New ‘central heating for cities’ to help reduce energy bills

distheatThe government have announced a new scheme to support district heating projects. This seems a good idea if they can find suitable heat sources. I’ve seen it used in other European countries. Why not here?   (link)


Contingency Planning for Marine Pollution – Revised Guidance

thumbnail_OPRC_Guidelines_for_Ports_-_final_Sep_16This new guidance, from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency provides guidelines on pollution response planning for Ports. As is usual for government body advice it seems to be longer than you would have thought necessary (76 pages).

The editing is not great, a footnote on page 7 tells us that new regulation is expected in 2002.

Paragraph 2.18 is interesting to the nuclear industry “Contingency planning for events that have a very low probability of occurrence may be unjustified. The consequences would need to be extremely high to justify contingency planning for events that have a probability of occurring, say, only once every three hundred years or more”. ONR current define “reasonably foreseeable” for nuclear accidents as in the range 0f once in 100,000 to a million years.

The role of the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) is interesting. According to the National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution The SOSREP is empowered to make crucial and often time-critical decisions, without delay and without recourse to higher authority, where such decisions are in the overriding United Kingdom public interest”. I’m not sure there is an equivalent in nuclear emergency planning. The GTA role provided “Authoritative Advice” but has been discontinued. The Gold or Strategic Coordinator merely “coordinates”.  It is interesting to consider whether such a clearly empowered role would be useful.

Approved plans are valid for 5 years compared to 3 for REPPIR. Another penalty paid by the nuclear industry for “nuclear dread”?



Natural Hazards Partnership

Natural Hazards Partnership

I came across the Natural Hazards Partnership at the Emergency Services Show. Their role is to “provide authoritative and consistent information, research and analysis on natural hazards for the development of more effective policies, communications and services for civil contingencies, governments and the responder community across the UK” (Quote from their information pack).


The Information Pack they were giving out is nicely packaged, a few pages of description and analysis of each of the main natural hazards identified. These are from their Science Notes. It is a shame that their Daily Hazard Assessment is only available via Hazards Manager. Those of us in SMEs are unable to gain access.

Katmal Limited completes second year of operations

customersy2Katmal Limited has now completed two years of operation. In that time we have worked for new build companies, a generation company, a nuclear dockyard, a decommissioning site and local authorities. Now looking forward to the next two years and looking for new customers.