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UTILITY Week 17th July 2015

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EDF Energy has started a £30 million programme of maintenance work on one of the two nuclear reactors at Torness power station. The reactor was taken offline at the end of last week and the company has employed more than 500 additional workers to complete the work over the next nine weeks. The programme entails more than 12,000 pieces of work, including inspections within the reactor and installing new equipment at the plant. UTILITY WEEK | 17TH - 23RD JULY 2015 | 5 15 Additional number of turbines being built at the Kentish flats offshore windfarm operated by Vattenfall, bringing the total to 45 Electricity North West marks five years powering region This week marks five years since Electricity North West took on full operation of the region's power network from United Utilities. Since then, the company has invested more than £1.4 billion in the network. 100% Plaid Cymru's target for renewable generation by 2035 Networks 'vulnerable to terrorist attack' The UK's drinking water is at far too great a risk from potential contamination of supply by terrorists, with current systems not quick enough to contain a chemical or biological attack, according to a specialist in water network control. The District Metered Area (DMA) structures are too slow to close down or divert something potentially fatal or incapacitating in the network, meaning water companies are leaving themselves vulnerable, according to IVL Flow Control director Craig Stanners. "What's in place at the moment isn't anywhere near quick enough to cope," said Stanners. "Those wishing to cause damage to our drinking water would laugh at our response that we're waiting five days for results to come back from the lab – by then, it will be too late." Stanners said a water quality monitoring system coupled with strategic control nodes and valves was the answer, so that intelligent re-zoning could automatically prevent unwanted biological content or chemicals reaching the distribution network. He added: "We're currently working on a major industrial installation where we've designed in a preventative valve and penstock contamination system to eliminate any risk whatsoever of hydrocarbons entering the local sewer network." "The works is really sick at the moment" United Utilities area manager David Frain on the Whaley Bridge wastewater treatment works Slade made permanent CEO of Energy UK Lawrence Slade has been made permanent chief executive of Energy UK from 13 July. He has been acting chief execu- tive since Angela Knight left at the end of 2014. Previously he was chief operating officer. ➟ WATER EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT

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