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Energy - 2005






















ConocoPhillips is to seek permission to build a liquefied natural gas import and power generation plant at the Teesside Oil Terminal.

Marine Current Turbines has secured a licence to set up an experimental £8.5m tidal energy project at Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland next year.

BiFab is to create 60 new jobs at its fabrication yard in Burntisland, having won orders from Talisman Energy and Scottish & Southern to manufacture seabed support structures for two wind turbines.

UK Coal has won planning permission from Durham County Council for a 121-acre opencast mine at Stony Heap, near Leadgate, with the creation of 40 jobs.

Ramco Energy has sold Ramco Oil Services, the Aberdeen-based company with 180 staff worldwide, to a management buy-out for £14m.

Eon is seeking government permission to build a £350m 1,200 MW gas-fired power station on the Isle of Grain in Kent.

Wood Group has sold its ProTech oil production technology business, which has 100 staff in Aberdeen, Norway and the US, to WellDynamics for an initial £14m.

Moray Council is considering plans from Catamount Energy for the development of a wind farm with 29 turbines at Berry Burn on the Altyre Estate.

Celtic Energy is seeking permission from Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot councils to extend an opencast coal mine at Coed Hafod Heulog, with the creation of 70 jobs.

Cromarty Firth Port Authority has been selected as preferred bidder to acquire the KBR Caledonia offshore yard at Nigg in Easter Ross, which could lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs in the manufacture of equipment for wind and wave power.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced plans to invest £20m in Cumbria over the next two years, including the launch of a nuclear research institute in Whitehaven and a skills academy.

Intertek has acquired Lintec Testing Services for £3m and Lubricant Quality Scan for £0.4m, in order to expand its marine fuel and lubricant testing business.

BP is to invest £4.6bn in wind, hydrogen and solar power over the next ten years, with the creation of about 500 jobs in a new division called BP Alternative Energy.

Global Marine Energy is to raise £5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Leeds-based oilfield services business.

Peel Holdings and the Northwest Regional Development Agency are to look into the possibility of setting up the UK's largest wave and tidal power project in the Mersey estuary.

ITI Energy is to invest £9.3m in the development of a hi-tech battery system for industrial-scale power storage, which will involve the formation of a new Scottish company called Plurion with the backing of Applied Intellectual Capital and Lotus Engineering.

Aspen Clean Fuels is to merge with Shield Capital in a £14m deal, creating a new group called Aspen Clean Energy.

EDF Energy is considering plans to build a £450m 1,200MW gas-fired power station at its existing site in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, by 2010.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to invest £225m in flue gas desulphurisation equipment at the Fiddler's Ferry and Ferrybridge coal-fired power stations in Cheshire and South Yorkshire, which will extend their life to beyond 2015.

Amec and Alstom have won a £108m contract from RWE Npower to reduce sulphur emissions at the Aberthaw coal-fired power station in South Wales, which will involve the creation of 50 new jobs.

EcoSecurities is planning to raise £54m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its greenhouse gas consultancy.

Scottish Power is to close the Longannet and Cockenzie coal-fired power stations in 2015, having decided not to install emission filters required by new European regulations.

Helix RDS, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas consultancy with 180 staff, has been acquired by Cal Dive International of the US for £18m.

TallOil of Sweden is to invest £5m in the expansion of its new biofuels storage centre at Tees Dock over the next two years.

Caledonian Petroleum Services is to relocate its 50 staff to a 40,000 sq ft workshop and office at the Kirkhill Industrial Estate in Aberdeen in December.

BG Group is to invest £500m in gas exploration and development projects in countries such as the UK and Tunisia, in addition to the previously-announced planned expenditure of £2.6bn for 2005-06.

Venture Production is planning to invest £96m in the development of the Ensign gas field in the North Sea, with production starting in 2007 or 2008.

Amec has acquired Compagnie Industrielle de Montage et d'Entretien, the French nuclear technical services company with 160 staff.

