Scottish exports soar by nearly one fifth in UK high

Scottish goods exports have risen by nearly a fifth, with oil and gas the fastest climber.

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Asco is a North Sea Oil services specialist

North-east specialist in oil services secures work worth £50m

An Aberdeen-headquartered oil services specialist has secured work worth more than £50 million altogether, comprising a mixture of contract awards and renewals for key North Sea clients.

Customers faced an average back bill of �1,160 last year

Energy companies to be banned from back billing customers

Energy companies will soon be banned from back billing customers for gas and electricity used more than 12 months ago.

Leading industry figure Sir Ian Wood produced a report on maximising yield in the North Sea in 2014. Picture: TSPL

Oil and gas production forecast to be 2.8bn barrels higher

Oil and gas production over the next three decades could be 2.8 billion barrels higher than previously anticipated.

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A gas hob with a bill from British Gas. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Scots told to ‘keep cooking’ despite Britain’s gas shortage

Households have been told to “carry on cooking” despite the National Grid issuing a gas deficit warning as fears mount supplies could run empty and energy prices could skyrocket amid extreme weather conditions across Britain.

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The new energy price cap could save families �100 a year

Energy firms urged by government to support new price cap

The UK government has written an open letter to utility companies, urging them to support a new energy price cap which could save families £100 a year – and warning them that the measures already taken by firms “do not go far enough”.

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The work centres on Sellafield. Picture: Georgraph/Wikimedia Commons

Wood Group secures funding for nuclear decommissioning project

Wood Group has secured ­seven-figure government backing to help bring space technology to the field of nuclear decommissioning.

ScottishPower scored 70.6 per cent for customer service, the top perfomer of the Big Six. Picture: contributed

Scottish Power ‘best for value’ in new annual energy report

Scottish Power has been named best large supplier of the year in an annual review of Britain’s utility companies, but smaller suppliers still beat off competition from the Big Six to be named top for their customer satisfaction.

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The Lancaster discovery was a welcome boost for the North Sea energy sector. Picture: PA

Giant Shetland oil field to begin production next year

Production in the giant Lancaster oil field west of Shetland is on course to begin next year, HurricanE Energy has said.

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SNP calls for North Sea oil tax revenues to be reinvested in Scotland

The SNP has called for growing tax revenues from North Sea oil to be reinvested in Scotland following reports the UK treasury could earn around £1bn this financial year.

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It is clear that efficiency measures are among priority focus areas, says Turner

COMMENT: Get smart – there’s an energy revolution going on, says Pinsent Masons

The issues facing Scotland’s ­cities as they try to keep pace with the smart energy revolution and harness innovations in renewable ­energy takes centre stage on 20 February at ­Scottish Renewables’ Low-Carbon Cities Conference in Edinburgh.

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The finds were made in the central North Sea and west of Shetland

Scotland’s oil and gas sector ‘alive and kicking’

Energy giant BP has said it expects to double production in the North Sea by 2020 as it announced two new oil and gas discoveries in the area.

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The Edinburgh-based start-up has won a lucrative contract from Shell. Picture: PA

Edinburgh-based start-up Cognitive Geology wins Shell contract

Cognitive Geology, an Edinburgh-based technology start-up, has secured a $1.2 million (£872,000) contract with oil giant Shell for its geological mapping software.

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Diesel fuel is pumped into a car as the oil price hits a three-year high. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Scotland motorists face more pain as fuel price hits three-year high

Drivers face rising fuel price misery after oil hit 70 US dollars a barrel for the first time in more than three years.

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Aberdeen expected to be hit by 5,500 North Sea job losses within 10 years

Aberdeen is facing a long-term downturn in the oil and gas industry, with another 5,500 jobs expected to be lost in the next decade.

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Removing North Sea oil platforms ‘could do more harm than good’

North Sea oil platforms should be made clean and safe then left in position, according to an industry expert.

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Ineos unveils legal challenge to Scottish fracking ban

Scotland’s fracking ban is to face a legal challenge from Grangemouth owner INEOS amid claims the move is “unlawful” and a “misuse of ministerial power”.

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Experts have a theory to predict when rogue waves might occur which could damage oil platforms

Rogue wave research to help with oil rig design

New understanding of the “dangerous phenomenon” of unusually large ocean waves could help inform the design of oil platforms and other offshore structures, researchers have said.

Achnacarry Castle, in Lochaber, the scene of a historic gathering of global oil industry leaders in 1928. Picture: contributed

New book traces story of secretive Highlands oil agreement

Long before the offshore boom, Scotland helped to shape global petrol production, finds Tom Peterkin.

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Offshore drilling at a rig, File Picture

Police launch inquiry after gun used to relight North Sea oil flare

Police are investigating after a gun was used to relight the flare on a North Sea platform.

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