Aberdeen's John Lawrie acquired by management

John Lawrie Group has been acquired by its management in partnership with Rubicon Partners and Grovepoint as it gears up for an expansion in the UK and US.

Sunset over Blacklaw windfarm. (Picture: Ian Rutherford)

Claire Mack: Europe’s windiest country is set to reap the economic benefits

Scotland is the windiest country in Europe. That’s a fact which gives us an unassailable edge in tackling one of the world’s most important challenges: climate change.

Opinion 25
Robots could be used in hazardous offshore environments, Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Robots could be used to minimise North Sea oil and gas dangers

A £36 million project will develop robots to work in hazardous offshore environments.

Aberdeen & North East 4
SSE serves more than seven million households. Picture: John Devlin

SSE in talks with Npower owner on big energy tie-up

Perth-based energy supplier SSE and the owner of Npower are in talks about combining their operations to create a new company in the UK, it emerged today.

News 4

Legal Review: Challenging times for renewable energy firms

The renewable energy market in Scotland is in transition as projects started under the last subsidy regime are completed. The end of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme by the UK Government has had a major impact, according to Andy Macfarlane, partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie.

The shale gas carrier INEOS Insight makes its way to dock at Grangemouth

INEOS completes purchase of North Sea oil pipeline

Petrochemical giant INEOS has completed its purchase of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) in the North Sea.


UK oil reserves ‘could sustain production for two decades’

The UK has “significant petroleum reserves” which could sustain production for at least the next two decades, according to a new report.

Energy 133

MSPs to vote on ‘immediate ban’ on fracking in Scotland

MSPs will be asked to back the Scottish Government’s fracking ban in a parliamentary vote on Tuesday.

Politics 388
Manufacturer Airbus has made changes to the Super Puma since the accident that killed 13 last year

Oil workers still don’t trust revamped helicopter after fatal crash

MSPs will this week warn that offshore workers still have to be convinced of the safety of the Super Puma helicopter following a crash that claimed the lives of 13 people.

Politics 3
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she will establish a state-owned not-for-profit energy company to cut the bills of Scottish consumers. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Monteith: Nicola Surgeon’s state energy company will never fly

A not-for-profit company is more about chasing a cheap headline than reducing bills, writes Brian Monteith

Opinion 504
Torness power station, one of the two remaining nuclear installations in Scotland. Picture: Gordon Fraser

Insight: Can SNP deliver green energy at a fair price?

For hard-pressed Scottish families who have seen energy bills double over the past decade, it’s not hard to see why Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to establish a new state-owned energy firm was met with some enthusiasm. The First Minister’s announcement last week that her government was to become a player in the increasingly crowded energy supply market was certainly radical and went some way further than Prime Minister Theresa May’s move to impose a price cap on bills.

Energy 504
The government has announced a cap on poor value standard variable or other default tariffs,  initially until the end of 2020 and possibly until the end of 2023. Picture; PA

Energy price cap ‘could last until 2023’

An “absolute cap” is to be imposed on poor-value energy tariffs, but only as a temporary measure that will run until 2023 at the latest, the Government has announced.


Nicola Sturgeon announces publicly owned energy company

Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled plans to create a new state-owned Scottish energy firm in a move aimed at driving down soaring energy costs.

Politics 1044

Up to 130 millions barrels of oil found in North Sea

Norwegian energy giant Statoil has announced that a new discovery in Scottish waters could contain in the range of 25 to 130 million barrels of oil.

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Shipping shale gas from the United States to Grangemouth creates a bigger carbon footprint than if Scotland produced its own, says Brian Monteith

Brian Monteith: Political survival put before defeating fuel poverty

The SNP has chosen for the party to survive rather than for us to thrive, but the decision could backfire says Brian Monteith

Opinion 50
Nicola Sturgeon was in Aberdeen today

Nicola Sturgeon insists new oil hub can help save North Sea

Nicola Sturgeon today insisted that the "full potential" of Scotland's ailing oil and gas industry can still be salvaged by technological advances.

Politics 120
Hurricane Energy said the announcement was an 'important step in demonstrating the potential of the UK continental shelf' in general. Picture: PA

Lancaster oil field near Shetland wins regulatory approval

A massive oil field to the west of Shetland could begin production in 2019 after winning regulatory approval.

Energy 24
Almost a quarter of power generation came from renewables this summer, up from 9 per cent four years ago. Picture: PA

Renewables produce half of UK energy in ‘greenest’ summer

More than half the UK’s electricity came from low carbon sources in the last three months, making it the “greenest” summer on record, National Grid said.

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Atlantis Resources chief Tim Cornelius. Picture: Jon Savage

Atlantis to seek backing to extend tidal energy project

Tidal energy firm Atlantis Resources is to call on the UK government to open talks on support to enable it to press the button on the next stage of its world-leading MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth.

News 5

Scotland’s oil industry is entering last decade, warn researchers

The Scottish oil industry is entering its final decade of production - Edinburgh researchers have warned.

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