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Energy - 2002






















Scottish Borders Council is considering plans from Brogan Oils for the development of a fuel distribution storage base in Coldstream.

Innogy has won government approval to build an offshore windfarm at Rhyl Flats in north Wales, including 30 turbines.

British Energy has sold its 82% stake in Bruce Power of Canada to a consortium led by Cameco Corporation for £309m.

Neath Port Talbot Council is considering plans from Valleys Energy for the development of a £375m 460MW power station near Onllwyn, which would burn hydrogen produced from coal and create 120 jobs.

North Lanarkshire Council has approved plans from LAW Mining to operate an opencast coal mine at Fauldhouse, which will involve the extraction of 570,000 tonnes of coal and the creation of 50 jobs.

Paladin Resources is to acquire a package of North Sea oil and gas assets from BP and Amerada Hess for £97m, partly funded by a £42m share placing, in order to increase production by up to 40%.

Lincolnshire County Council is considering plans from Star Energy for the development of a wind farm with 11 turbines near Lincoln.

BP is to sell 494 German petrol stations to PKN Orlen of Poland for £90m, in order to gain regulatory approval for the acquisition of Veba Oil.

Hampshire County Council is to consider plans from Pentex Oil to drill for oil over a two-year period at Ovington near Winchester.

Statoil has acquired the development rights to build an underground gas storage facility at Aldbrough near Hull.

Redcar Council is to consider plans from Sterling Resources to drill for gas in a field at the Kirkleatham Business Park in Redcar.

UK Atomic Energy Authority is planning to build a £100m store for intermediate-level radioactive waste arising from the decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear plant, with work starting in 2005.

Northumberland County Council has approved plans from Roc Oil of Australia to explore for oil and gas at Bingfield near Corbridge.

Argent Energy has announced plans to build a £10m biodiesel production facility at Newarthill in Lanarkshire by early 2004, providing an outlet for excess tallow from abattoirs.

Highland Council has approved plans from Amec to build a £30m 27-turbine onshore wind farm in Skye.

Renewable Energy Systems and B9 Energy are to start work this month on the development of a 20-turbine wind farm at Altahullion in County Londonderry.

Fenland District Council is to consider plans from Wind Prospect for the construction of eight wind turbines at Glass Moor Fen, near Whittlesey.

The Department of Trade & Industry has identified three priority areas for the development of offshore wind farms - the Wash in East Anglia, the Thames estuary and the coastlines of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Ecotricity is planning to build the world's tallest wind turbine at an unspecified site in East Anglia.

BG Group has won approval to build a £211m liquefied natural gas terminal at Brindisi in Italy, in order to import gas from Egypt.

East of England Development Agency is in talks with Global Commodities UK about plans to set up a new 41,000 sq ft facility in Lowestoft to produce environmentally-friendly diesel, with the creation of 30 jobs.

The Department of Trade & Industry is to publish plans for the development of a major renewable energy industry in Scotland, with cables connecting wind farms and hydroelectric dams in northern Scotland to cities across the country.

Centrica has announced the £304m acquisition of Dynegy Storage and Dynegy Onshore Processing, the owner of the Rough offshore gas storage facility in the North Sea and onshore processing facilities at Easington, Yorkshire.

Auiron Energy of Australia is about to submit plans for the development of a £500m open-cast lignite mine and power station in north Antrim, with the creation of 300 jobs.

National Grid has announced plans to relocate its headquarters and about 600 staff from Coventry to the Warwick Technology Park next summer.

Centrica has sold British Gas LPG, its liquefied petroleum gas business with 400 staff and 23 depots, to DCC of Ireland for £41m.

PowerGen Renewables has announced proposals for the development of an offshore wind farm at Portland Harbour in Weymouth.

Cambrian Engineering is to set up a £3m factory to manufacture wind turbine towers at the Arnish fabrication yard in Stornoway, with the creation of 65 jobs.

Coolkeeragh ESB has awarded a £110m contract to a consortium comprising General Electric of the US and Austria's VA Tech to build a 400MW gas-fired power station near Londonderry.

Mayflower Energy has received a £1.5m grant from One NorthEast to establish an administrative headquarters for its offshore windfarm business in the Tees Valley, which could lead to the creation of 140 jobs.

Tuscan Energy and Acorn North Sea have won government approval for a £55m project to reopen the former Argyll oilfield in the North Sea, with the creation of 120 jobs.

