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  • TAMO - choice supplier for Cryogenic Control Valves and Equipment

    Tamo also supply Cryogenic Relief Valves, Check Valves & Specialist Valves for very wide range of applications in the High Science applications as well as OEM applications.

    Example below Low pressure helium relive valve. Manufactured from Stainless Steel (other body materials available) with KF25 connections & Viton seals (other seals available) set at 4 PSI. Set points from 0.5 PSI to 9 psi are available.

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  • 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.

  • The Circle Seal check valve range

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    The Circle Seal check valve range available from Tamo have working pressure ranges up to 10,000 PSI (690 Barg), with cracking pressures as low as 0.15 psi (10 millibar) & a range of sizes / materials / designs including cartridge designs to meet the most demanding applications.

     

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  • The Circle Seal check valve range

     

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    The Circle Seal check valve range available from Tamo has been used in a number of demanding applications recently. Due to their low cracking pressure, which can be as low as 0.1 psi (6.9 mbar) & zero leakage sealing these valves have become the first choice where little pressure loss is required. Add to that working pressure ranges up to 10,000 PSI (690 Barg) & a range of sizes / materials / designs including cartridge designs you have a very versatile check valve.

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  • The compact pressure switch for OEM applications

     

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    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is a compact-sized 30x30 pressure switch for measuring compressed air, low-viscous media and non-aggressive gases. 

    The MINICOMB® is available in pressure ranges 0.2 to 16 bar, -0.9 to 0 bar or -0.9 to +1 bar. Sub-base mounting or ¼” BSP female thread for process connection & electrical connection via 4-pin plug to ISO 4400 or plug M12x1. 

    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is approved for applications where PLc (Performance Level according to ISO 13849) is required, or applications within a hazardous area (zone 2 / 22 according to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC).

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  • The compact pressure switch for OEM applications.

    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is a compact-sized 30x30 pressure switch for measuring compressed air, low-viscous media and non-aggressive gases. 

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    The MINICOMB® is available in pressure ranges 0.2 to 16 bar, -0.9 to 0 bar or -0.9 to +1 bar. Sub-base mounting or ¼” BSP female thread for process connection & electrical connection via 4-pin plug to ISO 4400 or plug M12x1. 

    The MINICOMB® pressure switch series is approved for applications where PLc (Performance Level according to ISO 13849) is required, or applications within a hazardous area (zone 2 / 22 according to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC).

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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.

  • The INDUSWITCH-DU pressure switch

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    The INDUSWITCH-DU pressure switch available from Tamo incorporates a friction free force-balance measuring system, high repeatability & very high long-term stability. The INDUSWITCH-DU can be used on vacuum / pressure applications up to 60 bar range & with gaseous, liquid, also aggressive & high viscous media in industrial or medical application.   

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  • The MINICOMB EDS

     

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    The MINICOMB EDS has been used in a number of applications to control pumps / compressors with pressure ranges up to 600 Barg. With the option of 1 or 2 switch output models or the 1 switch & 4 – 20mA output model a range of applications can be covered. 

    The pressure switch features a robust design rated to IP67 & a highly functional user friendly operating system featuring a multilingual plain text menu which clearly explains the selected menu item, ensuring a rapid and hassle-free installation is ensured.

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  • The MINICOMB EDS Electronic Pressure Switch

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    The MINICOMB EDS Electronic Pressure Switch has been used in a number of applications to control pumps / compressors with pressure ranges up to 600 Barg. With the option of 1 or 2 switch output models or the 1 switch & 4 – 20mA output model a range of applications can be covered. 

    The pressure switch features a robust design rated to IP67 & a highly functional user friendly operating system featuring a multilingual plain text menu which clearly explains the selected menu item, ensuring a rapid and hassle-free installation is ensured.

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  • The most accurate control available

    MODEL 708CR Provides the most accurate control available for fractional flow ranges, CVs from 0.00001 to 4.0 applications suitable for subsea, pilot liquid, fuel cells, hot oil skids & others. Various ranges of size (1/4- 3/4 inch DN8-DN20), End connections:

    Threaded, Socket weld, Tube ends, Welded flanged, Body Materials: CF8M, WCB, or ANY Alloy you can name! RAPID DELIVERY within 2 weeks or sooner - Light and compact construction.

