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Energy - 2004






















International Energy Group has acquired the gas transport assets of Scottish Power for £15m.

The Department of Trade & Industry is to set up a £15m research centre in Loughborough to study fuel cell and low carbon technologies, while a second centre will be established elsewhere to study transport system technologies.

Wingas has acquired the Saltfleetby onshore gas field in Lincolnshire for £44m, and will use the site for gas storage.

United Utilities has sold 40 green energy projects to Novera Energy and Macquarie Bank for £63m, including 29 landfill gas sites, ten small hydropower sites and one mine gas site.

Viridor Waste Management is planning to develop a £5m power station at its Parkwood landfill site in Sheffield.

Tullow Oil has acquired the Schooner and Ketch gas fields in the North Sea from Shell and ExxonMobil for £200m, and will invest £140m to double their output over the next three years.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to invest £10m in the installation of new burners at Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire, in order to reduce its reliance on coal and improve its environmental record.

UPM is to build a £52m sludge boiler at its Shotton paper mill by November 2006, in order to increase its heat self-sufficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

British Sugar is seeking permission from King's Lynn Borough Council to build a biofuels production facility at its Wissington site near Downham Market.

Npower Renewables is planning to build a £3m wind farm at Oxheys farm in Rushton, Cheshire.

Transco is to create 400 jobs in Northampton over the next six months, as part of a reorganisation that has also created new administration centres in Warwick and Hinckley.

Fife Council is considering plans from Fife Wind Energy to build a £14m wind farm near Kirkcaldy.

Rigblast is to merge with MacGregor Energy and Mach-Ten Offshore, creating a combined Aberdeen-based oil services group called RBG with 2,500 staff.

Heritage Oil & Gas of Canada is to set up a 7,300 sq ft London headquarters on Park Street, W1.

Ofgem has announced a series of incentives that will lead to the 14 electricity distribution companies investing £5.7bn in their networks over the next five years, and a further £500m linking up wind farms.

Alkane Biogas has unveiled plans to build a £6.8m biogas plant at Fivemiletown in County Tyrone by 2006, in order to convert animal and food waste into renewable energy and fertiliser.

MTEM, the Edinburgh University spin off company, has raised £7.4m to fund the manufacture of seismic equipment for extending the life of oil fields.

Scottish Power is to open a new £6.5m customer service centre in Hamilton in January, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.

Wood Group has acquired Woodhill Engineering Consultants, the Surrey-based engineering consultancy with annual turnover of £4m.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is to consider plans from Npower Renewables for the development of a £0.9m hydroelectric power plant on the River Thames, to provide electricity to Windsor Castle.

Npower is considering plans to build a 2,000 MW gas-fired power station in Pembroke, close to two proposed gas import terminals at Milford Haven.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is seeking a suitable location for a new office in Caithness, with the creation of up to 15 jobs.

Gamesa Energy UK is planning to build up to five wind farms in Wales over the next two years, and has just opened a new headquarters in Newport.

Nissan is seeking permission to build a £2m wind farm at its car plant in Sunderland, which would provide 7% of its power requirements.

Biofuels Corporation has started to recruit 30 staff for the £21m biodiesel plant being built on Teesside, and production is expected to start next June.

Centrica has acquired Glens of Foudland Wind Farm, the 26MW onshore wind farm project near Huntly in Scotland, from Renewable Energy Systems in a £31m deal.

Aberthaw Power Station is in talks with Horizon Mining about the possibility of buying coal from the Pentreclwydau colliery in the Neath Valley, which could be reopened by Horizon Mining with the creation of 60 jobs.

Marubeni North Sea is to acquire Energy North Sea, the Aberdeen-based oil company, for undisclosed terms.

ConocoPhillips is relocating 60 IT staff from Warwick to a new office at the Vanguard Centre in Coventry.

The Scottish Executive has approved plans for the development of two £60m wind farms, including Npower Renewables' scheme near Inverness and Airtricity's scheme in Braes.

Torridge District Council is expected to receive plans from an unnamed company for the development of a second power station at Winkleigh, while Peninsula Power's plans for the first project will be submitted this month.

Virotec International is planning to sell HydroDec, the oil recycling company, to Vert-eco for £7m.

Paladin Resources has confirmed plans to invest up to £300m in its oil and gas operations over the next four years, including a number of UK and Scandinavian North Sea developments.

DCC is to acquire Shell Direct UK, the fuel distributor with 500 staff, for £14m.

Aberdeenshire Council is considering plans from John Rennie & Sons to build an electricity generating plant fuelled by animal waste in Turriff.

D1 Oils is planning to raise £20m in a flotation on Aim this autumn, as part of a strategy to become a leading supplier of environmentally-friendly biodiesel with the creation of 100 jobs in the north-east.

