Posted on: 13/02/2018
Full power at Race Bank
Orsted’s Race Bank wind farm off the north coast of Norfolk is now running at full power.
The 91 turbines can together generate 573MW, enough power for 500,000 homes.
David Summers, Project Director for Race Bank at Ørsted UK, said: “Full power and 1TWh of production are two fantastic milestones and have been achieved by the hard work and dedication of a significant number of people.”
Forties pipeline shuts again
The Forties oil and gas pipeline was shut for the second time in as many months after feed control valves on the pipe supplying the Kinneil gas processing plant closed unexpectedly.
The pipeline, which chemicals giant Ineos bought from BP last year, was opened again the following day.
Oil and gas prices both rose following the closure, before falling back.
£1bn power tunnels investment completed
National Grid has completed its £1 billion London Power Tunnels project, which has added 32km of underground cabling to the capital’s grid.
The project has taken seven years and consists of ten transmission circuits.
London’s power consumption is rising faster than any other part of the UK and the new circuits will “future-proof” the grid, the system operator said.
Plans to store energy in disused mines
Innovate UK has awarded a £650,000 grant to Gravitricity, which plans to store energy in disused mine shafts by installing weights attached to cables and winches.
An initial 250kW demonstration project is planned, with further projects stretching from 1MW to 20MW.
Charlie Blair, Managing Director at Gravitricity, said: “As we rely more and more on renewable energy, there is an increasing need to find ways to store that energy – so we can produce quick bursts of power exactly when it is needed.”
University divests from fossil fuels
The University of Edinburgh has announced plans to sell its investments in fossil fuel companies within the next three years.
The university holds around £1 billion of funds under management, with fossil fuel investments accounting for less than 1%.
Edinburgh began selling its shares in fossil fuel extractors and processors in 2015, beginning with coal and tar sands companies.