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Energy - 2006






















Scottish Power has acquired the Hatfield Moor gas storage site in South Yorkshire from Edinburgh Oil & Gas for £11m.

Warwick Energy has won government approval to build the £500m Thanet wind farm off the Kent coast by 2008, including 100 turbines.

Shell, Eon and Core have won government approval to build the £1.5bn London Array wind farm in the Thames estuary by 2010, including 341 turbines.

Centrica is planning to shed 700 British Gas back office jobs, 340 British Gas Services jobs, 270 corporate jobs and relocate the headquarters from Stockley Park to Staines.

Cynar is working with Oldmeldrum-based Environmental Services to set up a £4m recycling plant in Peterhead to transform waste plastic into diesel, and hopes to establish 15 similar plants across the country.

Drax is planning to invest £100m at its coal-fired power station in Yorkshire, in order to revamp the turbines and cut carbon emissions.

EDF Energy Networks is planning to expand its customer service centre in Ipswich by April 2007, with the creation of 70 jobs, and up to 30 staff could relocate from its site in Sussex.

Global Resources has acquired Banford Associates, the oil services consultancy with 15 Inverurie-based staff and 50 field inspectors, for undisclosed terms.

Eon is to proceed with plans to build the £325m Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in the Solway Firth, and work on the 16 turbines is due for completion in spring 2009.

UPM-Kymmene is planning to build a £59m renewable energy power plant at its Caledonian paper mill in Irvine, Ayrshire, with the creation of up to ten jobs.

Scottish & Southern Energy is planning to relocate its Southern Gas connections business and 150 staff from Crawley to St Lawrence House in Horley over the next two years.

Weatherford, the oil services company, is to set up a new £19m headquarters at Altens in Aberdeen by 2008, and plans to create 500 new jobs over the next five years.

D1 Oils has raised £49m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Middlesbrough-based alternative fuels business.

Chemostrat is to relocate its oil exploration technology business and 14 staff from Llanfyllin to a new 4,800 sq ft laboratory and office at the Buttington Cross Enterprise Park in Welshpool next spring.

Wood Group Engineering is to create 35 new jobs in Aberdeen, having won a £2m contract from Statoil for a feasibility study into the Trestakk subsea field development.

Miller Argent (South Wales) has secured approval from the Court of Appeal to proceed with the Ffos-y-Fran mining project at Merthyr Tydfil, which will involve the extraction of 10m tonnes of coal over 15 years.

Scottish Power, the Glasgow-based power generation and distribution group, is to be acquired by Iberdrola of Spain for £11.6bn.

Total has confirmed plans to invest £200m in the expansion of the Lindsey Oil Refinery by summer 2009, securing the future of 535 jobs in the Grimsby area.

MCS Group is planning to relocate its subsea engineering business to a larger site on the Aberdeen Science & Technology Park, and expects to expand the workforce over the next two years.

Balcas has secured £5m of government funding to build a £24m wood-fuelled energy plant at the Cromarty Industrial Park on the Cromarty Firth.

Halliburton is seeking planning permission to build a new £20m headquarters for 600 staff at the Kirkhill Industrial Estate in Aberdeen by 2008.

QED International is to create 40 engineering jobs at its Aberdeen-based oil services business, while up to 300 additional jobs are being created following the award of a £100m contract in Kazakhstan.

Compact Power has secured a £5m government grant to build a £20m energy-from-waste plant in Bristol by 2008.

Renew Tees Valley is providing assistance to Ensus with proposals to build a multi-million pound bioethanol plant on Teesside by 2008, and Ensus is also said to be looking to raise £80m in a flotation on Aim.

Castle Point Council is to consider plans from Rainbow Fuels for the development of a biodiesel production plant in Canvey.

Swalec is to create 50 new customer service jobs at its gas and electricity call centre in Cardiff by the end of the year.

Centrica is planning to build a £1bn clean-coal power station on Teesside by 2012, and will conduct a feasibility study over the next two years.

KBC Advanced Technologies has acquired Veritech, the US energy consultant, for £0.9m.

