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Energy - 2008






















Centrica is to acquire a 67% stake in the UK segment of the Peik gas field in the North Sea from Bow Valley Energy for £20m.

RWE Npower is expected to proceed with plans to build a new nuclear power plant on Anglesey, having secured options to buy farmland and a connection to the national grid.

EDF has agreed to sell its Sutton Bridge gas-fired power station in Lincolnshire and British Energy's Eggborough coal-fired plant in East Yorkshire, in order to gain EU approval for the £12bn acquisition of British Energy.

Spice has acquired National Industry Fuel Efficiency Service, the energy consultancy with 114 staff in Altrincham, Glasgow, Nottingham and Bishops Stortford, for up to £7.5m.

Yorkshire Forward and Dalkia are planning to set up a £8m wood pellet mill near Selby by August 2009, in order to supply low-carbon heating fuel for up to 13,000 homes.

Aquamarine Power is looking to raise "tens of millions" of pounds to expand its Edinburgh-based tidal and wave power business and increase the workforce from 24 to 33 by July 2009.

Getech Group has acquired Lisle Gravity, the US oil exploration mapping firm, for an initial £1.2m.

Novera Energy has submitted plans to build two wind farms with a total of ten turbines at Longframlington and Morpeth in Northumberland.

RWE Npower has won approval from the Scottish government to build a £4m 3.5MW hydroelectric power scheme at Black Rock near Evanton over the next two years.

Npower Renewables has won government approval for the development of a 750MW wind farm called Gwynt y Mor off the coast of North Wales, including 250 turbines.

The Scottish Government has announced details of a £10m prize for the development of the best commercially-viable wave or tidal power system in Scottish waters.

Evonik Industries of Germany is considering plans to build a £90m 20MW wood-fired power plant in Southampton, with the creation of 30 jobs.

Western Logs has unveiled proposals to build a new 35MW power station fuelled by waste wood at Margam in Port Talbot.

Eco2 has won planning permission to build a £80m straw-fired power plant in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, by 2011, with the creation of 80 jobs.

Peel Energy and Dong of Denmark have announced proposals to develop a £2bn coal and biomass-fuelled power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire by 2014, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.

The Environment Agency is planning to build up to 80 wind turbines on its sites, in order to generate revenue of up to £2.4m a year, and small-scale hydropower projects will also be considered.

Marine Current Turbines is seeking new investment to help fund the development of a tidal energy plant at Pentland Firth near the Orkney Islands.

Intergen has unveiled plans for a new £500m gas-fired power station at Spalding in Lincolnshire, which would create 30 jobs.

EDF Energy Renewables has won planning permission to build a wind farm with 30 turbines off the coast of Redcar.

Purepower of Cirencester is looking to build a network of up to 20 small wood-fuelled power stations over the next three years, and is currently seeking permission for a site in the Dauntsey Vale near Wootton Bassett.

Eon is considering plans to build a wood-burning biomass power station on the same site as a planned gas-fired plant at Drakelow in South Derbyshire.

UK Coal has announced a collaboration agreement with Peel Energy to develop wind farms on up to 14 of its sites.

BioGen Power is looking to build up to 12 energy-from-waste plants across the country, and 30 potential sites are currently under consideration.

Whites Renewable Energy is to submit plans to build a £20m renewable power plant fuelled by organic material at the former Tate & Lyle site in Selby, which would create 40 jobs.

Keele University is looking to invest up to £20m in the installation of alternative energy sources on its campus, including wind turbines and solar panels.

Scottish Power is planning to develop up to 2,400 offshore wind turbines around the UK, and will form a partnership with Vattenfall of Sweden to bid for a third round of licences being issued by the Crown Estate.

ESBI of Ireland is considering plans to invest up to £3.2bn in the development of gas-fired power stations and wind farms in the UK by 2020.

Oxford Catalysts is to acquire Velocys, the US developer of microchannel process technology for the production of synthetic fuels, from Battelle Memorial Institute for £22m.

