UK North Sea needs £430bn for low-carbon energy transformation

first_img The UK has committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Erik Christensen) A £430bn spending drive is needed to transform the UK’s North Sea oil and gas industry into a low-carbon hub of integrated energy.The investment is needed to “close the gap” on critical technologies that will enable the industry to transition away from fossil fuels, including hydrogen, floating wind and digitisation.A report published today (16 September) by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) – an Aberdeen-based research and development organisation – says the right investment now could generate more than £2.5tn for the UK economy by 2050, and create more than 200,000 new jobs.North Sea hydrocarbons have been important to the Scottish and UK economies for decades, but with both countries now signed up to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 (2045 in the case of Scotland) there are big questions to be answered about how it will fit into a decarbonised future.“Reimagining the North Sea as an integrated energy system is essential for the UK and Scotland to achieve their net-zero ambitions,” said OGTC chief executive Colette Cohen. “But we need to invest now to close the gap on the key technologies needed to make this ambition a reality.“We need to digitise our offshore energy sector and solve big challenges like energy storage, infrastructure redeployment, transmission systems and cost-competitive floating wind structures. By doing this, we can create strategic advantage and valuable export opportunities.” Hydrogen will be central to decarbonisation strategyHydrogen fuel has been identified as a key technology for this process of transformation, with offshore wind able to produce green hydrogen – manufactured using exclusively renewable energy – and natural gas used alongside carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology able to produce blue hydrogen.Additionally, depleted oil and gas reservoirs beneath the sea floor – and the infrastructure that services them – can transport and store carbon emissions collected by CCS during industrial processes.At present, however, hydrogen production in the UK remains “close to non-existent” said Malcolm Forbes-Cable, vice president of upstream consulting at research group Wood Mackenzie, which contributed to the study.He added: “Hydrogen can be used in place of gas to heat homes and power engines and industrial processes, while reducing our carbon footprint. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has set significant targets for a low-carbon hydrogen economy in the UK, but there are key technology challenges to overcome before hydrogen can be deployed on a vast scale.”UK trade groups have put pressure on policymakers in recent months to publish a dedicated hydrogen strategy that will accelerate development of the technology and deliver certainty to investors.Earlier this year, the Scottish government unlocked £62m to support the North Sea’s energy transformation, with hydrogen identified as a crucial funding opportunity.The OGTC paper recommends a range of hydrogen-related investments, including saltwater electrolysis technologies to lower the cost of green hydrogen, and innovative membranes and CO2 sorbents to increase blue hydrogen yield.Other areas of investment needed for clean offshore energy integration include the electrification of oil and gas platforms, flaring mitigation and methane-leak detection technologies. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre says investment into critical technologies like hydrogen and floating wind could generate £2.5tn for the UK economy by 2050center_img UK offshore expertise can deliver low-carbon energy in the North SeaOffshore wind has been a success story of the UK’s clean energy efforts, and building on this along the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) will be an important dimension of the North Sea’s transformation.The OGTC report calls for investment into larger turbine blades, taller towers and automated inspection technology for fixed offshore wind, as well as optimised and standardised foundation designs for floating offshore wind.The integration of existing offshore assets with clean technologies will allow some oil and gas infrastructure to be repurposed, as well as harnessing the expertise of a workforce that stands to be affected by the switch to low-carbon energy.Last month, the Oil and Gas Authority, a UK regulatory body, claimed such integration could deliver up to 30% of the country’s decarbonisation needs by 2050.Cohen said: “With its decades of energy expertise, the UK has a huge opportunity to become a leading manufacturer, designer, installer and operator of net-zero energy systems.“Leveraging our strength in oil and gas, we can also partner with the renewables sector to accelerate the delivery of the next generation of energy in the UK – and internationally. This is where governments and industry should focus investment at pace in the coming years.”Phil Kirk, chief executive of UK independent oil producer Chrysaor added: “The oil and gas industry in the UK has all of the competence, innovation and resources to deliver the engineering and technical solutions to fulfil the energy transition. As an industry, we are experts in solving problems and safely engineering solutions.”last_img read more

