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A £150 million gas pipeline located 30 metres underneath the River Humber has become operational, National Grid has announced. The Feeder 9 project was begun in 2016 with joint venture project partners Skanska, A.Hak and Porr. It replaces a trench-laid gas pipe which had become exposed.
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Ofgem has issued its final determinations for the RIIO2 price controls beginning in April next year, raising the baseline profit margin for investors in the transmission and gas distribution sectors by more than a third of a percentage point when compared to its draft determinations in July. Utility Week looks at where Ofgem has changed tack and gauges reaction.
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A former partner at Ofgem has said she is still mystified as to why the regulator handed some companies penalties and others rewards under the new business plan incentive mechanism for the RIIO2 price controls. Maxine Frerk said Ofgem needs to provide more clarity on exactly how networks’ business plans are judged. Its chief executive, Jonathan Brearley, told Utility Week some companies had initially failed to show their plans were in the interest of consumers.
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Politicians and business leaders want the country to deliver a green revolution, create jobs and boost the economy. As part of our Build Back Better campaign, Utility Week in association with Addleshaw Goddard has published a major new report exploring the significant role utilities can play in fulfilling these ambitions.
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If hydrogen is to fulfil its potential as a driver of decarbonisation then large-scale production projects need to kick off in the next few years. According to Gas Goes Green Champion, and former Cadent chief executive, Chris Train, the first step should be to start the process of allowing gas networks to blend hydrogen into the grid.
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Can liquefied natural gas help Europe to diversify and secure its future gas supplies, or are the many planned import terminal projects just pipe dreams? Siân Crampsie reports
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Energy supplier interest in investing in upstream gas assets is escalating - especially at Centrica - on the back of continuing high gas prices and security of supply concerns. Nigel Hawkins writes
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Mark Bartholomew and Jan Ole Voss say the British and German governments need to clarify details of their proposed capacity markets or risk investors staying away until they do
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Tax breaks for shale gas are welcome but the government must do more if the industry is to thrive, says Bob Palmer.
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Energy supplies have hit the headlines again. Long-term projections highlight a narrowing margin in the supply and demand balance around the middle of the decade. Most of the reasons are widely trailed: coal plant is closing thanks to the strictures of the Large Combustion Plant Directive and nuclear is coming to the end of its life. Uncertainty over Electricity Market Reform and the Energy Bill and an increasing lack of clarity over the roadmap to green energy have not helped bring investment into the industry.
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