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Energy - 1997
BNFL, the fuel reprocessor, and Magnox Electric, the nuclear power station operator, have merged to complete the restructuring of the UK nuclear industry, and about 10% of their combined workforce of 16,000 could be lost.
Powell Duffryn has sold Eurogas, its liquefied heating fuel subsidiary, to Calor Gas for £13.5m.
Greenway Holdings, the oil recycling company, has acquired Lanstar's hydrocarbons division for £1.2m, in order to increase its feedstock levels.
National Power has awarded a £450m contract to ABB Power Generation to build a 1,500MW gas-fired power station at Staythorpe near Newark, creating 1,000 construction jobs.
BG is to sell Pipeline Integrity International, its pipeline maintenance business, to Mercury Asset Management for undisclosed terms.
Shell Oil is acquiring Tejas Gas, the gas pipeline, processing and storage company that operates in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, for £900m.
South Western Electricity and Amerada Hess are merging their new gas sales operations in order to provide stronger competition to Centrica in the deregulated domestic gas market.
Dana Petroleum has made an agreed £54m bid for Seafield Resources, the oil exploration and production company with interests in the UK and west Africa.
Ramco Energy is acquiring JKX, the oil explorer that operates in Georgia and Ukraine, for £54m, and is expected to look for a big oil company to help operate the Ukranian assets.
Hyder aims to attract about 800,000 customers when the Welsh domestic gas market is opened up to competition, and will recruit about 200 new staff to its Swalec Gas business.
PacifiCorp of the US has launched a £3.65bn recommended offer for Energy Group, although some analysts fear it may be referred to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission.
Coal Products Holdings has acquired British Fuels, the coal, oil and gas distributor, for £32m, giving it national coverage for the first time.
PowerGen is linking up with Siemens to build a £150m centre for the demonstration of combined cycle gas turbine technology at the Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire.
Eni, the Italian oil and gas group, is planning a corporate restructuring which will involve moving part of its international business from Milan to London, in an effort to become a true multinational.
Melrose Energy is changing its name to Pentex Energy and selling its oil and gas businesses and US interests for £13.6m.
United Utilities has announced the disposal of Norweb's US generation interests to Indeck North American Power Fund for £25m.
Yorkshire Electricity has received a £1.5bn agreed takeover bid from American Electric Power and Public Service Company of Colorado, but the deal will now require regulatory approval.
Gulf Canada has won control of Clyde Petroleum with a £494m cash offer, and job cuts are now likely.
British Gas has been demerged into two new businesses - Centrica, the domestic gas trading and supply operation, and BG plc, the pipeline and international exploration and production operation.
Core Laboratories of Texas has acquired Scott Pickford, the UK oil consultancy, for £7.5m.
OGC International has recommended a £73m takeover bid from Halliburton, the US energy services company.