UK provides £770m for two new power stations in Iraq

GE Grid Solutions will also develop 14 substations under an agreement with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity

New joint venture to help fossil fuel plants swap to greener fuels

SIMEC Subcoal Fuels will distribute a Subcoal fuel pellet, containing around 50% biomass content

Tarmac buys ScottishPower’s stake in UK recycling plant

Building materials and construction solutions business Tarmac has bought ScottishPower’s 50% stake in a UK recycling facility. It will now take full ownership of ScotAsh, located near Falkirk, which it has operated since 1999. ScotAsh manufactures products using recycled pulverised fuel ash from power stations to produce aggregates, cements and grouts for use in the […]

EDF awards contract for UK nuclear stations

EDF Energy has awarded a contract for its nuclear power stations in the UK. Engineering firm Jacobs will provide project management resources to EDF’s eight nuclear power stations and two technical centres in the UK. Company officials did not disclose the contract value but noted it is for five years with optional two-year extensions. The […]

Scotland sees fall in power stations’ emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from power stations in Scotland have fallen by around a third in five years, new figures reveal. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said emissions dropped from 18.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2006 to 12.1 million tonnes in 2011. The figures were revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question from […]

Businesses to be paid to save electricity next winter

National Grid has been given the go-ahead by Ofgem to pay businesses for cutting their electricity use and also set contracts with power stations to provide extra reserve power starting next winter. That’s to help balance the UK’s electricity system against tighter supplies following the regulator’s assessment earlier this year. It warned Britain could possibly […]

Coal chief mines for insight at Energy Live 2013

Coal boss Kevin McCullough is joining the top line-up at Energy Live 2013 in November. The chief executive of UK Coal has been at the helm of the firm since January 2013 and is a mine of knowledge on the UK energy sector. He will be well aware of the pressures on the nation’s energy […]

EDF Energy takes step backwards in push to go green

EDF Energy has taken a step backwards in its push towards going green, according to its latest sustainability report. Its total carbon footprint rose 40% from 15 million tonnes in 2011 to 21 million tonnes in 2012. Some of that was accounted for by increased generation, which rose from 72TWh to 84TWh. The amount of […]

EU in new anti-dumping dispute over China’s steel pipe duties

The European Union has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to resolve a dispute over Chinese duties of steel pipes – that are used in power stations – from the EU. The EU said it approached the WTO because it believes Chinese anti-dumping duties on steel tubes imported from the EU are “incompatible with WTO […]

‘Many power stations are unprofitable to run’ – RWE

Many power stations have become “unprofitable” to run in Europe according to the parent company of UK energy supplier npower. The boss of German power firm RWE says it is closing thousands of megawatts worth of capacity in Germany and the Netherlands because of low electricity prices and the rise of solar power. In a […]