When the UK Government released its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in 2020, it included carbon capture, storage and usage as point number eight. Although the capture and safe storage of carbon dioxide has been discussed as an option for combatting climate change for many years, it is yet to come to fruition in the UK. So what is different this time round? What do we need to reach the Government aim of 10 million tonnes of storage capacity by 2030?
Hydrogen is at the top of a lot of lists when it comes to the energy transition, securing attention from governments and companies around the world. Our energy sector director, Rob Phillips, has teamed up with Daniel Grosvenor, Daniel Brock and the Energy Voice to shed some further light on their thoughts, how progress was coming along and share some insights into the issues - not least how to spark supply and demand seemingly simultaneously.
The debate around which direction the UK should take in terms of blue or green hydrogen is complex. Hydrogen can be produced by a variety of methods, and to differentiate between them, they are referred to as different colours. Blue and green hydrogen are the focus for this discussion in an article first published by Energy Voice.
Our civil nuclear director, Leigh Wakefield, discusses how thermal treatment of nuclear waste offers a range of advantages over more traditional compaction, grouting and/or direct disposal by reducing volume and stabilisation of waste materials.
We live in a world where #servicedelivery is non-negotiable and the safety, resilience, reliability, and security of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is paramount. So what steps have you and your organisation taken to ensure timely service will meet demand without fail? In this article, Nick Jacques explores how important it is for those involved in delivering an asset to understand that their role is to deliver decades of operational capability not just handover a nice new shiny, high-profile asset.
Improving major project performance through the right culture and leadership behaviour – PART TWO OF THREE
We live in a world where pressure to deliver value for money on high-performing, complex infrastructure projects is relentless and yet there are numerous examples of over budget and over running projects in the UK. According to the Infrastructure and Projects Association, of the major projects identified between 2012-2019, the number of projects classified as “probable of a successful delivery” has fallen from 48% in 2013 to just 17% in 2019. A transformation that delivers faster and more efficient projects is required.
Improving major project performance through the right culture and leadership behaviour – PART ONE OF THREE
At a national level, project reviews play a fundamental role in ensuring the nation’s critical infrastructure gets delivered on time and on budget. When properly run they enable the teams involved, and their leadership, to see through the fog, evaluate a project’s underlying health and make effective decisions on future activity. This all centres on the encouragement of desired behaviours and the discouragement of undesired behaviours through different consequences.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, and in light of the recent launch of our industry leading climate change action plan, we are proud to put a spotlight on a trio of powerhouse women at Costain that are leading the fight against climate change across some of our major projects, ultimately helping to improve people’s lives.
How do we ensure the infrastructure we’re building to underpin our towns and cities and enable our way of life doesn’t cost us the earth? As an industry, we have to find a way to balance the demand for better transport connections, more housing, cleaner energy and a steady flow of fresh water with the urgent need to protect our environment.
Adrian Finn, process technology manager at Costain, discusses how Costain's extensive experience in developing and supplying low temperature gas processing solutions process technology for carbon capture from syngas.