National Grid has announced proposals for a multi-million pound 115-mile gas pipeline from Felindre, near Swansea, to Tirley in Gloucestershire, with construction work starting in 2007.

Sovereign Oilfield has acquired Serco SA, the French oilfield services company, for £1m.

Darlington Borough Council has approved plans from EDF Energy for the development of a wind farm with five turbines at Royal Oak Farm, near Shildon.

Novera Energy has announced that Novera Macquarie Renewable Energy has acquired 7MW of landfill gas assets in Norfolk for £11m.

Paladin Resources, the oil production company, is to be acquired by Talisman of Canada for £1.2bn.

ATH Resources is seeking permission to develop an opencast coal mine on a 181-acre site at Muir Dean near Dunfermline, which could create up to 118 jobs.

AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, is planning to recruit 1,000 new scientists and support staff, as well as 1,200 building contractors, as its budget will double to £2bn over the next three years.

East Lindsey District Council has approved plans from Ecotricity to build a wind farm with 20 turbines at Conisholme, near Louth.

Chevron is to expand its Aberdeen headquarters by building a new 110,000 sq ft office on an adjacent site over the next 12 months, in order to provide more space for its 490 staff.

Npower has won government approval to build a £50m 26-turbine onshore wind farm at Little Cheyne Court in the Romney Marsh area.

Eon has confirmed plans to build a £90m biomass power station in Lockerbie by 2007, with the creation of more than 300 jobs in the area.

Centrica is to sell its 49% stake in the Accuread gas meter reading business to GSL Utility Services for £11m.

Petrol Express has acquired 14 petrol filling stations in the Midlands and South Wales from Texaco for £4.5m, taking its total chain to 62.

Northern Petroleum has sold its Northern Petroleum Exploration subsidiary to Gold Oil for £0.3m, in order to focus on its new projects in the Netherlands.

Renewable Energy Holdings has announced that its REH Landfill Gas subsidiary is to acquire Gwynt Cymru, the owner of a 1MW landfill gas project in North Wales, for £1.6m.

RBG has acquired the UK and US operations of Core Technical Services, the Aberdeen-based oil services company with 100 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Ineos Enterprises is to seek planning permission to build an underground gas storage plant at Holford Brinefields in Cheshire.

D1 Oils is aiming to build its first biodiesel refinery on Teesside, in order to produce 8,000 tonnes of biofuel a year, having previously announced plans to move its test refinery to Billingham Industrial Estate.

British Gas is to create a further 112 new jobs in Leeds with the expansion of its Home Services division in Wortley.

Edmund Nuttall is expected to win a £33m contract to build a waste-to-energy plant at Colnbrook in Buckinghamshire.

Caledonia Oil & Gas, the gas producer with stakes in 15 North Sea fields, is to be acquired by Eon of Germany for £470m.

Cenergie of Redcar is seeking a suitable site for a new alkaline fuel cell production plant, which could lead to the creation of up to 90 jobs.

D1 Oils has announced plans to set up a biodiesel research facility on a 60,000 sq ft site at the Billingham Industrial Estate on Teesside, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.

RPS has acquired ECL Group, the oil industry services company with 125 staff at offices in Henley-on-Thames, London, Aberdeen, Winfrith, North America and Australia, for up to £27m.

Wood Group has raised £51m in a share placing to fund expansion projects and acquisitions for its Aberdeen-based oil services business.

Virgin is to hold talks with various airlines about proposals to build a $2bn oil refinery to produce aircraft fuel, and the company is also interested in setting up an oil exploration business.

Geothermal International has raised £3m of new capital to fund the expansion of its Coventry-based energy business, and has also announced the acquisition of stakes in Geothermal Heating International and GHI Installations.

Welsh Biofuels of Bridgend is to receive a £0.9m investment from the Environment Trust, in order to expand its output of wood pellets from 2,000 to 33,000 tons a year by 2007.

Clipper Windpower is planning to float on Aim this week with a market capitalisation of £180m, in order to fund the expansion of its renewable energy business in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK.