Southampton City Council is in discussions with two companies about proposals to build a multi-million-pound 10MW wood-fired power station at a site on Western Avenue.

John Pointon & Sons has unveiled plans for the £26m redevelopment of the former Berresford bus depot in Cheddleton, Staffordshire, including an energy park to transform its meat by-products into electricity and the creation of up to 90 jobs.

BG Group is to acquire Queensland Gas Company of Australia for £2.2bn, in order to benefit from rising demand for LNG.

Infinis is planning to invest £1.2bn in the development or acquisition of up to 800MW of onshore wind power projects over the next ten years.

Drax Group is planning to invest £2bn in the development of three large biomass power stations in Hull, Immingham and one other site by 2014.

Centrica has won government approval to build a 250MW wind farm with up to 83 turbines off the coast of Lincolnshire by 2011.

The University of East Anglia is to build a £8m biomass generator to convert wood chips into electricity at its campus in Norwich.

Centrica has acquired Semplice Energy, the Reading-based low carbon solutions firm with 21 staff, for £1.5m, in order to expand its British Gas New Energy division.

Northern Petroleum has sold the Waalwijk underground gas storage project in the Netherlands to Star Energy Group for an initial £7m.

Stiebel Eltron is launching a recruitment drive on Teesside for its renewable energy installation business.

Helius Energy is to seek permission to build a 100MW biomass power plant on an 18-acre site at Avonmouth Dock near Bristol.

RPS Group has acquired Paras, the London-based oil and gas industry consultancy, for up to £6.4m.

British Waterways and Partnerships for Renewables are planning to install 50 wind turbines and additional hydroelectric projects on canals and rivers over the next five years.

Cleaner Air Solutions is planning to expand the 24-strong workforce at its Durham-based renewable energy installation business to 60 by the end of next year.

UK Coal has won approval to set up an opencast coal mine at Ashington in Northumberland, with the creation of 60 jobs.

Amec has sold its UK wind energy development business to Vattenfall of Sweden for £127m, including eight sites with a total potential generating capacity of 540MW.

National Grid is planning to invest more than £3bn a year upgrading its gas and electricity networks in the UK and the US over the next four years.

Senergy has acquired Econnect, the Hexham-based renewable energy consulting and ventures business with 37 staff, for undisclosed terms.

ClerkMaxwell is planning to create up to 50 jobs at its new oil and gas engineering consultancy in Aberdeen by the end of the year.

Celtic Energy is creating 25 new jobs at its East Pit coal mine in the Swansea Valley, and a further 38 jobs will relocate from other sites.

Redhall is to acquire Chieftain, the Tyneside-based oil industry support services firm, for about £19m.

Npower Renewables has unveiled plans to build a wind farm at Llanbrynmair in Powys, including 65 of the country's tallest turbines.

Centrica has acquired Solar Technologies Group, the solar energy installation contractor, for £2.8m.

Scottish Power is planning to invest more than £100m in the development of tidal power projects off the coasts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and a new turbine factory will be built in Scotland.

Helius Energy has sold its 65MW biomass power plant project in Stallingborough to RWE Innogy for £28m, and RWE will invest a further £206m to complete the plant by 2011.

Brulines is to acquire Edensure, the Sunderland-based supplier of fuel monitoring technology with 11 staff, for £0.2m.

British Energy, the operator of eight nuclear power plants, is to be acquired by EDF of France for £12bn, and EDF hopes to build at least four new reactors.

Welsh Power has submitted plans to build a £140m 50MW biomass-fuelled power station near Newport over the next two years.

Eclipse Energy UK, the renewable energy company, is to be acquired by Vattenfall of Sweden for £51m.

GNE Group is to sell its Petrol Express chain of petrol stations to Leopard 2 Investments for £52m.

Scottish Gas is to set up a £2m training academy in Hamilton by next February, in order to train 100 apprentice gas engineers each year.

The Dalton Nuclear Institute at Manchester University has secured £5m from British Nuclear Fuels to fund the expansion of its research programme and train nuclear scientists.

