out regularly maintenance, records should be kept, and inspections should be conducted to look for early signs of damage to both the appliances and pipe lines.

  • SMEs confirm fall in domestic and export orders

    Figures released by the CBI show a fall in output for small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the UK. The CBI SME trends survey also indicated a fall in export and domestic orders for the last quarter.

    More than 400 small and medium-size companies were interviewed for the survey; the results showed there was a poor performance for output growth, but it is predicted that both domestic orders and output will perform better in the next quarter, and the decline in exports is expected to slow.

    The latest figures also demonstrated that less people were employed in the last three months, and this trend is expected to continue into the new year.

    According to the survey, businesses felt less optimistic about the future and they were less positive over the future for exports in the coming year. In addition, companies will be spending less on both product and process innovation in 2016.

    The figures from the CBI revealed that 26% of SMEs manufacturers had a rise in orders, but 48% reported a fall; these figures are expected to improve slightly in next three months.

    In addition, 25% of companies reported an increase in domestic orders while 36% reported a fall. And the 10% of companies said they had experienced an increase in export orders in the last quarter, while 46% stated export orders had fallen. This is the poorest performance since 2009.

    Other key figures from the survey show 23% of manufacturers say output has increased, while 31% reported a fall, and 22% of companies remain optimistic about their business prospects in the future; 29% say they are less positive

    Moreover, 23% of companies had increased their amount of employees, while 15% of SEMs had employed fewer people in the last quarter.

    Commenting on the new figures Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Director of Economics, said:

    “As demand has fallen, especially in the face of a strengthening Pound, our smaller manufacturers have had a tough quarter, with orders and output volumes dropping.

    “Manufacturers expect conditions to stabilise somewhat over the quarter ahead, but remain concerned about the outlook for demand.

    Newton-Smith went on to urge the government to include measures in its Comprehensive Spending Review to help improve skills and innovation in order to improve productivity in the coming year.

    Overall growth

    While the news for SMEs wasn’t overly positive, there was better news for growth overall as newly released figures from the CBI showed growth has increased by 4%, and GDP grew by 0.5% in the last quarter.

  • Tata Steel could make government agreement

    Tata Steel could be on the brink of making an agreement with the government to save the plant in Port Talbot, according to media reports. If successful, the deal will save approximately 11,000 jobs and the company will receive a £1 billion loan. The British Steel Pension Scheme would also be restructured if the agreement goes ahead.

    Government intervention has become necessary as a suitable buyer doesn’t appear to have been found. The Business Secretary Sajid Javid had previously stated that the government would be willing to provide a 25% equity stake in the business and it would also offer further financial support.

    Tata Steel have made no comment on it’s website about the potential deal, but it has welcomed the changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme, which were announced after talks between the company, government, regulators, and pension scheme trustees.

    In a statement, Human Resources Director for Tata Steel’s European operations, Tor Farquhar, said:

    “This is an important step forward which would enable a better outcome for the vast majority of members of the British Steel Pension Scheme than the benefits provided by the Pension Protection Fund. The consultation is also an important step that supports the prospect of securing a sustainable future for Tata Steel UK’s 11,000 employees.

    Commons Statement

    In a recent statement to the House of Commons, Javid said that Tata was in the process of considering proposals. At a meeting in Mumbai, the Business Secretary yet again reiterated the government support that would be offered to bidders for the plant. In the Commons in May, Javid stated there were seven bidders for Tata’s Port Talbot plant, and they were working to “narrow the field” to concentrate on the most credible ones.

    Manufacturing News

    In further positive news for the manufacturing sector, manufacturing activity increased in May, according to the Purchasing Managers Index; the UK Manufacturing PMI moved passed its recent stagnation 50.1. However, the sector’s performance is still sluggish and analysts are concerned that it will continue to hold back the rest of the economy.

    Major concerns for the manufacturing industry include the poor performance of exports and the impending Brexit vote. Many businesses surveyed by Markit say they feel that the forthcoming European Union vote was having a negative impact on their businesses due to the on-going uncertainty. A recent report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research indicated that a ‘yes’ vote could result in a loss of 950,000 manufacturing jobs.