Mersey Docks & Harbour Company has submitted plans to build three wind turbines in Sefton and two in Liverpool, at a cost of £12m.

South Derbyshire District Council is to consider plans from E.ON UK to build a £350m gas-fired power station at Drakelow by 2009.

Ecotricity is seeking permission to set up a new wind farm with six turbines at Poplars Farm and Bambers Farm on the Lincolnshire coast.

Able UK has submitted plans to Hartlepool Council to build a £0.25m biogas plant at the Seaton Meadows landfill site, in order to convert waste gas into electricity.

BecoSolar, the Dartmouth-based developer of solar power systems, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate and Finance South West.

Star Capital is to sell Inexus, the provider of gas networks for residential property developments, to Challenger Infrastructure Fund of Australia for £465m.

Amerada Hess, the US energy company, is to set up a European headquarters at the Adelphi building in London WC2, having agreed to lease 52,000 sq ft.

Associated British Ports is to build a £1m green fuel storage tank at the port of Goole, in order to import wood pellets, olive residue and other materials for Renewable Fuels.

B9 Energy of Larne is to create 12 new jobs, having won contracts to operate wind farms in Cornwall, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Wales and Co Leitrim.

Hunting has acquired Cromar, the Aberdeen-based provider of well services to oil and gas companies with 66 staff, for £10m.

British Benzol, the Aylesbury-based oil distributor with 15 depots, has been acquired by the Total Butler division of Total UK.

NWF Group has acquired Broadland Fuels, the Norfolk-based fuel distribution company, for £0.7m.

ATH Resources has won planning permission to extend the Skares Road opencast coal mine near Cumnock in Ayrshire, and now expects to submit plans for the 2m tonne Muir Dean project in Fife later this year.

British Gas is to recruit 116 customer service staff for a new office due to open at the Leeds City Office Park in October.

Scottish Gas is expanding its call centres in Dennistoun and Uddingston, with the creation of 140 jobs.

Scottish Power is planning to spend £750m expanding its wind farm division, increasing capacity from 250MW to 1,000MW by 2010.

Perth & Kinross Council is considering plans from RWE Npower to build a £5m hydroelectric generating scheme at the River Braan near Dunkeld.

Renewable Energy Holdings has acquired the Windpark wind farm in Germany from EDF Energies Nouvelles for £33m.

Whessoe Oil & Gas has confirmed plans to relocate its headquarters to the Morton Palms business park in Darlington in October, securing the future of more than 135 jobs.

The Welsh Development Agency is setting up a Welsh Energy Research Centre at its Engineering Centre for Manufacturing & Materials in Port Talbot, as part of a collaboration between the universities of Cardiff, Swansea, Glamorgan and Bangor.

Carron Energy is planning to build a £400m gas-fired power station next to its existing Uskmouth coal-fired plant in Newport by 2008, with the creation of 85 permanent jobs.

The University of Manchester is to set up a new centre for nuclear teaching and research called the Dalton Nuclear Institute, and more than 100 academics, research staff and students will work there.

BUE Marine, the Leith-based offshore support company with 622 staff, has been acquired by Topaz Energy & Marine of Dubai for £86m.

Airtricity has announced plans for the development of a £50m wind farm with 36 turbines at Braes of Doune in Stirlingshire by mid-2006.

Eclipse Energy is considering plans for a flotation early next year, in order to help with the development of the world's first offshore gas and wind energy project off the coast of Barrow.

Biofuels Corporation is considering plans to set up a second biodiesel plant, having secured contracts for the sale of most of the output from the first plant due to open on Teesside in September.

The Scottish Executive has approved plans from Fred Olsen Renewables for the expansion of the Crystal Rig wind farm near Dunbar with an extra 52 turbines.

Star Energy is to acquire Pentex Management, the oil and gas company with exploration opportunities in the East Midlands Basin and the Weald Basin, for £38m.

Climate Change Capital has raised £6m from institutional investors to fund the expansion of its environmental advisory business.