Mitsui Babcock, the Crawley-based power station equipment company with 4,000 staff worldwide, has been acquired by Doosan Heavy Industries of South Korea for £89m.

SeaDragon Offshore is to start construction of large offshore oil rigs at the Haverton Hill shipyard in Billingham in 2007, with the creation of up to 600 jobs, and is also considering plans to raise up to £79m in a flotation on Aim.

Venture Production is to invest £70m in the development of a new 33km North Sea pipeline to export oil from its fields in the Greater Kittiwake Area by late 2007.

Dunbeath Wind Energy, a joint venture between RDC Scotland and Falck Renewables, has submitted plans for a £35m wind farm with 22 turbines at Dunbeath in the Highlands.

Eon has won government permission to build a new £350m gas-fired power station on the Isle of Grain in Kent, and construction work could start in 2007.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to invest up to £2.5m a year in the new Energy Technologies Institute being planned by the government, in order to accelerate the commercial development of low-carbon energy technologies.

Tesco is seeking planning permission to install 12 large wind turbines and 31 smaller turbines at stores throughout the country.

Biofutures International is planning to acquire Zurex Corporation, the Malaysian company that holds a licence to produce biodiesel derived from palm oil, for £17m.

Bayford & Co has acquired Askham Oils, the Penrith-based oil distribution company, for undisclosed terms.

John Pointon & Sons is planning to start producing biodiesel from waste animal fat at its site in Cheddleton, Staffordshire, over the next few years, having invested £5m in the development of new technology.

Grove Energy has sold most of its UK North Sea oil and gas licences to EnCore Oil, in return for 9.9m EnCore shares.

Talisman Energy has announced plans to develop the Duart and Galley oilfields in the North Sea, with production from Duart starting by the end of next year.

Express Power is seeking a suitable site in Wales to build a £45m biomass power plant, which would create up to 40 jobs.

SLP has secured the future of hundreds of Lowestoft-based jobs, having won a multi-million pound contract to help build oil platforms for Maersk Oil Qatar.

Subsea 7 is to build a new headquarters at the Arnhall Business Park in Aberdeen by mid-2008, with the relocation of 850 staff from existing sites and the creation of 100 new jobs.

Shell is to create 100 new jobs at its financial shared service operation in Glasgow over the next year, having secured a £1m regional selective assistance grant from the Scottish Executive.

Npower is creating 220 jobs at its recently-opened call centre in Peterlee by the end of the year.

Galliford Try has won a £79m contract from Scottish Power to build the Whitelee Wind Farm at Eaglesham Moor near Glasgow.

G24 Innovations is to set up a £60m solar cells factory at Wentloog Park in Cardiff next year, with the creation of up to 300 jobs over the next three years.

Ineos Enterprises has secured a Scottish Executive grant of up to £9m to fund the development of a biodiesel production plant in Grangemouth by 2008.

Eon is to invest £1bn in the expansion of the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent, including two new 800MW supercritical units.

Biofuels Corporation has announced plans to build two more biodiesel plants next to its existing site on Teesside by the end of 2008, increasing the workforce from 50 to 100.

Prenergy Power has submitted plans to the DTI to build a £400m 350MW wood-fuelled power station in Port Talbot, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.

Tanaris has announced plans to build a £30m wood-fuelled power station at Lochaber near Fort William, with construction work starting next year.

Losonoco of the US is planning to build a £60m bioethanol plant in Billingham by the end of 2008, with the creation of 80 direct and 220 indirect jobs.

Sondex has acquired Ultima Labs, the US-based oilfield technology company, for £4.8m.

Seadrill Engineering, the Norwegian oil drilling technology company, is opening an office in Blyth, and the 16-strong workforce will rise to 60 over the next three years.

Helius Energy has agreed a deal with Wartsila BioPower of Finland to develop up to 13 combined heat and power plants across the UK, with Helius handling the finance and marketing and Wartsila the technology.

Ceres Power is seeking a suitable site to set up a multi-million pound fuel cells factory by 2008, and discussions are taking place with a number of regional development authorities.

Tullow Oil is planning to acquire Hardman Resources, the Australian oil exploration company, for £581m.

