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  • Report proposes new Office for Energy

    An Energy and Economics consultancy called Vivid Energy has issued a report detailing the need for an Office for Energy.

    The report has the backing of Npower and it sets out how an Office for Energy would provide accurate data and analysis of Britain’s energy sector. It is suggested that the proposed office would either be established as a new organisation or have its base within an already existing organisation.

    Among its duties would be to ensure there will be detailed, impartial analysis of such issues as the low carbon energy sector and it would also examine changes to policies and regulations and how they would affect policy goals.

    However, the proposed new body would not have the power to suggest laws or regulations and its purpose would not be to replace government bodies that are already in existence. Instead, it would provide support for government and regulators and would function in the same way as the Office for Budget Responsibility.

    Commenting on the need to improve consumer confidence in the energy industry, Robin Smale, Director at Vivid Economics, said:

    “The UK energy market has been subject to criticism and controversy, due in part to a lack of analysis that is both trusted and clear. 

    “There is a case for a new role to enhance consumer and investor confidence by providing much needed trusted and clear analysis across the whole of the energy sector. Many stakeholders see value in this new role, and in identifying options for how this role could be delivered.  With the CMA about to report, now is an opportune time to consider it.”

    Other sectors such as healthcare, already have similar body in place and it is suggested that due to the success of these organisations, there would be confidence in a new institution for the energy sector.

    The report argues that while there are already several UK energy institutions, it is perceived they have not always been able to provide a “balanced and clear analysis of key issues across the whole of Britain's energy sector”.

    Paul Massara, CEO of RWE npower said said:

    “Earlier this year I asked Vivid Economics to look at whether there could be a new way to build the debate about energy on a complete foundation of fact and reliable analysis.

    “…An Office of Energy would support and empower a continuing open and transparent debate about the competing issues of the trilemma.”  

  • RWE inaugurates Germany wind farm

    As it continues with its commitment to greener forms of power generation, RWE has introduced the German-based Nordsee Os windfarm into its business. The windfarm is one of the biggest in Germany and has enough capacity to produce 295 Megawatts of energy. There are 48 wind turbines in the wind park, which bring power to 320,000 homes.

    RWE’s investment into the windfarm stands at more than €1 billion. An operation room situated in Heligoland will operate and manage the running of the windfarm and a control room has been set up to monitor the project. Moreover, an apartment block has been built for employees to stay while they work.

    It took more than 60 kilometres of undersea cable to make the installation possible and the installation vessels used in the project cover 137,000 nautical miles; each of the blades weighs more than 23 tonnes and measures over 60 m long. The turbines weigh 350 tonnes and they measure 160m in height.

    Commenting on the project, Peter Terium, CEO of RWE AG, said:

    “The expansion of renewable energy is one of our main growth areas and offshore wind energy will play a vital role. RWE will become the third largest player in the European offshore market this year. And we are growing further: In only one month’s time, we will be commissioning another wind farm, Gwynt y Môr, located off the coast of Wales.

    “We are developing and operating additional offshore projects alone and with partners in Germany, the UK and the Benelux region.”

    Hans Bünting, CEO of RWE Innogy, added:

    “At the end of this year, 40% of our power generation from renewables will already come from offshore power production. Thanks to the Nordsee Ost and Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farms our operating result will see double-digit growth."

    Further wind farms are in the development stages and when they are completed, they will be situated in the German North Sea. The wind farms will have an expanse of 150 km² and they will be able to produce 1000 MW of power.

    Gwynt y Môr windfarm

    RWE will introduce the Gwynt y Môr windfarm into its business in June 2015. The farm is located in Wales and it has the capacity to produce 576 MW of energy. The building of the windfarm has been carried out in conjunction with Siemens and other partners.

  • RWE rebuilding crucial gas turbine following fault

    Npower has announced that RWE Generation is to rebuild once of its crucial gas turbines from its Great Yarmouth power plant. The turbine measures 10 meters long, 3 meters in diameter and it has a 90 ton rotor. The turbine has been shipped to France where manufacturers GE will begin work on the rotor.

    A team transported the gas turbine to Antwerp via a 46 wheel trailer; it made the final part of the journey on a barge. A team at the Ferrybridge workshop had been working together to repair the damaged turbine after it received significant damage earlier in 2014.

    The turbine, which can power more than a third of a million homes, was damaged earlier this year after a fault occurred in March. The fault was due to one of the turbine blades failing, which in turn caused damage to the compressor blade.

