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Drax withdraw from carbon capture project

Drax Power Station have announced that they will be withdrawing as a partner and halting investment in a carbon capture project.

Drax Power station is withdrawing funding for a carbon capture project Credit: Press Association

The two year project is being taken forward by the Capture Power partnership – made up of Drax, Alstom and BOC and is looking at the potential to capture up to 90% of carbon emissions from a new coal fired power station and safely store them beneath the North Sea. The project is due to conclude during the next 6-12 months.

Drax has also confirmed that while at that point it would cease to commit further investment, it will continue to make the site owned by Drax, along with the infrastructure at the Power Plant, available for the project to be built.

We remain fully committed to completing what we’ve signed up to – the completion of a study into the feasibility and development of world leading technology that could result in dramatic reductions in carbon emissions produced by power stations and heavy industry.

We are confident the technology we have developed has real potential, but have reluctantly taken a decision not to invest any further in the development of this project. The decision is based purely on a drastically different financial and regulatory environment and we must put the interests of the business and our shareholders first.

We will focus our resources on the areas which we can deliver best value, particularly working with Government to explore the potential for converting a fourth generating unit to run on sustainable biomass.

Drax still believes this project has great potential and we have announced that the site at the Drax Power Plant, along with our existing infrastructure remain available for the project to be built.

– Pete Emery, Drax

Campaigners gear up for second windfarm fight

Campaigners say they will fight proposals for a windfarm on a site near Grantham that's located just under two miles away from land on which another farm was recently rejected. It is just under six months since the development known as 'Temple Hill' was rejected - but now a different company has put forward even bigger plans for nearby Fulbeck Airfield. The firm argues the turbines will benefit the community financially, campaigners though say will fight again. Kate Hemingway reports:

Siemens look for local talent in recruitment drive

Looking for local talent

Siemens has advertised more than 60 jobs for its offshore wind factory in Hull.

The roles on offer include production operatives and team leaders who will work on the shop floor. Around 1,000 people are expected to be employed when the £310 million site in Alexandra Dock opens in 2017. People must register to attend the events by going to the Green Port Hull website and following the link here

We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve – a world-class manufacturing and harbour operation here in Hull, staffed and operated in the main by local talent. The construction is well underway and we plan to begin production of blades just a year from now.

Our recruitment programme is also gathering pace. We have already recruited many of the senior management team and engineering experts and the roles advertised today are the first for team leads and production operatives. The opportunities we have promised are now coming thick and fast.

– Finbarr Dowling, Siemens’ Hull Project Director,

Hundreds sign petition to keep Beverley Gate

A councillor in Hull is demanding a rethink over controversial plans to fill in one of the city centre's most historic sites.

The remains of the old Beverley Gate could be covered over as part of millions of pounds of improvements to public spaces planned as part of the City of Culture year in 2017. But hundreds of people have signed an online petition against the change and a motion calling for the proposal to be scrapped will go before the council later this week. James Webster reports.


Residents unhappy over wind farm re-application

People living near a site where a proposed wind farm was turned down have hit out after plans for a similar development just a few miles away.

EnergieKontor UK say the development near Grantham is located well away from houses and would be a benefit to the community:

The submission of the Fulbeck Airfield planning application follows a very lengthy process of environmental assessment, design and consultation, during which the proposals have been refined to deliver a project that we think ticks all the right boxes in terms of renewable energy production, local benefits and acceptability of environmental effects. We have encountered a wide range of support for the project and look forward to building on that during the planning process.

We think that Fulbeck Airfield is a great site for a wind farm. It is a large brownfield site with a good wind resource and, owing to its former airfield use, is located well away from houses.

The wind farm would deliver an annual community fund of up to £125,000 per year for the operational life of the wind farm, meaning up to £3,125,000 could be available for community projects and initiatives in the area over the next 25 years.

In addition we will be offering shared ownership in the wind farm, allowing members of the public to directly own shares in the project. We look forward to announcing further details on this in due course.

– Energiekontor UK

Litter dropped on Yorkshire's motorways doubles in last year

The amount of litter being dropped on Yorkshire’s motorways has almost doubled in the past year, according to new figures.

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Highways England has collected 10,193 bags of litter so far this year from the region’s roads in comparison to 8,895 for the whole of 2014. That works out at the equivalent of 42 bags each day in 2015, compared to 24 bags each day in 2014.

Some of the litter collected includes bed frames, mattresses, oil drums, tyres, bottles filled with urine and bags of human faeces.

The amount of litter collected so far this year does not include the bags of rubbish collected by local councils who are responsible for picking up litter on local and A roads.

Work starts on new £1m Gibraltar Point visitor centre

A spectacular new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will begin to take shape over the coming months.

Artist's impression of new Gibraltar Point visitor centre

Work has started on the brand new building, which will include a café and educational information.

It replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

"This is an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors - an opportunity we intend to take full advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"Combined with the new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development. Lincolnshire County Council

The council has developed the ambitious plans in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

"We have worked with the county council at Gibraltar Point for over 65 years, and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

"Gibraltar Point has been popular for generations - the new centre will hopefully encourage more visitors to discover this wonderful reserve."

– Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
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