Ineos ChlorVinyls has unveiled plans to build a new combined heat and power plant at Runcorn by 2010, as part of the £390m expansion of the site.

Inetec is to submit plans to build a £50m waste-fuelled power station in Immingham, which will be the first of up to ten plants fuelled by food and packaging waste provided by Northern Foods, Greggs and Greencore.

Shell has won planning permission to build a new £25m "centre of excellence" in Aberdeen by 2009, providing space for about 1,000 staff.

International Power has acquired the 140MW oil-fired OCGT Indian Queens power station in Cornwall from AES for £32m.

Venture Production is looking to double its North Sea oil and gas reserves and production by 2008, focusing on smaller fields that are considered uneconomic by the major oil companies.

The Department of Trade & Industry is seeking expressions of interest from the private sector to match its proposals for a £500m investment in the planned Energy Technologies Institute.

Wood Group Engineering is to create new jobs having won a £50m contract to service BP oil and gas terminals in Teesside and Dorset, but the previous operator Aker Kvaerner Engineering Services will shed up to 60 jobs.

Renewable Energy Holdings is looking to expand the power generated from its green energy projects from 30MW to 150MW by the end of 2007, including new landfill gas projects and sites in Poland and Hungary.

D1 Oils is to invest up to £8m in the development of a biodiesel production plant at Bromborough on Merseyside during 2007, having acquired a 47-acre site from Lubrizol.

Argent Energy is seeking permission to build a £45m biodiesel plant in Ellesmere Port by 2008, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Helius Energy is to submit plans to build a £100m 65MW biomass power station on the outskirts of Grimsby, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.

Orion Group has acquired Cogan Resources, the London-based recruitment firm specialising in the oil and gas market, and the 55 staff will transfer to Orion's London office.

PowerGen is to create 100 new jobs at its call centre in Rayleigh, Essex, following a recent decision to close sites in India.

Iberdrola has acquired the 18MW Clachan Flats wind farm project in Scotland from AMEC Wind Energy and the 2.5MW Darracott wind farm in Devon from West Coast Energy.

Rheochem is to acquire Wimbledon Oil & Gas for £7.3m, including ten North Sea licence blocks.

The Scottish Executive has announced a £6m fund to invest in renewable energy projects in the east of Scotland, under the name of the Sigma Sustainable Energies Fund.

Egdon Resources is to seek planning permission next year for a gas storage cavern under Portland Bill in Dorset, which could hold up to 1bn cubic metres of gas.

Wood Group is to create 130 jobs at its newly-opened oil and gas engineering office at the Nova Technology Park in Glasgow by the end of the year.

Chevron is to set up a new technology centre in Aberdeen early next year, with the creation of 100 jobs, in order to provide research and technical services to its global oil and gas business.

Highland Fuels is planning to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Inverness-based fuel supply business with an unspecified number of new sales and administration jobs.

BP is in negotiations to set up three new offices in the Thames Valley, including 60,000 sq ft in Swindon, 73,000 sq ft in Stockley Park and 90,000 sq ft in Staines.

Novartis is to submit plans for the £4.5m development of three wind turbines at its Humber Bank site.

National Grid is seeking permission to invest £60m at the St Fergus gas terminal in Aberdeenshire, in order to install two electric-powered compressors.

Production Services Network is planning to create 400 new jobs at its Aberdeen-based oil contracting business by the end of the year.

Eon UK is to submit multi-million-pound plans to East Riding Council to build ten gas storage caverns at Whitehill Farm on the Holderness coast by 2010.

ITM Power is planning to expand its hydrogen fuel cell energy research centre in Sheffield and recruit a new commercial team in Cambridge.

Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants, the Aberdeen-based company with 200 staff, is to relocate from Queens Road to Albyn Place over the next few months.

Fife Council is considering plans from the DMF Biodiesel consortium for the development of a £40m biodiesel production plant at Rosyth.

ConocoPhillips has secured government permission for the £140m expansion of its power plant at Immingham, in order to boost electricity generation by 50%.

NWF Group has acquired Browns of Burwell, the East Anglia-based fuel distribution company, for £1.4m.