    As a result of the damage to the turbine, the Great Yarmouth power plant was forced to close and it still remains shut. A team has been put in place to ensure that this type of fault doesn’t occur again and they are working on a “cost saving” plan to enable RWE Generation to get the power station working again.

    Commenting in a press release, Kevin Nix, Head of RWE Generation UK, said:

     “It has been a very difficult couple of months and I would like to thank everyone at the power station and RWE Generation Maintenance Outage Support in Ferrybridge who have worked together on finding a cost effective solution.”

    Once the rotor has been fully repaired it will be shipped back to the UK from the GE workshop in France. It is expected that it will be back at the power plant in October and a team from RWE Generation Maintenance Outage Support will work to reinstall it.

    In a press release, Distributed Assets Group Manager Kerry Nesbitt said:

     “We are working hard at a return of the plant to commercial operation on time and on budget for the autumn clock change.”

    The station in Great Yarmouth was first commissioned in 2002 and it can produce 400 megawatts of electricity. Npower says that the plant in Great Yarmouth is one of the country’s most modern power stations. According to the team at Npower, the station has the ability to respond to ever changing energy demands, as well as being energy efficient and flexible.

  • 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.

  • SNS Special Interest Group announces appointment of steering group

    The Oil and Gas Authority has announced the appointment of a steering group that will look at opportunities to maximise the remaining gas reserves in the Southern Northern Sea (SNS). The SNS Rejuvenation Special Interest Group is a joint initiative with Oil and Gas UK and the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and it consists of operators, supply chain organisations, service businesses and duty holders.

    Members of the steering group include high-profile oil companies such as Shell, Centrica and Premier Oil.

    Eric Marston, Southern North Sea and Morecambe Bay manager for the Oil and Gas Authority, launched the event. He stated that he expects the SNS to be a ‘key contributor’ to help fuel the UK into the foreseeable future. However, Marston also explained the challenges facing exploration in the SNS due to limited accessibility, the costs involved and the commercial risks.

    Simon Gray, chief executive of EEEGR, described the steering group as a vital piece of work that could help secure the future of the industry for the East region of the UK.

    SIG’s Remit

    SIG has set itself a vast remit, which aims to “maximise economic recovery (MER) of gas reserves for at least another 20 years by identifying new opportunities, including examining the potential for carboniferous gas reserves”.

    Another ambition of the newly-formed steering group is to develop deeper collaborations with its current operators and with offshore wind developers. It also aims to drive down costs by examining standardisation to streamline processes and equipment use.

    Commenting on the launch, Deirdre Mickie, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, said:

    “Oil and Gas UK recognises the key role that the SNS gas fields play for UKPLC and we are keen to ensure that our members play a major part in ensuring the future role of these important assets for the nation for generations to come

    The inaugural meeting is due to be held in December.

    The need for exploration and investment

    Figures released by Oil and Gas UK earlier in 2016 illustrated the significant reductions in exploration, especially in the North Sea, and there were also concerns over the limited funding made available for new projects. While new initiatives have been launched, they haven’t made a significant impact on the downward trend in exploration yet.

    Oil and Gas UK have previously called for more investment into the sector and a report released in 2016 noted the decline in capital investment, which had fallen to 9 billion in 2015.

  • 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.

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  • The end of an era for Didcot A

    The end of an era for the Didcot A cooling towers has been announced. Three of the Didcot A cooling towers have been demolished The Didcot A cooling towers had helped to secure energy supplies in the UK for more than 40 years.

    New gas stations will take over energy production and they aim to provide consumers with low cost electricity. The demolition is part of RWE’s commitment to renewable technologies. RWE says that it has invested more than £6 billion pounds into finding greener technologies and state-of-the-art gas fired power stations.

    A statement from RWE, which is one of Europe’s leading gas and electricity companies, says that the demolition of Didcot A will have minimal impact on Didcot B and the plant at Didcot will continue to play an essential part in power generation, producing enough gas to fuel 1 million homes in the UK.

    Commenting on the demolition of Didcot A, Kevin Nix, Head of RWE Generation UK, said:

    ”Although this is a sad day and the end of an era in many ways, I am very pleased that the technically challenging demolition of the southern cooling towers has been carried out successfully and above all with the safety of all those involved, including the local community, as its highest priority. This is entirely due to months of pre-planning and the professionalism of the specialist teams involved.”

