The Informer

Energy services firm Wood wins work on Hinkley Point C

Wood, the energy services businesses created through the merger of Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler, has been awarded a “key strategic” contract to work on the construction of EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Its engineers will implement construction regulations and manage design risk assessments.

Bob MacDonald, Chief Executive of Wood’s Specialist Technical Solutions business, said: “Our nuclear business has played a key role in every UK nuclear new build and this contract supports our strategy to increase our involvement at Hinkley Point C, where we already provide safety case and engineering support, equipment qualification services in several key areas, and are sole suppliers for independent verification of ultrasound inspections on safety critical components.”

> See Wood's statement


Salt storage for energy project

Vattenfall and fellow Swedish company SaltX have officially opened a large-scale pilot project at the Reuter-C combined heat and power plant in Berlin to test how electricity can be stored in batteries containing “nanocoated” salt.

The 10MW unit is charged with electricity from the grid and then feeds warmth into the city’s district heating network.

Markus Witt, responsible for the project at Vattenfall Wärme Berlin, said: “In the next few months, we will collect important data to get answers to the question of whether and how this type of plant can be used in our business.”

> View Vattenfall's announcement


Wind farms sold in £50m deal

A portfolio of onshore wind farms has been acquired by an investment fund in a £50m deal.

Pension Infrastructure Platforms’ Multi-Strategy Infrastructure Fund has acquired the sites from Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) for an enterprise value of £50 million.

The newly-acquired portfolio ranges from single-turbine sites across the Orkney and Shetland Islands to utility-scale turbines in Curraghderrig, Ireland and the Port of Tilbury in London.

Comprising 64 turbines in locations across the UK and Ireland the portfolio will supplement PiP’s existing wind assets including Aura, one of the largest stand-alone Feed in Tariff wind portfolios in the UK, and Blyth, a minority shareholding in a 550MW 24 site wind portfolio operated and majority owned by EDF.

> Find out more about the deal


Registration for next CfD round opens

The registration process for the Contracts for Difference Third Allocation Round has now opened.

At the end of last year, BEIS issued a £60 million draft budget proposal for the new round that will be awarded for less established technologies, such as offshore wind, remote island wind, tidal and wave technologies.

> Visit the registration site


Plans for plastic-to-hydrogen plan unveiled

Plans for the UK’s first waste plastics-to-hydrogen plant have been unveiled.

Peel Environmental is working in partnership with Waste2Tricity to deliver the project at a 54-acre site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

The plant will produce a local source of hydrogen from unrecyclable plastic and will also generate electricity, which could be supplied to businesses via a private network.

> Read Peel Environmental's announcement