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No coal power construction in the UK this year.(15th May)

In Industry Views on May 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

Via Construction News

The procurement process for the £1.5 billion Kingsnorth power station rebuild is not expected to progress this year, according to Kier director Paul Sheffield.

Kier, one of six contractors and consortia in talks with client E.On over the project, is not expecting to find out much more about the job before Christmas.

Client E.On has refused to give a timetable for the project, and is waiting to see how its carbon capture and storage infrastructure will be funded.

Mr Sheffield said: “We are not expecting anything to happen on Kingsnorth this year, as E.On is still waiting for its section 36 [planning permission]. There is still the possibility it could all fall through.”

Energy secretary Ed Miliband has committed to helping fund up to four coal-fired power station CCS schemes. But energy firms must wait for the forthcoming coal consultation to close before any designs will be approved.

Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Est, Balfour Beatty and Bam Nuttall are also all in talks with E.On over the Kingsnorth job, as is a Costain/Hochtief joint venture.

EON seeks opt out on CCS deadline. (11th May)

In EON strategy on May 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

A recent DECC press release had two main points:

  1. No new ccs without some ccs.
  2. Remainder of plant not fitted with ccs must adopt the technology when independently deemed ‘economically and technologically proven’.

That first point is clear. The second point tries to have it both ways and neither the energy companies nor civil society are happy.

Energy companies are already working on watering down the second point.

Energy companies will lobby the government for a get-out clause from the deadline to fully fit carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to new coal plants by 2025 because they are worried it might not work in time.

Companies, including German-owned groups E.ON and RWE npower, want guarantees that they will not be forced to close their coal-fired plants in 2025 if the technology has not been proven by then.

So this is the next battle that has to be won before the uk can officailly claim to be beyond coal.

Ed Miliband: All new coal will need portion of CCS (23rd April)

In Ed Milliband on May 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

DECC put out a press release on the 23rd of April which dashed the hopes of the construction industry which had been hoping for a series of new coal plants in the UK.

  • No new coal plants are to be built without some Carbon Capture and Storage.
  • The remainder of any plant built will have to be fitted with CCS  within 5 years of it being judged ‘technically and economically proven‘.

The first point puts an end to people just carrying on business as usual. The second point could, in practice, mean that ccs will be forced on companies in the near term or they could be left alone indefinetly. The second point is a cop-out. Which E.ON and uk civil society have already started fighting over.

Full statement bellow.

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EON Talk to the HoC Energy and Climate Change Committee

In EON Parliamentary Statements on February 13, 2009 at 12:07 am

Who? E.On commercial director Jim MacDonald

About? Energy prices and future investment.

When? 9:15am 11/Feb/2009

Commitee?  HoC Energy and Climate Change Committee

Video? Link here.

Ed Miliband on Coal

In Ed Milliband on January 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Via the Sunday Times

Miliband refused to say if he would award the CCS money to Eon, or if he would approve the plant if it lost the competition.

“It is very difficult to reconcile security of supply with our low-carbon obligations, but I don’t want to anticipate what I have to announce to parliament in the coming weeks and months on our approach to this issue because it is a very sensitive matter.”

He admitted, however, that he thinks “Britain should lead by example on CCS”. Giving the green light to a dirty new coal plant would not be seen as setting a good example.

EON on Kingsnorth and CCS

In EON Parliamentary Statements on December 21, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Who:  E.ON UK  representatives Bob Taylor (MD) and Sarah Vaughn (director of regulation and energy policy)

About: Kingsnorth and CCS

To Whom:  Environmental Audit Committee  (Both written and oral evidence submitted)

Date of Oral Evidence: 4th June 2008

Link:  Here

Detailes after the fold…

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