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Energy - 2003






















EHN of Spain is planning to invest £352m in renewable energy projects across the UK over the next five years, and is setting up a headquarters in Newport, South Wales.

Scottish & Southern Energy has won approval to build a £90m wind farm near Girvan, South Ayrshire.

Heerema is to create 250 new jobs at its Hartlepool yard, having won a contract to build part of an oil platform for EnCana.

Centrica is to invest £1.5m at the Roosecote power station in Barrow, securing the future of 35 jobs.

Airtricity is looking to raise up to £84m to fund the expansion of its renewable energy business, including a wind farm off the coast of Suffolk.

The Welsh Development Agency is to support plans from GreenGas of Australia to set up a European headquarters in Llandeilo with the creation of 30 jobs, in preparation for the opening of a national network of alternative fuel engine conversion centres.

AWG has won a £10m contract from Fred Olsen Renewables to build two wind farms at Cairn Uish and Paul's Hill in the Scottish Highlands, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Enertrag UK is in talks with Breckland Council about plans to build a wind farm with eight turbines near Swaffham.

Suffolk Coastal Council is in talks with Saxon Windpower about plans to build a £10m wind farm on a former airbase near Framlingham in Suffolk.

UK Coal is to introduce seven-day working at Kellingley colliery in Yorkshire with the creation of 240 jobs, but 70 jobs are being lost at its Ellington colliery and its Selby complex will close in June.

Siemens Energy Services has won a £45m contract to maintain electricity meters for British Gas customers in East Anglia and North London, which will involve the creation of a number of administrative jobs at its Wollaton office in Nottinghamshire.

Burren Energy is raising £20m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its oil exploration and production operations in Turkmenistan, the Republic of Congo and Egypt.

Airtricity has won planning permission to build a £16m wind farm with 13 turbines at Tappaghan Mountain in Fermanagh.

AEA Technology has sold its Nuclear Science operation, which employs 153 people at Windscale and 15 at Harwell, to British Nuclear Fuels for £9.7m.

The Department of Trade & Industry has awarded a £1.1m grant for the expansion of the Aberpergwm Colliery near Glynneath, with the creation of up to 78 jobs.

UK Coal has secured a £36m government grant to invest in eight deep mines in Yorkshire, the Midlands and the north-east.

East Surrey Holdings is to acquire full ownership of Phoenix Natural Gas, the Belfast-based gas distributor, for £178m.

Alnwick District Council is to consider outline proposals from National Wind Power to build a wind farm with 25 turbines at Middlemoor.

Clugston has won a £60m contract to build a waste-to-energy plant in Sheffield, and the site will be operated by Onyx and Sheffield City Council.

SolarGen Solutions has secured a £0.2m cash injection from Finance Wales to fund the expansion of its solar-powered products business.

PowerGen is to create 150 jobs at its customer service call centres in Nottingham.

BG Group and Petroplus have announced plans to build a £250m terminal at Milford Haven to import liquefied natural gas.

Southampton City Council is to unveil plans for the development of a £40m gas-fired plant in Redbridge by 2005, in order to provide heat to 4,000 homes.

Gasunie is considering plans to build a £300m gas pipeline from the Netherlands to the Bacton terminal in Norfolk.

Scottish & Southern Energy is considering plans to invest in new gas-fired power stations, and is also interested in the acquisition of regional gas transmission networks in Scotland and southern England.

Scottish Power has announced plans to invest £1.1bn in the expansion of its UK and US electricity and gas operations over the next 18 months, including a £208m gas-fired power station in Utah.

BP has won approval to build 300 petrol stations in the Guangdong province of China, in partnership with PetroChina.

NWF Fuels has acquired Fuel Oil Supply, the fuel distribution company based in Nottingham and Birmingham, for £0.9m.

Sharp is to set up a £2.5m solar panels production facility at its plant in Wrexham, with the creation of 90 jobs by 2005.

East Surrey Holdings has acquired two local gas network operations from United Utilities for £3.1m, including United Utilities Gas Networks and United Utilities Gas Pipelines.

Amec has submitted plans to the Scottish Executive to develop a wind farm with 31 turbines at Aultmore Forest in Moray.

Seascape Energy has secured a £10m government grant for the development of the £90m Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay, and construction will start in 2005.

Cambridgeshire County Council is considering plans from Wind Prospect to build a £15m wind farm with 12 turbines at Warboys.

The Department of Trade & Industry has approved plans for the development of four offshore wind farms in the North Sea, including sites at Ingoldmells, Skegness, Cromer and Clacton.

PowerGen has agreed terms to acquire Midlands Electricity from Aquila & First Energy for £1.2bn, and expects to make annual cost savings of £50m as the business is combined with its East Midlands Electricity subsidiary.