  • Tata’s Port Talbot Sale in Doubt

    The sale of Tata’s Port Talbot plant has been put on hold, according to media speculation. The article in the Telegraph indicates that the Indian-based owners are taking their time to think about the implications of future EU deals, and to consider any potential pension scheme liabilities.

    Sales Process and future of Port Talbot Plant

    Early into the sales process, Tata Steel indicated there were seven parties interested in purchasing the plant, including the steel group Liberty House, Greybull, JSW Steel and Nucor.

    The number of potential buyers has since been narrowed down, and the government has made an offer to purchase a 25% share in the business, but it has rejected calls to take ownership of the business outright.

    Last month there was speculation that Tata was about to make a deal with the UK government and that the company was to receive a £1 billion government loan. However, recently, a further obstacle has been placed in the way of the sales process following concerns that a heavily increased levy could be put in place by the Pension Protection Fund should the deal with the government go ahead.

    In Parliament in June - in response to a question by Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock - Prime Minister David Cameron stated that alongside business secretary Sajid Javid, the government was doing everything it could “to secure a future for Tata steel”.

    The Prime Minister added that the sales process was moving along and he felt that steel “was better off in the inside the European Union”.

    New potential buyer

    Now, media reports indicate that Ed Truell, a private equity investor, is now in talks with the company, the Treasury and the Pensions Regulator about purchasing the plant. Rather than viewing Brexit as a problem, Truell told CITY A.M. that the decision to leave Europe has made the steel plant “a lot more attractive to potential buyers”.

    Decision to Sell

    Tata made the announcement that it was going to sell the plant back in March 2016 following a review of the company’s European portfolio. Tata concluded that manufacturing costs and lack of demand for steel were impacting on the competitiveness of the business.

    It also stated there had been a deep concern over the “deteriorating financial performance of the UK subsidiary” in the previous 12 months. Media reports at the time speculated that the plant was losing as much as £1 million pounds a day.

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  • UK businesses Support changes to Renewables obligations

    Research conducted by Npower business solutions shows that UK-based businesses are largely in favour of the proposed new energy legislation regarding renewables obligations (RO) and feed in tariffs (FiT,) and they feel that it is likely the changes will have a positive effect on their business when they go ahead.

    The changes in legislation was announced in late 2015 as part of the government’s spending review. In the review, the government announced its intention to scrap the compensation scheme for RO/FiT and to introduce an exemption programme in its place. 51% of those surveyed stated that they were in favour of the exemption scheme and plans to backdate compensation as they felt it would enable their businesses to remain competitive.

    However, more than half of the manufacturers interviewed said that they were not aware of the government’s plans regarding Renewables Obligations and Feed in Tariffs, and the majority of retailers had not heard of the government’s proposals either.

    Review and Consultation

    A review into the proposals is scheduled to get under way later this year, and according to the research more than half of those surveyed said they would be interested in taking part during the consultation phase because of the impact the proposals could have on their business.

    Commenting on the plans, head of Npower Business Solutions, David Reed said:

     “The proposed exemption would represent good news for the businesses and sectors which are eligible. Making regulatory processes more transparent and more straightforward would reduce the burden on businesses and would provide them with greater clarity about their finances.

    “A majority of retailers and manufacturers we spoke to were not aware of the upcoming consultation. That’s why we’re working with the Government to host a round table event, to explain these upcoming changes to businesses and discuss the proposed benefits.”

    Renewables obligation and feed in tariffs explained

    The Renewables Obligation scheme is a measure that was introduced to ensure that electricity suppliers buy a percentage of their power from renewable energy suppliers, however, these charges have been steadily increasing due to a number of factors, including the surge in the number of renewable energy companies.

    The Feed in Tariff was an attempt to get UK-based businesses and homes to generate greener forms of energy themselves such as wind and hydro power; the suppliers get compensated for each kWh of energy that is generated. However, as with the Renewables Obligation scheme, the cost of the tariffs are continuing to increase because of the growing number of low carbon energy firms and a greater amount of green energy being generated.