Eon is to shed 400 of the 4,400 jobs in its energy services business over the next six months, including 150 in home installations, 100 in metering, 75 in new connections and 75 back office staff.

Scottish Power has unveiled proposals to install carbon capture and storage technology at the Longannet coal-fired power station in Fife, which would involve the transportation of waste carbon dioxide for permanent burial under the North Sea.

Westinghouse is looking to create up to 200 jobs at a new office in Preston over the next three years, in order to contribute to the development of new nuclear power stations across the country.

Eon is drawing up plans to build a £4bn 1,600MW nuclear power station at Oldbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire by 2020.

MPI Offshore has announced a £240m project to launch two new offshore wind turbine installation ships from Teesport by 2011, with the creation of 100 crew jobs.

Novera Energy has won permission from Scottish Borders Council to build a wind farm with 11 turbines at Glenkerie by 2010.

Morecambe Wind, a consortium of Scottish Power, Eurus Energy and DONG Energy, has won government approval for the development of an offshore wind farm with 139 turbines near Walney Island in Cumbria.

Eon, the energy company, is setting up a 20,000 sq ft office at Terrace Hill's 129 Wilton Road development in London.

Converteam is to create 30 new jobs at its power conversion equipment business in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, due to rising demand for sustainable energy projects.

Petrofac has acquired Caltec, the Cranfield-based oil production technology firm with 18 staff, for an initial £15m.

Thor Cogeneration has won government permission to build a £500m 1,000MW gas-fired combined heat and power station at Seal Sands near Stockton by 2012.

Imperial Energy, the oil exploration company, has agreed to be acquired by ONGC of India for £1.4bn.

Eco2 Biomass has resubmitted plans to North Kesteven Council to build a 40MW straw-burning power station in Lincolnshire, which could create up to 80 jobs.

Eon has unveiled outline plans to build a £300m 150MW wood-burning power station at the Port of Bristol by 2014.

Welsh Power and NPL Estates have announced plans to build a £600m 850MW power station at Thornton Cleveleys in Lancashire by 2012, with the creation of 40 jobs.

DCC has announced that its GB Oils subsidiary will acquire the trade and assets of Chevron UK Equity Distributor, the fuel distributor with 26 sites and 356 staff in southern England and Wales.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has won government approval to double the size of its Harwell site in Oxfordshire over the next 20 years, including new laboratory, industrial and office space and the creation of 5,000 jobs.

Vestas Wind Systems is to set up a new wind turbine research centre on the Isle of Wight by 2010, with the creation of 200 jobs.

ConocoPhillips has won planning permission from Stockton Council to build an 800MW combined heat and power plant on Teesside.

Bridestones Developments has won outline consent from the government to build a £500m gas-fired power station at Carrington in Manchester by 2012, with the creation of about 50 jobs.

British Gas is looking to recruit more than 100 customer services staff at its call centre in Southampton over the next four months.

Eaga is looking to create a further 270 jobs at its support services business in the North East, and has just won a contract to manage Scottish Power's carbon emission reduction target.

Diageo and Dalkia are planning to build a £65m biomass plant to recycle waste at its Cameronbridge distillery in Fife over the next two years.

Eon has unveiled plans to build a wind farm with ten turbines up to 125 metres high at Great Stainton near Sedgefield.

MGT Power has unveiled plans to build a £400m biomass plant at Teesport by 2012, with the creation of 150 jobs.

Petrofac has acquired Eclipse Petroleum Technology, the petroleum engineering firm with 50 staff in Aberdeen, London, Norway, Dubai and the US, for an initial £7m.

The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has approved plans to set up a National Nuclear Laboratory in West Cumbria, in order to support the £2bn West Cumbria Masterplan that aims to transform the area into an "energy coast" with the creation of 16,000 jobs.

Amec has acquired AllDeco, the Slovak nuclear services company with 112 staff, for £11m.

Scottish & Southern Energy has won approval from Scottish ministers to build a £600m wind farm with 152 turbines near Abington in South Lanarkshire by 2011, with the creation of 30 jobs.