    An expert team is continuing to work at Didcot to oversee the demolition of the rest of the site. The northern cooling towers will also be felled along with other structures from the Didcot power station. The aim is to complete the demolition work by 2016.

    Plans to close the Didcot A were first announced in 2012 and it was finally closed in 2013; decommissioning of Didcot A started last year and took nine months.

    The demolition of Didcot A is a reflection of the changing face of power generation in the UK. In recent years, the government has been urging energy firms to find cleaner, greener forms of energy and to find ways of reducing carbon emissions.

    As part of government plans to find renewable forms of power generation, the government has announced a number of initiatives to encourage energy firms to find greener forms of energy production. The government has invested considerable funds to help drive the UK towards clean energy and it is committed to spending more in the years to come.

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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 companies express concerns over government energy policy

    A new survey carried out by Npower shows that British businesses lack confidence in the government’s energy policies. Nearly 60% of businesses surveyed felt that the energy policies unveiled by the Government did not reflect industries actual needs.

    A further 62% also expressed doubt over the future energy policies that are planned by the current government. This includes the Governments Electricity Market Reform, which aims to move the United Kingdom towards a lower carbon future.

    According to the survey’s findings, UK companies are not happy for their existing energy bills to increase so that low carbon energy solutions can be funded; more than 80% of those interviewed stated that the cost of energy is the most important issue for their business, while only 41% said that a low carbon future was their priority.

    More than 25% said that they would not welcome their energy bills increasing to help fund lower carbon initiatives, while another 30% stated that it was unlikely that their businesses would be prepared to pay extra for the cost of low carbon solutions.

    Wayne Mitchell, head of industrial and commercial at npower, commented:

    “This survey has revealed just how sceptical businesses are by the effectiveness and impact of energy policies – the very policies that are going to have far-reaching and long-term impacts on their businesses. As political parties consider their energy manifestos, there is a clear case here for Government and the wider energy industry to work together to better educate businesses about the importance of these policy initiatives in securing the UK’s energy future and the competitiveness of UK plc.

    “The cost of energy bills remains the key issue for business leaders. That’s why we are committed to working with businesses across a wide range of sectors to help make their energy budgets as affordable as possible. What we focus on is the long term; we work with our customers to drive down consumption by increasing knowledge of the changing policy landscape and implementing energy solutions.”

    Businesses also raised concerns over the Government’s Contracts for differences Initiative. The initiative pays companies a set amount for implementing the use of low carbon technology, however, the majority of businesses expressed concerns over this when it was revealed that the plan would cost UK companies more in energy bills.

    The survey was conducted at the same time that Npower launched the 20% Imperative that offers advice to businesses on how they can save money on energy bills.

  • UK manufacturing sector bounces back

    The UK manufacturing sector made a strong comeback in August, according to PMI figures released by Markit. The figures, which took a distinct downturn after the Brexit result, are now showing their strongest performance for almost a year.

    August manufacturing figures are positive news for the UK after July’s poor results. PMI figures for July experienced their worst performance for three years and they led to concerns over a recession.

    The announcement was also good news for the pound, which increased by 1% following the news. While this was viewed as a positive result by many, a stronger pound will result in an increased priced for imported goods.

    Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sectors remain positive

    Despite concerns over Brexit and the implications for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, new figures from the Chemical Industries Association showed that the vast majority of companies are positive about the future.

    According to a recent survey, 89% companies stated that research and development investment would continue as usual and 87% feel that exports will continue to perform at their current levels or increase.

    Companies also expect that Brexit will make an impact on investment due to the continued uncertainty, however, the majority of companies don’t plan to make changes to their current capital investment expenditure, and 71% stated that employment levels will either stay as they are or experience an upsurge.

    The research also highlighted concerns over fixed exchange rates but many companies are positive that the current low sterling rates would boost exports in the sector.

    Commenting on the research, chief executive of the Chemical Industries Association, Steve Elliot said:

    “It is right we acknowledge that we are in uncertain times while the country exits the European Union, but our survey shows that there is still confidence that the UK can be a good place to do business. The products and technologies of our companies are vital enablers to the rest of manufacturing.”

    Elliot also urged the government to do all it could to “make it even better for companies to invest” in the UK.

    Major companies commit to the UK

    Despite concerns over businesses holding off investment decisions post Brexit, major companies in the pharmaceutical sector such as GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca have showed their commitment to the UK

    GlaxoSmithKline recently announced a £275 million investment into three manufacturing plants in the UK while AstraZeneca committed to spend £330 million into research and development in the UK.