Mikel Arteta fears Shkodran Mustafi will miss FA Cup final with injury

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mikel Arteta fears Shkodran Mustafi will miss FA Cup final with injury Advertisement Arteta doubts Mustafi will return in time (Picture: Getty)‘The rest is true that Musti is injured and we need to assess a little bit how long he is out,’ said Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisement“I doubt it [he’ll be fit for the final]. I don’t know. We have to see how he evolves in the next few days. At the moment, I doubt it.’Arsenal’s defeat to Aston Villa means the highest they can finish is eighth this term.The FA Cup final affords the Gunners the opportunity to finish the season on a high note but Arteta says the season has been in no way good enough.‘We haven’t been consistent,’ said Arteta.‘Because we obviously had a lot of issues as well in the background, a lot of things that had happened. ‘But at the end of the day, we weren’t good enough to be with the top teams’.MORE: Mikel Arteta sends class message to Unai Emery after former Arsenal boss is appointed new Villarreal manager Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Jul 2020 1:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Shkodran Mustafi looks set to miss the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is downbeat about Shkodran Mustafi’s chances of proving his fitness before the Gunners’ FA Cup final clash against Chelsea.The German limped out of his side’s 2-0 semi-final win against Manchester City last Saturday with a hamstring strain.Arsenal are still awaiting the full results of Mustafi’s scan but the early signs are not good ahead of their clash against Watford on the final day of the season.Arteta has stuck with a 3-4-3 system in recent matches but he may have to switch that against Chelsea as the Spaniard admits Mustafi is now a major doubt.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

He can’t get in Leicester’s team… but Andrej Kramaric is wanted by Serie A giants

first_img1 Andrej Kramaric [right] Inter Milan and Juventus are leading the chase to sign Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric.The Croatian international has been restricted to just a solitary league appearance this season, largely due to Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking run in front of goal.According to Calcio Mercato, Kramaric is unhappy with his lack of playing time this term and could leave the King Power Stadium in January.Inter want to provide support for their main striker Mauro Icardi, while Juventus are after a replacement for Simone Zaza, who is expected to leave Turin next month.Kramaric was signed by Nigel Pearson from Rijeka back in January but has only managed to find the net on four occasions and just once under new boss Claudio Ranieri.last_img

Pingris wants showdown with Ginebra in playoffs

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games With the match-ups now set, Pingris’ focus is on Star’s cohesion as it seeks to further develop its teamwork in the quarters with reinforcement Kristofer Acox in tow.“What’s important here is the chemistry we’re building. We changed imports so he needs to understand our games and know that it’s always going to be our defense which will help us win games,” he said. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Pingris went to as far as comparing the meeting to a championship series.“Every time we face Ginebra, we feel like we’re in the Finals. The history is there with Manila Clasico and a lot of fans are watching.”Pingris, though, will have to wait until the finals for his dream matchup to come true and given that both teams survive their respective quarterfinals and semifinals duels.Meralco’s 104-101 victory over San Miguel in the final eliminations game on Sunday propelled Ginebra to the No. 3 spot and Star to four.The Gin Kings will face the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen in the playoffs, while the Hotshots will have an early rematch with the NLEX Road Warriors, whom they beat 101-93 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGES“To be the best, you have to beat the best.”And that’s exactly what Marc Pingris wants Star to do as he wishes for a collision course with defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments “Even if we’re twice-to-win, I want Ginebra,” said the energetic forward.Pingris has no problems even if the odds will be stacked against the Hotshots knowing that their team will be tested early, and what better opponent to have than the reigning Governors’ Cup champion to gauge themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a great feeling to play because you’ll be facing a strong team. If you can’t beat them, how can you be a champion? It’s better to face a strong team early,” he said.Since coach Tim Cone left for the Gin Kings, the Purefoods franchise are 4-10 against its fierce rival and has lost its last four duels. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Three NBA teams to host clubs from Australia’s NBL in preseason

