4 renewable energy firms in Scotland enter £10 Million energy Saltire challenge

The BBC has reported that two tidal energy and two wave power developers have entered into the race for Scotland’s £10 million Saltire Prize set by government ministers

The Saltire Prize is the largest renewables innovation of its kind. The aim of the competition is to encourage the development of wave and tidal energy devices in Scottish waters. The challenge is for each company to attempt to produce the most electricity over a two-year period, using only the power of the sea.

The four companies are: ScottishPower Renewables, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power and MeyGen

Aquamarine Power chief executive, Martin McAdam, said the prize would act as a “global catalyst… bringing together the best brains and financial muscle to crack one of the great challenges of our age”.


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I&E Manager – North East

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for an I&E Manager to join a company that engineering services to the Oil, Gas and chemical industries at their site in the North East of England.


As a I&E Manager you will head a small team of engineers where you will be responsible for driving instrumentation maintenance, calibrations, gas detection, and metering services to both established and new clients.  This will include working with clients face to face, scheduling and planning work, staff training and development and hands on metering, maintenance and calibrations.

Qualifications and skills:

The ideal candidate for this I&E Manager role must have a proven track record in I&E engineering and in particular plant maintenance within chemical manufacturing or Oil and Gas.  You must also be happy working in customer facing roles and have the ability to win work and develop business.

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For information or to apply for this I&E Manager please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24461 in all correspondence.

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Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions to create 1300 new jobs in London

The Telegraph reported that Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions says it aims to build up a 1 700-strong London engineering hub thereby creating 1 300 new jobs by 2015, as growth in global oil and gas markets drives demand for the company’s technologies and services.

Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry, and is listed on the Oslo stock exchange. The company, which employs more than 3000 people in the UK, opened a new office in Chiswick Park, West London, last year.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Aker Solution’s decision to create 1300 new jobs at a new engineering hub in Chiswick is great news for the local economy and it is a vote of confidence in the skill, expertise and professionalism of our engineering sector.”

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Environmental Agency chairman supports gas extraction technique “fracking”

Environmental Agency chairman supports gas extraction technique “fracking”The Telegraph has reported that the Environmental Agency boss has given his support to the controversial technique of gas extraction “Fracking”

The process of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. Energy companies say the use of fracking will lead to cheaper supplies.

The chairman of the Environment Agency Lord Smith told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he would not stand in the way of fracking in the UK, as long as certain requirements were met, arguing that “it could be part of the answer” to the UK’s energy demands.

He also said “the source of a domestically available gas supply would, of course, be potentially very beneficial for our energy needs. It could provide energy security, which we don’t necessarily have when we import gas from abroad. It could be affordable,”

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Good news for gas industry as DECC advise that “fracking” should continue

The BBC News reported that the DECC have said that the gas extraction technique “fracking” should continue but with stricter conditions.

The technique “fracking” involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. The government sees shale gas as a valuable energy resource for the future.

Last year the company Cuadrillla had to stop fracking at its site the Bowland Basin in Lancashire as it was thought that it had caused seismic events in the area. The process was to be reviewed by the DECC, however the DECC expert review published yesterday concludes that it is safe to resume hydraulic fracturing provided that the recommended operating procedures are followed.

Cuadrilla’s Chief Executive Mark Miller said: We are pleased that the experts have come to a clear conclusion that it is safe to allow us to resume hydraulic fracturing, following the procedures outlined in the review.

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Increase Investment in Science to Boost Economy

scienceAccording to a report by The Royal Society, if the UK does not invest heavily in science and scientific research, it will face decades of sluggish economic decline.

The report warned that Britain’s current advantage is in danger of being wiped out by the US, China, India, France and Germany who have increased spending in science to help boost their economies. For instance, the German government has said it will increase their budget for education and research by 12bn Euros by 2013.

Sir Martin Taylor, chair of the report’s advisory group stated: “As France announces a new €35bn investment in the knowledge economy, the UK cuts university budgets by £600m, with the threat of more to come.

