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Energy - 2001






















Lattice is considering plans to build a large liquefied natural gas import terminal on the Isle of Grain in Kent, in preparation for the UK becoming a net importer of gas in about 2004.

Wood Mackenzie, the Edinburgh-based energy and life sciences research consultancy, has undergone a £26m management buy-out from Deutsche Bank.

Ecotricity has announced plans to build a £4m wind farm near Dereham in Norfolk, including three turbines.

Redcar Council is to consider plans from Corus and Amec for the development of a £30m wind farm with 19 turbines at Lackenby on the South Bank of the Tees.

Alta Gas, the bottled gas supplier, has been bought out of receivership by DCC of Ireland for £10m, saving about 250 jobs at 23 depots.

Mountwest Petroleum Engineering has set up a new drilling tools business called Mountwest Services in Aberdeen, where it plans to create up to 25 jobs over the next few years.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced plans to build a £60m 50-70 turbine wind farm near Girvan in South Ayrshire.

Sibir Energy is to invest £26m in the Upper Salym oil field in Russia over the next two years, having agreed to acquire Shell's 50% stake in return for funding and operating the development.

Centrica has announced that its British Gas Trading subsidiary has agreed to acquire the energy customer business of Enron Direct out of administration for £96m.

Conoco is to sell its chain of 175 directly-owned Jet petrol stations to Fuelforce of Swindon for undisclosed terms, but will continue to supply the sites from its Humber Refinery at Killingholme.

Walters Mining has submitted plans for a £35m open-cast mining project at Winchfawr West near Merthyr Tydfil, which could create up to 100 jobs.

Centrica is to acquire Trolhurst, the provider of gas appliance servicing and central heating installation services, for £8.5m, gaining 450 additional staff in London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Shrewsbury.

Waveney District Council is to consider plans from Next Generation for the development of a wind turbine at Lowestoft's Ness Point.

Scottish Power has announced plans to upgrade the electricity network in the Borders region at a cost of £11m, which will create about 100 jobs.

Save Group, the independent petrol retailer with 400 sites, has been bought out of administration by Bayfords of Yorkshire for £47m, securing the future of 4,000 jobs.

TXU is to sell its West Burton coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire to Electricite de France for £366m, and has confirmed plans to sell its east of England electricity distribution network to EdF for £1.3bn.

United Utilities is planning to invest £200m in renewable energy schemes, including wind farms, landfill gas, biomass and hydroelectric plants.

Heerema is to start recruiting 300 workers at its offshore yard in Hartlepool to work on the Shell Bonga contract for a Nigerian oil installation.

PowerGen is seeking outline planning permission from Tewkesbury Borough Council to build a gas-fired power plant at the DuPont site in Brockworth.

BP is developing what is claimed to be the world's most environmentally friendly forecourt store at Hornchurch in Essex, using a combination of wind and solar power, and the concept could be extended to other sites.

The government is considering plans to develop a 400-mile undersea cable off the western coast of Britain to link wind farms and hydro power stations to the national grid.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced plans to invest £450m in renewable energy, including the refurbishment of hydro power stations and the development of wind farms.

Fenland District Council is to consider plans from Bristol-based Wind Prospect for the development of a wind farm with nine turbines at Stag's Holt, between March and Wisbech.

Innogy is planning to create 500 new jobs at its Nvisage billing call centre in Peterlee, which currently employs 700.

BP is to provide $10m of funding to the Chinese Academy of Sciences for a 10-year research programme into strategic and technical issues relating to the development of cleaner sources of energy.

SLP Engineering has submitted plans to build a 150-metre land-based 3.2MW wind turbine at Ness Point in Lowestoft, in order to test the technology before developing future schemes out at sea.

BD Kendle Engineering, the Yarmouth-based supplier of equipment to the oil and gas industry, has been acquired by Weatherford International of the US in a deal estimated at £10m.

Taylor Woodrow is seeking permission to build an 11-storey green building powered by the wind and the sun, as part of a new £130m village in Manchester city centre.

