Essar to buy Stanlow for £801m

India’s Essar Energy is to pay £801m to buy Shell’s Stanlow oil refinery in the northwest. Stanlow has been up for sale since 2009 and Essar has always been one of the front runners in the bidding race. Shell said it had put the refinery up for sale so it could “concentrate its global manufacturing […]

Asphalt firm on road to £25,000 energy savings

A Lancashire asphalt maker is saving more than £2,000 a month on its electricity bill since fitting energy-saving drives. Express Asphalt produces 40,000 tonnes of asphalt a year. An exhaust fan used in the production process was wasting energy through a lack of efficiency. Express Asphalt works manager Rick Harbour explained: “The motor was running […]

Balfour Beatty workers unearth skeletons

Workers repairing gas mains in Chester have dug up human remains thought to have come from a nearby graveyard and dating from the 1600s. The discovery was made by workers from Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, which is replacing the Victorian metallic mains. And the company has also unearthed so many other artefacts that it has […]

Liverpool chosen for £300m biomass project

A £300m biomass facility has been targeted to be built in a dock at Liverpool port. British renewable energy firm RES has revealed plans for the project at the Port of Liverpool’s Alexandra Dock. RES would use wood as a fuel source for the plant, as well as potentially waste wood from the surrounding area, […]

North west poised for green collar workforce

What the UK needs is a “green collar workforce to go alongside the white and the blue”. So says Liberal Democrat Richard Marbrow, who stood for Liverpool Riverside at May’s general election. At the Lib Dem conference in Liverpool, Marbrow told ELN that the North West can deliver for the green economy. “Green economy jobs […]