BP buys shares in two North Sea projects

BP has bought shares in two North Sea exploration projects. It announced a 25% buyout of two Statoil-operated licenses east of Shetland, which includes the Jock Scott prospect. BP also bought a 40% share of a Nexen-operated licence west of the Shetlands, including the Craster prospect. Exploration wells are expected to be drilled in both locations halfway through 2017 – the […]

Shetland group ‘crowdfunds’ to bring down Viking wind farm

Shetland Island residents opposed to a large wind farm hope to raise £20,000 from public donations to help their cause. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a Judicial Review into Scottish energy ministers’ decision to grant consent for the Viking Energy wind farm. Opening for donations for two months on crowdfunder.co.uk, the group […]

‘Smart’ hot water tanks could be used like batteries

‘Smart’ hot water tanks could be used like batteries to store energy and balance out power systems. That’s according to SSE’s Future Networks and Policy Manager, Stewart Reid, who was speaking at the Heat Conference 2013 on Wednesday. Mr Reid was explaining the firm’s attempt to find a solution to the unique problems faced on […]

Shetlands ruling could deal blow to renewables in Scotland

A judicial ruling on a proposed 103-turbine wind farm in the Shetland islands (pictured) could deal a blow to other renewable energy projects in Scotland. The review of the Scottish Government’s approval for the Viking Energy project was held following a challenge from environmental protest group Sustainable Shetlands. As well as ruling it had fallen […]

BP £70m deal shows North Sea oil is still “safe bet”

British oil giant BP signed a £70million deal to redevelop one of the North Sea’s largest oil fields with oilfield services firm Aker Solutions yesterday. The upgrade work will take place at the Schiehallion and Loyal fields which are roughly 100 miles west of the Shetland Islands. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said the deal […]

Shetlands get world’s first community-owned tidal turbine

The world’s first community-owned tidal turbine will be made and deployed in Scotland, the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced this morning. Owned by the community of North Yell, which received a grant of £150,000 from the Scottish Government to help its development, the turbine will sit in the water between the Shetland islands of […]

BP wins permission for controversial oil well

BP will begin exploring an oil well at North Uist off the coast of the Shetland Islands after winning permission from DECC late yesterday. The British oil explorer, which was plunged into controversy after the blowout at its Gulf of Mexico well in 2010, said safety had been an “absolute priority” when it was submitting […]

BP shuts down small oil leak off Shetlands

BP shut down oil production at an oil field around 200km to the west of the Shetlands on Sunday. The British oil producer confirmed the leak was caused by a hairline fracture to a fitting on a subsea pipeline on the Foinaven Field. BP said in a statement: “The Coastguard, Police, HSE and DECC were […]

Minister awards new North Sea licences

Energy Minister Charles Hendry today granted forty-six new licences to explore UK waters for oil and gas. Including 110 blocks on the UK Continental Shelf, the licences cover the Shetlands, North Sea, English Channel and Morecambe Bay area. The licences are part of the 26th offshore oil and gas licensing round. They were not granted […]