Npower, the electricity and gas company, is planning to create 60 new jobs at its call centre in County Durham.

Scottish & Southern Energy and Viking Energy are planning to build a 600MW wind farm in the Shetlands.

Bristol Port Company is to submit plans later this year to build a wind farm with three turbines in Avonmouth.

Nautical Petroleum, the North Sea oil company, has acquired Alba Resources for £14m and First Mariner for £3m, and has also raised £8m in a share placing.

Paladin Resources has secured government approval to proceed with the £165m development of the Blane oilfield in the North Sea.

Birmingham City Council has secured a £1.3m government grant to build a £4m green energy centre at the Eastside development, which will involve a network of underground pipes to carry heat and electricity to buildings.

Hargreaves is considering plans to relocate its headquarters from Esh Winning to Yorkshire, following the acquisition of the Monckton coke production plant near Barnsley, which has 88 staff.

BP and Scottish & Southern Energy have announced plans to build a new kind of power plant in Peterhead at a cost of £335m, which will involve the conversion of natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Abbot Group has acquired Prosafe Drilling Services, the Norwegian offshore drilling contractor, for £75m.

British Energy is planning to set up a multi-million pound 16,000 sq ft training facility at Hartlepool Power Station.

Centrica has acquired a 51% stake in SPE, the Belgian power generating company, in a £507m joint venture with Gaz de France that also involves the sale of Centrica's Luminus business to SPE.

Amec is to acquire NNC Holdings, the nuclear services group with about 1,000 staff, from British Nuclear Fuels and 3i for £25m.

Camcal is planning to create about 40 jobs at Arnish on Lewis, having won a contract from Ocean Power Delivery to produce tube segments for a wave-farm project off the coast of Portugal.

Western Isles Council is planning to set up a hydrogen teaching and research laboratory, with the eventual aim of using the Hebrides to pioneer the development of wind farms that produce hydrogen.

Stolt Offshore is looking to recruit up to 50 engineers for its oil and gas engineering business in Aberdeen.

The Department of Trade & Industry is to allocate £40m to support the development of cleaner electricity generation projects, including hydrogen, fuel cells and technologies to store greenhouse gases under the North Sea.

Wessex Grain is to conduct a feasibility study to build a bioethanol plant on Teesside, and is also planning to create 40 jobs at a new £45m plant in Somerset.

Renew Tees Valley is in talks with Progressive Energy about plans to build an 800MW "clean coal" power plant on Teesside.

Shell Wind-Energy, E.ON UK and CORE have submitted plans to build a £1.5bn wind farm with 270 turbines in the Thames estuary by 2011.

Coressence has announced plans to build a plant in Herefordshire that will use surplus cider apples to generate electricity.

Centrica is to acquire Oxxio, the Dutch energy supplier with 95 staff, for £92m.

Canatxx is considering plans to build a 1,200MW power station at its recently-acquired bromine works site in Amlwch, Anglesey.

Npower is seeking a contractor to build a £100m wind farm with 30 turbines at Rhyl Flats off the coast of North Wales.

RWE Nukem of Harwell is planning to expand its workforce from 150 to 300 over the next year, in order to benefit from a new government effort to renovate power stations and handle nuclear waste efficiently.

D1 Oils is raising £25m in a share placing to fund the development of biodiesel production projects in China, Saudi Arabia and India.

International Power is to acquire the Saltend power station near Hull from Calpine, in a £500m deal with Mitsui.

Advantage West Midlands has awarded a £1m grant to Eccleshall Biomass to fund the development of a £6.5m grass-fuelled power station in Staffordshire.

Harworth Power is planning to build the first wind farm in the West Midlands, involving six turbines on the site of a former colliery near Cannock Chase.

Peel Holdings has won government approval to set up a £50m wind farm with 26 turbines at Scout Moor near Rochdale.

Wavegen, the Inverness-based developer of wave power stations, has been acquired by Voith Siemens Hydro of Germany.

