Oil & Gas News, August 2017

Chevron is preparing to affirm its commitment to the North Sea, restarting a bidding process to help unlock the region’s single biggest undeveloped field and considering extending the life of one of its key assets in UK waters.   The US oil major is looking again at developing the Rosebank oil and gas field north-west of the Shetland Islands, which it holds a majority stake. It was discovered in 2004 but higher costs owing to the deep water and hostile weather have deterred ... Read more

Manufacturing News, August 2017

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre has made a £2.3m investment in a new radial forge as it seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the UK manufacturing.   The AFRC has purchased a radial forge from Austrian machining company, GFM GmbH, which it describes as being the only machine of its kind available in the UK for R&D and demonstration purposes.   Senior manufacturing engineer at the AFRC, Dr Alastair Conway explained: “Having access to this machine could be a real step-change for ... Read more

Power Generation News, August 2017

Business secretary Greg Clark has granted consent for or offshore wind turbines with a tip height of 247m for the East Anglia THREE project, which will have a total output of up to 1200MW. This output would require up to 172 individual turbines across an area of 305 km2, 69 km east of Great Yarmouth. A company spokesman told The Engineer that no decision had yet been taken on the source of the turbines.   Scottish Power Renewables chief executive Keith Anderson commented ... Read more

Automotive News, August 2017

From rumblings of inner-city bans of older diesel cars to German carmakers paying customers to trade in their vehicles for electric alternatives, diesel is once again under a choking cloud of bad publicity.   Sales of diesel cars in Britain fell by a fifth in July, while online searches for second-hand electric vehicles have risen by 700%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Auto Trader, respectively.   Diesel’s share of the new car market has been falling steadily for many years. ... Read more

Aerospace & Defence News, July 2017

The Aerospace Technology Institute has created a framework using insights gathered from the sector to represent the possibilities digital technologies offer.   Digital technologies and advances are becoming more important and its impact is beginning to be realised throughout UK aerospace. Digital transformation is driving change in many areas such as integrated supply chains to new business growth opportunities via service delivery.   The ATI highlighted three key value creation themes, increasing in their sophistication and transformative potential; integrated supply chain, sector servitization and digitally-enabled ... Read more

Rail News, July 2017

The Department for Transport has unveiled plans for a £17.2 million new railway station in Warrington. It is among five new stations to be built across England and Wales as the Government invests more than £16m in schemes under the new stations fund.   The DfT will contribute £4.23m towards the new station Warrington West in Cheshire, which will have two platforms and a 268-space car park.   Other stations are being built as part of the project are at Horden Peterlee in County Durham, ... Read more

Oil & Gas News, July 2017

Maersk Oil announces it is on track to deliver first gas from a major North Sea oil field in 2019. The Culzean field, which lies around 145 miles east of Aberdeen is expected to produce 60-90,000 barrels of oil per day. Maersk claimed the field could meet 5% of the UK gas demand by 2020-21. Read more

Manufacturing News, July 2017

  Sheffield Forgemasters International has announced a £2m investment into its melting facility to make refined steel with reduced energy consumption.   Forgemasters inward investment is part of the company’s turnaround plan and drive towards operational efficiency improvements, and follows its announcement of a new intake of apprentices for 2017 across all of its business divisions.   Operations director, Gareth Barker explained: “The investment and subsequent project to overhaul and upgrade the primary electric arc furnace is one of the largest infrastructure projects we’ve undertaken at ... Read more

Power Generation News, 2017

The University of Strathclyde and Babcock are to lead an industrial partnership worth £4.2m with the aim of making nuclear assets safer and more reliable.   The Programme will develop advanced inspection techniques, biotechnology solutions for infrastructure repair and new products and processes for managing nuclear power facilities and extending their lifetime. The project forms part of a £138m investment in research-business partnerships announced by the UK government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).   The project involves Babcock, EDF Energy, Kinectrics ... Read more

Automotive News, July 2017

Germany’s transport minister has announced a recall of 22,000 Porsche cars to remove what he says is illegal emissions-controlling software.  He said that luxury marque Porsche would bear the cost of the recalls of the affected 3-litre Cayenne models.   It comes as Porsche’s sister firm Volkswagen says it will refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany.  Allegations about Porsche first emerged in German in magazine Der Spiegel last month.   It said it was told by a source that the Porsche Cayenne ... Read more
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