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games US Open: Sandgren in, Nishioka out of tournament NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Melbourne United on Oct. 8, and the Phoenix Suns welcome the Brisbane Bullets on Oct. 13.This will be the first time NBL teams travel to the United States to play NBA teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe NBA said Monday (Tuesday Manila time) that there were a record-tying eight Australian players on last season’s opening-night NBA rosters. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) lays the ball as San Antonio Spurs’ Derrick White, rear, and Cory Jefferson (55) defend during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. APSALT LAKE CITY — Three NBA teams will host opponents from Australia’s National Basketball League for preseason games in October.The Utah Jazz, who feature Aussies Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, will host the Sydney Kings on Oct. 2. Ingles was chosen NBL rookie of the year after playing with the Melbourne South Dragons in 2006-07. Exum was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Vanguardia owns up to Phoenix failed quarterfinals bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES “This is all part of the journey and we are really humbled by this experience,” said Vanguardia after Phoenix lost to San Miguel 109-107 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.“I take full responsibility. We will learn from this and we’ll move on to become a better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPhoenix was able to enter the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season finishing as the sixth seed in both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but it was in the Governors’ Cup that Vanguardia’s team took a dip.And with the 2016-2017 season over for Phoenix, Vanguardia now looks at the future with a eye on the upcoming draft. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix, potentially, has the fourth pick in the draft and Vanguardia says they’re looking to add Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger.The 6-foot-8 bruiser, however, won’t play in the PBA in the first six months of the season as he is under contract with the Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the Asean Basketball League.“The first three teams may not like him [Standhardinger], because he’s not going to play for the first six months,” said Vanguardia. “We’re willing to wait.”Vanguardia also looks at NCAA standouts Rey Nambatac of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Davon Potts to fill up their backcourt spots.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix had a decent start in the PBA Governors’ Cup winning its first two games, but everything went downhill when the Fuel Masters strung together nine straight losses, effectively dashing any hope for a spot in the quarterfinals.The team’s 11th-place finish was the worst since head coach Ariel Vanguardia took over, and he knows there’s no one to blame for their dismal finish but himself.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges #KicksStalker: Adidas tries to woo Antetokounmpo with a van of sneakerscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

V K Saraswat suggests reorganisation of ITIs in Telangana

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 8 (PTI) NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat today suggested reorganisation of the Industrial Training Institutions (ITIs) in Telangana by appointing skilled personnel and providing various facilities.Saraswat held a meeting with several senior officials of the state government here today.The interaction was organised as per the issues discussed in a meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, on National Skill Development Mission, a state government release quoted Saraswat as saying.Noting that the country could not take full advantage of the large population of youth in the last several decades, he said the advantage can now be drawn for the next three decades.The trainees should have soft skills, Saraswat said, adding they should be helped in getting jobs in companies which provide funds under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).The NITI Aayog member also appreciated the efforts of the state in tribal welfare and advised that the sports talent among tribal youth should be encouraged, it added. PTI SJR NRB PVI PTPlast_img read more

