GDF SUEZ buys Balfour Beatty’s UK facilities arm for £190m

French energy company GDF SUEZ has bought an infrastructure group’s UK facilities management arm for £190 million in cash. Balfour Beatty Workplace, which maintains the London Olympics Park and has major customers including hospitals, schools and power stations, said it has signed an agreement with the energy firm which is expected to be completed by […]

French energy firm bags North Sea contract

A French energy company has been awarded a two-year contract to assist Chevron’s developments in the North Sea. Technip will provide engineering, procurement, installation and construction services in the Alder field, located around 200 kilometres North-East of Aberdeen, Scotland, as Chevron develops a subsea tieback to the Britannia Bridge Link platform. The contract includes designing […]

Helicopter chartered by French oil firm crashes in Peru

Thirteen people are missing in Peru after a helicopter, chartered by French oil company Perenco, crashed in the northern Amazon jungle yesterday. In a statement released, the firm said that “at this stage, no survivors have been found”. The MI-8 helicopter was carrying nine passengers and four crew members – all Peruvian nationals. Reports claim […]

Renewables help boost EDF’s profits

EDF Energy claims its profits rose by 4.6% in the first half of the year as an increase in renewable energy offset lower nuclear output. The French supplier said the rise was also due to higher hydropower output, which soared by 42% despite struggling last year. It also claimed its organic growth of 70.5% was […]

Davey faces tough question from 10-year-old

Energy Secretary Ed Davey had the wind blown out of him by a ten year old who asked why the UK bought energy from the French. Charlie Paige (pictured) provoked roars of laughter when he posed the kind of incisive question most hacks fear to ask leaving Mr Davey grinning as he realised he’d been […]

Spanish French wind deal signed in Scotland

French engineering and construction company Technip and Spain’s power company Iberdrola have teamed up for a new offshore wind business to be based in Scotland. The deal was announced at the French company’s new “centre of engineering excellence” for offshore wind in Aberdeen. Technip Chairman and CEO Thierry Pilenko and Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of […]