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Lasmo, the oil exploration company, has accepted a £2.7bn takeover offer from Eni of Italy, which beats a rival bid from Amerada Hess of the US.

PowerGen has sold the Rye House power station in Hertfordshire to Scottish Power for £220m.

Rugby Cement has won government approval to build a 14MW gas-fired combined heat and power station at its South Ferriby plant in North Lincolnshire.

PGS Atlantic Power of Norway is to create 60 new jobs at its Aberdeen operation, having won a contract to operate an offshore support vessel for Kerr-McGee.

PowerGen has sold its option to build a 800MW power station in Cologne to the Intergen joint venture between Shell and Bechtel for undisclosed terms, and has also announced a £300m securitisation programme to reduce financing costs.

BP is planning to build a £320m pipeline between Shetland and the Magnus field which will secure 1,000 jobs, and the company will also invest £210m in the Foinaven field.

Sibir Energy has increased its stake in its Russian subsidiary to 98% following the purchase of a further 20% from Gazprom, and is also planning to develop new fields in western Siberia in partnership with Sibneft.

Scottish & Southern Energy has won government permission to build a gas-fired combined heat and power station at Northfleet in Kent.

Scottish Coal has won EU approval for a £17m government aid package for the Longannet deep coal mine, which will secure more than 500 jobs.

Rigblast is to acquire Meaux Services of Texas for £5.5m, in order to expand its oil industry support services with the creation of 200 new jobs, including 100 in Aberdeen and 100 in the US.

Aupec, the petroleum economics and benchmarking consultancy created at Aberdeen University, has undergone a management buy-out.

National Grid is to open up the 2,000MW electricity interconnector between England and France to competition from next April, which will involve the auction of 50MW blocks.

Guardian iT is linking up with PowerGen to build a 24MW gas-fired power plant at a planned £50m internet co-location facility near Heathrow, in order to avoid electricity supply problems.

Atlantic Electric & Gas is to set up a call centre in Cardiff for its new energy supply service in early 2001, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.

Scottish Power is to revive plans to build a £400m gas-fired power station at Enderby in Leicestershire, which would create 40 jobs.

Viridian has commissioned Siemens to build a £100m power station near Dublin by 2002.

Logica is acquiring Esis and Energy Pool Funds Administration from National Grid for £38m.

Stroud District Council is to consider plans from Next Generation for the development of a wind farm at Nailsworth.

British Energy is considering plans for a quotation on the Toronto Stock Exchange next year, in order to reflect the increasing importance of the Canadian market to its expansion strategy.

Sibir Energy has announced plans to develop three onshore oil fields in western Siberia in partnership with Sibneft of Russia.

Invensys has acquired Meterpoint Data Services, the provider of meter reading services, from Seeboard for £37m.

The government has won European approval to provide a £110m subsidy to the coal industry, which means that six gas power station schemes can go-ahead at Spalding, Fleetwood, the Isle of Grain, Plymouth, Manchester and Raventhorpe.

Scottish & Southern Energy is planning to build a £4m hydro-electric plant near Ullapool in Wester Ross.

Conoco has won government approval for a £300m project on the Humber Bank, which will include a new 475MW gas-fired power plant and should attract companies looking for cheaper power to the area.

British Gas is to recruit 120 staff at its telesales division in Cardiff, as part of a £4m investment at the Helmont House site.

Alkane Energy is planning to raise £30m in a flotation in order to fund the development of methane extraction plants at about 100 abandoned coal mines by 2005.

Scottish Coal has submitted plans for an open cast mine project at Glenmuckloch near Kirkconnel, which could create 80 jobs.

Aberdeenshire Council has approved plans from Mobil to build a new boiler house at the St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead, in order to process gas from a new pipeline from the Britannia field.

Lasmo, the oil exploration and production company, has received a £2.4bn takeover offer from Amerada Hess of the US, which is expected to lead to the loss of 150 jobs from the combined group's worldwide workforce.

British Gas is seeking 100 additional staff for its customer service centre in Southampton.

Centrica is to acquire Avalanche Energy, the Canadian oil and gas explorer, for £115m, as part of a strategy to expand its customer base in North America.

EnergieKontor of Germany has set up a UK subsidiary in Knaresborough to identify and develop potential sites for wind farms.

AEA Technology is considering plans to set up a wood energy supply business in Rotherham, and is in discussions with the local council about setting up wood chip boilers at the former Dinnington pit site.

