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SSE warns of skill shortage in the energy industry

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Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (9 to 13 March 2015) the energy firm says around 208,000 people will need to be recruited to plug the gap, and it is vital firms invest in apprentices now to ensure the UK has the skilled workforce needed to deliver the major investments required for the future. John Stewart, SSE Director of Human Resources, said: “Apprenticeships put young people on track for a first rate career and with around 50% of the sector’s workforce set to retire by 2023, there is a need to invest now. “We’re boosting our app... Read More »

BP makes second significant gas discovery in Egypt’s East Mediterranean Sea

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Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive, commented: “Success in Atoll further increases our confidence in the quality of the Nile Delta as a world class gas basin. This is the second significant discovery in the licence after Salamat. The estimated potential in the concession exceeds 5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) and we now have a positive starting point for the next possible major project in Egypt after BP’s West Nile Delta project.” Commenting on the discovery, Hesham Mekawi, BP North Africa Regional President said: “The Atoll discovery is a gr... Read More »

Mott MacDonald: First offshore wind farm in the USA achieves financial close

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The 30MW wind farm is being developed by Deepwater Wind and is located three miles off the south-east coast of Block Island in Rhode Island. It comprises five Alstom Haliade 150-6.0MW wind turbines, capable of generating over 125,000MWhs annually – enough to power over 17,000 homes. Mott MacDonald’s project manager Will Lamond said: “This is a landmark and historic project for the USA and will help accelerate growth in the country’s offshore wind industry going forward. We have been involved on the project for the last two years, from undert... Read More »

EIF: Wireless energy: The new frontier for transport in China

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Wireless energy transfer was an early dream in the field of electrical research, as demonstrated by the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla as early as 1891. However, technical issues and safety concerns have limited its applications to small devices such as mobile phone chargers and medical implants. Today, at least two proposals for the construction of a rail line with a wireless power supply are under review by the Chinese central government. If the proposed technical solutions are considered feasible, a large national research project will b... Read More »

Allianz: Oil price collapse

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Apart from the fact that it's much cheaper to fill up our cars: is this good for the global economy? The slide in oil prices will boost growth in many economies. While companies, particularly those in the manufacturing industry, will have lower costs, normal consumers gain purchasing power. They have to spend less on fuel and heating. We are forecasting economic growth of 1.5 percent across the euro zone, and 3 percent for the US. Emerging markets, who are large importers of oil, will profit from lower prices. India and Indonesia have used l... Read More »

Thames Water brings a little bit of Las Vegas to Kent

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Hidden at the back of a field near Horton Kirby, a borehole a quarter of a kilometre deep is helping groundwater scientists understand the potential for drinking water to be stored in a ‘bubble’ 250 metres below the ground. Firm is using water storage technique from the Middle East and America to help ‘water-stressed’* south-east Water to be stored in underground ‘bubbles’ £3.2m operational scale trial most advanced scheme of its type in the UK Desert regions across the world, including Las Vegas, already use this technique, called ‘... Read More »

Ukraine and Russia strike fragile deal on gas deliveries

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The talks were held in Brussels and mediated by energy union commissioner Maros Sefcovic after accusations from both sides last week threatened to disrupt gas deliveries from Russia. Russian gas giant Gazprom threatened to divert supplies to rebel-held areas in Eastern Ukraine because Kiev authorities had stopped supplying the areas. Its Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz accused Gazprom of not delivering all the gas that had been paid for. The Ukrainian and Russian energy ministers, Volodymyr Demchyshyn and Alexander Novak, agreed after five... Read More »

Electric transport in Amsterdam continues to increase

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The key to optimal growth of the public charging network The collected data show where electric transport is growing and where an expansion of the network is needed. Further investments in the network will make the transition to electric transport even easier for Amsterdam residents and Amsterdam-based businesses. To further support the development of electric transport, Amsterdam will increase the number of charging points to 4,000 by 2018. The number is already at 1,100. Ambition The city’s ambition is to reduce traffic pollution as ... Read More »

GDF SUEZ and Cyberzone Properties Inc. announce the development of a district cooling system in Manila in the Philippines

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The project, a first in the country, consists of a centralized chilled water plant (35 MW) supplying the 15 buildings (totalizing 390,000 sqm) owned by CPI for an estimated investment of €24 million. Cofely Philippines will be the project manager during the construction period and the operation & maintenance provider over a 20 year contract. As the number one supplier of energy and environmental efficiency services in the world, Cofely guarantees that the district cooling system will cut annual energy consumption by half while providing ... Read More »

Lufthansa Group receives Eco-Airline of the Year award

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Conducting its business in a sustainable and responsible manner is firmly embedded in the Lufthansa Group’s strategic principles. And its efforts have been recognized: US journal Air Transport World (ATW) has once again awarded the Lufthansa Group the title of Eco-Airline of the Year. In 2013, the magazine also recognized the Group’s diverse range of initiatives and innovations in the area of eco-conservation. This means that the renowned award has gone to the Lufthansa Group for the second time in three years. The award was presented to Luftha... Read More »

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