Scottish Coal has won planning permission for a new opencast mine at Powharnal near Muirkirk, with the creation of 80 jobs.

UK Coal is to invest £20m in the installation of new coal cutting and other equipment at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire.

Venture Production is to raise £25m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its oil production business.

Inver House is to install a £12m wood-fuelled heating system at its distillery in Wick, which would involve using waste heat to provide energy for 450 homes.

Bernard Brogan, the Motherwell-based fuel distributor, is to open a call centre with 12 staff at an undisclosed site in the south of England.

Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to build a wind turbine at Shireoaks Triangle near Worksop, a new business park that will host 175 staff.

Abbot Group, the oil services company, is to invest more than £28m expanding its drilling fleet over the next two years.

British Nuclear Group has announced plans to reduce the headcount at its Berkeley site in Gloucestershire from 1,450 to 250 over the next three years, with some staff relocating to other sites.

Venture Production is to acquire five North Sea oil blocks from Marubeni Oil & Gas for £28m.

National Grid Transco has sold its four regional gas pipeline businesses for £5.8bn, with Scottish & Southern acquiring networks in Scotland and the south of England, Cheung Kong acquiring the north and Macquarie acquiring the west and Wales.

British Energy is to relocate its corporate office from East Kilbride to Livingston, which will involve the loss of about 80 jobs and the transfer of 130 engineering and technical staff to Gloucester.

Npower Renewables is to set up six public exhibitions to present plans for the development of an offshore windfarm with up to 200 turbines off the North Wales coast.

Scottish & Southern and Talisman Energy have announced plans to set up a £24m wind farm off the east coast of Scotland, with funding from the Scottish Executive, the DTI and the European Commission.

British Nuclear Group is planning to relocate part of its Sellafield operation to two new £7m office blocks at the Westlakes Science & Technology Park in Whitehaven next year.

Shell has announced plans to invest an extra £83m in its North Sea exploration and production activities this year.

PowerGen is to relocate 400 retail sales management and enterprise call centre jobs to a new office on the Sherwood Business Park in Nottinghamshire.

Balcas is to build a £9m factory to produce bio fuel pellets from surplus sawdust and woodchips at its site in Enniskillen.

Scottish Power is to recruit a further 90 staff at its new customer service centre in East Kilbride over the new few months.

The Welsh Development Agency is in talks with a number of power generating companies about proposals to build new LNG power stations at Milford Haven, at a cost of up to £1bn.

TNEI Services, the Newcastle-based renewable energy consultant with 18 staff, is looking to double the size of the business over the next two years following its merger with Manchester-based IPSA.

Gamesa Energy UK, the wind farm developer, is setting up a new headquarters in Newport, which will initially employ seven staff.

Highland Council has approved plans from CRE Energy to build a £20m wind farm with 17 turbines near Dornoch Firth.

Shell has sold its fuels business in Peru, including service stations, industrial and marine fuels, to Empressa Nacional del Petroleo of Chile for undisclosed terms.

Central Networks is planning to create 600 new jobs for electrical engineers and electricians, as part of a £1.3bn investment in electricity sub-stations, relay stations and underground cables across the Midlands.

Centrica is considering plans to invest £300m in a project to import natural gas from Turkmenistan, as part of a joint venture with Gazprom of Russia and Naftogaz of Ukraine.

Amec has formed a five-year alliance with Bristol-based Compact Power to set up a series of environmentally-friendly power plants that will generate electricity from waste and biomass.

Nexen of Canada is looking to expand into the North Sea, which could involve the acquisition of a UK-based independent oil company.

Utility Partnership, the Cardiff-based energy and utility management consultancy with 100 staff, is expanding its operations at the Cardiff Gate Business Park having taken an extra 6,000 sq ft unit.

Wavegen is looking to raise £10m to develop a wave power scheme on the Faroe Islands, while Lunar Energy is seeking £7m for a demonstration tidal scheme on Orkney.

Talisman Energy is to invest a further £20m in its Aberdeen-based North Sea oil operations, as part of a £183m boost to its international exploration and development budget.

Scottish & Southern Energy has bought the Ferrybridge and Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power stations from AEP, in a deal worth £250m.

Syngenta is planning to set up a pilot project to generate electricity from rapeseed oil at Driffield, Yorkshire, with the output being sold to Smartest Energy to power 1,000 homes.

RPS has acquired Cambrian, the provider of oil industry asset evaluation services with 35 staff, for up to £2.9m.

United Utilities has won approval from the Welsh Assembly to build a £120m wind farm with 30 turbines off the coast of Porthcawl.

