Power Generation News, November 2017

A new study has claimed that a global electricity network powered exclusively by renewables is possible by 2050, and will be cheaper than today’s system.   The report was carried out by Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG), an international non-profit that includes scientists and politicians. Presenting their results on the sidelines of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, the researchers said that existing renewables potential, coupled with storage, could meet global demand by the middle of ... Read more

Power Generation News, November 2017

The Government’s “outdated” policy on onshore wind could cost the UK around £1bn over the next four or five years, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (EClU).   A new report published from the non-profit claims that 1GW of new onshore wind farms would be £30m cheaper a year than offshore wind and £100m less than new nuclear or biomass plants.   The ECIU does insist the UK’s “effective ban” on support for onshore wind is blocking development of the cheapest new electricity ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, October 2017

Opec expects stronger demand for its crude oil next year due to stronger consumption growth and lower estimates for supply from outside the cartel, as prices near $50 a barrel boost driving and crimp output.   The cartel’s monthly market report said its in-house analysts see demand for Opec’s oil reaching 33.1m barrels a day in 2018, up by roughly 200,000 barrels per day from last month’s forecast with the increase largely split between stronger demand and lower estimates of non-Opec supply.   The increase ... Read more

Power Generation News, October 2017

In a claimed UK first, energy supplier EON has completed the installation of a 10MW energy storage system that will be used to help smooth the flow of power to and from the grid.   The 10 megawatt (MW) Lithium-Ion battery, which is housed in four 40ft long shipping containers, has the same power as roughly 100 family cars and holds the same amount of energy as 500,000 mobile phone batteries. It has been Installed at a 30MW renewable energy plant that converts ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, September 2017

North Sea oil and gas producers have pulled out of the “death spiral” that had threatened to send the basin into precipitous decline according to industry leaders.   However, exploration remains at its lowest level since the 1970s and the UK faces a battle to compete against lower cost oil and gas elsewhere in the world.   The chief executives of Royal Dutch shell and BP, the UK’s largest oil groups and pioneers of the North Sea industry, both said they were optimistic about the ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, August 2017

Chevron is preparing to affirm its commitment to the North Sea, restarting a bidding process to help unlock the region’s single biggest undeveloped field and considering extending the life of one of its key assets in UK waters.   The US oil major is looking again at developing the Rosebank oil and gas field north-west of the Shetland Islands, which it holds a majority stake. It was discovered in 2004 but higher costs owing to the deep water and hostile weather have deterred ... Read more

Power Generation News, August 2017

Business secretary Greg Clark has granted consent for or offshore wind turbines with a tip height of 247m for the East Anglia THREE project, which will have a total output of up to 1200MW. This output would require up to 172 individual turbines across an area of 305 km2, 69 km east of Great Yarmouth. A company spokesman told The Engineer that no decision had yet been taken on the source of the turbines.   Scottish Power Renewables chief executive Keith Anderson commented ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, July 2017

Maersk Oil announces it is on track to deliver first gas from a major North Sea oil field in 2019. The Culzean field, which lies around 145 miles east of Aberdeen is expected to produce 60-90,000 barrels of oil per day. Maersk claimed the field could meet 5% of the UK gas demand by 2020-21. Read more

Power Generation News, 2017

The University of Strathclyde and Babcock are to lead an industrial partnership worth £4.2m with the aim of making nuclear assets safer and more reliable.   The Programme will develop advanced inspection techniques, biotechnology solutions for infrastructure repair and new products and processes for managing nuclear power facilities and extending their lifetime. The project forms part of a £138m investment in research-business partnerships announced by the UK government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).   The project involves Babcock, EDF Energy, Kinectrics ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, July 2017

The first delivery of oil from of the largest new drilling operations in the North Sea has been welcomed. Located around 125 km east of the Shetland Islands, the £2 billion investment in the Kraken oilfield by oil and gas development and production company EnQuest, was made possible by the UK Government’s support for the sector.   The oilfield is expected to contain around 128 million barrels of oil and support more than 1,000 jobs in the UK for each year of Its ... Read more
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