Net Zero News Issue 17

Change hy on the agenda for North West energy sector

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Change hy on the agenda for North West energy sector

  • Publish Date: Posted 5 months ago
  • Author: Marketing Team

From carbon capture and storage, to retrofitting and hydrogen, organisations and initiatives across the North West of England share the same innovative approach when it comes to achieving net zero and positive climate action.

Looking at the various projects being spearheaded across the region one thing stands out - collaboration. Businesses and organisations joining together to share their expertise and work together to forge a greener future.

Net Zero and the North West

Net Zero North West have identified a £30bn pipeline of investable net zero projects across the region, as part of their North West Cluster Plan. Providing a credible roadmap that will help with decarbonisation, whilst creating thousands of new green jobs. We highlight just some of the projects that are helping to put the North West on the map when it comes to sustainable development.

Revolutionising heavy industry with HyNet North West

A feat of infrastructure, HyNet will become a collective response through an innovative hydrogen distribution network. Working with heavy industry operators across the North West and North Wales, to allow them to reduce their environmental impact by replacing fossil fuel gas with hydrogen, whilst developing carbon capture and storage capabilities to support decarbonisation efforts.

The carbon capture scheme will have the capability to capture up to 800,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Central to this network will be Stanlow Manufacturing Complex – a state-of-the-art low carbon hydrogen plant, alongside a 125 kilometre new pipeline to transport carbon dioxide and store it deep beneath the seabed at Liverpool Bay.


Giving Fiddler’s Ferry power station a new lease of life

For residents in Warrington and Halton, Fiddler’s Ferry power station still towers over the local skyline, despite the coal-powered station being switched off in 2020. Now planning permission has been approved to develop a battery storage facility on adjacent land, which industry experts say will help to regulate power. The battery facility has been designed to store excess electricity when demand is low, through a battery energy storage system (BESS). The electricity network will then be able to draw on the 150 MW battery storage system, when they need to re-distribute the power back into the network. Construction is expected to commence in 2024.


Harnessing tidal power from the River Mersey

A future project, hoping to get the green light is an initiative to convert the power of the iconic River Mersey into a renewable energy source. With the capability of powering 200,000 local homes, that’s the equivalent of the energy needed to power 500 football stadiums – a sport which the region holds just as much passion for as they do their marine heritage.

Following a study undertaken by the Mersey Tidal Commission, energy can be produced using the power of the river and turbine technology – that can effectively generate power on both the ebb and flow of the tide. Projections indicate that it can produce 2 TWh of power each year, with the potential to provide 30% of the regional demand for power.


Welcoming investment in the region

For NRL’s Wigan Divisional Manager Debbie Power, the focus on net zero across the North West of England is welcome news.

"A great deal of innovation in the energy sector has been driven by the North West, so it’s fantastic to see the same healthy appetite to champion net zero and the technology that will help deliver the energy transition. Regional projects provide a great opportunity for local people to diversify their careers into the energy sector and learn new skills.

We’re passionate about helping candidates to understand how they can evolve their careers - identifying transferable skills that will help them to secure roles in new emerging energy production operations. The progress and future project landscape across the North West means it’s an exciting time to be working in the energy sector."

Progressing Cumbria’s next generation of nuclear talent

Across Cumbria, the nuclear sector has become as synonymous as the Lake District when it comes to enriching the region. Providing employment for generations, the focus has now turned to how businesses can attract the next generation into the industry, as energy transition innovations such as small modular reactors continue at pace.

NRL’s Egremont branch Director Rebecca Graves recently discussed the approaches Cumbrian businesses can take to attract top talent, in an article for in-Cumbria business magazine.


Did you know?

Low carbon energy solutions can be cleverly combined with architecture to create striking landmarks. That’s exactly what Vital Energi have accomplished in Manchester City Centre, where passersby might understandably mistake their new heating network for an art installation. That’s because the Tower of Light and Wall of Energy have been designed to stand proud amongst the buildings within the civic quarter. With a striking external design and changeable lighting decorating the sky at night, the structure is in fact part of an elaborate heating and electricity network designed to power more than 7 nearby buildings with a reduced carbon footprint.

Achieving an iconic structure, that allows people to see through into the energy centre it encases, whilst proudly displaying a low carbon solution that changes how people see power generation.


The latest net zero roles from NRL

You can find just some of our latest net zero role below:


London / Aberdeen- Competitive Salary & Benefits

Become a part of the energy transition in an active role growing our client's portfolio, travelling between sites and internationally while collaborating across different teams and business areas.


London / Aberdeen- Competitive Salary & Benefits

Work for a leading global company on a journey to net zero emisions, as part of a highly skilled team contributing to the O&M scope during project development, construction and handover to operations.


London / Aberdeen- Competitive Salary & Benefits

Develop O&M strategies and liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure highly competitive O&M concepts at an optimised level.


London - Competitive Salary

Our client in the EfW industry are looking to recruit a Site Manager to work in a permanent role on a new build plant, near Essex. The client is a global Greentech company operating in Waste to Energy & renewable gases.


Farnborough - Competitive Salary

Oversee the development of a number of projects simultaneously, getting involved with manpower planning and allocation, client/stakeholder management and subcontractor management and progress.


South Shields - Salary Negotiable

We're recruiting for an HV Technician to work on an offshore contract position at Dogger Bank Wind Farm, with a shift rotation of 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off.


London - £400 per day

Work on a prestigious contract based in Essex, overseeing the commercial management of an exciting offshore wind project.


London - Salary Negotiable

Working on a convertor station for an exciting offshore wind project, this position will involve overseeing the full document control process on site including maintaining, issuing and distributing information.


London - £380 per day

Working on a convertor station for an exciting offshore wind project, this position will involve overseeing the electrical works.

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