  • Use of renewable energy reaches record levels

    Renewable energy is playing a key part when it comes to fuelling homes and commercial premises, according to the latest set of statistics released from the Department of Energy and Climate change.

    The figures indicate that nearly a quarter of the U.K.’s energy in 2015 was produced by renewable energy sources. Solar output is on the increase, as is bioenergy, and a small rise in hydro generation of 2.6% was recorded too.

    One of the most significant changes was in the increasing use of wind power. According to the figures, 26% of electricity in the UK is now produced by wind power, which is the equivalent of 9.8 million homes. The figures also demonstrate a surge in the use of offshore wind power generation; the escalation in wind power generation is due to the enhanced onshore and offshore capacity following the opening of several new wind farms, including Westermost Rough.

    Positive effect on Fuel Bills

    The rise in the use of renewable energy is also having a positive effect on the cost of fuel bills, with the data showing household electricity bills have fallen by an average of 8% because of the reduction in cost for energy and a reduced demand.

    Increase in energy production

    In total, energy production was more than 14% higher for 2014; this was due to the increased production in gas, oil, primary electricity and bioenergy. Moreover, the energy trends report showed that the production of natural gas was 8% higher

    The increase in primary electricity is due to a larger nuclear output and more fields being opened, while a reduced need for maintenance led to the higher production of gas and oil.

    Fall in fossil fuels

    With the drive to reduce dependence on less environmentally friendly forms of power generation and towards renewable energy, the latest Energy Trends data report showed a fall of 3.8% since late 2014 in the use of fossil fuels.

    Commenting on the figures, Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive for Energy UK, said:

    “These excellent figures show that renewable energy is delivering huge amounts of clean electricity right now, and that overall energy costs are coming down – including wind energy

    “Putting the consumer first means putting renewables first. As old coal turns off, renewables are quietly taking its place, delivering energy security and value for money. It makes more sense than ever to fully support and take advantage of our natural resources”.

  • Valve World Expo celebrate success of 2014 event

    Organisers of the Valve World Expo are celebrating the success of its most recent event. The third exhibition was held in Dusseldorf from the 2 - 4 December 2014; it attracted 665 exhibitors from around the world.

    Valve World Expo provided an opportunity for manufacturers to reach new markets and demonstrate the latest technologies from the valve and fittings industry. Manufacturers had the opportunity to exhibit the latest in valves, valve components, parts, compressors and engineering services.

    More than 12,000 visitors attended the event from 57 different countries. These figures are up nearly 20% on the last Expo, which was held in 2012. It attracted visitors from the UK, India, France and the Netherlands; the Asian and South American regions were also strongly represented.

    Commenting on the success of the event, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH Managing Director Joachim Schäfer said it was:

    “An excellent trade fair – not just because we yet again were able to significantly boost the number of exhibitors and space sold compared to prior events – we’ve further optimised the linkages between the expo and the conference. With marked visitor growth of about 19% to 12,500 trade fair guests, the Valve World Expo is emerging as an impressive factor in our portfolio of plant and machinery trade fairs”

    The Valve World Expo was aimed at manufacturers from the petrochemical, chemical, food, oil and gas industries, and the pharmaceutical, medical and power plant technology sectors. The majority of visitors were executives, however, the event also attracted a lot of interest from manufacturers, distributors and end users of the valves and fittings.

    Exhibitors at the event all responded positively to the latest Expo saying that it had enabled them to meet up with old customers and to establish links to new ones. Others said that the Expo enabled potential buyers to learn more about the products, and they were pleased about the networking opportunities the exhibition had given them.

    As well as attending the Expo, visitors had the opportunity to attend a conference to discuss the latest innovations and new technologies in the valve industry. The conference covered many topics including control valves, the importance of maintenance, new designs and a presentation of some of the latest application solutions. More than 400 delegates were in attendance at the conference, which was integrated into the Expo for the first time.

    The next event is scheduled for November to 29 2016; it will be the fourth bi-annual event.

  • Valve World Expo Open to Registration

    The bi-annual Valve World Expo is open for registration to exhibitors from around the world. The Valve world Expo 2016 is scheduled to be held in Düsseldorf Germany in November/December 2016, but businesses interested in exhibiting at the event can get their applications in now.