Scottish Power is to sell its PacifiCorp electricity generation and supply business in the US to Berkshire Hathaway for £5.1bn.

National Grid Transco is to close its Transco gas office in Peterborough this summer, and the 45 administrators and engineers are being offered the chance to relocate to Nottingham, Northampton and Lincolnshire.

Whessoe Oil & Gas is looking to relocate its 200-strong workforce to an alternative location in Darlington, as the lease on its Brinkburn Road site expires later this year.

Centrica has sold British Gas Connections, its gas transportation business, to Kellen Ventures, a new company formed by East Surrey Holdings and Terra Firma, for £90m.

Energy4All is looking to set up a co-operative to develop a £15m wind farm with seven turbines near Banff, in partnership with Falck Renewables.

EarthFirst Technologies of the US and Midwest Transport of Ireland are looking to set up two UK facilities to generate electricity from old tyres over the next three years.

Maxol is to acquire 13 Esso-owned petrol stations in Northern Ireland, and will invest £5m modernising the sites over the next two years.

Ocean Power Delivery has won a £5.5m contract to set up the world's first commercial wave energy installation on the north coast of Portugal.

Venture Production is to acquire a package of oil development assets in the Central North Sea from Amerada Hess for about £8m.

Energy Power Resources, the renewable energy company, has been sold by venture capital firm Electra Partners to Australian investment bank Macquarie.

Scottish Power is to link up with the Co-op to develop a wind farm with eight turbines on a Co-op farm in Coldham, Cambridgeshire, by the end of the year.

Eaga Partnership is to acquire MICO Group, the Rotherham-based energy efficiency specialist, for undisclosed terms.

RBG is planning to create 250 new jobs at its Aberdeen-based oil services business, having won a number of new contracts.

Edinburgh Oil & Gas is to be acquired by North Sea investors Oranje Nassau and Dyas for £133m.

Dragon Oil is planning to raise £87m in a share placing to fund the development of its oil and gas fields in Turkmenistan.

Vertex is to create 300 jobs at its call centre in Knowsley, having won a new contract to produce gas and electricity bills and statements for PowerGen.

Shell has sold its InterGen power generation business to AIG and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in a £1bn deal.

KP Renewables is to raise up to £15m ahead of a flotation on Aim, in order to invest in alternative energy projects.

International Energy Group, the Channel Islands-based gas supplier, is to be acquired by Prime Infrastructure of Australia for £202m.

Wood Group has acquired ODL, the energy services company with 135 staff at offices in Aberdeen and Canada, in order to expand its Engineering & Production Facilities division.

HydroVenturi is to invest £2.5m in the commercial development of its renewable energy technology, which harnesses tidal power without the need for moving parts to be submerged under water.

East Surrey Holdings, the water and gas group that owns Phoenix Natural Gas, has accepted a £453m takeover offer from Terra Firma.

Scottish Coal has won permission to set up three new opencast mines near the village of Douglas in South Lanarkshire.

Rolls-Royce is forming a joint venture with EnerTek Singapore to invest £53m in the development of a commercial fuel cell-based power system.

Argent Energy is looking to set up at least two more biodiesel production plants in the UK, having just opened a £15m plant in Motherwell that produces fuel from animal fat and cooking oil.

BDO Stoy Hayward has sold the Holsworthy Biogas waste-powered power station in Devon out of administration to Summerleaze, securing 13 jobs.

British Gas is to recruit a further 400 door-to-door salesmen, as well as 300 telephone sales staff.

National Grid Transco is to invest £355m in the expansion of the Isle of Grain terminal in Kent by 2008, in order to increase imports of liquefied natural gas.

Centrica is planning to recruit 300 technology experts in the Reading area, in order to handle the upgrade of its customer management and billing systems.

Economy Power, the Cardiff-based electricity supply company with 250 staff, is to be acquired by E.ON UK for about £40m, but sister companies Eco2 and Economy Calls are not included in the deal.