RWE Npower Cogen is to build a £100m 45MW combined heat and power biomass plant at the Tullis Russell paper mill at Markinch in Fife by 2011, with the creation of 30 jobs.

South Gloucestershire Council is considering plans to set up seven small wind farms at unidentified council-owned sites.

Energos is to submit plans to Knowsley Council to build a £40m plant to generate electricity from non-recyclable waste at Knowsley Business Park, including a training centre and the creation of 20 jobs.

Amec is planning to create up to 200 jobs at its oil and gas operations in Darlington and Wynyard over the next six months, and is currently seeking 100 design and engineering staff.

Leicester City Council is planning to invest £10m in the development of three combined heat and power plants across the city over the next three years, and a second phase could cost up to £25m.

Scottish Coal has won a £700m contract to supply coal to Scottish Power over the next five years, which will lead to the expansion of its open-cast mines in Scotland's central belt and the creation of at least 100 jobs.

Forth Ports is forming a joint venture with Scottish & Southern Energy to develop renewable energy projects at sites across the country, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.

Warwickshire College is to set up a £6.3m green energy research academy in Rugby by 2010, in order to train technicians for Converteam, Alstom Power and other local companies.

Arkex has raised £15m from three private equity firms to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based hydrocarbon exploration technology business.

British Gas has confirmed plans to relocate its Cardiff-based call centre and up to 1,200 staff to a new 70,000 sq ft building at Callaghan Square.

Canatxx is to re-submit plans to build a £300m gas storage facility at the Preesall salt caverns in Lancashire.

Ensus has reached agreement with Yara of Norway to build a £23m carbon capture facility at its bioethanol plant due to open at Wilton next year.

EDF Energy is to create up to 300 new jobs at its call centre operations on the Doxford International business park in Sunderland, having agreed to take over the CitiFinancial office that is due to close.

Euro Garages is planning to double its Lancashire-based chain of 70 independent petrol stations over the next few years.

GreenPower has won approval to build a £60m wind farm with 20 turbines at Carraig Gheal near Oban by 2010.

Helius Energy has won government approval to build a 65MW biomass power station near Stallingborough in North East Lincolnshire.

Tullow Oil has sold a 52% stake in the Hewett Unit gas fields in the North Sea to Eni of Italy for £210m, including the onshore Bacton terminal.

Greenergy Fuels has acquired a fuel storage facility at Breakwater Hill in Plymouth, and plans to double its capacity to enable the introduction of Tesco 99 Octane petrol across the South West.

Npower is to relocate 900 Tyneside-based staff from Carliol House to a new 110,000 sq ft office at the Baltic Business Quarter development in Gateshead in 2010.

Rubis is to acquire Fuel Supplies, the Channel Islands-based fuel distributor, from Shell Distributors UK for £20m.

The Crown Estate has identified eleven zones around the coast that are suitable for the development of the next generation of offshore wind farms, and contracts are expected to start being awarded next summer.

Asco Group and Buchan CHP have announced proposals to develop a hydrogen fuel production plant, in order to expand BCHP's proposed £50m waste-to-energy project in Peterhead.

Petroleum Geo Services is reported to be planning to set up a 73,000 sq ft office at The Heights in Weybridge.

Copeland Council has approved outline plans for the development of a nuclear waste storage facility at Sellafield, which could create 105 jobs.

Cambrian Mining is planning to acquire Coal International, the coal mining group, for £56m.

RDS, the oil rig design firm, is to create 50 jobs at its new office at the Wynyard Business Park in Stockton by the end of the year, and a further 50 jobs will be created in Aberdeen.

Energy ICT is to create up to 20 jobs at its new Energy MGT office in Llanidloes over the next year, in order to provide energy monitoring services for businesses.

Drax has awarded a contract to Alstom to build a £50m biomass plant at its power station in North Yorkshire, in order to burn wood and up to 50 other fuels.

National Grid is considering plans to install £5bn subsea cables from northern Scotland to the Thames and Severn estuaries, in order to transmit electricity from wind farms and other renewable energy schemes.