  • UK-based company win multimillion pound contract with Galloper wind farm

    A UK-based company, James Fisher & Sons, has won a multimillion pound contract to work on the Galloper wind farm project. The announcement is expected to lead to the creation of 100 jobs on the east coast, including up to 50 offshore technician positions, and approximately 30 onshore and offshore staff will also be required.

    The company will be responsible for delivering a range of offshore and marine services to aid in the successful completion of the Galloper windfarm, which is planned for Lowestoft, Suffolk.

    Personnel from James Fisher will be assisting with a number of different support arrangements during the construction of the site including vessel refuelling, diving services, the operation of remotely operated vehicles, emergency responsive services, construction site set up and providing crew transfer vessels. The contract is worth £25 million to the company, which specialises in working with the marine, renewable energy and gas and oil sectors.

    Commenting on the new contract, Nick Henry, CEO of James Fisher and Sons, stated:

    “We’re delighted to be working with Galloper Wind Farm Limited on this exciting and challenging project. We are bringing together a range of services under one contract which enables us to focus on driving operational efficiencies and reducing risk on behalf of our client, through the integration of these services.”

    Planning permission and additional investment

    Permission for the building of the windfarm was first granted in 2013 and it is an extension to the already existing Greater Gabbard Wind Farm. In October 2015, RWE Innogy announced a financial close for the project and stated that Siemens Financial Services, Macquarie Capital and UK Green Investment Bank would become 25% equity owners in Galloper Wind Farm Limited.

    Construction work and project completion

    Work on the offshore construction is scheduled to begin in June 2016 and it will be completed in 2017.

    Once complete, the Galloper windfarm will have 56 wind turbines that will have the capacity to produce 336 MW of power, which is enough to fuel more than 300,000 homes. 56 subsea array cables will be built under the sea to link the turbines to the platforms, and they’ll be one offshore substation.

    It’s thought 700 jobs will be created during the construction stage, and approximately 90 operational positions will also become available once the construction is complete.

    The opening of the windfarm is set for March 2018.

  • Wind energy power reaches record levels

    Britain’s dependence on wind power is growing from strength to strength, according to figures recently issued by the National Grid.

    The statistics, which have been detailed on the Renewable UK website, indicate that wind power reached record levels in the UK in 2015, and that 11% of the UK’s electricity was produced from onshore and offshore wind power sources last year. This is an increase from 9.5% in 2014.

    In December 2015, a new record was set when 17% of electrical power was supplied through wind power; December was also the month when a new weekly record was set, with 20% of electricity being provided by wind power.

    The quarterly records from October to December also saw a minor increase from 12% in 2014 to 13% in 2015. Moreover, the statistics show that 5.8% of the wind power came from onshore sources while 5.2% was from offshore.

    According to the figures, wind power is now supplying enough energy to fuel more than 8 million households in United Kingdom.

    Commenting on the new statistics, Dr Gordon Edge, director of policy for Renewable UK, said:

    “This is a great way to start the new year – the wind industry can be proud that it has shattered weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records in 2015. This re-writes the record books. We’ve had a bumper harvest thanks to increased deployment and superb wind speeds.

    “It also demonstrates why the Government should continue to support wind energy, as we’re delivering on our commitment to keep Britain powered up. We can continue to increase the proportion of the nation’s electricity which we provide as we move away from fossil fuels to clean sources of power”.

    Wind power investment

    In further positive news for the renewable energy sector, Dong Energy, a leading company in the offshore wind sector, has announced plans for significant investment in this form of power in the coming years.

    UK Energy Policy

    The figures from the National Grid, and the announcement from Dong Energy, should be viewed as good news by the government as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate change, Amber Rudd, recently made a speech regarding the changes to the UK’s energy policy.

    Despite the cuts in wind power subsidies, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate change said that the government expected 10 gigawatts of wind power to be installed in the UK by 2020, however, Amber Rudd also made it clear that continued support for the wind power industry would be conditional and it was dependent on significant cost reductions.

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