    Although the event is some way off, it is advised that businesses intending to exhibit at the Expo prepare for it in plenty of time as there are a lot of things to consider such as transporting goods to the venue and arranging suitable accommodation.

    Exhibitors will also need to plan ahead as they need to ensure they have all of the necessary passes that will be required, and trade visitors are required to register in advance.

    The popular event is an opportunity for exhibitors in the gas, electricity, chemical, pharmaceutical, power and food & drink industries to demonstrate and view the latest technology in the valve, pump and compressor sector.

    The Expo also attracts businesses from a range of other industries including the aerospace, automotive, waste water management, pulp and paper and ship building sectors, among others.

    2016’s expo will provide a way of helping businesses to find a new audience for their products and it will give attendees the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in the valve industry.

    The last event, which was held in 2014, attracted over 600 exhibitors from around the world, including companies from the United Kingdom and the United States. However, the event is also popular with Asian and South American and Middle Stern visitors as the industry continues to grow in those regions.

    2014’s event proved a huge success with more than 12,000 trade visitors attending the show during the three-day Expo, and such is the popularity of the Expo there are two others held in the United States and in China.

    The U.S. Expo is held in July, and the last event was attended by hundred and 50 different exhibitors from around the world. The Chinese Expo is hosted in Suzhou; it attracts visitors from the chemical, power generation, oil and gas industry.

    2016’s event, which is organised by Messed Düsseldorf, is the 10th Expo and itwill be hosted at the fairground in Düsseldorf from 29th of November – 1 December 2016. The event will run from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

    Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

  • Wind power could provide half of UK’s energy supply

    The CEO of DONG Energy, Henrik Poulsen, has stated that wind power could supply the majority of the UK’s energy supply in the future. In an article published in the Guardian, Poulsen noted the falling costs of renewable energy and new developments in technology, and says that offshore wind power could create more than half of the UK’s energy.

    DONG Energy has also issued a statement regarding the future of its gas and oil division. The company confirms that it is ‘reviewing strategic options’ regarding its £1.5 billion-pound gas and oil arm.

    The company released the statement following media speculation that the company was making plans to sell its gas and oil business. DONG Energy say that JP Morgan has been ‘engaged’ to carry out a ‘preliminary market assessment’ but the Danish-owned company makes it clear it has not yet decided if it will divest its gas and oil division.

    Support for Renewable Energy

    The comments come at a time when the use of renewable energy is growing from strength to strength. DONG Energy, who are a leader in renewable energy had a record breaking IPO this year, and In 2015, 11 per cent of the UK’s energy supply was produced through wind power, which is the highest figures yet according to Businessgreen.com

    In addition, public support for wind energy continues to grow. Figures from the Department for
    Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy indicate that record levels of people (71 per cent) are now in favour of wind power.

    RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said:

    “It’s great to see public support for onshore wind has reached its highest ever level, at an overwhelming 71%. Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new power generation available in Britain, so it makes sense to use it to keep people’s electricity bills as low as possible”.

    The Government continues to show its support for renewable energy with the announcement of the new Contracts for Difference auction, which will allow companies to bid for £290 million in renewable electricity contracts.

    Business and Energy Secretary Dick Clark also gave more details of government plans to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations over the next decade and replace them with greener forms of energy.

    The government says the investment in green energy is necessary to secure energy supply and reduce carbon emissions. It has pledged £730 million towards renewable energy projects over the next decade.

  • World’s largest wind farm to go ahead

    The world’s largest wind farm, which is being built by offshore wind power developer Dong Energy, is to progress following a final investment decision, it has been announced.

    Commenting on the news, Brent Cheshire of DONG Energy said:

    "This is a historic milestone for Hornsea Project One as we are now making a firm and final commitment to invest fully in the project.”

    The offshore wind farm will be built 120 kms off the Grimsby coast; it will have the capacity to produce 1.2 gigawatts, and the ability to provide power for more than 1 million homes.

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, welcomed the news and stated:

    “Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy and this success story is going from strength to strength. Dong Energy’s investment shows that we are open for business and is a vote of confidence in the UK and in our plan to tackle the legacy of under-investment and build an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century.”

    Planning and Construction

    Nearly 10 years of planning have already gone into the project, and years of development work have been conducted. Once the site has been constructed, it will stretch more than 407 km, the windfarm will be powered by 7 megawatts turbines, and they’ll each measure 190 metres in height.