Specialised Petroleum Services of Aberdeen has been acquired by M-I Swaco of the US for £89m.

Wind Prospect has won approval from the Scottish Executive to develop a £33m wind farm with 19 turbines near Stow in the Scottish Borders by spring 2008.

Wirral Council is to consider plans from Biossence for the development of a £60m combined waste treatment and energy recovery plant at Hooton Park in Ellesmere Port.

Scottish & Southern Energy and ESB International have announced plans to build a £400m 850MW gas-fired power station at Marchwood near Southampton by 2009.

Fuelture of Glasgow has secured a £0.3m investment to fund the development of a nationwide network of self-service LPG fill-up points.

DCC has acquired Carlton Fuels, the Merseyside-based oil distribution company with 118 staff, for up to £15m.

British Nuclear Group is to create up to 70 new jobs at the Bradwell nuclear power station site in Essex, in preparation for the start of the final decommissioning stage in September.

Subsea 7 of Aberdeen has won a £600m contract to develop and operate two subsea vessels for Shell, which will create hundreds of new jobs.

Ascot Environmental has won a contract to build a £18m power plant fuelled by recycled waste near the Shanks Eco-Deco site in Dumfries by 2008.

Stockton Council is to consider plans from Tees Valley Biofuels to build a £47m oilseed processing plant at Vopak's bulk liquid storage terminal at Seal Sands, with the creation of 45 jobs.

Ocean Power Delivery has raised £13m from a consortium of investors to fund the expansion of its wave energy business.

Pennine Natural Gas, the Cheshire-based gas supplier, is to be acquired by Gazprom of Russia for undisclosed terms.

Herefordshire County Council is looking into the possibility of setting up a £25m environmental technologies business park at New Mills in Ledbury, in order to produce biofuels from local crops.

Cheshire County Council has approved plans from Ineos Enterprises to develop a North Sea gas storage plant at Stublach Grange Farm near Northwich.

British Energy is to invest £20m at its nuclear power station in Hartlepool, including the development of a new simulator facility to improve training, as part of a £250m investment programme across the group.

Spice Holdings is to acquire Inenco Holdings, the Lancashire-based energy management company with 130 staff, for £12m.

Western Isles Council has approved plans for the development of a £120m wind farm with 53 turbines at the Eishken Estate on Lewis.

PowerGen is planning to create 450 jobs at call centres in Bedford, Leicester, Nottingham, Rayleigh and Bolton by the end of the year, in order to reduce the level of outsourcing in India.

Centrica is to proceed with plans to build a £400m gas-fired power station at Langage near Plymouth, and Alstom will start construction work within a few months.

British Gas is to recruit 500 apprentices this year, and a new training centre will open at Dartford in Kent next month.

Riverside Resource Recovery has secured government approval to build a new 72MW energy from waste power station in Belvedere, south-east London.

Expro International has acquired PWS, the provider of well testing services to the global oil and gas industry, for £366m.

Global Marine Energy has raised £4m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its international oilfield services business.

British Nuclear Group is creating 40 new jobs to help decommission the Chapelcross nuclear plant near Annan, with vacancies for general workers, project managers and construction engineers.

Melrose Resources is to raise £75m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its oil and gas exploration and production business.

EDF Energy is considering plans to relocate hundreds of staff in the south-east to new offices later this year, with 150 East Grinstead-based staff likely to move to Crawley and Hove.

Ithaca Energy is to raise about £30m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of gas fields in the North Sea.

Viridian has announced plans to develop a new £120m electricity interconnector between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, in order to double cross-border capacity.

Peak Group, the Aberdeen-based oilfield services company, is to be acquired by Ability Group of Norway for about £26m.

Eon is to recruit at least 600 electrical engineers, fitters, craftsmen and technicians over the next three years, in order to maintain and expand its electricity networks.

The Scottish Executive is to invest a further £20m in renewable energy over the next two years, including biomass, marine and offshore wind energy.

Newport City Council has received plans from Severn Power to build a £400m gas-fired power station at the former Uskmouth B site by 2009.