SembCorp Utilities of Singapore has announced plans to invest £20m in the expansion of a gas turbine at the Wilton power station on Teesside.

Leicester City Council is considering plans to establish a £70m energy services company to oversee the development of projects that will help the city become self-sufficient in energy.

Shell is to announce plans to build a £2.5bn natural gas to liquids plant in Qatar.

ChevronTexaco is to set up a new 15,000 sq ft executive office at Chesterfield Gardens in west London.

BP is to sell its specialist oil products business to H&R WASAG of Germany, including manufacturing plants in Chorley, Tipton, Germany and the Netherlands as well as marketing operations elsewhere in Europe.

Airtricity is to build a £21m wind farm at Ardrossan in Ayrshire by the middle of next year, with construction being carried out by Vestas Wind and McAlpine Business Services.

Forest of Dean District Council is discussing plans to reopen the Lightmoor Colliery site near Cinderford as an opencast mine to extract about 2m tonnes of coal, which could create up to 40 jobs.

Renewable Energy Systems is planning to build a wind farm with eight turbines near the Angus village of Glamis.

Wood Group has won a £250m contract to build and maintain offshore assets in the North Sea for Talisman Energy.

RPS has acquired Hydrosearch Associates, the Woking-based provider of geological services to the energy sector with 50 staff, for up to £15m.

The North West Development Agency is setting up a regional energy council, in order to develop an energy policy for the region and improve its chances of hosting the country's first energy research centre.

Highland Council is to consider plans from the Wind Energy consortium to build a large wind farm with 500 turbines on the Morvern and Adnamurchan peninsula and on the isle of Mull.

Ocean Power Technologies of the US is planning to raise £25m in a flotation on Aim, in order to establish a UK business and build a wave power demonstration plant.

Scottish & Southern Energy and Talisman are working on plans to develop a deep-water offshore wind farm at the Beatrice oilfield, including up to 200 turbines.

Schlumberger Oilfield Services is to create 100 new jobs at its Global Technology Centre in Gloucestershire by the end of next year, having won new contracts from Shell UK and BP Exploration.

Shell has announced plans to invest £620m in Russia's Salym oil field, in partnership with Sibir Energy.

Paladin Resources is planning to invest £90m in its newly-acquired North Sea oil operations.

Aberdeen City Council and AMEC Wind have unveiled proposals for a £40m wind farm off Aberdeen beach, including a chain of 20 turbines.

Biofuels Corporation has announced plans to build a £25m biodiesel production complex at Seal Sands on Teesside, with the creation of 75 jobs.

Highland Council has approved plans from Highland Light & Power to build two hydroelectric power stations in Wester Ross.

Centrica is to invest £100m in the development of an offshore wind farm near Barrow-in-Furness, in partnership with DONG of Denmark and Statkraft of Norway.

London Borough of Havering has approved plans for the development of two 85-metre wind turbines at Ford's Dagenham plant, which will provide the electricity requirements of the new diesel engine assembly hall.

Edinburgh Oil & Gas has won five new exploration licences in the North Sea, and is negotiating a debt facility to fund the development of the Buzzard field.

Premier Oilfield Services, the Aberdeen-based supplier of oilfield equipment with 41 staff, has been acquired by Superior Energy Services of the US for £20m.

Stafford Borough Council has received plans from Eccleshall Biomass to build a power station fuelled by elephant grass at the Raleigh Hall industrial estate in Eccleshall, and the equipment will be manufactured by Talbotts Heating.

Centrica has won a contract from Norsk Hydro to build and operate a terminal at Easington to handle the import of gas from Norway by 2007.

PowerGen Renewables is to submit plans to build a 40MW wood-fuelled power plant in Lockerbie, with the creation of 70 jobs.

Dumfries & Galloway Council has approved plans from Universal Steels of Fife to build a factory to make offshore wind farm equipment at Creetown, with the creation of about 90 jobs.

Viridian has formed The Action Renewables partnership with the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment in order to encourage the development of small-scale renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland.

Mid Suffolk District Council has been approached by Hertfordshire-based Tradelink Solutions about plans to build a wind farm at Mendlesham airfield near Stowmarket.

UK Coal has applied for a share of a £79m government grant to develop new coal reserves at eight mines and secure the future of 4,000 jobs.

Dolphin Drilling is to create 20 additional office jobs in Aberdeen, having won a number of offshore drilling contracts in Mexico and India.

PowerGen is to set up a credit management call centre in India, and the 300 staff will be employed by outsourcing company Vertex.

Blaenau Gwent Council is to receive plans from Pennant Wind Energy Ventures for the development of a £25m wind farm near Cwmtillery.

