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BP’s North Sea platform evacuated with 76 workers flown off

More than 70 people have been flown off a North Sea platform after it suffered a loss of power.

Energy
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre is led by chief executive Colette Cohen. Picture: Ross Johnston/Newsline Scotland

Oil & Gas Technology Centre pumps £1.6m into projects

Aberdeen’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre has approved investment of more than £1.6 million in new projects, just four months after opening for business.

News
EY praised Cornerstone chief Edel Harris for her 'passion, drive and strategic mindset'. Picture: Contributed

Cornerstone charity boss Edel Harris wins entrepreneur award

Edel Harris was last night named EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 at an awards ceremony at Gleneagles.

Management

Watchdog clears Standard Life’s £11bn Aberdeen Asset deal

The UK competition watchdog has given the green light to the £11 billion merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM).

Financial 5
The first phase of HS2 is scheduled to start in December 2026. Picture: Contributed

FirstGroup and Stagecoach shortlisted to run HS2 railway

Aberdeen-based FirstGroup and Perth rival Stagecoach are among three bids to have been shortlisted to operate the HS2 high-speed railway, the UK government announced today.

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EnteroBiotix chief executive James McIlroy. Picture: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media

£500,000 injection for Aberdeen biotech firm EnteroBiotix

A biotechnology company focused on using the body’s own micro-organisms to prevent and treat disease has raised £500,000 in funding.

Tech
The Bank of Scotland report found optimism is rising in the North Sea. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland’s economy: North Sea oil sector showing improved confidence

North Sea job cuts are starting to slow and energy firms are “cautiously optimistic” about renewed expansion, an influential new report says today.

News
Sculptures by Steven Claydon are pressure tested at the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen. Picture: Mike Davidson/Positive Image

Artistic commission for underwater specialist JFD

A company specialising in complex underwater operations has taken on an unusual task by teaming up with a sculpture artist.

Companies
Standard Life chairman Sir Gerry Grimstone welcomes the vote result at yesterday's meeting. Picture: Contributed

Standard Life plays down Widows talk as AAM deal approved

Standard Life’s chairman has downplayed talk of imminent talks over a tie-up with Scottish Widows after its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) was overwhelmingly approved by shareholders of both companies.

Financial 3
Depleted oil and gas fields could be used for carbon storage on a huge scale. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Carbon capture and storage potential remains appealing

The potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) to help the UK play its part in tackling climate change has long been talked of.

News 5
PwC said companies that developed more 'agile' business models could survive. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Oilfield services groups urged to be ‘agile’ to survive

Oilfield services companies need to differentiate their offerings as “speciality plays” around technology and geography if they are to survive the challenges of the North Sea energy industry, a new report out today says.

News
Speculation is mounting over a merger between Scottish Widows and Standard Life. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Standard Life and Scottish Widows ‘to talk merger’

Today’s shareholder votes on Standard Life’s £11 billion marriage with Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) come amid rising City speculation that it could foreshadow a merger with Scottish Widows.

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Petrofac will support Kuwait Oil Company in reviewing and updating its competency systems. Picture: Gustavo Ferrari/AP

Kuwait training deal for energy services group Petrofac

Energy services group Petrofac has agreed a five-year contract with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) for the provision of specialist technical training and competency development services.

News
The latest Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce survey shows a sharp rise in North Sea confidence levels. Picture: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Confidence levels rise among North Sea contractors

More than half of North Sea contractors believe the current downward cycle in the sector has bottomed out amid signs of increasing confidence.

News 1
Karen Phillips joins Balfour + Manson from rival law firm Brodies. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Solicitor Balfour + Manson has strengthened its private client team with the lateral hire of partner Karen Phillips from Brodies.

Management
'The UK needs to reinforce our position as a major energy-producing entity,' says Pinsent Masons partner Bob Ruddiman. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Bob Ruddiman: Next government must put energy in focus

This snap election campaign was only 50 days long, but for many election and referendum-weary voters waking up this morning, it probably felt like 50 years.

News 2
SNP veteran Alex Salmond lost his Gordon seat to the Tories. Picture: PA

Tories dominate Aberdeenshire as SNP vote slumps

SNP candidates were scalped by the Conservatives in four out of five seats in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

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Moira Morrison. Picture: PA

Body found in hunt for missing Aberdeen woman

Police have confirmed that a body has been recovered during the search for missing Aberdeen woman Moira Morrison.

Aberdeen
Staff at Castle Fraser move the 17th Century "chimney map" into place after it was returned from to Aberdeenshire from Edinburgh. PIC: Newsline.

Map found in Castle Fraser chimney returns home

A rare 17th Century map found hidden by a chimney on the Castle Fraser estate has been returned home to Aberdeenshire.

People & Places
Aberdeen is hosting its seventh Golden Games. Picture: Jane Barlow/TSPL

Aberdeen’s 7th Golden Games is most popular yet

THE biggest sports and physical activity festival for older people in the Granite City is to be the biggest ever.

Aberdeen & North East
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