Scotland approves energy projects worth £390m

A wind farm and a biomass project worth £390 million in total have been given the green light by the Scottish Government. Developer Eneco Wind UK will build the £65 million Moy wind farm near Inverness with 20 turbines. It will have a total capacity of up to 66MW – enough to power around 31,000 […]

Unite will “embrace” Grangemouth survival plan “warts and all”

Unite’s General Secretary Len McCluskey has said the union will “embrace” the survival plan of Grangemouth owner INEOS “warts and all” in order to prevent the closure of the petrochemical plant, which was announced yesterday morning. Union officials and management from INEOS met at 8am today to hold talks. Mr McCluskey said he had spoken […]

Scottish Government searching for buyer for Grangemouth refinery

The Scottish Government is trying to find a buyer for the troubled Grangemouth oil refinery. John Swinney, Scottish Finance Secretary said: “In view of the clear danger of a stalemate developing between the owners and the union, the Scottish Government has indeed been actively pursuing alternative options. This is what the people of Scotland expect. […]

SNP: Scotland should make own decisions on oil and gas

The “mismanagement of successive Westminster Governments” has shown why Scotland needs to make its own decisions on oil and gas. That’s the view of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which made the comment following George Osborne’s trip to Scotland yesterday where he warned the nation could see “very significant” tax rises if it established an […]

Scotland signs marine energy deal with South Korea

The Scottish Government has signed an agreement with South Korea to exchange knowledge, ideas and technologies to develop their marine energy industries. The Memorandum of Understanding is expected to increase trade links between the two nations and provide a new market for tidal energy firms in Scotland looking to export products and services overseas. Scotland’s […]

“No way” Scots will privatise Scottish Water

Scotland’s Finance Minister John Swinney said today there is “no way” the Scottish Government will sell off Scottish Water. His comments come after the director of CBI Scotland Iain McMillan reportedly called for the state-owned water company to be privatised. Today CBI Scotland sent a report to Holyrood calling for a “bolder approach” to reducing […]

Scotland lands Japanese renewables deal

Scotland is set to share its marine expertise with Japan following a deal completed last week. The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Ocean Energy Association of Japan (OEAJ) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Japan’s first marine energy test centre. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, Japan has been […]

PetroChina and INEOS sign agreement on Scottish refinery

Chinese oil and gas producer PetroChina has formed a trading partnership with leading manufacturer of petrochemicals, INEOS. The deal includes shares in the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland as well as the Lavéra refinery in France. The investment will lead to 2,000 jobs created at Grangemouth. Located on the Firth of Forth the refinery has direct […]

Scotland demands action on fuel price hikes

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has written to UK Chancellor George Osborne demanding action to tackle rising fuel prices. Mr Swinney called on the UK government to establish a fuel duty regulator to ensure that high oil prices result in cuts in duty, keeping overall fuel prices in check. Mr Swinney said: “It is simply […]

Scotland sets sights on 60,000 green-collar workforce

The Scottish government estimates around 60,000 green jobs could be created by 2020. The Low Carbon Economic Strategy was unveiled this week and is a part of the government’s bid to secure sustainable growth and meet its climate change targets. Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said: “Scotland can become a leader […]