Vireol is to spend up to £100m on the development of bioethanol plants on Teesside and Humberside by 2008, and they will be built by Vogelbusch of Austria.

ATH Resources has acquired A Ogden & Sons, the Doncaster-based coal washing and processing company, for £25m.

Renewable Energy Systems is seeking permission to develop a wind farm with 13 turbines near Balsham in South Cambridgeshire.

Compact Power has sold the lease and planning permission for a waste to energy plant at Dargavel in Dumfries to Scotgen for £0.8m.

Airtricity, the wind farm developer, is seeking a suitable site in Inverclyde to set up a new UK headquarters for its 20 staff, and 30 new jobs will be created over the next three years.

Ineos Enterprises is considering plans to set up a new biodiesel plant on the site of its oil refinery in Grangemouth by 2008.

Eon is said to be planning to build a £1bn coal-fired power station near Killingholme in Lincolnshire by 2011, using carbon sequestration technology to bury emissions in former offshore gas fields.

The Department of Trade & Industry is looking to reform the planning system to allow the development of up to ten new gas storage facilities, in order to improve the security of energy supplies.

Venture Production has secured government approval to develop the Mimas gas field in the southern North Sea.

Ecotricity and ABB have announced proposals to develop a £13bn offshore electricity Supergrid that would link 2,000 wind turbines in the southern part of the North Sea.

Solar Century has secured a £5.5m investment from VantagePoint Venture Partners and Scottish & Southern Energy to fund the expansion of its solar panels business.

Petrofac has acquired PPS Group, the oil industry training company, for up to £2m, which will involve the transfer of 40 staff.

Excelerate Energy is seeking planning permission to develop a £30m GasPort facility to import liquefied natural gas to Teesport.

Scottish Power has won planning permission to build a £300m wind farm with 140 turbines at Whitelee near Glasgow by 2009.

Venture Production and its partners are to invest about £1bn in the North Sea over the next five years, including the acquisition of more unwanted oil and gas assets from the majors.

Carron Energy, the owner of the Uskmouth coal-fired power station, has been sold by Rutland to a consortium led by Deutsche Bank for £125m.

Centrica has bought the customer base of Entergy Solutions within the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas grid for £17m, in order to expand its US-based Direct Energy subsidiary.

Aspen Clean Energy is to sell Aspen Clean Fuels, the manufacturer of alkalyte fuels, to Lantmannen Energi of Sweden for £13m.

Abbot Group is to acquire Songa Drilling, the Norwegian drilling rig operator, for £247m.

Vetco Gray is recruiting 70 additional staff at its oil services business in Aberdeen, and has just transferred 120 support staff to a new 26,000 sq ft site at the Aberdeen Science & Energy Park.

RWE Npower is conducting a feasibility study to build a clean-coal power plant at Tilbury on the Thames estuary by 2016, at an estimated cost of £700m.

Atkins has acquired MSL Engineering, the oil and gas engineering consultancy with 70 staff in Egham, Trinidad and the US, for £6.8m.

Central Networks is to create 150 new jobs at its electricity distribution operations in Gloucester, Worcester, Tipton, Moor Green, Stoke, Hinckley and Sleaford over the next 18 months.

Sovereign Oilfield has acquired Maxwell Downhole Technology for up to £3.2m, in order to gain access to technology that tracks the direction in which drills are moving.

Eco2 has secured a £100m finance deal for the development of its Western Wood Energy biomass plant in Port Talbot and for other renewable energy projects.

Craig Group, the Aberdeen-based energy services and shipping company, is to invest £12m in the expansion of its fleet of offshore support vessels.

Novera Energy is to receive a £5m government grant to set up a plant in east London to generate energy from waste, and is also looking to expand its onshore wind projects.

Balcas is to seek planning permission to build a £20m biorenewable energy plant in the north of Scotland.

The Scottish Executive is considering plans from Natural Power Consultants for the development of a £50m wind farm with 22 turbines near Dalmally in Argyll.

Hunting is to open a new site for its Hunting Energy division in Montrose, with the creation of 20 jobs.

Total Butler has sold its fuel oil distribution depots in Penclawdd and Port Talbot to Thomas Silvey for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 18 staff.