Ramco Energy has acquired Eagle HC, the owner of royalty interests in nine North Sea licences, for an initial £1.2m.

Land Energy, the North Yorkshire-based alternative energy company, has secured a £5m investment from Foresight Group to fund the development of wood pellet production plants in Ryedale and other sites across the country.

Northern Petroleum has won permission from West Sussex County Council to explore for oil at Markwells Wood near Chichester.

Portland Gas Storage has submitted plans to Dorset County Council to develop 14 underground storage caverns at Upper Osprey Quay, including a 23-mile pipeline between Portland and Mappowder.

Scottish Power Renewables has submitted plans to Powys Council to redevelop Llandinam wind farm in mid Wales, by replacing the existing 103 turbines with 42 larger machines.

Scottish & Southern is considering plans to develop a new 140,000 sq ft regional headquarters at Celtic Springs near Newport, and staff will relocate from the nearby Gate Business Park.

Climate Change Capital has raised £56m by selling a stake of more than 50% to four investors, in order to fund the expansion of its carbon credits and environmental markets business.

Hargreaves Services has announced that its Coal4Energy joint venture with UK Coal has acquired an 85% stake in Maxibrite, the Llantrisant-based solid fuel manufacturer with 40 staff, for £4.7m.

AWS Ocean Energy of Alness is planning to double its 13-strong workforce over the next 12 months, in order to develop a new wave power system.

Enertrag UK is seeking permission to build a wind farm with seven turbines at Hempnall in Norfolk.

Airtricity is planning to set up a new operational base in Lowestoft to service the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, including the creation of 120 jobs and a helicopter landing pad operated by Bond Air Services.

BP has announced plans to invest £280m in biofuels, including the development of two ethanol refineries in Brazil in partnership with Grupo Maeda and Santelisa Vale.

Aker Solutions of Aberdeen is to create about 100 new jobs, having won a contract from Fairfield Energy to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the Dunlin Alpha platform in the North Sea.

Npower Renewables and Wavegen have submitted plans to build a 4MW wave energy project in Siadar Bay on the Isle of Lewis.

Heerema is to create up to 300 jobs at its yard in Hartlepool over the next six months, having won a platform construction contract for the Nexen Buzzard oilfield.

Downhole Products, the Portlethen-based oilfield equipment firm with 40 staff, has been acquired by Varel International Energy Services of the US for undisclosed terms.

Omega Data Services, the Aberdeen-based supplier of downhole drilling products with 12 staff, has been acquired by the recently-formed Reservoir Group of Whitecairns.

Expro International, the oil and gas services firm, has agreed to be acquired by a private equity consortium including Candover and Goldman Sachs for £1.6bn.

UK Coal is to consider plans to reopen the Harworth colliery near Doncaster, and is also investing £100m to extend the lives of the Thoresby mine in Nottinghamshire and Kellingley in Yorkshire.

Eon, the energy supplier, has announced plans to create 465 jobs at its offices in Nottingham, with vacancies in customer services, finance, IT and management.

Welsh Power Group has acquired the Redditch Power Plant in Worcestershire for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to develop a portfolio of smaller power plants to be run by its CEC subsidiary.

Oilexco North Sea is to acquire Svenska Petroleum Exploration UK, the London-based oil and gas company with eight staff, for £13m.

Geothermal International has secured an equity investment of up to £15m to fund the expansion of its Coventry-based ground source heating and cooling systems business.

Eon is seeking permission to build the £700m 300MW Humber Gateway wind farm in the North Sea by 2012.

Spice has acquired Melton Power Services of Melton Mowbray for £4.5m, Utility Technology of Cambridgeshire for £0.1m and Line Design Solutions of Flintshire for £0.1m.

Spice has acquired Energy 2000 Marketing, the Lytham-based commercial energy broker with 19 staff, for up to £5.5m.

BP has won approval to build a new £50m gas processing plant at the Sullom Voe oil terminal in Shetland by summer 2010.

Centrica is to acquire Strategic Energy, the electricity supplier, for £151m, in order to expand its Direct Energy business in the US.

