BP announces two North Sea discoveries

BP has announced two new oil and gas discoveries in the North Sea, which could lead to a major expansion of its production. They are Capercaillie in the Central North Sea and Achmelvich located in the west of Shetland. The energy giant owns 100% of the former well while the latter well (52.6%) is in […]

Shetland tidal energy project to be extended

Plans to extend the tidal energy project in the Shetlands have been announced. Scotland-based Nova Innovation is to lead a major new European tidal power project, heading a consortium of nine industrial, academic and research organisations across Europe. The Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT) project builds on Nova’s existing operational tidal power station in […]

Scottish ‘trackers’ released to measure climate change

Devices which track ocean currents have been released off the West of Shetland to measure the effects of climate change. The seven ocean “drifters”, which were released in May, are part of a Marine Scotland Science research project. They are equipped with satellite trackers which provide hourly positions and allow scientists to study the currents in detail. Speaking ahead […]

SSE to pump £565m in Total’s UK gas fields

French energy giant Total is selling stakes in four gas fields to UK power supplier SSE in a deal worth £565 million. SSE is buying 20% of shares in the Laggan, Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet fields – collectively known as the Greater Laggan Area – located in the West of Shetland area. The sale also […]

Shetland wave energy project scrapped

Plans to develop a wave power project off the Shetland Islands have been scrapped. Swedish firm Vattenfall said it is appointing a liquidator to Aegir Wave Power, a joint venture launched with Pelamis Wave Power in 2009. They had planned on developing a 10MW array. Vattenfall said the decision to pull back from the wave […]

Scottish tidal turbine blades deal awarded

The company that will manufacture the blades for a bank of tidal turbines off the coast of Shetland has been announced. Shetland Composites bagged the six-month deal from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation, which is developing five 100kW tidal turbines. The Shetland Tidal Array will be built in two phases, with commissioning of the first three scheduled […]

Judges back 103-turbine wind farm in Scotland

Plans to build a major wind farm in Scotland has been given the go-ahead by the courts. The controversial Viking Energy project had been put on hold after a series of challenges but appeal judges ruled the 103-turbine wind farm should keep its government consent. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing had granted consent for the 370MW […]

Shetland people’s tidal turbine starts turning in ‘world first’

A tidal power turbine, which is claimed to be the world’s first community-owned technology of its kind, has started generating electricity. Located in Scotland, the Nova-30 turbine will power up to 30 homes, an industrial estate and a locally-owned ice plant in Shetland. The turbine sits on the seabed at a depth of more than […]

Summit announced for Scotland’s windy islands

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and the leaders of Scotland’s three island councils have announced plans to hold a summit on the future of wind power on the islands. It follows DECC’s announcement of the final strike price for the islands – £115/MWh compared to £90-95/MWh for mainland wind. There’s concern it’s a one size […]

UK firm to invest £4bn in 'Kraken' North Sea oil field

British independent oil firm EnQuest is to invest £4 billion in a field off Shetland – a contender for the largest investment announced in the UK North Sea this year. The Government gave the go-ahead to develop the Kraken field estimated to contain 137 million barrels of oil – around 1.5% of the UK’s remaining […]