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  • Throttle Master NEEDLE VALVES

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    Precise Flow Control with Fine

    The Throttle Master valve with No elastomers (o-rings), metals or lubricants is ideal for precise flow control with fine adjustment of corrosive and ultra pure fluids.

    Now available with PTFE tipped needle for constant on / off applications giving longer service life. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UK’s offshore wind energy potential revealed in new report

    A recently-released study has detailed the potential of offshore wind in the United Kingdom. Wind power usage in the country has already reached record levels, and the research has concluded that its use is likely to increase considerably in the years ahead.

    The report is titled Unleashing Europe’s Offshore Wind Potential and it was published by BVG Associates. It estimates that by 2030, offshore wind capacity could be providing a total of 25 gigawatts and powering over 20 million UK homes.

    Commenting on the study, RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck, said:

    “This report shows what our innovative offshore wind industry can deliver in the years ahead, securing economic growth and cheaper electricity. The Government can help us by continuing to hold fiercely competitive auctions for financial support, as well as putting offshore wind at the heart of its upcoming Industrial Strategy. Clear, bold, modern energy policy will attract billions of pounds of investment”.  

    UK among those leading the way

    Although the surge in wind power usage has been relatively recent, it has been used in the United Kingdom for a quarter of a century, when the first ten wind turbines were launched in Delabole, Cornwall.

    Currently, the United Kingdom is among the world’s top ten generators of wind power, and the UK is set for a dramatic increase in wind power due to the investment from companies like Dong Energy.

    Construction is currently underway on the world’s biggest wind farm, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020; this is just one of the projects that are being planned as the UK’s energy industry and government ministers seek alternatives to fossil fuels.

    Wind power in the winter

    Further research indicates how wind power could be an effective means of energy production in the winter season too.

    The team concluded that wind power could help provide power during the coldest times of the winter, and assist in meeting the higher power demands during those periods.

    The research also indicates that if there was a ‘widespread’ of turbines throughout Great Britain, it would be possible to optimise power supply by taking advantage of the mixed wind patterns that are experienced in the winter.

    The approach could also help to allay some of the worries over energy sustainability as it was found offshore wind power provided a ‘more secure supply’ than onshore power.

    The study was conducted by scientists from the Met Office, the Imperial College London and the University of Reading and it was published in the Environmental Research Letters journal.

  • Unexpected slowdown of manufacturing sector, but it’s still at a three-year high

    Concerns over an unexpected slowdown of the manufacturing sector led to a fall in the pound when the PMI figures were released in early July. The latest PMI figures revealed a fall to 54.3, however, the sector hasn’t fallen into contraction. Growth in exports also proved disappointing, as was the level of new orders.

    Business uncertainty is thought to be a contributing to the unexpected fall, but there are other issues too.

    Commenting on the figures, Rob Dobson, who serves as the senior economist at HIS Market said:

    “The main factor driving the broad slowdown in June was a steep easing in the rate of increase in new order intakes.”

    Manufacturing at a three-year high

    As George Nikolaidis, Senior Economist at the manufacturers’ organisation EEF, made clear, it’s not all bad news for the manufacturing sector.

    Nikolaidis stated:

    “Despite a broad-based slowdown in the rate of expansion in June, manufacturing activity for the last quarter still came in at a three-year high, pointing to a solid contribution from the sector to growth. This adds to recent data over the past few months indicating that industry will continue to support the UK economy by providing a counterweight to slowing services output.”

    The EEF has also stressed the importance of the government providing some clarity over its Brexit strategy so the manufacturing sector can start making firm plans regarding recruitment and investment.

    Economic activity slows among other sectors

    It should also be noted that the slowing in economic activity wasn’t just limited to the manufacturing industry; both the service and distribution sectors were affected in the last quarter, according to a CBI survey.

    Commenting on the latest survey, the CBI’s chief economist, Rain Newton-Smith said:

    “Growth has slowed across our surveys for a second successive month and expectations for the quarter ahead have cooled.

    "With the economy shifting down a gear, and higher inflation eating into household incomes, it’s vital the Government creates the right environment for businesses to continue contributing to the country’s prosperity.

    Manufacturing, productivity and innovation

    There have already been calls for the government to do more to enhance productivity and innovation in the manufacturing sector, which is going to be essential to all industries as the UK comes out of Europe. And in a press release issued by the CBI, it reiterated the need for government to assist businesses by providing support for improved innovation, infrastructure and exporting.

  • 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”.

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