Seapower of Sweden is seeking permission to test a tidal turbine at Bluemull Sound in the Shetlands this summer, which could lead to the development of a 1.2MW tidal power station.

OSG, the oil tanker group, is in the process of relocating its Tyneside headquarters and 70 staff to the Quorum development at Balliol.

Suffolk Coastal Council has received plans from Saxon Windpower to build a wind farm with six 100m turbines at Parham airfield near Framlingham.

Centrica is inviting tenders to build a £400m gas-fired power station plant at Langage near Plymouth.

Scottish Power has won permission to set up a £20m wind farm with 14 turbines at Wether Hill in Dumfries & Galloway by 2006.

Eclipse Energy is to submit plans for a combined gas and wind farm site six miles off the coast of Barrow to the Department of Trade & Industry in May.

Global Commodities UK is looking to relocate its Norfolk-based biodiesel production facility, and a number of potential sites are being considered.

SembCorp Utilities has announced plans to build a £60m wood-burning power plant at Wilton on Teesside by 2007, with the creation of about 400 construction jobs and 15 permanent jobs.

Rix Petroleum is to open a new fuel distribution site at Besthorpe in Norfolk by the end of the year, offering a range of fuel products to both private and business users.

The Scottish Executive is to award more than £1m towards the creation of a £6m centre to investigate the commercial viability of tidal power, in order to extend the work being carried out at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

Caledonian Petroleum Services, the oil industry fabrication group with 50 staff, has been acquired by Sovereign Oilfield Services for undisclosed terms.

ATH Resources is seeking permission to open a further three coal mines in Scotland, including a plan to mine 500,000 tonnes of coal at Laigh Glenmuir in Ayrshire.

North British Windpower and Roxburghe Estates are planning to develop a wind farm with 62 turbines at Fallago Ridge in the Lammermuir Hills of Berwickshire.

British Energy is planning to recruit 230 extra staff at its seven power plants, as part of an investment aimed at improving their condition and reliability.

Voller Energy has acquired KAT-Chem, the German developer of hydrogen reformer technology, for up to £0.3m.

Total SA, the oil company, is to relocate its London office from Cavendish Square to a 26,000 sq ft office at Canary Wharf.

Merthyr Tydfil Council has approved plans for the extraction of 10m tonnes of coal at Ffos Y Fran, with the creation of 200 jobs.

Angus Council is to consider plans from Wind Prospect and Ridgewind for the development of a £28m 19-turbine wind farm at Montreathmont Moor.

Airtricity has won planning permission to set up a £10m wind farm at Bessy Bell Mountain between Strabane and Omagh by early next year.

MCC Energy is to raise £3m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its renewable energy business.

Premier Asset Management is planning to launch a global renewable energy fund to invest in wind farm projects, and hopes to raise £100m in a flotation on Aim.

Amec is to acquire Paragon Engineering Services, the US-based oil and gas engineering services company, with the £20m purchase price coming from a £90m share placing.

Eco2 has won permission to develop two landfill gas projects near Bristol and Merseyside, and the electricity generated will be sold to Economy Power.

BP has announced plans to install a £13m sulphur recovery unit at its Grangemouth refinery by the end of the year.

DCC has acquired Dyneley Holdings, the fuel card distributor, for £10m, while sister company DCC Healthcare has acquired 77% of Laleham Healthcare for £7.3m.

Shell is planning to recruit 1,000 engineers to improve the accountability and performance of its worldwide oil exploration and production business.

Peterborough City Council is considering plans from Global Olivine to build Europe's largest recycling plant in the Fengate area of the city, as part of a £250m renewable energy park.

Voller Energy is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its fuel cell manufacturing operations in Basingstoke.

Greenergy is seeking permission to build a £10m biodiesel plant in Immingham, and will use a variety of vegetable oils as fuel.

Brett Oils has sold Ovoline, its lubricants operation with 60 staff in Edinburgh and Lincoln, to Fuchs of Germany for undisclosed terms.

Npower Renewables is considering plans to build an onshore wind farm with 26 turbines at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex.