UK auto manufacturers join SMMT to launch National Apprenticeship Week

L-R: Bill Twigg (Semta); Jennifer Coupland (BIS/DfE); Konstanze Scharring (SMMT); Ian Eva (Jaguar Land Rover) A number of leading automotive manufacturers have joined forces with Semta and SMMT to showcase their pioneering apprenticeship initiatives as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014.Exhibitors including Jaguar Land Rover, MINI, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Vauxhall took part in a landmark seminar held yesterday by Semta and SMMT. The seminar, which explored ongoing apprenticeship reforms such as the Trailblazers initiative, was also attended by a range of stakeholders and employers from the automotive industry.Konstanze Scharring, SMMT’s Director of Policy, hosted and chaired the seminar, which included contributions from Bill Twigg, Apprenticeship Director, Semta; Ian Eva, Apprentice Manager, Jaguar Land Rover; and Jennifer Coupland, Deputy Director, BIS/DfE Apprenticeships Unit.The event was attended by Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, who delivered an address in which he reaffirmed government’s commitment to apprenticeships.Announced last year, the Trailblazers scheme aims to reform apprenticeships, tailoring them more specifically to employers’ requirements and delivering a greater quality of learning for the apprentices themselves. The ‘Trailblazers’ tag refers to groups of companies from eight different sectors which have come together to form the voice of industry in the reforms.There are eight Trailblazers in all, representing a broad spectrum of UK industry; the automotive sector is joined by aerospace, digital, electro-technical, energy, financial services, food and drink, and life and industrial sciences.This week, apprentices and organisations alike will be sharing news and views on their initiatives using #NAW2014 on Twitter.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Leigh Creek Energy a new SA gas from coal power supplier

first_imgSouth Australia is on the verge of achieving two key milestones in which the old Leigh Creek coalfield will be used to deliver a fresh source of gas and energy products into the national power grid.Addressing the second day today of the two day Paydirt 2018 South Australian Resources and Energy Investment Conference in Adelaide, Leigh Creek Energy Managing Director, Phil Staveley, said the company is on track to commence this quarter, a pre-commercial demonstration of its in situ gasification (ISG) demonstration plant under construction currently on the former coal mine site.Subject to a positive outcome of the planned 60-90 day demonstration trial to produce syngas, this should lead to an anticipated upgrade to reserve, of the project’s 2C unconventional gas resource.The demonstration plant includes the construction of an above ground plant and the establishment of a below ground single ISG gasifier chamber. The demonstration plant will be commissioned and operated for a short period (some two to three months) to produce syngas, so that the technical and environmental performance of the process can be analysed.The flagship Leigh Creek project has an estimated resource of 2,964 petajoules (PJ) – equivalent to about 7.8% of the east coast’s 2C gas resources of 38,600PJ and delivering a potential 30 year plus life. Its syngas can be converted into power, natural gas, petrochemical and agricultural products.“We have recently secured the key environmental approval for the demonstration to go ahead and that has substantially derisked the test schedule,” Staveley said. “The pre-commercial demonstration will commence shortly from what is arguably the best ISG site in the world.“It has the correct geological setting, and we are deploying industry best practices to ensure Leigh Creek remains one of the world’s most low risk ISG commercial operations.”Leigh Creek Energy is looking to final feasibility, approvals, FEED and offtake conclusions through calendar 2019 to facilitate a Final Investment Decision and start to construction of the project’s main power station, in 2020.The information gained from the demonstration will be used in feasibility studies for the commercial phase of the project.For the demonstration project, the ISG configuration will consist of two wells drilled into a deep coal seam over 500 m below the surface, one for an inlet well for the addition of air and water, and the other for the outlet well for the extraction of synthesis gas (syngas).A combination of one horizontal well and one vertical well will be used for the demonstration plant gasifier to create a direct linked system in which the two wells meet. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurised liquid, will not be used to connect the inlet and outlet wells.The inlet and outlet wells have been designed to meet international petroleum industry standards for the pressures, temperatures, operational stresses and loads that will occur during operation of the gasifier.The demonstration project is regulated as an exploration activity under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and as an exploration activity the syngas produced is unable to be sold for commercial use, and will therefore be treated on site in a thermal oxidiser as part of the process.last_img read more