OSUs Marder catching on with professional league

For the Ohio State softball team, the season is over. But one senior will trade away her Buckeyes uniform to represent a new team.Catcher Sam Marder, Ohio State’s all-time home run and RBI leader, will suit up for the Akron Racers this summer in the National Pro Fastpitch league.Marder was the seventh overall pick and first selection for Akron.“I’ve been watching her play for four years and her work ethic and athleticism is unbelievable,” said Joey Arrietta, president and general manager for the Racers.Though Marder is known for her hitting, Arrietta considered that a bonus when she drafted the two-time All-American.“To make your pitching staff the best it can be, you need a great receiver on the other end,” Arrietta said. “I looked first at the catcher she was. You need to allow the pitcher to throw every type of pitch in her repertoire. I think we have a solid pitching staff and my job was to get the best catcher out there to help.”Marder will face difficult competition as big names like Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Jessica Mendoza all play in the league. In fact, 10 out of the 17 players for the 2010 USA national team will be playing in the NPF.Though Marder is facing tougher competition, Arrietta expects nothing less than a stellar performance this year from her starting catcher.“I expect her to make a great transition from the collegiate game to our level,” she said. “I think she has had a significant amount of experience and I expect her to be part of that starting lineup and make an impact in our lineup.”The league features four teams: the Chicago Bandits, Tennessee Diamonds, USSSA Pride and Akron Racers.With four teams in the league, the five-round draft set-up only allows teams to pick the best seniors in college softball.Marder will play under two-time Olympic Gold medalist Crystl Bustos. Bustos, who retired from the Racers this past summer, has agreed to be the field manager.Marder will also have a chance to reunite with former OSU player Jamee Juarez. The combo played together in the 2006-2007 season.Though Marder could not be reached to comment, she said earlier this season she is excited for the opportunity to play professional softball.The excitement between Marder and the Racers is mutual.“Four years ago I didn’t know if we were going to be able to get her into a Racers uniform,” Arrietta said. “Now that she is, I am extremely thrilled and can’t wait to see what she does for us.” read more

Spalletti bemoans penalty decision

first_imgInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has blamed a “clear as day” penalty decision after they lost 1-0 at home to Parma.There was also controversy in the match, as Dimarco appeared to make contact with the ball his elbow, but VAR officials refused to award Inter Milan a penalty. A decision that has drawn the ire of Spalletti.“Now I see the video, that really did look to be handball. I don’t know how VAR works, but he really did deflect the ball away from the goal with his arm. It was outstretched, that ball could’ve gone anywhere. That was clear as day.” Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia.“It’s disappointing that Parma came out to obstruct and time-waste, we even saw Luigi Sepe throw an extra ball on to the pitch to stop us taking a quick corner.”Spalletti also questioned his side’s attitude during the game.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I don’t understand this sluggish approach in some situations compared to others. Nothing is owed to us, no matter what our names are.“That attitude can at times come from the desire to do something more, it doesn’t work, so we get disorganised and the opposition takes advantage.“We messed up too many crosses, too many passes for the quality at our disposal. We introduced Matteo Politano for the second half to add fresh legs, but he looked weighed down by the pressure and could barely run. It’s not physical form or fitness training, it’s the desperate attempt to do more and it leads to fractures within the team’s organisation.“Now we must do well to analyse these games in the right way and realise we have the capability to do far more than this. If the players perform below their capabilities, that is the responsibility of the Coach.”last_img read more

Carrick believes Mourinho nurtures young players

first_imgThe Manchester United long-standing tradition of bringing through young players has continued with the Portuguese managerEnglish Premier League giants Manchester United have always been seen as one of the best clubs for a young player to develop.And former Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick believes one of the positive sides of Mourinho’s tenure at United is his development of young talent.“He does get the history,” said Carrick to Sky Sports.“For the manager to put him [Rashford] in and play him… and Scott [McTominay] last year… and give them games, big games as well.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The manager has to take a lot of credit for that. That’s the constant challenge though, isn’t it? That’s what everyone wants to see, that next one,” he added.“They say it’s getting harder. But that’s a challenge for us as a club and for English football – you might not get tens and twenties, you might get five or six players – but it’s got to keep happening.”“At the end of the day, the academies are there to produce players and to give kids a chance of getting in first teams. Especially at United; you can’t ignore the history and traditions,” he continued.“When people ask me: ‘What’s my role now [at the club]?’ That’s a big part of the club. You can’t just neglect the history of the club and what it stands for. And bringing players through is a huge part of that. It’s always been that one, two, three, four – more players in some eras.”last_img read more