Novera Energy has submitted plans to build a wind farm with 19 turbines at Mynydd Clogau in Powys.

RPS has acquired Rudall Blanchard Associates, the supplier of health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas sector with 54 staff at offices in London, Aberdeen, Australia and the US, for up to £6m.

Senergy has acquired ISIS Energy, the offshore technology consultancy with 30 staff in Inverurie and Bath, for undisclosed terms.

Centrica and Gaz de France are planning to set up a £300m offshore gas storage facility in the East Irish Sea by 2011.

Scottish & Southern Energy has announced plans to invest £2.5bn in renewable energy projects in the UK and Ireland over the next five years, including wind farms, hydroelectric schemes and biomass power plants.

JP Morgan has acquired ClimateCare, the Oxford-based carbon offsetting business, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Environmental Markets operation.

Triton Group has acquired Dynamic Positioning Services, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold Teesside Gas Transportation, Enron's gas pipeline operating business, out of administration to Deutsche Bank for more than £100m.

RPS has acquired OIL, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas exploration and production consultancy, for up to £6.5m.

RWE Npower has formed a consortium with BOC and Tullow Oil to seek government funding for the development of a carbon capture power plant at Tilbury in Essex.

Partnership for Renewables has secured £120m from HSBC to fund the development of wind turbines on public sector land, including sites provided by Reading University and Oxford City Council.

Finance Wales is to help fund plans by Quiet Revolution Group to set up a wind turbines factory at Pembroke Dock, with the creation of 30 jobs over the next 18 months.

RPS has acquired WTW & Associates, the Hampshire-based provider of oil and gas exploration technical services, for £1.9m.

Eon is to relocate its energy trading operation and up to 194 jobs from Westwood Business Park in Coventry to Germany.

Studsvik is to create 14 jobs at its new nuclear consultancy office in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, over the next few months.

Eon has submitted plans to build a £60m biomass power station at Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield by 2011.

Edrington Group and its partners in the Combination of Rothes Distillers are planning to build a £24m combined heat and power plant in Moray, fuelled by the by-products of malt whisky production.

GE Energy is looking to sell its Baglan Bay gas-fired power station in Port Talbot for about £500m by the end of the year, in order to focus on the development of new nuclear power stations.

Combined Power & Heat has unveiled plans to build a £43m waste-fuelled power plant at the Cromarty Firth Industrial Park near Invergordon, with the creation of 20 jobs.

Production Services Network is to open a new office in Aberdeen and create up to 100 jobs, having won offshore oil services contracts worth £50m from Nexen Petroleum UK.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to invest an initial £1m in a joint venture with Intelligent Energy to develop fuel cell-based combined heat and power systems.

PolyOil, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm with ten staff, has been acquired by Roxar of Norway for £4.7m.

SBS Logistics, the offshore logistics firm with 400 staff in Aberdeen, Shetland, Great Yarmouth and Heysham, has been acquired by Peterson Offshore Group of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.

DCC has acquired Southern Counties Fuels Holdings, the West Sussex-based oil distributor with 135 staff and eight depots, for £7.4m.

Calor Gas is to close its eight-acre LPG import centre at the Port of Felixstowe within a year, in order to make way for the £250m expansion of the port.

Plurion, the developer of large-scale battery storage systems, is to relocate a small number of staff to the Methil Energy Park in Levenmouth, Fife, in late spring, and could created hundreds of jobs if the research proves successful.

Petrofac Brownfield of Aberdeen is looking to recruit up to 70 new staff for its UK North Sea operations, taking the total workforce to 750.

OreCon has secured £12m of venture capital to fund the development of a wave energy structure for the Cornish coast.

Eon has won government approval to build a wind farm with 22 turbines at Tween Bridge near Doncaster, as well as 39 turbines at Keadby, North Lincolnshire.

Watson Fuels has acquired a fuel depot previously operated by CPL Petroleum in Diss, taking its nationwide chain to 31.

Fugro Data Solutions is to create 40 jobs at its new 20,000 sq ft geosciences warehouse and service facility at the Bryn Cefni Business Park on Anglesey over the next three years.