Billiton is linking up with Rio Tinto and Anglo American to develop an online trading exchange for coal called Global Coal, and other commodities could be added later.

PowerGen is to open a new call centre at Uddingston near Glasgow next month with the creation of 100 jobs, while a further 40 field sales advisers will be recruited throughout Scotland.

British Nuclear Fuels is planning to recruit about 200 electrical and mechanical apprentices at Sellafield over the next five years.

Northern Electric is planning to relocate its administration centre from the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Cobalt Business Park in Wallsend.

Boots is considering plans to install solar power systems in its stores, and is testing a unit made by Solel Solar Systems of Israel.

Shell is planning to invest £4bn in the development of large-scale gas-to-liquid plants using its proprietary Shell middle distillate synthesis process, and the first projects will be in Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago.

Amec's Agra-Birwelco subsidiary has won a £45m contract from Sita Holdings to build a waste-burning energy plant in Sittingbourne.

Sheffield City Council has agreed a deal with Combined Landfill Projects to build a generator to produce electricity from waste methane gas at the city's Beighton tip.

Swansea Council is to consider plans from Tidal Electric of the US for the development of an artificial island in Swansea Bay to generate electricity from tidal power.

Cornwall County Council is seeking potential sites to build an energy from waste plant.

Energy Power Resources is planning to build a £32m power station fuelled by unwanted tyres at Four Ashes in south Staffordshire.

Edison First Power is planning to invest up to £60m at the Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Warrington, in order to reduce pollution and to use the exhaust gases to produce gypsum.

TXU Europe and Anglian Water have submitted plans to Northamptonshire County Council to build a "green" energy plant at an existing sewage treatment works in Corby.

National Power's Innogy division is to buy Independent Energy's electricity and gas business out of receivership for £10m, while Independent's network of 12 small power stations and three inland gas fields will be sold off separately.

Shetland Islands Council is to consider plans from Sea Power International of Sweden for the development of a £2.7m wave energy power station at Dale of Walls.

BP and Shell have confirmed plans to acquire a combined stake of 28% in Sinopec of China, with each investing £300m in the forthcoming sale of shares.

National Power's Innogy division has announced a £52m deal to develop the Indian Mesa wind farm in Texas.

Shell has announced plans to increase capital expenditure in the UK North Sea by 50% to £820m in 2001, which will involve the development of smaller fields that were not previously considered to be economic.

National Grid is to acquire Niagara Mohawk, the New York state electricity company, for £2bn, which will double the size of its US business.

British Energy is considering plans to build new offices at Barnwood in Gloucester, which will help to secure 1,000 jobs.

BP and Ford are discussing plans for an alliance to collaborate in the development of new fuel technologies, traffic management systems and environmental policy.

Auiron Energy of Australia has prepared plans for the development of a £400m lignite mine and power station in Ballymoney, with the creation of 500 jobs.

Shell is considering plans to invest about £250m in the initial public offering of China National Offshore Oil Corp, which should improve its chances of participating in future oil retail and exploration projects in China.

National Power's Innogy division is to build a £15m commercial fuel cell energy storage facility at Little Barford in Cambridgeshire later this year, claiming the technology will lead to major changes in power trading over the next 10 years.

Shell is seeking clearance from the New Zealand competition authorities to acquire the energy division of Fletcher Challenge, in order to expand its exploration and production operations in the region.

BG's Premier Transmission subsidiary and ESB of Ireland have won approval to build a £250m gas-fired power station near Londonderry.

Aker McNulty has won a £20m contract to build a floating production and storage vessel for Talisman Energy, which will create about 400 jobs at its South Shields shipyard.

RJB Mining is looking to recruit 150 ex-mineworkers for collieries in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East.

Conoco is to invest more than £10m in new energy infrastructure on the South Bank of the Humber, in order to supply local industry with steam and electricity from its proposed new gas fired combined heat and power plant at Killingholme.

BP has announced plans to increase capital expenditure in the North Sea, investing £600m in the area in 2000 and even more in 2001.

British Energy is selling the Swalec retail electricity and supply business to Scottish & Southern for £210m, and the proceeds will be invested in North America.

BP is to build two new gas pipelines in Holderness next year, as part of a project to scale down the gas terminal at Easington and move some of the operations to Dimlington.