“The UK has been in the top two of the scientific premier league for the last 350 years. It would seem obvious that politicians would recognise the need to invest in this competitive advantage rather than cutting funds.”

Lord Waldegrave, former Science Minister and provost of Eton College said: “Times are tough but this is exactly when you need to invest in the future and focus spending where you already have an advantage.

“Investment in science cannot be turned on and off on a political whim – we must have a long-term investment. If we cut science now, just as the benefits of nearly twenty years of consistent policy are really beginning to bear fruit, we will seriously damage our economic prospects.”

The report praises the fact that patents granted to UK universities have increase by 136% between 2000 and 2008, and that university spin outs employed 14,000 people in 2007/2008 with a turnover of £1.1bn. However, it seems that research and development is a weakness for the UK – in 2007 British companies spent 1.14% of GDP on R&D while in the US spent 1.9% and Germany 1.8%.

Experts in the field recommend the following to help remedy the situation:

  • Creating a 15 year framework for science and innovation with increased spending.
  • Prioritising investment in scientific skills and infrastructure, such as laboratories and equipment.
  • Better aligning science and innovation with global challenges.
  • Revitalising science and mathematics education.
  • And expanding the R&D tax credit.

Lord Sainsbury, the former science minister and member of the advisory group said: “We cannot compete with countries such as China and India on the basis of low wages, and science and innovation must, therefore, be the basis of the strategy for growth which we need to have as we go into a tough period of fiscal consolidation.”

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Napp Announced as 5th Best Company to Work for 2010

Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2010Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings, part of a worldwide association of independent pharmaceutical companies, has been announced as the 5th best company to work for by The Sunday Times. This is the first time in the 4 years the company has entered the contest, that they have broken into the top 5.

According to the survey conducted by The Sunday Times, one in five employees at Napp has worked at the company for over a decade. Further impressive findings include:

  • 84% of staff believe the company makes a difference to the world.
  • 83% love working for the company and are happy with their pay and benefits.
  • 69% of staff believe they are paid fairly for the work they do relative to others in the organization.
  • 71% say their salary reflects their responsibilities.
  • 77% of staff report that Managers regularly express their appreciation when a team member does a good job.
  • 80% believe that working at Napp is good for personal growth.

This positive culture at Napp has been the product of Managing Director, Antony Mattessich. He introduced the company ‘charter’ which established four core aims of the organization. This initiative allows employees to have their say on the direction of the business, giving them the freedom to discuess with the departments as to how they can help the firm meet its objectives.

Julie Worth, Area Sales Manager, has been part of the charter group. “It just amazed me — I was actually having a say in how the business was run,” she says. “You’re working with directors and you learn that people are genuinely approachable. They really listen.”

Mattessich’s positive impact on the company was reflected in the results of the survey conducted by The Sunday Times:

  • 73% of employees agree that senior managers listen to staff.
  • 81% feel inspired by Mattessich’s leadership.
  • 87% of employees are proud to work for the company.

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M&I Operations Manager based NE/NW

Are you an experienced Instrumentation Engineer looking for the next step in your career?

A Measurement and Instrumentation Operations Manager post has arisen at a well-established and highly reputable global company within the oil, gas and petrochemical sector. You will be responsible for leading the efficient delivery of measurement and instrumentation and OFGEM services from 3 sites based in the North West and North East.

This Operations Manager role will provide you with an opportunity to play a pivotal role in the business development of measurement and calibration services through close liaison with new and existing clients.

Using your experience in measurement and calibration you will be instrumental in:

– Driving business performance in order to maximise revenue

– Identifying business opportunities

– Maintaining a mature customer portfolio

– Developing new business relationships

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or possess equivalent industrial experience, and working knowledge of H&S and quality systems is desirable.

If you believe you are the right person for the job, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 3222095 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk quoting reference DH18766. Alternatively, to apply, click here.

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