British Gas is to invest £2.7m at its National Sales Centre in Cardiff, with the creation of a further 200 jobs.

Intersolar has won a share of a £4m government grant for the development of housing schemes powered by solar energy.

Scottish Power is expected to appeal against Cheshire County Council's rejection of its plans to build a £70m gas storage and processing plant at Byley.

Midlands Electricity's power distribution business is being acquired by UtiliCorp of the US for £1.4bn.

Torren Energy is to install a district heating system that uses forestry waste and pulp at a £4m 50-home housing development at Lochgilphead in Scotland.

Scott Wilson has acquired Oceans Engineering, the St Austell-based wind energy specialist, for undisclosed terms.

Shell is linking up with Akzo Nobel of the Netherlands to develop low-cost solar cell technology.

Marchwood Power is seeking government approval for a £300m project to build an 860MW gas-fired power station in Marchwood, Hampshire.

London Electricity is planning to create 600 new jobs at its call centre in Sunderland over the next two years, using space freed up by the relocation of the One-2-One call centre to the nearby Doxford Technology Park.

Shell is to acquire Texaco's interest in the Equilon and Motiva joint ventures, in a £2.6bn deal that will make it the largest petrol retailer in the US.

The Coal Authority has approved plans from Coal Power to restart production at Hatfield Colliery, which has estimated coal reserves of up to 23m tonnes.

Renewable Energy Systems has won planning permission to build a £15m windfarm at Glens of Foudland in Aberdeenshire, and the 21 turbines could be operational within 12 months.

BP is to set up a new global headquarters for 200 senior staff in London's West End early next year, having bought the freehold of No 1 St James's Square for about £110m.

Torridge District Council is considering plans from two alternative energy groups for the development of a £2.5m wind farm at Bradworthy in Devon.

BG Group is to acquire Enron Oil & Gas India from Enron for £262m, in order to expand its opportunities in oil and gas exploration off the west coast of India.

British Nuclear Fuels has won government approval to put its Mox fuel fabrication plant at Sellafield into full commercial operation, securing 300 jobs.

The Northern Ireland Executive has approved plans from Bord Gais Eireann to build a £60m gas pipeline from Gormanstown in Co Meath to Antrim, which means that plans for a new £150m power station at Coolkeeragh can also proceed.

BP is planning to build a new £110m North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen to house 2,000 staff, and has also reaffirmed plans to invest $1bn a year on UK offshore development over the next four years.

International Energy Group is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its Guernsey-based gas distribution business across western Europe.

Clarke Energy is forming a partnership with De Wind of Germany to develop onshore wind farms at a number of locations across the UK.

Shell Expro has unveiled plans to build an onshore gas plant at the St Fergus terminal near Peterhead, which will involve laying a 65-mile pipeline and the creation of 400 construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs.

The University of Ulster has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound research centre to develop new and renewable sources of energy, which will be completed by autumn 2002.

Alkane Energy is on target to open about 100 methane gas production plants on abandoned coal mines over the next five years, and is planning to apply for additional UK onshore licences next month.

British Energy has submitted proposals to the government for a £10bn investment in new nuclear power stations, in an attempt to ensure that nuclear is included in the government's energy review.

Wavegen is planning to build a £2.7m floating wave power generator, which would be linked to the Orkney power grid but could be towed to other areas.

Weatherford, the US oil services group, is to set up a £1.5m research headquarters at the Aberdeen Offshore Technology Park, with the creation of 12 jobs.

Elmar Services, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of oilfield pressure control equipment with 250 staff, has been bought by Varco International of the US for undisclosed terms.

Hunting is planning to expand its oil services business with five acquisitions this year, including four in Canada and one in Europe.

Centrica is looking to acquire a further 1,000MW of power station capacity in the UK, and is also aiming for expansion in the UK water services and the US gas and electricity markets.

DCC has acquired BP's oil marketing and distribution business in Scotland and northern England, including 200 staff, nine storage depots, 90 road tankers and three call centres.