TXU Europe is to acquire Norweb's electricity supply business from United Utilities for £310m, and will subcontract customer services to United's Vertex division.

PowerGen has sold the former East Midlands Electricity Security Services Division to a management team for undisclosed terms, and the new Leicester-based business will be called Secure One.

RJB Mining is planning to build a £30m power generation plant at Malty colliery near Rotherham, fuelled by coal slurry and waste methane gas extracted from the mine.

Anglesey Aluminium and Burlington Resources of the US have won government approval to build a new gas-fired power station in Anglesey by 2004.

Transco is to invest £60m over the next two years on five major pipeline projects to cope with rising gas demand in Wales.

Johnson Matthey is forming an alliance with TXU to build and evaluate a new fuel cell energy system to power homes and offices.

Ambient Energy is seeking permission to build a £10m timber-fuelled power station at the former Eye airfield in Suffolk.

Carlisle City Council has approved plans for the development of a Border Biofuels wood-burning power station at Kingmoor Park.

Energy Power Resources is seeking contractors to help with the development of a number of biomass power plant projects, each worth between £20m and £100m.

John Wood Group is planning to acquire 80% of Mustang Engineering, the US oil engineering and design company, for £74m.

Scottish Power has sold its Hamilton-based electrical contracting business to Alstom for undisclosed terms.

Enterprise Oil has acquired R&B Falcon's exploration interests in the Gulf of Mexico for £84m.

Soco International is considering plans to build a £33m oil pipeline between Mongolia and China, following the discovery of two wells in Mongolia's Tamtsag Basin.

British Gas is planning to recruit 250 service engineers in the North West over the next five years, as part of a national drive to take on 1,000 adult recruits and another 1,000 apprentices.

Centrica is to acquire Direct Energy, the Canadian natural gas retailer, for £406m, and will use it as a platform for further North American growth.

Transco has awarded a contract to Murphy Pipeline for the construction of a £13m high-pressure pipeline from the Huntingdon compressor station to a gas installation near Bedford.

BG is to install automatic gas and electricity meter reading equipment in about 50,000 homes in Manchester and London, in a pilot scheme with BCN Data Systems.

Hampshire County Council is to consider plans from Hampshire Waste Services for the development of a £40m energy-from-waste plant at Marchwood, with the creation of 26 jobs.

The government is said to be planning to allocate a further £25m to invest in green energy research projects such as offshore wind power over the next three years.

Northern Electric Generation has won approval to build a gas-fired combined heat and power station at Avonmouth, near Bristol.

North Devon District Council is considering plans from Barnstaple-based Farm Energy for a £4m project to build two wind farms near Ilfracombe and Bratton Fleming.

PSL, the Aberdeen-based oil services group, has acquired the AGR Ability Group of Norway for £20m, in order to expand its well services and subsea products business.

RJB Mining has announced plans to create 100 new jobs at its collieries, following the recent rise in world coal prices.

Transco is investing £10m in a partnership with the government to improve energy efficiency in about 1m homes, which will involve the creation of about 3,000 jobs and training people to install new gas central heating systems and insulation.

BP Amoco is forming a joint venture with Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation on two gas projects in Egypt, which will include the development of a liquefied natural gas plant.

BP Amoco is forming an alliance with the Epower consortium to become Ireland's leading supplier of electricity and gas, which will include the development of the 400MW Powerstown power station.

Scottish & Southern Energy is looking to spend up to £3bn on the acquisition of a UK electricity company, and is also planning to build about 12 gas-fired power stations.

Solar Century, the London-based solar energy company, is planning to expand its staff from 12 to 30 by the end of the year, having received a £6m cash injection.

ICI Chemicals & Polymers has won government approval to build a £110m combined heat and power plant at Runcorn, Cheshire.

Transco is to build a £52m gas pipeline between St Fergus and Aberdeen with the creation of about 450 construction jobs, and the contract has been awarded to a joint venture of Lawrence and Nacap.

Centrica is to relocate its Wharf Lane site in Solihull to Blythe Valley Park, with the transfer of up to 1,000 staff.

National Power is to invest £16m in a new combined heat and power station at Grimsby's Huntsman Tioxide site, which will involve about 100 construction jobs over the next 18 months.

BG is planning to invest £300m in new gas production and exploration projects in Tunisia over the next nine years.

East Midlands Electricity is to relocate 400 staff to its new office building at the Pegasus Business Park near junction 24 of the M1 during the summer.

