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A biomass mess (again)

Added: 12 Mar 2014

The government looks as though it will now be lucky to fill its arbitrary 400MW cap for new biomass…

Drax Power Plant 2

Does industrial growth really matter?

Added: 5 Mar 2014

Over the past month or so we have heard a great deal from our political leaders about how passionat…

BP chemicals plant facility

If China falls, will the UK rise?

Added: 17 Feb 2014

The BBC tomorrow airs a programme investigating the dangerously-high levels of debt sustaining Chin…

Chemical Plant

Homeward bound

Added: 12 Feb 2014

If, like me, you watched this weekend’s episode of the BBC show Top Gear, you would have seen their…

Horsemeat scandal - food fraud

Wholly Cow?

Added: 5 Feb 2014

A year has passed since some frozen beef lasagnes were found to have more of an equine flavour to t…

GSK process safety module

Beating Asia on price

Added: 22 Jan 2014

This week I met the boss of a UK firm that exports worldwide and is able to compete with rivals in …

Cuadrilla shale site

The year ahead

Added: 15 Jan 2014

Happy New Year. It looks as though 2014 is, like last year, going to be a year where energy dominat…

Chemical Plant

Energy & the global game

Added: 18 Dec 2013

At this time of Christmas Carols, there is a growing chorus of chemicals company bosses crying out …

Kids Schools Skills2

How to kill a love of science

Added: 11 Dec 2013

All children are born with an innate love of science, so why are so many switched off from STEM sub…

Kurt Bock

Lunch with the BASF boss

Added: 27 Nov 2013

Last Friday I headed down to Mayfair to meet BASF chairman Kurt Bock, who over lunch gave me a fasc…

Chemical Plant

Avoiding blackouts…at any cost?

Added: 13 Nov 2013

Yesterday I was speaking to Dr John Roberts, who chaired the Royal Academy of Engineering group tha…

Centralised control room

Control rooms play catch-up

Added: 5 Nov 2013

They are present in most households and even my three-year old can operate one, so why are process …

EDF Hinkley Point C nuclear power wide

Nuclear engineers - Made in China?

Added: 16 Oct 2013

The headline of my editorial last week attracted plenty of criticism, with some accusing me of deni…

British Mens Cycling Team Pursuit

Engineers aren’t Made in China

Added: 3 Oct 2013

Engineers need to stop moaning about public perception and instead do what they do best: analyse th…

Centralised control room

Help the aged’s successors

Added: 25 Sep 2013

Are DCS suppliers really helping control room operators and their successors with their new technol…

Invensys Foxboro Evo DCS

French kissing in Texas

Added: 13 Sep 2013

Optimism abounds among Invesnsys staff at its users conference in Texas, with few fearing the impen…

Shale gas

Trust me, I'm a fracker

Added: 28 Aug 2013

Trust is not enough when it comes to easing fracking pollution fears.

Atlas Copco balloon

Summer Spending Spree

Added: 21 Aug 2013

The football transfer markets are feeble compared to the money changing hands in the process indust…

George Osborne

Don't butcher Osborne's cash cow

Added: 14 Aug 2013

Biomass is a risky choice for one of the first direct investments by a pension fund into new-build …

Coffee roasting

Can you process me a decent coffee?

Added: 6 Aug 2013

Food and drink may be the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, but I can’t stand instant coffee.