Abbot is to acquire Deutag, the German onshore and offshore drilling services company, for £134m.

Scottish Power has won permission to build a £10m electricity substation on a 20-acre site at Aldermans Seat Farm near Gretna.

BG has paid $80m to buy out its local partner in the Gujarat Pipavav liquefied natural gas project in India, and is planning to invest a further $550m in the terminal.

Innogy's National Wind Power division has launched a government-backed scheme to encourage farmers to install small-scale wind turbines on their land.

National Grid is planning to invest up to £1.6bn in the US having won a contract to manage the new Alliance Regional Transmission Organisation, which covers power lines in 11 eastern states.

Cairn Energy is seeking a partner with deep water experience to help with the development of the Annapurna gas field off the east coast of India.

Wellships Group is planning to create up to 100 jobs in Aberdeen over the next two years, having just ordered a new offshore oil and gas well overhaul and repair ship from a Dutch shipyard.

Abbot has sold its BW drilling fluids business to the MI joint venture between Smith International and Schlumberger for £12m.

TotalFinaElf is to sell two gas pipeline businesses to the Star Capital private equity group for £100m, which will involve the transfer of 103 staff and the creation of a new company called Inexus.

International Power is to invest about £56m in a new power and desalination plant in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with CMS Energy and the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority.

EnergieKontor is planning to build an offshore windfarm 10km off the coast of Southport, while SeaScape Energy is planning to set up 30 turbines 6km off Blundellsands on Merseyside.

Shell has announced plans to build a floating liquefied natural gas plant, in order to speed up the development of oil and gas fields between Australia and East Timor.

Paladin Resources has acquired the Danish business of Enterprise Oil for £25m.

Innogy is to swap its Yorkshire electricity distribution business for the supply operations of Northern Electric, which will expand its customer numbers from 5.5m to 7m.

United Utilities is considering plans to build wind farms and grow green energy crops in Cumbria, in an attempt to find alternative uses for former sheep grazing land.

NPower is forming an alliance with Greenpeace to build the UK's first offshore wind farm five miles off Rhyl, and the £60m project will be built by National Wind Power.

BP is investing £120m in the development of 80 eco-friendly BP Connect convenience store and filling station sites between Scotland's Central Belt and Aberdeen.

British Energy has announced plans to invest £70m at Eggborough Power Station to reduce air pollution emissions, and the three-year contract has been awarded to FLS Miljo of Denmark.

Mayflower is planning to expand its windfarm engineering operations following the development of a new system to install and maintain offshore turbines.

Scottish Power has announced plans to build a £150m windfarm at Whitelee Forest near Glasgow by 2003, which will involve the construction of 140 turbines.

Scottish Power has sold its electrical appliance servicing business to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, which will secure the future of 140 of the 320 jobs in Cumbernauld and Castleford.

Shell is linking up with Westcoast Energy and Ballard Power Systems of Canada to form a private capital fund to invest in hydrogen fuel cell companies.

TXU Europe Power is set to award a £30m contract to one of four construction companies for the development of a new six-storey headquarters in Ipswich.

International Power has raised £372m from the sale of its 25% stake in Union Fenosa Generacion of Spain, and the proceeds will be used to develop new capacity in southern Europe.

The Scottish Executive and Highlands & Islands Enterprise are to provide £0.4m for a full-scale site survey into the development of a marine energy test centre in Stromness.

Chevron has announced plans to increase the output from its North Sea Alba oil field by investing £141m in the development of a major extension known as Alba Extreme South.

Scottish & Southern Energy is expected to spend £250m refurbishing 30 hydroelectric power stations, as a result of government plans to include hydroelectric in its renewable energy programme.

BP is to sell two US refineries in North Dakota and Utah to Tesoro Petroleum, in a £480m deal that also includes pipelines, storage and 45 service stations.

BP is to acquire Veba Oil and the Aral chain of service stations from Eon in exchange for its 25% stake in Ruhrgas, which will make BP the leading petrol retailer in Germany.