Maersk Oil is looking to recruit reservoir engineers, geophysicists and geologists in Aberdeen, as part of a strategy to expand its oil and gas business in the UK North Sea.

Clean Air Power has raised £10m in a share placing to fund the development of a truck fuel that is a mixture of natural gas and diesel.

Tesco is to build a £13m biodiesel production plant in Immingham by the end of the year, in partnership with Cargill and Greenergy.

British Energy is planning to invest more than £250m in productivity improvements at its eight nuclear power plants over the next year.

National Grid has agreed to acquire KeySpan, the US gas distribution company, for £4.2bn.

Ceramic Fuel Cells of Australia is to raise £37m in a share placing to fund the development of a new factory in Europe, with North Wales and the north of England being likely locations.

Sovereign Oilfield has acquired OIL Corporation, the Aberdeen-based oil services company with about 100 staff, for up to £4.8m.

Maxsys, the Walsall-based developer of clean fuel technology, has secured a £1.5m investment from Aloe Private Equity, and now plans to create 20 new jobs and expand the business abroad.

Stag Energy is seeking strategic partners for the development of a £500m offshore gas storage facility in the Irish Sea.

National Grid is to acquire the Rhode Island gas distribution business from US-based Southern Union Company for £285m.

UMAX, the Scottish oil services company with 250 staff, has been acquired by Serimer Holdings of France for undisclosed terms.

Your Energy is planning to set up a wind farm with 16 turbines at Sixpenny Wood near Gilberdyke in East Yorkshire.

Bayford & Co has acquired the Routemate fuel cards business from Petroplus Refining Teesside.

Oil Quest is to acquire EnCore Exploration, EnCore Petroleum, EnCore Natural Resources and EnCore Oil & Gas in a reverse takeover, and has also raised £17m in a share placing.

British Nuclear Fuels has sold BNG America, its US-based nuclear decommissioning business, to EnergySolutions for about £50m.

Anglesey Council is considering plans from Anglesey Biogas to invest £4m in a power plant fuelled by waste from the local food industry, which would create 27 jobs.

Scottish Gas is to recruit 250 additional customer sales staff at its call centre on Alexandra Parade in Glasgow by the end of the year.

UK Coal has submitted plans to extend the opencast coal mine at Stobswood near Ellington, Northumberland.

Phoenix Natural Gas is to lose its monopoly over gas supply in the Belfast and Larne areas, under plans announced by the Energy Minister to open up Northern Ireland's market.

Gasol is planning to raise up to £3m in a share placing to invest in the global oil and gas sector.

The Scottish Executive is to consider proposals from Wind Hydrogen for the development of a £150m wind farm at Ladyland Moor in north Ayrshire, including up to 125 turbines.

Inetec is linking up with Greencore to set up a network of biofuel conversion plants to transform the food company's organic waste and packing material into electricity.

British Nuclear Fuels has agreed to sell its Westinghouse nuclear power plants business in the US to Toshiba of Japan for £2.8bn.

Renewables East is looking to position East Anglia as the centre for the UK's biofuels industry, which could lead to the development of 13 plants and 10,000 associated jobs in production, transport and agriculture.

Scottish Borders Council has approved plans from Scottish Power and RES UK for a £30m 35-turbine extension to Dun Law wind farm near Soutra.

Marches Wood Energy Network and Energy West Midlands are considering proposals to use surplus wood from Birmingham's parks and gardens to help fuel public buildings.

Helius Energy is looking to build up to three renewable energy power plants in the UK, fuelled by crops from around the world.

Southampton City Council is to consider plans from Solent Sustainable Energy to build a £50m combined heat and power plant at Southampton docks, in order to supply power to schools, residential homes and council properties.

Centrica has submitted plans to Castle Point Council for the development of a £200m liquefied natural gas import facility at Canvey Island by 2010.

Marine Projects International is looking to buy Resolution, the £53m Teesside-based ship used to develop offshore wind farms, from Mizuho International.

Endeavour International is planning to invest up to £29m in North Sea oil and gas exploration and development this year.