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UTILITY Week 22nd January 2016

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utILIty WEEK | 22nd - 28th January 2016 | 5 "If the governments' signature on the Paris Agreement is to have any credibility, then the UK must adopt CCS for gas as well as coal" Vice-chair of the IChemE Energy Centre Board, professor Geoff Maitland, slams the government's decision to withdraw CCS funding. Wastewater firm Lanes Group has won a contract to provide drainage services for the joint venture building the £117.6 million new Wear Bridge in Sunderland. the three-span cable stay bridge, which is due to open in spring 2018, is being built across the river Wear to improve transport links between Sunderland city centre, the Port of Sunderland, the a19 and the wider region. Lanes engineers have started work on the project, and have already carried out tasks including desilting drainage pipes and carrying out CCtV drainage surveys. EDF facing further strike Big six supplier EDF faces further industrial action following a five-day strike last week unless it returns to the negotiating table. Around 70 smart meter installers, members of trade union Unite, downed tools in Bexley Heath, Kent, and London's Canning Town in protest at altered working hours and the use of telematics that could affect nearly 500 staff. A Unite spokesman told Utility Week that unless the energy supplier returned to negotiations, it "might pull staff out of other key areas of the business that will have a significant impact". The spokesman for the largest union in the country said: "We will try and make contact this week with the employer because we want them to enter into negotiations with us. The last we heard they were going ahead with their plans, so our view is that we should go back to Acas and we may have to strike again." An EDF spokesman said: "We... reiterate that we have been in ongoing talks with Unite and we remain open, as always, to meeting employee representatives." EnErGy 27 January the date hinkley's fate could be decided, with an EdF board meeting expected to make a final investment decision. analysis, p20. "You bring together the knowledgeable, the great and good, the specialists, the senior stakeholders, but behind them are people who have deep knowledge and continuity… anticipating what's next" Consultant John Scott explains how networks can learn from the World Wide Web as they plan for smart grids and electric vehicles. WatEr Reservoir 'at risk' from National Grid South East Water has claimed National Grid was "putting at risk" its proposals to create a reservoir at a site near Canterbury, with plans to run pylons through its land. National Grid delivered its application to the Planning Inspectorate late last week to build a new overhead line connection between Richborough and Canterbury. The connection will join Nemo Link, an electricity link between the UK and Belgium, to National Grid's existing high- voltage network in Canterbury. However, South East Water head of water resources Lee Dance said the proposed connection crosses the footprint of the water firm's Broad Oak Water site. A spokesperson for National Grid said it had "worked closely" with South East Water to consider its concerns and had "developed a more detailed understanding of how both projects may interact".

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