Oil & Gas UK sets up decommissioning team

The North Sea market is forecast to be worth £1.8bn a year on average over the next decade

Aberdeen opens new oil and gas innovation hub

A new facility to drive innovation and help unlock the full potential of the UK North Sea oil and gas industry has officially been opened. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s Innovation Hub in Aberdeen will work with industry and technology providers to help them take their concepts from initial design to final implementation. In […]

Scotland green lights floating wind farm

The Scottish Government has granted planning consent for a floating offshore wind farm. Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited’s 50MW project will be located around 15km south east of Aberdeen. It will include eight turbines, which will generate enough electricity to power almost 56,000 homes as well as help reduce 94,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. […]

Aberdeen Council pays £275k after switching off solar panels

Aberdeen City Council was left with a bill of more than £275,000 after having to switch off solar panels for health and safety concerns. The payment had to be made following a series of so-called “thermal events” that were reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). According to the Audit, Risk and Scrutiny Committee, […]

Scottish councils to build energy from waste plant

Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council have partnered to build an energy from waste plant. The agreement will see the three authorities work together on the £150 million site which will help them comply with national regulations which come into force in 2021. The Scottish Government has banned biodegradable municipal waste from going to […]

Aberdeen City Council to create new energy services company

Aberdeen City Council will set up a new energy services company to manage all its energy-related activity. The new arms-length organisation will focus on tackling fuel poverty and investing in local clean energy projects. It will be owned completely by the council. At the moment a working group made up of internal energy experts, elected members […]

Geothermal energy wells to heat Aberdeen?

Aberdeen could generate heat from earth. A report supported by Aberdeen City Council stated it is willing to support plans to drill a geothermal well below the ground. It revealed a 2km vertical well could heat the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and houses nearby. The project could cost around £2.3 million and save […]

‘Multi-million pound city deal needed for Aberdeen’

A multi-million pound deal to build a new oil and gas hub in Aberdeen should be agreed as “a matter of urgency”. That’s what Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Prime Minister David Cameron in a letter. She is calling for an agreement between the two governments and local authorities to “send a strong and unequivocal signal” […]

BP to cut 4,000 jobs amid falling oil prices

Energy giant BP is to slash 4,000 jobs from its global workforce. The announcement comes in the face of a continued fall in oil prices which hit 12-year lows to around $32 (£21) a barrel last week. BP said it aims to reduce its global upstream staff to 20,000 by the end of next year. […]

Power cuts in Aberdeen due to floods

Some regions in Aberdeen have been affected by power cuts due to flooding and rising water levels. Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution stated it had switched off some local substations to protect the network. Around 97 properties in Torryburn and 152 in Ellon have no access to electricity. The company said engineers are working towards restoring supplies “as […]