Coalpower has won government permission to build a £350m coal-fired power station near Hatfield Colliery in Yorkshire.

Vestas-Celtic Wind Technology is to invest £1.4m in the expansion of its wind turbine manufacturing plant in Kintyre, in order to expand its product range and increase production capacity.

Venture Production has acquired First Oil's interests in the southern North Sea for £6.6m, and has also won licences to develop additional blocks with Dana Petroleum.

Centrica is planning to spend £500m on the development of 1,000 MW of renewable energy by 2010, which will mainly involve offshore wind farms.

The Department of Trade & Industry has announced plans for a major expansion of the offshore wind farm sector, and developers will be able to apply for licences in north Wales, Cumbria, the Wash and the Thames estuary.

Innogy Hydro has won planning permission to build a £3.2m hydro power station at Garrogie near Loch Ness by summer 2004.

UK Coal is seeking permission to set up an opencast coal mine near the villages of Harlington and Bolton-on-Dearne in South Yorkshire.

Moray Council is considering proposals from the Kirkmichael & Tomintoul Community Association for the development of a £14m wood-burning power station in Glenlivet.

Auiron Energy has dropped plans to set up a £500m lignite mining project in County Antrim, having failed to find a partner to build a power station at the Ballymoney site.

Harrogate Borough Council has approved plans from two North Yorkshire farmers to build a hydroelectric power plant at Linton Lock, and the output will be sold to the National Grid.

Compact Power is to invest £1m in the installation of a steam sterilisation unit at its Avonmouth plant, which will double the amount of waste that can be processed in a year.

Western Isles Council is in discussions with Beinn Mhor Power about plans to build a wind farm on the Eishken Estate on Lewis, with either 25 or 125 turbines.

United Utilities and Peel Holdings are to submit plans for a £50m 26-turbine wind farm on moor land between Rawtenstall and Rochdale.

Warwickshire County Council has approved plans from De Mulder & Sons to build a renewable energy facility next to its animal rendering plant in Hartshill.

NM Rothschild, the investment bank, is planning to set up an oil trading business in London this year, dealing in over-the-counter products.

National Wind Power has won permission to build a 16-turbine wind farm near Resolven in Neath Port Talbot.

Wood Group has acquired Korndorffer Contracting International, the Dutch provider of design engineering services to the oil and gas industry with 45 staff.

Isleburn Mackay & Macleod has won a £6m contract to produce wind farm equipment for Vestas, which will create 100 jobs at a former oil platform fabrication yard at Nigg on the Cromarty Firth.

BP and the Iranian Oil Company are to invest about £350m in the development of the Rhum gas field in North Sea.

The Engineering Business has secured an additional £2.1m government grant to fund the development of its Stingray Tidal Stream Generator, which will be reinstalled in Yell Sound in Shetland this summer.

Biofuels Corporation is considering sites in Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Hull to set up the world's largest biodiesel production complex, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.

Hampshire County Council is to consider plans from Star Energy for the development of a £13m gas pipeline at the Humbly Grove Oilfield near Basingstoke, in order to use the site as a gas storage facility during periods of low demand.

Statnett is seeking permission from the Norwegian Petroleum & Energy Ministry to exchange electricity between Norway and the UK, which could lead to the development of a £700m underwater power cable in partnership with National Grid Transco.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced plans to build a £85m hydro-electric power station near Fort Augustus.

Your Energy is considering plans to build a £25m wind farm near Scotter in Lincolnshire.

Highland Light & Power has submitted plans to the Scottish Executive to build small hydro-electric stations at Shieldaig and Slattadale.

Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from British Energy Renewables for the development of three turbines at a site in Dunning, to test the suitability of the area for a wind farm.

British Nuclear Fuels is planning to relocate up to 350 staff from Sellafield to a multi-million pound purpose-built office block in Whitehaven, and plans have been submitted to Copeland Borough Council.

PSL, the Aberdeen-based oil services company, has been bought out of receivership by management, securing the future of 200 jobs.

Viridian is to sell the Moyle electricity interconnector between Northern Ireland and Scotland to Moyle Holdings for £122m.

RGIT Montrose, the provider of energy consultancy and training services with 170 staff, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by 3i.

Transco has won permission to build a liquefied natural gas import facility at the Isle of Grain in the Thames Estuary, and the first shipments are expected to arrive in early 2005.

The Department of Trade & Industry has awarded a £0.5m grant to the Eccleshall Biomass farmers' co-operative to build a power station fuelled by elephant grass in Staffordshire, and a number of similar projects will receive funding elsewhere in the country.

The Scottish Executive has approved plans from Fred Olsen Renewables for the development of a 28-turbine wind farm at Ballindalloch near Elgin.