TXU is to sell its UK power operations to Eon, the German owner of PowerGen, for £1.62bn, which will involve the transfer of three coal-fired power stations and a London-based combined heat and power scheme.

BP is to sell its network of 70 service stations and other inland fuels businesses in Cyprus to Hellenic Petroleum of Greece for undisclosed terms.

Scottish Borders Council is to consider plans from Amec Wind Energy for the development of a wind farm with 15 turbines at Innerleithen.

Centrica Business Services has submitted plans to build a new office at Grove Park in Leicester, which would involve the creation of up to 200 new jobs and the relocation of staff from existing sites.

Petrofac has bought the Scottish operations of Petroleum Geo Services from its Norwegian parent for £32m, which should secure the future of 2,000 staff in Scotland.

British Gas is to recruit a further 2,000 engineers to cope with rising sales of household services, and the extra jobs are in addition to the 3,000 new jobs announced earlier this year.

John Wood Group has acquired Thomason Mechanical and Bender Machine for £29m, in order to expand its oil services business in the US.

Vestas is to create at least 40 new jobs at its wind turbine factory in Machrihanish, near Campbeltown, after the government announced £20m funding for a National Wind Power project in Wales and a PowerGen project in Norfolk.

Interconnector UK is to double the capacity of its main gas pipeline between Norfolk and Belgium by 2005, at a cost of £75m.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire nine salt caverns at Hornsea in Yorkshire, which are used to store natural gas, from Dynegy for £130m.

RODS UK, the Tamworth-based manufacturer of automotive oils with ten staff and annual turnover of £1.6m, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

North Warwickshire Borough Council is to consider plans from De Mulder & Sons for the development of an integrated renewable energy and recycling plant at its meat by-products site in Hartshill.

Pembrokeshire County Council is to consider plans from Petroplus for the development of a liquefied natural gas storage depot in Milford Haven, but the project would depend upon Transco extending the main gas pipeline from Swansea.

Ecotricity has submitted plans to build a wind farm with six turbines at Sedgeford in West Norfolk.

Amec has won a £48m contract from Transco to build a gas compression facility at Bathgate, near Edinburgh.

Aberdeen City Council is considering plans from Shanks Waste Services for the installation of two generators and a gas flare tower at the Tarbothill landfill site, in order to generate electricity from methane.

ExxonMobil is considering plans to set up a liquefied natural gas terminal at the former Esso refinery on the Milford Haven waterway, although a number of other sites are also being looked at.

Alkane Energy is to install methane gas extraction equipment at the recently-closed Prince of Wales colliery in Yorkshire, in order to fuel a distributed electricity generation plant.

John Wood Group is seeking acquisitions to expand its oil and gas services business in Brazil, West Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

Texaco is planning to open 20 liquid petroleum gas service stations for cars by the end of the year, having just opened the first in Birmingham.

Celtic Energy has submitted revised plans to extend opencast mining at East Pit in the upper Amman Valley, which would provide more than 130 jobs.

Cumbria County Council is considering plans from Warwick Energy for the development of 30 wind turbines off Walney Island, while Solway Offshore has lodged a bid for a 60-turbine wind farm off the Cumbrian coast.

The Coal Authority has awarded a £1.5m contract to Nuttall to refurbish the Morlase mine water treatment works in Llanelli.

Lattice is to seek permission to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal at the Isle of Grain in the Medway, and hopes the site will be operational by the end of 2004.

British Nuclear Fuels has won a £230m contract to work on the development of four nuclear power plants in South Korea.

Scottish Power is to expand its US energy business with the £118m acquisition of Aquila's Katy gas storage facility and four other storage sites in Texas.

London Electricity has won government approval for a £70m project to fit a flue gas desulphurisation plant at its Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire.

Centrica has acquired Electricity Direct UK, the supplier of power to 97,000 commercial customers, for £63m.

Innogy's National Wind Power division has won government approval to build 30 offshore wind turbines near Prestatyn.

Connaught is to acquire GasForce, the Chorley-based commercial gas appliance maintenance company with 390 staff, for £22m.

AEA Technology has produced a feasibility study on behalf of Greenpeace and TXU for the development of 15,000 wind generators off the coast of East Anglia, and the £30bn scheme could generate 25% of the country's electricity needs by 2020.

Shell is in discussions with China National Offshore Oil Corporation about plans to invest £255m in two oil and gas fields off the coast of northern China.

Cleveland Potash has secured government permission to build a gas-fired combined heat and power station at the Boulby Mine works in Saltburn.