PowerGen is planning to create up to 500 jobs at a new call centre in Wath upon Dearne, near Rotherham, in July.

Scottish Power is planning to set up a new company called Calanais to provide a global e-business service for the utility sector, and it will employ about 600 people at offices in Glasgow and Chester.

Shell has awarded a contract to Scottish Knowledge to set up a global e-university to provide online education and training services for its workforce.

Scottish & Southern Energy is planning to build a 100MW gas-fired power station at Britannia Zinc's smelting operation in Avonmouth.

Just2Clicks has acquired Granite Rocks, the supplier of geophysical services to oil companies, for £0.7m, in order to start online trading in the energy sector.

Ramco Energy is forming an alliance with TotalFinaElf to develop the shallow water Gunashli oil field in Azerbaijan.

The government is to provide a £100m subsidy to the coal industry to prevent further pit closures, and has also announced that restrictions on the development of new gas-fired power stations will be lifted in the autumn.

Shell is forming a joint venture with Halliburton to develop intelligent well systems in Aberdeen, and has also announced an alliance with Beacon Group to invest in companies producing new technology for the oil industry.

Amec is to acquire the windfarm developer Border Wind, in response to the government's recently-announced commitment to both onshore and offshore wind-energy projects.

National Power is planning to set up a customer service centre in Peterlee later this year, with the creation of 375 jobs.

Save Group is considering sale-and-leaseback deals to exploit the development potential of its 25 petrol stations within the M25 area.

Viridian has been selected to build and operate a £4.8m combined heat and power plant for Sonoco Board Mills near Halifax.

Yorkshire Electricity has put its Parkway site in Sheffield up for sale, following a decision to set up a centralised warehouse in Bradford.

British Energy is to invest £8m upgrading the training simulator at the Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk.

Weatherford is to create 150 jobs at a new £7.6m manufacturing facility for the oil industry in Arbroath, and a further 30 jobs will be created at a research centre in Aberdeen.

British Gas is planning to create 220 new jobs at its customer service centre in Southampton.

British-Borneo Oil & Gas has accepted a £788m takeover bid from Eni of Italy, saying it does not have the financial resilience to continue as an independent company.

Premier Power has won permission to build a £200m power station at Ballylumford, which will be capable of supplying up to 50% of Northern Ireland's electricity needs.

Shell International is linking up with Lend Lease for the £100m redevelopment of its Shell Centre site in London, which will involve a mix of entertainment, residential and commercial uses.

Alta Gas of Liverpool has received a £20m cash injection to fund the nationwide expansion of its gas cylinder products business.

JKX Oil & Gas has won approval from the Italian authorities to start drilling at the Colombo exploration well near Rome.

Sita Holding is planning to build a number of energy-from-waste plants at sites throughout the country.

Anglesey County Council has agreed to sell the former Shell oil depot at Rhosgoch to Burlington Resources for £4m, in the first step towards winning government approval for the development of a gas-fired power station on the island.

National Grid is linking up with Nordpool to develop an online electricity and gas trading market called the UK Energy Exchange, with the creation of an unspecified number of new jobs at the Nottingham office of its ESIS division.

National Grid has won US regulatory approval to acquire New England Electric System for £2bn.

Rigblast of Aberdeen is to create up to 400 jobs, having won contracts worth £20m to supply maintenance and support services to the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Transco is considering bids from eight teams of contractors to build a £12m gas pipeline between Huntingdon and Bedford.

Northern Ireland Electricity is planning to build a £38m converter station and associated buildings in Ballantrae.

Aberdeen City Council is linking up with the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro to co-operate in deep-sea oil exploration, drilling and engineering, as part of a strategy to encourage oil companies to expand globally from their North Sea base.

BP Amoco is to acquire Burmah Castrol for £3bn in order to expand its lubricants business, but Burmah's chemicals business is expected to be sold off for about £800m.

Shell is planning to double its oil output in Nigeria to 1.5m barrels a day within three years.

Scottish Power is planning to vacate its Borders depot in the centre of Galashiels and relocate most of the 70 administrative staff to new offices out of town.

Sappi Europe has awarded a contract to ABB Power Generation for the development of a £20m gas-fired heat and power plant at its Blackburn mill.

BP Amoco is discussing plans to sell Atlantic Richfield's Alaskan oil properties for over £3bn, in order to secure approval for its acquisition of the US oil group.

