NEWS IN BRIEF

British lab for UL

UL International, British subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories of the US, a non-profit product safety testing and certification organisation, is to open a new laboratory in Guildford next week for UK manufacturers.

Hydro goes for gas

Scottish Hydro-Electric plans to invest about £200m on new gas turbines at its 1,550MW Peterhead power station. The generator has applied for planning consent for the development, which would install four CCGT units, totalling 1,220MW.

Ulster overland

Scottish secretary Donald Dewar gave the proposed £170m electricity inter-connector between Scotland and Northern Ireland a boost on Monday when he said a quarter of the 60km line in Scotland would no longer have to be buried underground a condition imposed by his predecessor that would have added £34m to the cost of the project.

Greenpeace defeat

Greenpeace lost its bid to offshore oil developments west of Shetland on Tuesday, when a High Court judge rejected its application to appeal against the award of 17th Round exploration licences in the region.

Jobs vacuum

Electrolux is to axe 1,300 jobs with the closure of its factories in County Durham and Luton, the electrical goods manufacturer said on Monday.

Harland deal

Belfast yard Harland & Wolff has won an order worth up to $500m (£305m) from the US’s Global Marine for one, and possibly two drillships. The vessels have provisional delivery dates of September 1999 and January 2000.