Vestas of Denmark is looking at the possibility of setting up a £50m factory in Ayrshire to make wind turbine blades, which could lead to the creation of up to 450 jobs.

Redcar Council has approved plans from Amec and Corus for the development of a £30m wind farm with 18 turbines at the former Corus steelworks site at Redcar, and similar projects may be started on nine other Corus sites in the UK and Europe.

Mayflower is set to win a £70m contract to install 30 wind turbines six miles off the coast of Anglesey for RWE of Germany, in partnership with Vestas Group of Denmark.

International Power has submitted plans for a new flue gas desulphurisation plant to extend the life of Rugeley Power Station.

Ramco Energy has acquired Northern Exploration of Ireland from Northern Petroleum for £2m.

The University of Nottingham has announced plans to build a £10m eco-village on its Jubilee Campus, in order to test energy and buildings technology and attract tourists.

Transco is said to be planning to build a 30km gas pipeline near Middlesbrough, and the £10m project is expected to be put out to tender in September.

Centrica has acquired Regional Power Generators, the owner of the Glandford Brigg power station in Lincolnshire, from IVO Energy for £37m.

LEPCO, the oil and gas company, is to acquire Sterling Energy in a £9.5m reverse takeover.

EnCana of Canada has announced that the Buzzard discovery in the North Sea contains more than one billion barrels of oil, making it the UK's largest find for 25 years, and the £600m project could create up to 1,000 jobs.

Seeboard, the south-east England electricity supplier, is to be acquired by Electricite de France for £1.39bn, and the business will be merged with London Electricity to create a combined group with more than 10,000 staff.

KYE has announced plans to create 100 jobs at a fabrication yard in Middlesbrough to work on a £150m gas pipeline project in the Irish Sea, while a further 200 jobs will be created in Barrow.

Talisman Energy has launched a feasibility study into plans to build one of the world's biggest offshore windfarms with up to 120 turbines at the Beatrice oilfield 75 miles off Aberdeen.

Allerdale Council is to consider plans from British Energy Renewables to build 12 wind turbines on farmland in Westnewton.

Highland Council is to consider plans from RDC Scotland for the development of a £15m wind farm with 14 turbines near Dunvegan on Skye.

Scottish Power has won permission from Argyll & Bute Council to build a £20m wind farm with 35 turbines at Cruach Mhor, Glendaruel, and local companies will now be invited to tender for up to £3m in contracts.

Expro International is seeking acquisitions worth up to £100m to expand its oil services business.

BP is to build a £2bn 1,090-mile oil pipeline across Turkey in partnership with Eni, Statoil and Unocal.

Venture Production has won government approval for a £90m project to develop the Sycamore oil and gas field, creating 400 onshore and offshore jobs during construction.

East Surrey Holdings is to invest a further £12m in the Phoenix Natural Gas joint venture over the next three years, in order to develop a new gas distribution network in Belfast in partnership with BG and KeySpan Energy.

Fenland District Council has approved plans from Wind Prospect to build nine wind turbines at Coldham, in order to provide green electricity to thousands of homes.

Scottish Power has submitted plans for the development of a £70m wind farm on the site of an abandoned open-cast mine at Forth in South Lanarkshire.

Centrica has agreed to take the full output of a £425m 860MW gas-fired power plant to be built by InterGen in Spalding, and has also secured planning permission to build a £60m natural gas terminal at Barrow-in-Furness.

United Utilities and Abbey National Treasury Services have won a £225m contract from British Gas to install and maintain about 5m gas meters in northern England and North Wales.

Wavegen is to receive £2.3m of government funding to develop three shallow-water wave energy devices off the Western Isles.

Weatherford International, the oil services group, is to relocate its manufacturing business and up to 50 staff from Aberdeen to Arbroath, but will soon announce plans for a new research and development site in Aberdeen.

The Scottish Executive is to consider plans from TXU for the development of an offshore wind farm with 60 turbines at Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth.

The Carbon Trust has announced plans to provide up to £75m of funding to developers of low-carbon energy technology, as part of a government programme to reinvest some of the proceeds of the climate change levy in industry.

Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells is to set up a membrane electrode assembly production facility at Lydiard Fields in Swindon in August, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Energy Power Resources is to acquire the renewable energy operations of Kelda for up to £25m, including a wood-fired power station near Selby and a 31% stake in three chicken litter plants.

WS Atkins is to create 50 new jobs at the Westlakes Science Park near Whitehaven, in order to help British Nuclear Fuels deal with nuclear waste.