Forsyths is to create 30 new jobs at its fabrication facility at Buckie Harbour on the Moray Firth, having won contracts from the oil and gas sector worth more than £2m.

Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans from Renewable Energy Systems for the development of a wind farm at Stonehaven.

Scottish & Southern Energy has won approval to build a £5m hydroelectric power station at Abhainn Culeig in Ross-shire.

Scottish Power is planning to build a processing plant and underground natural gas store at Middlewich, in partnership with ICI Chlor-Chemicals.

National Power is planning to build a £1.5m hydroelectric power scheme at Strontian in the Highlands.

PowerGen is to create up to 300 customer service jobs in Nottingham over the next year, in order to reach its target of 5m customer accounts by the end of 2002.

National Grid has won a £200m contract to build and operate the Basslink electricity interconnector project across the Bass Strait in Australia.

PowerGen is acquiring LG&E, the Kentucky-based electricity and gas supplier, for £1.8bn, in its first major move into the US market.

Mission Energy has unveiled plans to spend up to £100m on the installation of desulphurisation equipment at the Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire.

Scottish Power has won government approval to build a 45MW combined heat and power station at SmithKline Beecham's factory in Irvine, Ayrshire.

University of Birmingham is planning to build a £3m combined heat and power system, and tenders will be issued in March.

Scottish Power is planning a £20m project to build 50 wind turbines and associated infrastructure at Campbeltown.

PowerGen is to invest £10m in a 50% stake in the TeleCentric Solutions subsidiary of Affinity Internet, in order to develop new internet products and multi-utility billing.

Shell Exploration & Production has won government approval for a £70m project to develop the Skiff gas field in the southern North Sea, which will create up to 100 jobs.

Scottish & Southern Energy is forming a £30m alliance with IBM to develop e-commerce opportunities and to improve the energy group's customer services.

Centrica is forming a joint venture with Essent, the Dutch multi-utility, to develop wholesale energy trading in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Transco has submitted proposals to Aberdeenshire Council for the development of a £50m pipeline between two gas stations at St Fergus and Garlogie, which could create up to 400 jobs.

BP Amoco has announced plans to accelerate the development of new projects in a $24bn investment programme, and will sanction about 1.5bn barrels of new oil reserves in Angola, Vietnam, Trinidad and Azerbaijan.

PowerGen has sold East Midlands Electricity Contracting to ABB for undisclosed terms.

BP Amoco's recently-appointed human resources contractor Exult is to set up a new business management centre in Glasgow with the creation of 150 jobs, in order to supply accountancy, training, cell centre, and IT services to the energy group.

Saga Petroleum of Norway and IVO Energy of Finland have announced plans to build a £140m 215MW combined heat and power station at Purfleet in Essex.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to refurbish the Clachan hydroelectric power station in Argyll at a cost of £4.2m, and the contract has been awarded to a consortium comprising Weir Engineering Services and Dowding & Mills.

National Power is planning to build a £1m hydroelectric plant at Auchtertyre in Perthshire.

Shell and PowerGen are planning to build two of the world's largest wind turbines off the Northumberland coast at Blythe, at a cost of £4m.

BG's Premier Transco subsidiary has announced plans to build a £100m gas pipeline between Belfast and Dublin, but rival proposals are expected from Viridian and Questar.

Transco has awarded a £26m contract to Murphy to build a 25km gas pipeline between Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Manchester City Council is considering plans from Organic Wastes Management to build a pilot plant to transform household waste into energy and fertiliser.

BP Amoco has awarded a contract to Bovis Lend Lease to manage the construction of fuel retail outlets worldwide over the next five years, which will involve the development of 1,300 new service stations in 15 countries.

PowerGen is to build a 60MW combined heat and power gas-fired power station in Stoke-on-Trent, in order to supply energy to a Michelin tyre plant.

National Grid is seeking permission to connect its network to Wainstone Power's proposed new gas-fired generating station at Langage near Plymouth.

BG International has won approval for the £158m development of the Blake oilfield in the North Sea, and production will start in August 2001.

Clugston Construction has been appointed main contractor on a £33m scheme to build a waste-to-energy plant for Kirklees Metropolitan Council in West Yorkshire.

Transco is to award three contracts worth up to £72m for the upgrade of its gas pipeline network, including a £40m project to build a 70km pipeline from Aberdeen to St Fergus.