BG is to sell its natural gas storage business to Dynegy of the US for £421m, which will involve the transfer of 260 employees and a processing terminal at Easington.

International Energy Group is to sell its property portfolio to ComProp for £47m, in order to reduce debt and fund the expansion of its energy business in the Channel Islands and Portugal.

BP has acquired Cairns of Malaysia for £76m, in order to increase its stake in the Tangguh gas project in Indonesia to 50%.

Windforce has announced plans to develop more than 600MW of wind power in Sweden, and is also seeking opportunities in France, Greece, Latvia and North America.

Scottish Borders Council has approved plans from Renewable Energy Systems for the development of a 22-turbine windfarm at Black Hill, between Longformacus and Duns.

The Broads Authority in East Anglia is planning to develop an energy plant fuelled by waste vegetation, which would involve the creation of a bio-fuel processor that uses scrub cut from the Broads fens.

Conoco is planning to invest about £600m in the UK sector of the North Sea over the next two years, securing hundreds of jobs in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.

Vestas of Denmark has confirmed plans to build a £10m wind turbine manufacturing plant at Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre with the creation of about 100 jobs, and funding will be provided by Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Shell is planning to invest up to £700m in new energy projects over the next five years, in order to develop viable wind and solar generation operations.

Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans from Renewable Energy Systems for a £15m windfarm project at the Glens of Foudland, near Huntly.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced plans to build an 11 MW windfarm at Tangy, near Campbeltown, and has started work on a 10 MW power station fired by coalmine methane near Leeds.

I&H Brown is planning to set up two new opencast mines in Fife with the creation of 50 jobs, and the sites are at Begg Farm near Cluny and Woodbank Farm near Kennoway.

Centrica has acquired a 60% stake in Humber Power, the owner of a gas-fired power plant in Stallinborough, in a £52m deal that will see TotalElfFina take the remaining 40%.

Energis is seeking permission to build three office blocks on the site of the former Metal Box building in Reading, in order to accommodate more than 2,000 staff.

Moray Council is to consider plans from Natural Power of Norway for the development of 27 wind turbines near Knockando and 28 on Cairn Uish, which would involve local companies being invited to tender for up to £5m of site contracts.

Blue Circle Cement is seeking permission from the Environment Agency to use sanitised sewage pellets as a replacement for coal at its Cauldon Low works in Ashbourne.

National Grid is forming a joint venture with Statnett to build a 450-mile sub-sea electricity interconnector between the UK and Norway by 2005, at a cost of up to £500m.

BP, Shell, Exxon and Phillips Petroleum are to invest $15bn in the Core Venture One gas exploration and development project in Saudi Arabia.

Scottish Power, British Energy, BP and other UK energy groups are expected to benefit from US government plans for a major expansion of the power sector, which will include new nuclear plants and the exploitation of Alaskan oil reserves.

Hartlepool Borough Council is to consider plans from Amec Border Wind for the development of a £3.5m windfarm in Elwick, which would include three turbines each producing 2MW of electricity.

BP is to invest £208m on a new development west of Shetland, including five infill wells and a new two-well subsea scheme known as East Foinaven.

Innogy has acquired Electrosynthesis Company, the US research group, for £7.7m, in order to expand its Regenesys electricity storage business.

Energy Power Resources has awarded a £24m contract to FLS Miljo of Denmark to build a 42MW biomass power station in Corby.

Shell is working on plans for the development of a cluster of Northern North Sea oil and gas fields, which will be linked by pipeline to the Brent field, at an estimated cost of £260m.

Marathon Oil has won approval to drill a second gas exploration well off the Pembrokeshire coast.

Derby City Council is to consider plans from Brightstar Environmental Partnership for a £10m energy and recycling centre at the former Eagle Tannery in Sinfin Lane, which would convert household rubbish into energy for the national grid.

