RHI set to move forward following deal in the Comprehensive
One of the few positives to come from the Spending Review on
October 20th 2010 was the clear commitment by Government to
press on with the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive that will
see the UK commit to delivering 12% renewable heat by 2020. The
renewable heat incentive allows schools, businesses, social
housing providers and individuals to obtain an income from
renewable heat technologies such as ground source heat pumps
installed on their properties. Tariffs are yet to be set, but a
clear deadline of before the end of the year has been put
forward with the plan going live in June 2011. Following the
“Feed in Tariff” (FiT) scheme popularity and the subsequent
scarcity of Solar PV, it is highly recommended that customers
wishing to invest in renewable heat get in as early as they can.
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Magpie present at a leading ground source heat pump industry
conference and call for clearer and more concise information
during design and procurement stage of ground source drilling
Magpie highlight the need for expert partners in the ground
source energy industry with an article in the leading civil
engineering magazine “New Civil Engineer”
full details here.
RoSPA Occupational Health and
Safety Award - Silver
Magpie Environmental Drilling Services Ltd. is celebrating
winning a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award (Silver
category). The Silver award will be presented at a special
ceremony at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel at the
National Exhibition Centre, on Wednesday, May 13. The ceremony
will take place alongside the Safety and Health Expo 2009,
Europe’s leading annual health and safety at work exhibition.
David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager, said: "Magpie Environmental
Drilling Services Ltd. has shown a commitment to protecting the
health and well-being of its employees and others". Entering the
RoSPA Awards reinforces the message that good health and safety
is good for business and clearly demonstrates an organisation’s
dedication to improving performance in this crucial area”.
Gary Raffle, Magpie Environmental Drilling Services, Managing
Director, said "It is a huge honour to receive the RoSPA Silver
Award, this is the first year that we have entered for a RoSPA
Award, and to achieve the Silver award straight away is very
encouraging". Gary also said “The award scheme reinforces our
dedication and investment in health and safety and having
excellent health and safety management systems in place".
New Geothermal Operations Manager
Kevin Bell has joined Magpie as Geothermal Operations Manager.
Kevin is a well known figure in the Drilling Industry and brings
with him a massive wealth of experience that ranges from some of
the largest geothermal projects in the UK to underground gas
storage projects. After being onboard for just a few weeks Kevin
is impressing the rest of the Magpie team with his ethos for
working, client liaison skills and improving production. The
appointment of Kevin pointedly demonstrates that Magpie
understands that having the right people is equally as important
as having the right machinery.
School gets heat from ground
Magpie Drilling are helping to promote the use of geothermal
energy by giving a helping hand at teaching school children
about renewable energy at the Chad Varah School in Lincoln.
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Latest addition to the fleet.
Magpie are proud to present the purchase of a Comacchio MC1500
to the fleet. The rig was chosen for its flexibility of drilling
both closed and open loop wells within the geothermal field and
will further boost Magpie’s position within the Geothermal
Prominent Contract Award
Eaton Square, Belgravia, London.
Magpie’s services have been retained by Holloway White Allom
Limited for the drilling, installation and pump testing of 2
open loop geothermal wells for supplying ground sourced heating
and cooling capability at some of Grosvenor’s luxury domestic
properties around the square. Following several planning
meetings to ensure the project team formed a close working
group, initial geophysical surveys to locate deep buried
services organised by Magpie have been successfully completed.
Works are due to commence in February 2008.
Epsom Contract Award
Epsom Race Course, Epsom.
Magpie has been selected to drill, install and test an 18 closed
loop borehole field for the new Grandstand development of the
world famous Epsom Race Course, home of the Derby. Magpie were
selected for their realistic pricing and excellent reputation to
carry out the works at one of the premier equestrian facilities
in the country. Magpie will be working closely with the Smith
Group as their specialist geothermal drilling subcontractor.
Prestigious Contract Award
The Lancasters, Lancaster Gate, London.
Magpie’s services have been retained by Woolf Developments Ltd
for the drilling, installation and pump testing of 4 open loop
geothermal wells at the prestigious “The Lancasters” luxury
residential development in Central London. Magpie were selected
for their competitive pricing, professional attitude and
flexibility during the tender and post tender period. Works are
due to commence in the New Year.
New Operations Manager
Phil Keeble has joined Magpie as Operations Manager. Phil comes
from the MOD where he worked for the Royal Engineers within the
Special Team section facilitating the drilling and installation
of ground water extraction wells and site investigations around
the world. He brings with him many abilities including
operational expertise, logistical management and Health, Safety
and Environment qualifications. Phil is eager to provide the
operational support to our drilling crews on the ground and
ensure that Magpies high working standards are maintained during
this sustained period of strong organic growth.
New Contracts Manager
Michael Moggeridge has joined Magpie as Contracts Manager.
Michael, a Geologist by trade, arrives from SLR Consulting, one
of the UK’s leading Environmental Consultancies where he spent 7
years working within environmental engineering team. He brings
with him a wealth of quality assurance expertise, contractual
knowledge and Construction Health and Safety experience that are
directly applicable to all of Magpies business areas. Michael is
looking forward to the opportunities offered by a company
rapidly expanding through organic growth underpinned by its
excellent reputation for quality and service.