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Centrica in £63m investment to secure South Humber power station until 2027

Energy giant Centrica is to invest £63 million in a power station which will secure the site's future up to 2027.

The gas-fired South Humber station, which has been part-mothballed since earlier this year, will return to full service in 2017.

This upgrade allows us to secure the future of this important power station for at least another decade.

We were pleased to see the Government's announcements last week signalling the important role that power stations like South Humber Bank will continue to play for UK security of supply and look forward to hearing more about their plans to support investment in the sector.

The market for gas-fired generation continues to be challenging but, with the right policy landscape, we are confident it can improve.

– Jorge Pikunic, managing director of Centrica's distributed energy and power business

The power station, which was built in two phases from 1994, is capable of producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over one million homes -nearly half the homes in Yorkshire and the Humber.

In its strategic review in July, Centrica said it would invest to maintain and improve its gas-fired generation fleet where economics allowed.


Thousands turn out for Hull powerboat racing

Thousands of people turned out to watch the powerboat racing in Hull over the weekend known as the 'Grand prix of the sea'.

The two day event was the fifth of its kind - featuring local racers on the River Humber.

Student recruitment for North Lincs " Green College"

Recruitment for students to the North Lincolnshire's first University Technical College, which will specialise in engineering and renewables, takes place this morning at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College.

The event, between 9.30am and midday is aimed at young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College as well as take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015 and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

"Work is well underway on creating the region's first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

"This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK's leading training centre for BAE systems.

"We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go.

The event today will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed."

– Cllr Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council leader

4,000 jobs secured on south bank of Humber

Four thousand jobs have been secured on the south bank of the Humber, following a long running dispute between two companies over a piece of land.

Able UK and Associated British Ports have been locked in disagreement over whether a huge site building wind turbines should be built, or whether a deep sea jetty aimed at attracting bigger ships should get the go ahead instead. Kate Hemingway reports.

MP: Humber needs protection from flooding

An MP from East Yorkshire has warned that failure to invest in better flood defences could cost the region billions of pounds.

David Davis said the Humber is a national strategic asset which needs protection and failing to do so could lead to flooding on a bigger scale than last December, as Fiona Dwyer reports.


MPs unite over Humber flood defences plea

MPs and councillors from across the political parties attended a debate in Parliament today, to advance the case for improving the Humber’s flood defences.

They say the £32 billion of potential damage, disruption and loss of investment at risk dwarfs the £888 million needed to implement the Environment Agency’s strategy and build up defences. The group will also be meeting with the Prime Minister next week.

Tidal surge prompts Humber flooding strategy talks

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Environment Agency officials are meeting community leaders and conservationists to discuss the impact of December's record tidal surge on future flood work in the Humber.

Drainage boards, six local authorities and Natural England will be among the organisations meeting in Grimsby today to discuss the flood and what it means for future flood risk management around the Humber.

Humber strategy manager Philip Winn said:

"We gathered an enormous amount of data about how the flooding impacted on the Humber estuary following the tidal surge. We are using this information to run new computer models and this will give us a better understanding of how different locations may be affected in different scenarios."

The tidal surge was the highest ever recorded tide level in the estuary and led to around 1,100 properties and hundreds of businesses flooding in the area.

Among work by the agency since the flooding, a section of Weeton Bank at Welwick has been reinstated where the surge eroded the bank, and repairs are being undertaken at Reedness, Old Goole, and Blacktoft.

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Extensive repairs have also taken place on the south bank where £2 million has been spent to complete initial works, including the loading of 13,000 tonnes of clay, along 12 miles of flood defences.

In addition to the recovery operation, work is also underway on a £20m scheme to help reduce tidal flood risk to more than 14,000 properties in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

Government: Wildlife fears delayed marine park approval

A Department for Transport spokesperson has released a statement about the delay in approving the £450 million marine energy park in North Lincolnshire.

They were concerned over the habitat of the local wildlife, which they say has now been satisfied.

Able Humber Ports have provided the further information we requested in August. This satisfies our outstanding concerns about the new habitat for birds affected by the project and about arrangements for access across the Killingholme Branch railway which runs through the site of the project.

The next stage is for Parliament to consider whether to confirm compulsory purchase powers over land owned by various businesses including Network Rail and Associated British Ports.

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