PowerGen has announced plans for the development of a £30m combined heat and power facility at the North Mersey Goods Yard, to provide electricity and steam for the Mersey Docks & Harbour Company and Cargill.

Wavegen has raised £5m from a consortium of investors to fund the development of offshore wave generation systems.

International Energy Group is planning to sell or spin-off its £40m property portfolio in order to fund the expansion of its gas distribution business into the Isle of Man and Portugal.

SLP Engineering is considering plans to set up a wind turbine fabrication and maintenance centre in Lowestoft, and has also announced a new contract to build a mini platform for BP's £30m Hoton gas field project in the North Sea.

Shell is to invest $5.8bn in its Malaysian oil and gas operations over the next five years, including upstream operations, refining, IT and financial support.

PowerGen is to be acquired by Eon of Germany for £9.6bn, which will give Eon greater access to the energy markets in both the UK and US.

BP Energy has won government permission to build a 70MW gas-fired combined heat and power station at the Jaguar car plant in Halewood, which will create 250 construction jobs.

Crown Estate has announced options to build 18 offshore wind farms at a cost of more than £1bn, and sites include the Wash, the Gower peninsula, the Medway estuary, the Thames estuary and Merseyside.

UK Atomic Energy Authority and ProLogis Developments have announced plans to add 120,000 sq ft of office space at the Harwell Business Centre in Oxfordshire over the next three years, which will create up to 1,000 jobs.

Innogy has bought Virtutel, the provider of call centre services to Innogy's Npower division, for £3m.

Renewable Energy Systems has won a £180m contract with FPL Energy of California to build the world's second largest windfarm in Texas.

Paladin Resources is looking to spend up to £50m on acquisitions, and aims to double oil production and reserves over the next three years.

International Power is planning to build up to nine power stations in Italy in partnership with turbine manufacturer Ansaldo Energia.

Coolkeeragh Power has lodged a formal planning application to build a 400 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant on the site of the existing oil-fired station at Coolkeeragh in Northern Ireland.

BP has been chosen as preferred bidder to build China's first liquefied natural gas plant, which could lead to an investment of £120m in a gas import terminal near Shenzhen and 300 km of pipeline.

Tulloch has won a contract from the Kazakhstan government to supply 500 skilled workers for a number of oil projects in the Caspian Sea, through its ABC Corries manpower arm.

Sainsbury is to set up a commercial wind turbine at its distribution depot in East Kilbride, as part of a policy to use more renewable energy.

Alkane Energy has announced plans to invest £120m over the next five years to produce methane gas for power generation from abandoned coal mines.

British Energy is drawing up plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Hunterston in Ayrshire over the next ten years.

Amec is to create about 1,000 jobs at yards in Wallsend and Hartlepool having won a £300m contract from Shell to build equipment for an oil platform destined for Nigeria.

Shell has announced plans to invest £2bn in the development of natural gas supplies in India, which will involve pipelines, gas-fired power projects and distribution for industrial and domestic use.

Abbot Group is to invest £40m in its renewable energy joint venture with PowerGen this year, and hopes to win permission to build its first major offshore wind farm at Scroby Sands in Norfolk.

The government has pledged to invest £100m in renewable energy over the next three years.

Halliburton Brown & Root, the energy services group, is to relocate 500 staff from Leatherhead to the South Point office building in Sutton over the next few months.

Esso is to set up a call centre at Salford Quays in Manchester to provide support to retail and industrial customers throughout Europe, with the creation of 300 jobs.

SPS-AFOS International of Aberdeen has merged with Global Completion Services of the US to create a global leader in the well bore cleanup sector of the oil and gas service market.

British Gas Trading is expanding its Business Customers Directorate in Leicester, with the creation of 30 new jobs.

Innogy is to acquire Yorkshire Power from American Electric Power and Xcel Energy in a £1.84bn deal, which will create the UK's largest electricity retailing group.

Windjen Power has won permission to build a £3m windfarm near Carmarthen, comprising three wind turbines that will supply enough electricity for 2,500 local homes.

