The UK energy sector is the second most productive sector in the UK economy only just being outpaced by mining and quarrying. In 2014 alone, the sector invested £13.1 billion in infrastructure, supported around 680,000 jobs nationally and contributed £5.7 billion in tax.
Most electricity is generated in large power stations that are connected to the national transmission network. There are two types of electricity network: transmission and distribution. Transmission networks carry high voltage (HV) electricity around the UK and the distribution networks run at low and medium voltages (LV/MV) taking electricity from the transmission system into homes and businesses.
The UK power generation industry uses several different fuel sources ensuring a constant supply of power to homes and business and that there is not an over reliance on one single power type. These include:
Most of the UK’s power is generated by burning fossil fuels, with natural gas and coal making up almost 60% of the overall electricity production.
Nuclear reactors currently supply in the region of 25% of the UK’s power however nuclear power stations are being phased out over the next decade and by 2025 all but one will have closed. Several companies have plans to build a new generation of reactors, which could be up and running as early as 2018.
Renewable energy harnesses natural resources to make electricity, this would include solar, wind, wave, hydro and biomass. Historically renewable energy has contributed less than 10% of the UK’s power generation market but with EU targets in place this will increase to 20% of power contribution by 2020.
Jointing Technologies is uniquely positioned to offer a broad range of materials for the construction of new and the ongoing maintenance of existing nuclear, coal, gas and oil fired power stations. These materials include:
- Raychem HV joints and terminations up to 132kV
- 3M hazardous area LV joints
- Roxtec cable sealing solutions
- Furse earthing
- General consumable products