    UK company Siemens will be responsible for the production of the wind turbines, and it was announced in December 2015 that infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty will have responsibility for constructing the onshore substation.

    Balfour Beatty began work on the construction in January 2016; the £25 million project will include cabling work and local infrastructure to help ensure the project’s success.

    In addition, a high-voltage AC electricity will be built as part of the project; it will take 900 km of cables to enable the power to be fed to the National Grid.

    Job Creation

    The project is good news for employment figures in the North of England as it is estimated the project will create 2000 jobs during the construction phase, and a further 300 positions are expected to be created once the windfarm has been completed; the opening date is schedules for 2020.

    Future Plans

    Future plans from Dong Energy include a Hornsea Projects 2 and 3, which between them could produce an additional 3 gigawatts of power.

  • World’s largest windfarm gets government approval

    The world’s largest wind farm has been given government approval. The Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, granted planning consent for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, which will be situated off the coast of Yorkshire.

    An application to gain consent for the building of the windfarm was made in January 2015. The development consent order was recently approved by the Energy Secretary and gives permission for all aspects of the project. Once complete, Hornsea Two will have more than 300 wind turbines and create 1800 MW of electricity

    Greg Clark said the project was “fundamental” to the government’s commitment to an affordable and secure energy system.

    Commenting on the announcement, Brent Cheshire, County Chairman for DONG Energy UK, stated:

    "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.

     "Hornsea Project Two is a huge potential infrastructure project which could provide enough green energy to power 1.6 million UK homes. A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK."

    Hornsea One and Three

    Dong Energy has already secured the project rights for Hornsea One and for Hornsea Project Three.

    Hornsea One, which will have the capacity to fuel up to 1 million homes, is scheduled to be in use by 2020. Up to 240 wind turbines will make up the wind farm and construction began in 2016. In 2018, work is expected to start on the offshore construction.

    For Hornsea Three, Dong Energy expect to apply for planning consent in 2018 with construction work beginning some years after if it gets approval.

    When Hornsea Three is built, it will be the largest wind farm yet, with the capacity to power 2 million homes and producing 2.4 gigawatts of energy.

    DONG Energy’s commitment to green energy

    The Danish-based energy firm is already responsible for the operation of six wind farms in the United Kingdom. It has pledged billions in investment towards green energy in the UK and there are plans to build several more windfarms in the coming years.

    The North of England is set to benefit from £5.4 billion of investment into windfarms by 2019. This will result in four more windfarms for the North, including one at Burbo Bank and another in Barrow.

  • World’s largest windfarm gets government approval

    The world’s largest wind farm has been given government approval. The Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, granted planning consent for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, which will be situated off the coast of Yorkshire.

    An application to gain consent for the building of the windfarm was made in January 2015. The development consent order was recently approved by the Energy Secretary and gives permission for all aspects of the project. Once complete, Hornsea Two will have more than 300 wind turbines and create 1800 MW of electricity

    Greg Clark said the project was “fundamental” to the government’s commitment to an affordable and secure energy system.

    Commenting on the announcement, Brent Cheshire, County Chairman for DONG Energy UK, stated:

    "Development consent for Hornsea Project Two is very welcome. We have already invested £6 billion in the UK, and Hornsea Project Two provides us with another exciting development opportunity in offshore wind.

     "Hornsea Project Two is a huge potential infrastructure project which could provide enough green energy to power 1.6 million UK homes. A project of this size will help in our efforts to continue reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind and shows our commitment to investing in the UK."

    Hornsea One and Three

    Dong Energy has already secured the project rights for Hornsea One and for Hornsea Project Three.

    Hornsea One, which will have the capacity to fuel up to 1 million homes, is scheduled to be in use by 2020. Up to 240 wind turbines will make up the wind farm and construction began in 2016. In 2018, work is expected to start on the offshore construction.

    For Hornsea Three, Dong Energy expect to apply for planning consent in 2018 with construction work beginning some years after if it gets approval.

    When Hornsea Three is built, it will be the largest wind farm yet, with the capacity to power 2 million homes and producing 2.4 gigawatts of energy.

    DONG Energy’s commitment to green energy

    The Danish-based energy firm is already responsible for the operation of six wind farms in the United Kingdom. It has pledged billions in investment towards green energy in the UK and there are plans to build several more windfarms in the coming years.

    The North of England is set to benefit from £5.4 billion of investment into windfarms by 2019. This will result in four more windfarms for the North, including one at Burbo Bank and another in Barrow.

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