UK Coal is to invest £1m at the Ellington colliery in Northumberland, in order to maintain production and secure the future of 400 jobs.

Coalpower is to submit plans for the development of an industry park around its proposed £300m power station at Hatfield Colliery in Doncaster, which could lead to the creation of up to 2,000 jobs.

Banham Poultry is seeking planning permission to build a power plant fuelled by waste products at its poultry processing factory in Attleborough.

Newark & Sherwood District Council has approved plans from Sherwood Energy Village for the £100m transformation of Ollerton Colliery into a "green" village, including offices, houses, hotels, a biomass power plant and the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.

National Grid and Lattice are planning a £15bn merger to create a combined gas and electricity group called National Grid Transco.

John Wood Group is planning to raise £140m in a flotation, in order to fund the expansion of its Aberdeen-based oil services business and reduce debt.

PowerGen and Abbot have won government approval for the development of a £80m 76MW offshore wind farm at Great Yarmouth, which will include 38 turbines.

British Gas is planning to create dozens of new sales and customer service jobs at its recently-acquired Enron Direct electricity and gas business in Oxford.

Melrose Resources is considering plans for an equity offering to raise funds for the expansion of its oil and gas exploration activities in Egypt and Bulgaria.

Foster Wheeler has won a £60m contract from Shell to build onshore gas processing facilities at the St Fergus terminal in the outer Moray Firth, which will create 70 jobs at its Glasgow office and more than 300 jobs elsewhere in Scotland.

Economy Power has secured £1.5m of funding from the Bank of Wales to expand its electricity trading business, and more sales people will be added to the 65-strong Cardiff workforce.

Island Solar is planning to set up a solar panels factory near Cowes on the Isle of Wight this summer, with the creation of about 80 jobs.

Hyder Business Services is to create 150 jobs at its Cwmbran headquarters, having won a £6m call centre contract from Virgin Energy.

Shell is to acquire Enterprise Oil, the exploration company operating in the North Sea, Norway and the Gulf of Mexico, for £3.5bn, and up to 400 jobs will be lost at Enterprise's offices in London and Aberdeen.

Vibtech of Glasgow has secured £4m to fund the development of its Infinite Telemetry system for the oil industry, which allows large volumes of seismic geological data to be transmitted via a broadband cellular radio network.

Airtricity is planning to create up to 50 jobs in Northern Ireland over the next three years, having formed a new subsidiary to offer cheaper electricity to small businesses, and is currently seeking approval for two wind farms in Fermanagh and Tyrone.

Shell has announced plans to build a £350m liquefied natural gas terminal in Baja California, Mexico, by 2006.

The National Assembly for Wales is considering plans from Celtic Offshore Wind for the development of a £150m offshore wind farm at Abergele, near Colwyn Bay.

Shell is to acquire Pennzoil-Quaker State, the US lubricants company, for £1.2bn.

Innogy, the electricity supplier, has agreed to a £3.1bn takeover offer from RWE of Germany.

Scottish & Southern Energy has awarded contracts worth £50m to refurbish its hydroelectric power stations, including Ceannacroc, Invergarry and Aigas, near Inverness.

Shell has announced plans to invest £5.3bn in the Nigerian energy sector over the next three years, in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Eni and TotalFinaElf.

Ocean Power Delivery has raised £6m of venture capital to fund the development of its Edinburgh-based wave-power technology business, and hopes to connect floating generators to Scotland's grid within two years.

Cambridge University is to share a £4m government grant with 17 other organisations around the country to encourage the use of solar energy, and will install solar panels at the new West Cambridge science and technology campus.

Scottish & Southern Energy is conducting a feasibility study into the development of a 60MW hydroelectric dam near the southern end of Loch Ness.

Centrica is to expand its Luminus joint venture in Belgium through the £5m acquisition of the electricity customers of four municipal utilities.

Moray Council has approved plans from Fred Olsen Renewables for the development of two £70m 28-turbine wind farms in the hills of Speyside.

BHP Billiton is to relocate the headquarters of its petroleum and purchasing operations from London to Northop, Flintshire, at a cost of £3m.

Shell Expro has won government approval to start work on the £300m Goldeneye natural gas project in the Outer Moray Firth, which will create 300 North Sea construction jobs.

Aker Kvaerner is expecting to create up to 1,000 jobs in Aberdeen over the next two years, as part of the ongoing expansion of its oil platform engineering and maintenance operation.

