Category: Construction

Eldar Sætre continues as Statoil’s chief executive officer

Under his individual pension agreement Sætre had the right to retire at the age of 62, after just three years as chief executive. At that time, an element of his fixed pay was therefore excluded from his pensionable earnings. Now that there is agreement to a longer timeframe, the board has decided to revert to the original provision of pension being calculated on total fixed pay. The fixed pay element, which today represents around NOK 2.4 million, will thus be included in the pension-qualifying income.  Sætre will at the latest retire when he turns 67, but he retains the...

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World’s first floating wind farm has started production

In recent years, there have been significant cost reductions in both the onshore and bottom fixed offshore wind sectors. Floating wind is expected to follow a similar downward trajectory over the next decade, making it cost competitive with other renewable energy sources. “Statoil has an ambition to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to € 40-60 €/MWh by 2030. Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, floating offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in...

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This is what America's eco city of the future looks like

This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas – The Guardian When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered. He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry. Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown. The day after we met at city hall,...

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Latest Scottish wind farm nears completion as reinstatement work finishes

Reinstatement works on one of Scotland’s biggest current wind farm sites are nearing completion. The balance of plant at Clyde wind farm extension, has been delivered by Jones Bros Civil Engineering in a joint venture with civils partner Balfour Beatty, on behalf of the client Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Limited, one of the UK’s biggest wind farms. The construction engineering works were completed in time for a handover to the client at the end of August, while the landscaping and reinstatement work on the wind farm, which comprises 54 Siemens turbines, is on course to be finished by the end of October. Under the contract, as well as turbine bases and crane pads, a total of 32km of tracks were constructed, to allow heavy plant to travel across the site. From a total construction workforce of 90 at its peak, there are now 25 employees completing reinstatement at the site, located between Biggar, Abington and Moffat. During the lifetime of the construction work, the joint venture employed local labour where possible. They included several Scottish plant operative apprentices and a number of labourers recruited from the surrounding area. In addition, the site recruited trainee civil engineer Alistair Dow, 25, from Symington, South Lanarkshire. Alistair put the skills learned on his HNC (higher national certificate) in civil engineering into practice, working as a setting out engineer, preparing the ground for...

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Administrative Assistant

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is a dynamic and forward thinking organisation employing over 300 people. With over 60 years’ experience, our teams deliver high quality environmental and civil engineering solutions, safely, for a diverse range of projects and clients. Our flat management structure results in a flexible organisation where self-motivated, practical, problem solvers will thrive.This position will suit a clear communicator, able to use their own initiative. The role’s responsibilities will...

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Leading civil engineers complete two landfill projects in the east of England

Work has been completed on the construction of two engineered landfill cell projects for client Augean South Limited. Jones Bros was appointed by the leading hazardous waste management company to carry out works at two landfills near Peterborough; the East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF) near Kings Cliffe and Thornhaugh Landfill Site. The contract was worth £1.5m. Work started at the ENRMF in May. Jones Bros’ civil engineers excavated 85,000m3 of earth before installing an engineered clay liner, an artificial sealing liner of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) with a protective geotextile layer and finally leachate collection sumps and a leachate drainage layer of crushed aggregate to form a landfill cell designed to give a high level of environmental protection. The ENRMF operates as a hazardous landfill, which includes the acceptance of low level radioactive wastes, typically transported from decommissioned nuclear power stations and other industrial sources. Thornhaugh, which is located closely to the ENRMF, operates primarily as a non-hazardous landfill site with the capability to accept certain types of hazardous wastes. Work started on this site in July, with 50,000m3 of earth excavated and the cell lined with clay, HDPE, and baled tyres as a drainage layer. Geraint Thomas, regional manager at Jones Bros, said: “These are our first projects for Augean South Limited and we’re pleased with how they have gone. “We’ve had 15 lads working on site,...

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