German-owned wind farm in Yorkshire goes live

BayWa’s 29.7MW Fraisthorpe wind farm in Yorkshire has begun commercial operations.

The German developer erected nine wind turbines to form the farm.

In its first-half financial results, BayWa highlighted progress on solar projects in the UK too: “Recently finished plants – such as ‘Vine Farm’ in the UK, at 45MW BayWa’s largest single project in the field of solar power – suggests further very positive development of the project business once again in the second half of the year 2016.”

> Read BayWa's announcement

Tidal hydro energy plan launched

Plans have been unveiled for a £250 million tidal barrage across the mouth of the River Wyke near Blackpool.

Natural Energy Wyre said the 120MW tidal project needed a £110/MWh Contract for Difference.

Managing Director Bob Long said: “We think it’s the most-affordable project of its kind, especially compared with Swansea tidal lagoon.”

> Find out more about the project

Heysham 2 breaks world nuclear record

Unit 8 at the Heysham 2 nuclear power station has operated continuously for 895 days, breaking a 22-year-old world record.

Heysham 2 surpassed Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering 7’s 894-day continuous run, which was made between 26 April 1992 and 7 October 1994.

Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive of Heysham 2 owner EDF, said: “This record comes in the station’s 28th year of operation which shows what can be done with a skilled team and targeted investment in the plant.”

> See EDF's statement

Nick Hurd named new climate change minister

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has unveiled the rest of his ministerial team at the new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

He has appointed Nick Hurd as Climate Change and Industry Minister.

Jesse Norman has been named as Industry and Energy Minister, while Baroness Neville-Rolfe will serve as Energy and Intellectual Property Minister.

> View the UK Government's announcement

East Anglia One contract awarded

Technology firm SeaRoc Group has won a five-year contract from ScottishPower to provide health, safety and quality management support to its East Anglia One offshore wind farm.

Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables’ Project Director, said: “Delivering East Anglia One will be a major engineering challenge, involving up to 3,000 people working in a variety of locations.

“Safety will always be our number one priority, and SeaRoc will help us to ensure that the project is delivered to the highest standards.”

> See Searoc's statement