British Nuclear Fuels has indicated that up to 350 construction jobs could be created if approval is given for a new £100m waste store at the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria.

Marconi is to sell Outside Plant & Power, its US plant and power systems business, to Emerson Electric for £221m.

Rutland Fund has acquired Uskmouth Power Company, the operator of the Fifoots coal-fired power station at Newport in South Wales, and will restart the site with a workforce of about 100.

AES Kilroot is to invest £35m in the installation of flue gas desulphurisation equipment at its power station in Northern Ireland.

International Energy Group has acquired a portfolio of gas transportation assets from Mowlem Energy for £1.9m.

Aker Kvaerner is considering plans to set up an oil platform decommissioning facility in Shetland, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.

Scottish Coal has announced plans to expand its opencast mining operations, including an extension at the Broken Cross mine near Lanark and the opening of a new mine nearby.

Economy Power is planning to set up a customer service centre in Blaenau Gwent with the creation of 50 jobs, having agreed an electricity supply deal with Pennant Wind Energy Ventures.

The Welsh Development Agency is in discussions with Ireland-registered Brehon Energy about potential locations to set up a manufacturing base to produce the alternative fuel Hythane, which could lead to the creation of 50 jobs.

Vitol, the energy trader, is in negotiations to set up a 28,800 sq ft office at the new Belgrave House on London's Buckingham Palace Road.

Norfolk County Council is considering plans from CLP Envirogas to set up a £0.5m generating station at Beetley landfill site near Dereham.

ITM Power has raised £10m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its fuel cell technology.

Seymour Pierce is to advise ATH Resources with plans to raise £11m in a share placing, in order to fund the development of opencast coal mines.

Anadarko, the oil exploration company, is looking to set up a new 50,000 sq ft office in the Uxbridge area.

Centrica is to acquire the Killingholme gas power station near Grimsby for £142m, in order to secure its winter electricity supplies.

Scottish Power has announced plans to set up a chain of 200 super-pylons from Kilmarnock to Kendoon, as part of a £400m electricity upgrade scheme that will also include three new sub-stations.

Expro International is expected to create about 50 new jobs in Aberdeen, due to a rise in demand for its oil services.

Scottish Power has bought the 800MW Damhead Creek power station in Kent from the creditors of Entergy for £318m.

Swalec, the electricity and gas supplier, is creating 60 new jobs at its call centre in Cardiff.

Amec and British Energy are to unveil plans to build the world's largest wind farm on Lewis in the Western Isles, at a cost of £600m.

Energy Power Resources has agreed a £70m refinancing package with its banks, which will enable it to continue with the development of biomass energy projects.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to increase its planned investment in wind power projects by £300m, and five wind farms will be set up in the Scottish Highlands by the end of 2005.

United Utilities is seeking contractors to build a £30m bio-fuel plant at an undisclosed location in South Wales.

Scottish Power has won planning permission to build a £100m underground gas storage facility at Byley in Cheshire.

D1 Oils is to create at least 100 jobs on Teesside, in order to develop bio-diesel production technology for use in plants around the world.

Amec has won a £50m contract from Star Energy HG Gas Storage to build a gas storage plant and pipeline at Humbly Grove in Hampshire.

Reeves Oilfield Services of Loughborough has been acquired by Precision Drilling Corporation of Canada for £90m.

BP is planning to relocate its 1,100 Aberdeen-based office staff to a new £40m 172,000 sq ft scheme, and a preferred developer will be appointed following a design competition.

Solar Integrated Technologies of the US has raised £11m in a flotation on Aim, in order to fund the European expansion of its solar cell roofing business.

Centrica has acquired Quintana Minerals Canada Investments, the Canadian natural gas producer, for £21m, in order to expand its Direct Energy division.

Scottish & Southern Energy is seeking permission to set up a wind farm with 25 turbines at Strathconon in the Highlands.

Tullow Oil has raised £123m in a share issue to help fund the £320m acquisition of Energy Africa, which has oil interests in nine African countries.

Johnson Matthey has been awarded a £3.2m DTI grant to develop fuel cell technology, as part of the government's commitment to the renewable energy market.

Scottish & Southern Energy has acquired more than 300,000 customers from Atlantic Electric & Gas for £91m, following Atlantic's move into receivership.

Scottish Coal is planning to build a £36m wind farm at Dalmellington in East Ayrshire, and a similar project is also planned at another undisclosed location.

Charnwood Borough Council is to consider plans from De Wind to set up a £2m wind turbine at the Brush Falcon Works in Loughborough.

Centrica is to acquire Bastrop Energy Partners, the owner of the Bastrop Energy Center power station in Texas, from US-based FPL Energy for £80m.

