At least 16 people have been killed after a volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Mount Sinabung spewed hot gas, ash and rocks 2km (1.5 miles) into the air, after four years of dormancy.
Construction of £4.3bn subsea cable – the world’s longest – will link Iceland to UK electricity grid and could deliver five terawatt-hours a year
Iceland‘s president Olafur Grimsson is expected this week to call on the British government to provide financial support for the construction of a £4.3bn subsea electricity cable – which will be the longest in the world – linking his country to the UK’s electricity grid.
The ambitious project, drawing on hydro geothermal and wind power generation, could deliver five terawatt-hours a year to Britain at a cost 15% lower than offshore wind, according to Iceland’s state-owned electricity firm Landsvirkjun.
Grimsson’s presence at a conference in London on Friday, arranged by Landsvirkjun and the British-Iceland chamber of commerce, underlines the seriousness with which the project is being taken. The two governments have been exploring proposals for a cable after signing amemorandum of understanding last May. However, before the contract can be put out to tender the huge cost will have to be underwritten by British taxpayers.
Iceland enjoys the cheapest electricity prices in Europe thanks to abundant geothermal energy, wind and especially hydropower from glacial meltwater. The industry generates more than 12 gigawatt hours of electricity, about five times the demand from Iceland’s 317,000 population.
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Work is under way to improve monitoring of Iceland’s volcanoes and give earlier warning of possible eruptions.
The FutureVolc project is funded by the European Union and involves more sensors as well as better real-time data analysis.
It is a response to the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, which closed down much of European airspace.
It is hoped the work will enable better detection of imminent eruptions and map their evolution.
Immigrants told they can only get housing and healthcare if they have paid taxes into Britain’s welfare systemPublished May 8, 2013 MIGRATION Leave a Comment
Immigrants to Britain will not be able to claim benefits without proving they have contributed to the welfare state by working.
Benefits, housing and healthcare will be limited to new arrivals who are willing to work and paid taxes to fund state-backed support.
Migrants will be given only six months to find a job before benefits stop, unless they can prove they are close to getting a job.
The government also wants to end the idea that the NHS is a ‘free international health service’. Efforts will be stepped up to recoup costs from migrants who use the NHS, through charging or requiring private medical insurance.
Illegal immigrants will also face tougher checks to stop them getting driving licences, credit cards, personal loans or a council house.