Future Capital is looking to raise £135m from private investors to fund the development of two wheat-to-ethanol biofuel plants in Grimsby and on Teesside.

Gaz de France and Suez are to acquire the 1,875MW Teesside Power Station near Middlesbrough, which has 200 staff, from Cargill and Goldman Sachs for undisclosed terms.

The University of Manchester is to invest £25m in a new Centre for Nuclear Energy Technology, in order to conduct nuclear research and train new workers for the sector.

Intertek has acquired CML Biotech, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas microbiology testing laboratory with 54 staff, for an initial £8m.

Cemex is seeking permission to build a Climafuel alternative fuels factory at its main site in Rugby or at its quarry in nearby Southam.

The University of Reading has announced proposals to build a wind farm with six turbines in Shinfield.

Your Energy is considering plans to build a wind farm with up to 12 turbines at Yelvertoft near Rugby.

The University of Aberdeen is planning to set up a subsea oil and gas technologies research institute, in a multi-million pound joint venture with the Robert Gordon University and Dundee University.

Optima Solutions UK, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm with more than 50 staff, has sold a 55% stake in the business to a Norwegian investor group led by Northern Industries for undisclosed terms.

Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans from Buchan CHP to build a £50m waste-to-energy plant in Peterhead, with the creation of 25 jobs.

GoWarm, the Tyneside-based fuel efficiency firm with about 70 staff, is looking to recruit more home energy assessors for its cavity wall, draught-proofing and loft insulation programme.

RWE Npower has unveiled plans to build a £25m tidal power plant with seven turbines near Holyhead by 2011, using technology from Marine Current Turbines.

Redcar & Cleveland Council is to consider plans for a £500m upgrade to Teesside Power Station at Wilton, in order to improve efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Scomi Oiltools is to invest up to £20m upgrading its headquarters in Aberdeen over the next two years, with the creation of 50 new jobs.

GreenPower has won government permission to build a £200m wind farm with 68 turbines near Aberfeldy in Perthshire by 2010, with the creation of 14 permanent jobs.

BG is to invest £299m in coal seam gas assets in Australia by forming an alliance with Queensland Gas Company.

TS Marine has secured a £53m investment from venture capital firm 3i and ABN Amro Merchant Banking to help expand its Aberdeen-based oil and gas support services business.

Motherwell Bridge has sold MB Inspection, the provider of oil and gas inspection services with 350 staff in Yarmouth, Falkirk, Stockton and Aberdeen, to Dutch firm RTD for undisclosed terms.

Greener for Life has unveiled plans to build a £25m renewable energy centre powered by farm waste in Tiverton over the next five years.

Regal Petroleum is to raise £80m in a share placing to fund the development of its Ukrainian gas reserves.

Banham Poultry is to proceed with plans to build a renewable energy plant fuelled by chicken waste in Attleborough, at a cost of up to £10m.

SeaDragon Offshore, the Teesside-based oil rig builder valued at £40m, is expected to be acquired by Great Offshore of India.

Seawell is to acquire US-based Noble's oilfield platform-drilling division in Aberdeen, with the transfer of about 300 staff.

British Energy is said to be discussing plans with Iberdrola of Spain to build a £2.1bn nuclear power plant in southern England.

Broadview Energy is in discussions with Stockton and Hambleton councils about proposals to build a wind farm with eight turbines on farmland near Yarm.

Blue Ocean Associates, the oil trading firm, has been acquired by Ion Equity of Ireland for about £100m.

Cleaner Air Solutions is looking to create up to 100 jobs at its new solar panels business in Durham over the next two years.

ENER-G has acquired Switch2 Energy Solutions, the Bradford-based provider of energy metering and billing services with 83 staff.

Moy Park is forming a joint venture with Rose Energy and O'Kane's to seek permission to build a £100m power station fuelled by chicken litter near Glenavy in County Antrim.

Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire Airtricity, the Irish wind farm company with sites in the UK and continental Europe, for £1bn.