Sparrows Offshore International, the Aberdeen-based provider of crane service to the oil industry, has been acquired by LMS Capital for £26m.

The Department of Trade & Industry is planning to set up the headquarters of the new Nuclear Decommissioning Agency in Whitehaven, with the creation of about 200 jobs.

The Scottish Executive is to invest £2m in a marine energy research centre in Orkney, in order to study wave and tidal power.

MEB Contracting of Birmingham has undergone a management buy-out from Midlands Electricity for undisclosed terms, creating a new company with 70 staff called Midlands Electrical Services.

Shell is to invest £75m in clean fuel technology at the Stanlow Refinery in Cheshire, including the installation of new petrol-treating facilities and an upgrade to existing diesel facilities.

Renewable Devices is planning to create 15 engineering jobs in the Midlothian area, as it prepares for the launch of a household wind turbine.

Global Natural Energy has expanded its Petrol Express petrol station network with the acquisition of five sites from Copes Service Stations and Freeheart, and they will be rebranded under new supply agreements with Texaco and Londis.

Scottish & Southern Energy is forming a £10m joint venture with Weir Group to develop renewable power generation and control systems, in order to benefit from the growing interest in wave and tidal energy.

The Scottish Executive has approved plans from Offshore Energy Resources for the development of a £200m wind farm at Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth.

Wintershall of Germany is looking to enter the UK energy market, as part of a European expansion programme in partnership with Gazprom of Russia.

NPower has launched a recruitment drive to fill more than 200 vacancies at its energy billing call centres in Team Valley, Thornaby and Peterlee.

Sondex is looking to raise new funds to expand its oil services product range, and one possibility is a flotation.

Candover has acquired the Wellstream pipe manufacturing business of US oil services group Halliburton, as part of a £79m management buy-in.

Alkane has reached agreement with A-TEC and Pro2 of Germany to develop methane generation facilities at abandoned coal mines in Gelsenkirchen, which will involve a £1.3m investment over ten years.

PowerGen is to invest £120m in renewable energy projects in 2003, including a 40MW wood-burning power station in Lockerbie, wind farms and two hydroelectric plants.

Wood Group is considering four possible acquisitions over the next few months to expand its Aberdeen-based oil services business.

PowerGen has finalised plans to build a £75m windfarm at Scorby Sands off the Norfolk coast by autumn 2004, and the offshore work will be handled by Vestas Celtic Wind Technology.

Energy Power Resources Scotland is to receive a £5m government cash incentive to build a £17m combined heat and power generator at the Arjo Wiggins paper plant in Fort William.

The Department of Trade & Industry has issued a White Paper to increase the use of renewable energy, including proposals to more than double the number of windfarms.

BP is said to be considering plans to set up a major new headquarters in Aberdeen, and may lodge a planning application by the summer to revamp its existing site in Dyce or build a new base nearby.

Celtic Energy has won approval from Neath Port Talbot Council to set up an opencast mine in the Amman Valley, and UK Coal will take overall responsibility for the site.

SLP Engineering is hoping to build a centre of excellence for renewable energy in Lowestoft, which would involve a cluster of offices at the base of its proposed wind turbine at Ness Point.

CRP Holdings of Skelmersdale is to merge with Balmoral Group International, creating a combined international oil field services group with 450 staff.

BP is to invest £4bn in the acquisition of a 50% stake in the TNK oil company in Russia, and has also announced plans to invest in oil fields in Azerbaijan, the Gulf of Mexico, Trinidad and Angola.

BP has announced a £250m deal to sell a 45% stake in the Bayernoil refinery, an 18% stake in the Trans Alpine Pipeline, 247 retail stations in Germany, 55 stations in Hungary and 11 in Slovakia to OMV Aktiengesellschaft of Austria.

UK Atomic Energy Authority is seeking permission to build a £16m waste transfer facility at its Dounreay site.

Energy Power Resources has acquired Sondel International for about £5m, thereby increasing its stake in Fibrowatt, the operator of three East Anglian power stations fuelled by chicken litter, to 56%.

NWF Fuels has acquired T Splitt, the Burnley-based fuel distributor with turnover of about £10m, taking its network to 13 outlets.

Dana Petroleum and 3i are investing £7m in an equity stake in Faroe Petroleum, in order to fund its oil exploration programme off the coast of the Shetland Islands.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced proposals to build a windfarm at New Luce in Galloway.

Renewable Energy Systems is to submit plans later this year for a 50-turbine windfarm in the Keadby area of North Lincolnshire.

PowerGen is to create 100 jobs at its customer service centres in Nottingham, and 150 jobs will be created at its Leicester site.

United Utilities has unveiled proposals to build 12 wind turbines at Clowbridge near Burnley.