UK engineering consultant wins interconnector deal

A UK engineering consultant has been appointed to develop a proposed interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A team of engineers at WSP will undertake a three-stage feasibility study to develop options and recommend a preferred solution for the 330kW power link between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). […]

Oxford electric motor factory officially opened

A new government-backed facility which manufactures electric motors has officially been opened in Oxford. University of Oxford’s spinout YASA’s 100,000 capacity plant will help deliver the next generation of environment-friendly hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs). Around 80% of production is to be exported around the world, including China. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark […]

EDF and AREVA back Saudi Arabia’s nuclear programme

French firms EDF and AREVA have signed a series of two agreements with organisations in Saudi Arabia to support the nation’s nuclear energy programme. The first set includes Memorandums of Understanding with five Saudi companies which aim to help develop the industrial and technical skills of local companies while the other set has been signed […]

91% of homes have power restored after major storm

Most of the more than half a million homes left without power following yesterday’s St Jude storm now have their electricity back. Electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks said it has restored power supplies to 91% of its 620,000 customers. According to the company 48,000 properties in the East and 9,600 in the South East are […]

£500,000 worth of vouchers for training in 'green' boilers

Boiler engineers can now get vouchers to put towards training in installing renewable heating systems in households under a new scheme launched by the Government. The £500,000 up for grabs is also backed by an apprenticeship initiative for people entering the industry to get relevant qualifications. Vouchers are for up to £500 or 75% off […]

UK offers £10m prize for affordable ultra-low emission cars

Businesses, engineers and academic experts are being offered a £10 million prize to develop ultra-low emission cars that can compete with oil or gas powered vehicles. The cash will be given for technological improvements which enable ultra-low emissions vehicles to run as long and as far as conventionally fuelled cars, without having to burn fossil […]

Work on £650m tidal power lagoon in Swansea starts

Engineers have started work on a project to develop a £650 million tidal power lagoon (pictured) in Swansea Bay, which when completed would be the first purpose-built power plant of its type in the world. Contractor Environmental Scientifics Group will be investigating the seabed for four weeks and the results will determine the physical characteristics […]

Network helps ex-Army staff find energy jobs

An ex-army officer is looking for recruits – to get involved in a project which helps hook up ex-Army staff with the energy sector. Magnus Jeffrey (pictured), who works as an engineer for Senergy Development Solutions (SDS), set up The Network Aberdeen two years ago to help other former service workers interested in a similar […]

Green buildings ‘buck economic downturn’

‘Green’ building is no longer seen as a niche market and is helping the construction industry buck the economic downturn, suggests a new study. Half of firms in the study said they are planning more than 60% of their work to be green by 2015, up from 28% of firms in 2012. The findings come […]

UK Government ‘failing’ the engineering industry

More than half of UK engineers have lost confidence in Government policy and believe it is “failing” the industry. That’s according to a new survey by Matchtech, which claims more than three quarters of engineers do not believe the Government is doing enough to attract new investment in the industry and 56% are not confident […]