Transco has awarded a contract to Lawrence of Bath to build a £7m 20km pipeline between Pontyates and Bancyfelin to boost gas supplies to West Wales, and work will start in April.

PowerGen is setting up a new business called European Generation Asset Management to operate power stations in continental Europe, and is also forming a joint venture with Andersen Consulting to provide energy advice to large companies.

Viridian has sold VCL, its Leeds-based power generation business, to WS Atkins Investments and Royal Bank Leasing, in order to focus on Irish generation and transmission projects.

Centrica is considering plans to invest about £1bn on acquisitions and organic growth in North America, where it aims to have 10m gas and electricity customers by 2003.

BHP Petroleum is seeking government permission to extend its gas field in Liverpool Bay and pipe the fuel ashore at Point of Ayr in North Wales for use in the Connah's Quay power station.

Vestas of Denmark is planning to build a wind turbine factory at the former military airfield at Machrihanish in Kintyre, with the creation of 90 jobs.

British Energy has revealed plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of its 32-acre site at Barnwood in Gloucester, in order to relocate to a new energy-efficient operational support centre with 1,000 staff at Barnett Way.

British Energy is forming a joint venture with the Renewable Energy Systems subsidiary of Sir Robert McAlpine to build offshore wind farms, and Crown Estate is due to award wind farm sites in July.

The government has won European approval to provide £60m of aid to six coal mines, including £23m for Selby, £15m for Harworth, £14m for Maltby, £4m for Hatfield, £3m for Rossington and £0.5m for Blenkinsopp.

Scottish Power has started testing wind speeds on the Ardeer Peninsula in Ayrshire with a view to setting up a 33-turbine wind farm, although a number of other sites are also being considered for the project.

Datum Solutions, the Nottingham-based supplier of metering services to the electricity industry, has been acquired by Siemens Metering.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority is to recruit a further 200 workers at Dounreay this year, to cope with a rise in the number of new decommissioning projects.

South Norfolk Council is to consider plans from Next Generation for the construction of two 100-metre wind turbines at Stockton.

Scottish Coal has announced plans to create a further 130 jobs at the Longannet deep coal mine.

Talisman Energy is planning to invest up to £30m rebuilding its North Sea pipeline linking the Beatrice oilfield with the Nigg terminal on the Cromarty Firth, as part of an expansion that will create 1,600 jobs.

Scottish Coal has acquired Miller Mining, the Leeds-based mining contractor, from Miller Group for about £20m.

BP is linking up with the Gas Authority of India and Indian Oil to build a new plant to produce dimethyl ether, which is an alternative fuel for power stations.

Cornwall County Council is to consider plans from Baseresult to burn up to 75,000 tonnes of domestic rubbish a year at the South Crofty mine, producing electricity for mining operations and for sale to the national grid.

Octagon Energy is planning to develop mini power stations at abandoned mine sites across Yorkshire, and has just opened a new £2.5m plant at the former Hickleton Colliery to generate electricity from methane seeping from the ground.

TotalFinaElf has awarded a £3m contract to Morrison for the refurbishment of its Aberdeen office.

Shell is planning to build 500 petrol stations in China in partnership with Sinopec by 2004, at a cost of £100m.

MacGregor Energy Services of Invergordon is to recruit a further 300 engineers, welders and other workers, having secured a number of offshore drilling rig refit contracts.

Tendring District Council has confirmed that Enron is considering the possibility of reviving plans to build one of the world's largest offshore wind farms at Clacton, at a cost of up to £35m.

Fife Council is to consider plans from the Murray Group of Edinburgh for the development of an opencast coal site in Kirkcaldy, which would create 34 jobs.

Allerdale Borough Council is to consider plans from National Wind Power to build eight turbines at Wharrels Hill, Bothel.

RJB Mining is considering plans to revive the Thorne colliery near Doncaster with the creation of hundreds of jobs, and has also identified 450m tonnes of coal reserves at Witham on the Nottinghamshire border.