Mayflower's administrators have sold its offshore wind turbine installation vessel to a management buy-out backed by Mizuho International for about £12m, saving 70 jobs.

B9 Energy Services and Renewable Energy Systems have won permission to set up a £15m wind farm at Callagheen in Fermanagh.

Marine Current Turbines has raised £3m of equity funding to develop offshore tidal turbine technology.

British Gas is to create 100 jobs at its St Mary's Road call centre in Southampton.

Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans from ExxonMobil to expand a gas terminal at the St Fergus complex near Peterhead, with the creation of up to 200 construction jobs.

Biofuels Corporation is planning to raise £14m in a flotation on Aim next month, in order to help build a £21m biodiesel production plant on Teesside by early 2005.

Alkane Energy has acquired an 83% stake in Farmatic Biotech Energy UK, the developer of biogas plants in Devon, Northern Ireland and North Wales, for about £0.2m.

Scottish & Southern Energy is planning to build a £85m hydroelectric dam and power station at Loch Ness, and the Scottish Executive is expected to give consent later this year.

UK Coal has sold its Australian mining operations to ABN Amro Rothschild for £21m, and the proceeds will be used to develop coal fields in the UK.

Your Energy has secured planning permission to build ten turbines on a £20m wind farm near Kettering.

Oilexco of Canada has made a significant North Sea oil discovery with reserves of up to 150m barrels, and is expected to open an office in Aberdeen.

The Welsh Development Agency is in talks with Wave Dragon of Denmark about plans to build a tidal power generator off Milford Haven, with the possibility of setting up additional sites around Wales if the scheme is successful.

BG Group has acquired Aventura Energy, the Canadian gas exploration company with interests in Trinidad and Tobago, for £95m.

Voller Energy is planning to set up a £3.7m factory to produce a portable mini fuel cell, with the creation of 40 jobs, and is seeking £4m of funding.

Arkex has raised £4m from a number of investors to develop new technology that allows searches for oil, gas and mineral deposits to be carried out from the air.

National Wind Power is to submit plans for the development of a wind farm with three turbines at Loscar Farm, between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Scottish & Southern Energy has estimated that a £1bn investment is required to upgrade the power network across the north of Scotland to meet the national demand, which could create 2,500 jobs over the next ten years.

ExxonMobil has won permission to build an LNG terminal on the former Esso oil refinery site at Milford Haven, with the creation of 700 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs.

Star Energy, the onshore oil and gas producer with 13 fields, is considering plans for a £100m flotation to fund the development of new gas storage sites.

Severn Trent has announced a £16m scheme to generate green energy from sewage at 30 locations in the Midlands, with CHP digesters being installed at sites including Derby, Alfreton, Burton and Uttoxeter.

BG has acquired oil and gas fields off Mauritania from Hardman Resources for £78m, which could lead to the development of a new LNG facility.

Amec is considering plans to build a wind farm near Durness in Sutherland, with up to 160 turbines.

British Nuclear Fuels has awarded a £3.5m contract to Kier to build a waste export facility at Sellafield nuclear power station.

RGIT Montrose, the energy industry training and consultancy firm with 150 staff, has been acquired by Aberdeen-based Petrofac for £17m.

BG Group is to acquire El Paso Oil & Gas of Canada for £183m, as part of a strategy to expand its North American gas acreage.

Scottish & Southern has won planning permission to build a £15m wind farm at Artfield Fell in Wigtownshire, and has also announced the £8m acquisition of the Spurness wind farm on the Orkney Islands.

Viridian has expressed interest in bidding for a £270m Irish government contract to build two electricity interconnectors between Ireland and Wales.

Scottish Power has won planning permission to build the £130m Black Law wind farm near Edinburgh.

Banham Poultry is to seek planning permission for a £10m power plant fuelled by chicken waste at its site in Attleborough, which would create 20 jobs.

PowerGen is looking to set up small-scale wind farms across Yorkshire, and is inviting community groups to propose suitable sites.

International Power has won planning permission to build a multi-million pound flue gas desulphurisation plant at its Rugeley power station in Staffordshire.

Bureau Veritas is to create a number of new jobs in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, having won a contract to provide verification and certification services on 42 of Shell's offshore installations.

B9 Energy Services, along with its partners in the Wind Farm Developments consortium, has won permission to build a wind farm with seven turbines at Lough Hill near Omagh.

Neath Port Talbot Council is considering plans from Western Bio-Energy, which is partly owned by Western Log Group of Cwmavon, to develop a wood-burning power station near the British Oxygen depot, with the creation of 20 jobs.

Offshore Wind Power is looking to develop the world's largest wind power network off the Lincolnshire coast, which would involve the creation of hundreds of jobs in construction and manufacturing.