Middlesex Holdings is to acquire Petrol Express, the petrol retailing company with 47 forecourts, and has also announced plans to sell its Russian steel trading business.

Premier Oil is to invest £7m in the £69m Zamzama gas field project in Pakistan.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced a contract with Vestas-Celtic Wind Technology to build a £7m 13MW windfarm at Tangy on the Mull of Kintyre.

The Scottish Executive is understood to have chosen Aberdeen as the location for a new Scottish Energy Institute, which could lead to the creation of thousands of jobs.

TXU has acquired the UK electricity and gas supply operations of Amerada Hess for £117m, gaining 400,000 more domestic customers.

Marathon Oil has announced plans to build a £600m 675km gas pipeline between North Sea gas fields and the Bacton terminal in East Anglia.

KBC Advanced Technologies has acquired Linnhoff March International of Manchester in a £2.8m deal, in order to expand its energy efficiency and clean fuels service to the hydrocarbon processing industry.

British Energy and British Nuclear Fuels are forming a joint venture to develop plans for the replacement of British Energy's ageing nuclear plants with a new generation of power stations.

Centrica is in negotiations to acquire NewPower, the US energy trader, for £87m, in order to gain a further 650,000 North American customers.

Innogy is seeking permission to build a new 100,000 sq facility in Swindon for its Regenesys fuel cells business, in order to relocate staff from the existing sites at Harwell and Windmill Hill.

Centrica has raised £426m in a share placing to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its US electricity and gas supply business.

Bank of Scotland is forming a pan-European consortium called Aeolus to invest up to £1bn in wind farm developments, and partners include NordLB, NIB, PB Power, Norton Rose and Marsh.

Venture Production of Aberdeen is planning to raise about £25m in a flotation next month to fund the development of oil and gas reserves in the North Sea and in Trinidad.

KBC Advanced Technologies has acquired Petroleum Economics, the energy economics consultancy, for £2m.

Northern Electric has sold its wind power business to London Electricity for £3.5m, including turbines in Northumberland and County Durham and the right to build a £60m offshore windfarm near Hartlepool.

AEA Technology has acquired Kinectrics, the Canadian power technology company, from Ontario Power Generation for £5.9m.

British Energy has announced plans to invest £31m in improvements at its eight UK nuclear plants over the next two years.

Bethell has won a £15m electrical cable installation contract from United Utilities, which will create 100 new jobs in the north-west.

Texaco is planning to build multi-storey apartment and office blocks above three petrol stations in London, and is said to be considering the possibility of similar developments on up to 150 sites.

Coalpower is planning to build a new power station next to the Hatfield colliery in Doncaster, which is now in full production and employing more than 200 workers.

Centrica is to acquire the household heating services division of Enbridge, the Canadian energy distribution group, for £437m.

Arko Energy has agreed a £15m reverse takeover by Chang Zhou Power Development Company, the operator of a coal-fired power plant in China.

London Electricity has announced plans to set up a new £13m customer service centre for its SWEB business in Exeter, which would involve the relocation of 600 jobs and the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs.

Conoco and Foster Wheeler are to start work on the development of a new combined heat and power plant at South Killingholme, which will employ up to 500 construction workers and is due for completion in 2004.

PowerGen has dropped plans to sell its £500m combined heat and power business, and will continue to operate the 17 existing generators and build the four currently under construction.

Scottish Power has submitted plans for the development of a £150m wind farm at Whitelee Forest near Glasgow.

NEG Micon Rotors is to create 50 new jobs at its Newport factory on the Isle of Wight over the next six months, having won an order to supply 69 blades for a wind farm in Australia.

Costain has won a £60m contract to build a gas treatment plant in Barrow-in-Furness, using gas from the River Fields development in the Irish Sea.

BP and ChevronTexaco have announced plans to build a £16m 22MW wind farm at their Nerefco oil refinery near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Scottish & Southern Energy and Wavegen are planning to set up a series of wave energy power stations off north-west Scotland, and Wavegen is looking to manufacture wave energy plants at the former Arnish yard on Lewis.

Shell is considering plans to invest £5.2bn in Nigerian oil and gas, as part of a consortium with Agip and TotalFinaElf.

Intersolar is to build a £1.2m solar cell factory at an undisclosed location, having secured a £0.5m grant from the Department of Trade & Industry.

National Grid International is seeking permission to build a multi-million pound converter station on 200 acres of land at Hawthorn Colliery in east Durham, which would export any surplus power to Norway through undersea cables.